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#10-17-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

State, Pebble seek legal fees in failed lawsuit
Published 3:37 pm, Wednesday, October 16, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska and developers of the proposed Pebble Mine are seeking $1 million in attorney fees from mine foes who unsuccessfully sued over the public's right to know about mine exploration work. The lawsuit was filed in July 2009 by individuals, including former state Sen. Vic Fischer, who helped write the Alaska Constitution, and former First Lady Bella Hammond, widow of former Gov. Jay Hammond. Plaintiffs also included.....

Subsistence areas stay the same
Published: 2013.10.16 04:56 PM
At the joint meeting of Alaska’s Boards of Fisheries and Game today, the bodies agreed not to change any of the state’s subsistence and nonsubsistence areas. Proposals submitted by the public sought to eliminate the statewide nonsubsistence area, reduce the size of the Fairbanks nonsubsistence area, create a Kodiak....

Diving for Dollars
October 16, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Diving for dollars.
Diving for sea cucumbers, geoduck clams, and sea urchins is a unique yet very lucrative fishery. Southeast holds the title for the biggest dive fisheries when it opens in the fall. Around 150 divers are searching the bottom of the ocean for sea cumbers....

App being developed to measure halibut boatside
Alaska Charter Association recently received $186,725 from the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program to use digital imaging technology
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
As regulations tighten on the size of sport-caught halibut on charter boats in Alaska, sport fishermen are faced with a challenge of how to tell the size of a halibut without pulling it out of the water and applying a measuring tape. While accurate, holding up a ruler to a floundering fish can be dangerous to both the fish and the crew. The solution may lie in an app being developed by the Halibut Angler Release Mortality Reduction Project for hand-held devices like smartphones and iPods that could make determining the size of a halibut as easy as snapping a photo from the side of the boat. Richard Yamada is owner of Shelter Lodge in Auke Bay as well as a longtime advocate for recreational fishing in Alaska. He also has a background in computer technology. It was that marriage of resources that spawned the idea of creating an....

Personal Use Permits For Fishery?
Posted: October 17, 2013 at 7:00 am
Administrators for the City of Kenai are currently putting together the annual dip net fishery report. Finance Director Terry Eubank said overall, the finances paint a a positive picture.....

Coast Guard stands up FOL Cold Bay in advance of Western Alaska winter fisheries
Date: Oct. 14, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews stood up a seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay in advance of winter fisheries Monday.

This year’s FOL will consist of one Jayhawk with rotating crews from Kodiak. A second Jayhawk and crew will remain at the ready in Kodiak to assist in any long-range or complex cases.

The FOL in Cold Bay ensures the Coast Guard can assist fishermen working in and around Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands. A Coast Guard cutter equipped with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Kodiak will also be on patrol in the region throughout the season.

Sunday a Jayhawk crew medevaced an ailing fisherman from the 210-foot fishing vessel Alaska Juris to Cold Bay. In November 2012, a forward deployed aircrew rescued five men from the tug Polar Wind when it grounded 20 miles east of Cold Bay.

Air Station Kodiak utilizes FOLs throughout the state of Alaska to cut down response times to mariners in distress. In the summer, Jayhawk crews are deployed to Cordova and Arctic region.

“We recognize the danger posed by the harsh Alaska maritime environment and the nature of essential work being done statewide,” said Capt. Daniel Travers, chief of incident management, Coast Guard 17th District. “Establishing forward operating locations during peak seasons of maritime activity greatly reduce the time it takes to respond to emergencies from Kodiak and allows us to save lives.”

Oct. 16, 2013 6:58 PM ET
Al-Can Summit to connect Alaska, western Canada
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Representatives from Alaska, British Columbia and the Yukon are expected in Juneau this week for the Al-Can Summit, aiming to help residents of the region connect. The event that begins Thursday is....

Alaskan crabbers fear Russian pinch in US gov’t shutdown
by RIA Novosti at 17/10/2013 11:37
Alaskan king crab fishermen fear the Russian crab industry will claw into its market share due to a US government shutdown that has grounded boats as harvesters await permission to fish from furloughed federal workers. “There’s a ton of Russian product in Japanese cold storage. If the Japanese are not able able to procure crab from Alaska, they’re not going to give up crab during the holidays,” Mark Gleason, head of the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, a Seattle-based industry group, told....

Fishing Net Technology a Big Catch for New Zealand (video)
Oct 8, 2013
New commercial fishing technology from New Zealand may soon put an end to the global problem of bycatch, where non-targeted species are caught up in the nets of commercial fishermen.....

Jellyfish In Oceans Are Reaching Problematic Proportions
Posted: 10/17/2013 8:11 am EDT
So long humans.
And thanks for all the jellyfish.
If the oceans are indeed in steep decline, it may just be a triumph of the brainless -- namely, the humble jellyfish. "The number of case studies is increasing," Lucas Brotz of the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre told the Huffington Post, "And it certainly seems we are....

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