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#10-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Tribal consultation plays unofficial role in council process
Published: 2013.10.17 05:06 PM
Historical participation weighs heavily in fisheries management decisions, and Alaska Natives have thousands of years of history of fishing throughout the state, relying on salmon, halibut, crab, herring and other species for food and trade. When it comes to management, however, the oldest users report mixed success in participating in the decision-making process. Management decisions for Alaska’s fisheries are largely made by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the state Board of Fisheries. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, creates fishery management plans for federal waters, three to 200 miles offshore. The Board of Fisheries is responsible for rivers, lakes and the ocean out to three miles from Alaska’s coast. The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, executes the decisions made by the council, while the Alaska....

Red king crab fishery will open, but tanner shut for 2014
Published: 2013.10.17 02:49 PM
Crab fishermen received mixed news yesterday. Certain crab fisheries could open soon, but tanner crab in Kodiak, Chignik and the South Alaska Peninsula won’t open at all. Congress approved a budget, meaning that National Marine Fisheries Staff can get to work on the individual fishing quotas that fishermen have been waiting for so they can....

Regulators prepare for open access scallop fishery in ‘14
Published: 2013.10.17 05:06 PM
Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission took a preparatory step for regulating an open access scallop fishery for the 2014 season when it approved a new permit structure Oct. 11. The state’s limited access program, which is vessel-based, is set to expire Dec. 30. Due to concerns about consolidation, the legislature last spring did not pass a bill that would have extended the program. The bill, however, could be passed this spring and apply in time for the July 1, 2014 start of the season. Some of Alaska’s scallop beds straddle the three-mile line that divides state and federal waters, and the two areas are managed in tandem, with both operating under limited entry programs and a single harvest level. CFEC’s new permit structure will....

At remote Adak Island, fish processing returns to boost local economy
Jim PaulinDutch Harbor Fisherman
October 17, 2013
Fish processing will return to far-flung Adak, according to city manager Layton Lockett. Lockett said that the city is selling the processing equipment, purchased at the June 18 auction of the assets formerly owned by bankrupt Adak Seafood LLC. The equipment will be owned by a newly-formed company, Adak Cod Cooperative LLC. The new owners are former Bristol Bay salmon processors.....

PR: Alaska Fishermen Group Applauds Recent Federal and Corporate Decisions to End Controversial MSC-Only Sustainability Policies
Welcomes GSA & Sodexo policy changes to recognize Alaska salmon sustainability and reiterates no change on industry's MSC withdrawal despite recent recertification of nearly all Alaska fisheries.
Logo of the United States General Services Adm...
Logo of the United States General Services Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Alaska Salmon Now", a grassroots organization of fishermen, consumers, and other representatives of the Alaska seafood industry, welcomes the recent decisions by the US federal agency General Services Administration (GSA) and Sodexo, the primary supplier of food services to the US military, to join nearly all traditional seafood buyers in recognizing Alaska salmon as the world's "gold standard" in sustainability. The group also clarifies that despite the recent recertification of nearly all Alaska fisheries by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), there is no change expected in the decision of the major Alaska salmon producers to voluntarily withdraw from the costly and inconsistent program. They urge the few remaining buyers with MSC only buying policies to stop swimming against the tide on Alaska salmon. "As a fisherman, we are proud that so many established organizations and entities are validating Alaska salmon as among the world's most sustainable," said John Renner, Vice President, Cordova District Fisherman United. "Misguided MSC-only policies only serve to play into the hands of this monopolistic and self-interested organization. We urge the few remaining....

Pollock fleet uses reward system to cut bycatch
October 17, 2013 by Laine Welch
Fish Radio
October 18, 2013
Bycatch in fisheries is not only bad for the resources; it’s also bad for business. For decades fishermen have sought ways to avoid the hassles of unwanted catches that slow down their operations. A case in point:  west coast shrimpers trying to avoid Pacific whiting.....

Lone Star tow operations underway near Dillingham, Alaska
News Release
Date: Oct. 17, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Salvage crews began tow operations for the fishing vessel Lone Star near Dillingham, Wednesday.

The crew of the tug Double Eagle, with assistance from the crew of the support vessel Western Viking, will tow the Lone Star to Dutch Harbor where its owner will determine whether or not to scrap the vessel.

“The removal of the Lone Star has been a long process, and we appreciate the work and support of the salvage crew and our agency partners throughout the response,” said Lt. Daniel Peters of the Sector Anchorage prevention department. “The Coast Guard’s primary concern was ensuring salvage operations were conducted in a safe manner and removing the threat the Lone Star posed to the environment and vessel traffic in the Igushik River.”

The response to the Lone Star began June 30 when the vessel capsized and partially submerged in 18 feet of water with reportedly 14,000 gallons of diesel, 150 gallons of lube oil, 150 gallons of hydraulic fluid and 250 gallons of gasoline aboard. It was reported a change in tide swung the ship against the anchor chair, detaching the transducer and coolant lines. This created a hole in the steel hull and caused the vessel to take on water.

The Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Department of the Interior and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the incident along with Resolve-Magone Marine Services and Alaska Chadux Corporation, contractors hired by the vessel owner to mitigate pollution and remove the vessel from the river.
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Kodiak Could Welcome Tustumena on Monday
Oct 17, 2013
Tustumena in Juneu 2002
Tustumena in Juneu 2002 (Photo credit: gillfoto)
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
If all goes according to plan, the state ferry Tustumena could be pulling up to pier I in Kodiak on Monday. An email from the Alaska Department of Transportation’s office said the vessel is currently undergoing sea trials, and so far no problems have been identified. Stability tests have been done and the department expects....

New clean water rules will target private property
One of the things we have learned here in Alaska is when the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers team up in a rule making effort, and start waving their arms about the new rule being based on scientific evidence, it is time to dust off the firearms, lay in more ammunition and hide the....

GMO labeling: Washington's big-money battle could reverberate in Oregon, elsewhere
By Jeff Mapes
October 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM, updated October 18, 2013 at 6:20 AM
Joann Hare says the intense media campaign surrounding a Washington initiative on the Nov. 5 ballot that would require labeling of genetically modified foods has left her unsure how she will vote. Hare, a retired dog groomer who lives in Vancouver's Orchards area, says she wants to avoid genetically modified foods but isn't sure about the labeling proposal.....

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