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#10-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Board of Fisheries creates new Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery

Published: 2013.10.21 06:20 PM
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries created a new Bering Sea fishery in Area O and increased the South Alaska Peninsula portion of the catch at its statewide Pacific cod meeting this weekend. The board created a new Bering Sea Pacific cod fishery in Area O in a 5-1 vote, with board member Fritz Johnson abstaining because his employer, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., had taken a position on the issue. Board member John Jensen was the no vote. The new fishery will be open to vessels less than 58 feet in length, using pot gear only, and....

Salmon meetings galore!
Published: 2013.10.21 06:20 PM
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries and the federal North Pacific Fishery Management Council might be done with salmon until December, but other organizations are still eager to talk about the species......

Sitka survey wants fleet input on bigger boat haul out at Sawmill Cove
October 21, 2013 by Laine Welch
Plans are in the works at Sitka for a bigger boat haul out and other marine related waterfront development at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park (map We’ve been hearing from the community for years that they would like to see our haul out capabilities expanded and our marine services expanded a bit. Garry White is executive director of the Sitka Economic Development Association....

Haines Highway project raises fish, eagle concerns
Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 9:24 am
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska - Scientists and conservationists worry a project to upgrade the Alaska portion of the Haines Highway could hurt bald eagle nesting sites and salmon habitat. The state transportation department deems the project necessary to make the road safer....

Lecture scheduled on Alaska salmon traps (live web video stream)
October 21, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Gustavus author and historian James Mackovjak will give a free public lecture, “Alaska Salmon Traps: Their History and Impact on Alaska Communities” from noon to 2:30 pm, Tuesday. The lecture will be...

Added by Editor on October 21, 2013.
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Predictably, the Left’s propaganda machine is cranking up to excoriate Gov. Sean Parnell for the state’s effort to recover about $1 million in legal fees and costs incurred when a group sued the state over the issuance of temporary-use permits to the Pebble Partnership – and lost. Among the group of plaintiffs who now face the prospect of repaying the state for the lawsuit they lost are two of Alaska’s most revered political figures, former state first lady Bella Hammond and Vic Fischer, who helped craft the Alaska Constitution. There are two other individuals and a group that now numbers 10 Bristol Bay-area tribal entities and their sister village corporations known as Nunamta Aulukestai involved in the case. The Alaska Democratic Party fumes the state’s asking for reimbursement of lawsuit expenses it incurred is “unconscionable.” While Alaska was....

October 22, 2013
NOAA eyes needs in wake of shutdown
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
The approximately 150 Gloucester-based NOAA employees furloughed during the federal government’s partial shutdown are back at work, and administrators now are determining how best to resume operations halted by the government’s work-stoppage that ended last Wednesday. NOAA spokeswoman Maggie Mooney-Seus said regional administrator John K. Bullard has appointed an internal task force and...

Interbreeding between farmed and wild salmon quantified
Monday, October 21, 2013, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
For the first time, scientists have managed to quantify how escaped salmon have interbred with wild salmon in Norwegian rivers. These results provide a basis for reassessing the impact that escapees from fish farms have on the wild salmon in Norwegian rivers. Escapees are considered as one of the most serious environmental problems in the fish farming industry, and since the Atlantic salmon farming industry was.....

New Report Claims Devastating Effects From Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
According to a recent report NOAA claims that deep-­sea soft sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010’s Deepwater Horizon blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may take decades to recover from the spill’s impacts. The paper  is the first to give comprehensive results of the spill’s effect on deep­water communities at....