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#10-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

PWS salmon harvest at 96.2 million fish and rising
Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Al...
Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted 10/25/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
A preliminary report on the Prince William Sound salmon season puts the total harvest at 96.2 million fish, but state fisheries biologists said Oct. 22 that the postseason revision would boost that number with an increased humpy harvest. With fishing complete in all districts, the preliminary harvest totals should be representatives for all species, but pink salmon harvest totals included underestimate the true number of humpies because of inaccurate inseason average weights, said the report released by Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Cordova management and....

DNR ordered to rule on Chuitna apps
Published: 2013.10.24 11:37 AM
A state Superior Court judge ruled Oct. 14 that the Department of Natural Resources cannot ignore water reservation applications filed by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition. The coalition applied for three instream flow reservations on the Western Cook Inlet Chuitna River for fish and wildlife protection in 2009. After more than two years of inactivity on the applications, the Chuitna Citizens Coalition and environmental advocator group....

11:05 AM WED OCTOBER 23, 2013
"Bristol Bay United" Formed to Lobby for Protections from the Proposed Pebble Mine
3 organizations that have come out in opposition to the proposed Pebble Mine have formed a new group to lobby for permanent protections for the natural resources of the Bristol Bay region. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Oct, 24 2013
Coming up this week, federal workers are back to work, which means crab fishermen are, too. The government shutdown may impair research on an emerging fishery, and five well-prepared fishermen are safe after their boat burns in the Aleutian Islands. All that, plus...

News Release
Date: Oct. 25, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs
Coast Guard rescues distressed mariners near Seward, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island towed a disabled cabin cruiser, in danger of running aground, to safety near Seward Thursday.

The Long Island crew rendezvoused with the disabled vessel and its crew 300 yards from shore, took the vessel under tow and transported it to Seward where they transerred the tow to the Seward Fire Department.

The crew of the 37-foot Mystery Lady notified Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders after they lost propulsion one mile off shore in Resurrection Bay. The watchstanders directed the launch of an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and diverted the Long Island crew from a patrol in Prince William Sound.

“Surface assets like the Long Island patrol the waters of Alaska in order to quickly respond to mariners in distress,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael McCandless, a Sector Anchorage command center watchstander. “Their timely arrival and proficiency with towing operations allowed them to keep the Mystery Lady off the rocks, ultimately saving the vessel and her crew.”

Winds on scene were reported at 30 mph.

Radioactive isotope and toxin testing needed for seafood
Thursday, October 24, 2013 7:33 pm
To the editor:
In the article by David Jolly of The New York Times printed in the Anchorage Daily News Oct. 22, it says that “in 2012, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute created its own label in collaboration with Irish group, Global Trust, reasoning, the state’s reputation for sustainable fishing was good enough.” The problem is that “sustainable fishing” is not the only issue for certification of seafood. Steven Mufson reported (Oct. 3, Washington Post) that six single-shell tanks and a double-shell tank are leaking highly radioactive isotopes and horribly toxic chemicals from....

Duel Erupts on the High Seas
Crews Make Life Hard for Observers Eyeing Fish Quotas; 'It's Almost Like Hazing'
CHATHAM, Mass.—When the 45-foot vessel the Lori B departs here for windy, 30-hour monk-fishing voyages, Nick Muto knows he will be sharing cramped quarters with his crew, the haul and often an unwelcome guest: a federally mandated observer who makes sure legal catch limits aren’t exceeded. As the oversight program has grown in tandem with the government’s use of quotas to prevent overfishing, so has friction between fleets and observers, from Cape Cod to Alaska. That has led to a push by crews and...