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#10-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Phantom Ships Expose Weakness in AIS Vessel-Tracking System
BY BLOOMBERG ON OCTOBER 29, 2013
gcaptain.com
By Isaac Arnsdorf
Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — Shippers, traders and researchers monitoring global vessel traffic in the past six months might have seen an imaginary U.S. ferry sail to North Korea, a tugboat go from the Mississippi River to a Dallas lake in two minutes and the path of a fake Italian yacht spelling out PWNED — hacker slang for “defeated.” These false signals, orchestrated by Trend Micro Inc., a Tokyo-based Internet security company, were designed to expose vulnerabilities in the mandatory system used to track merchant vessels worldwide. With the network that was built to improve safety at sea unprotected against hackers, phony tracks could lead to collisions and other accidents, according to the International Chamber of Shipping, a trade association representing more than 80 percent of the fleet...... http://gcaptain.com/phanton-ships-expose-weakness-in-ais-vessel-tracking-system/

Alaska pollock fishery closes Nov. 1; Lots of fall fishing action in Gulf and Bering Sea
October 29, 2013 by Laine Welch
Several closures are coming up on Friday.  That’s when Alaska’s biggest fishery – pollock in the Bering Sea – will close for the year. Roughly three billion pounds will come out of that fishery.  The Gulf pollock fishery also... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/alaska-pollock-fishery-closes-nov-1-lots-of-fall-fishing-action-in-gulf-and-bering-sea/

National Fisherman Announces 2013 Highliner Award Winners
PORTLAND, ME, October 30, 2013
Robert Heyano, Dillingham, Alaska, Robert Hezel, Clinton, Washington, and Jerry McCune, Cordova, Alaska, were named 2013 Highliners from the West Coast and Alaska by National Fisherman magazine...... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1554285

New Book Examines History of Salmon Traps
Oct 29, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
For those new to Alaska, or perhaps under a certain age, why Alaska became a state might be a mystery. In the 1950s statehood certainly wasn’t a sure thing, with powerful forces from the Lower 48 opposing it..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5175

Groups want to halt West Coast sardine fishing
AP

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press
Updated 4:22 pm, Tuesday, October 29, 2013
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Concerned sardine numbers may be starting to collapse, conservation groups are calling on federal fishery managers to halt West Coast commercial sardine fishing to give the species a better chance to rebound. "If they continue fishing them hard, they will go down..... http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Conservation-groups-want-to-halt-sardine-fishing-4936627.php

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2013
One for the Gipper
Congress is considering legislation to name our federal ocean waters the Ronald Wilson Reagan Exclusive Economic Zone..... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2013/10/one-for-gipper.html

Webinar will focus on ocean acidification
Posted 10/28/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Jeremy Mathis, an adjunct professor of chemical oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will conduct a free webinar on what's new about ocean acidification in Alaska at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5..... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1344webinar-will-focus-on-ocean-acidification