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#11-03-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Cold War thaw began with a 'friendship flight' over Bering Strait
Yereth Rosen
November 2, 2013
.......... Another opportunity was lost in the late 1990s, Cowper said, when he, John Tichotsky and Shawneen Conover were deputized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to go Vladivostok to negotiate with regional officials and Russian fishermen, the "people with actual power." At stake was Bering Sea pollock; Alaska fishermen were upset that Russians were catching too many small and young fish, and Russians were upset that Alaskans were catching too many big and old fish. At a meeting lubricated by multiple rounds of vodka, the Alaskans and Russians hammered out the outline of a bilateral fisheries agreement, Cowper said. But when he took that agreement to Washington, it was ignored by the State Department. The pollock dispute has yet to be resolved, Cowper said.....

Shell Makes Tentative Plans for Arctic Season in 2014
Kulluk -
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, October 31 2013
Shell Oil is still weighing its options for drilling in the Arctic next year. But any program would be scaled down compared to the company’s last trip north in 2012. That's what Shell’s chief financial officer, Simon Henry, said when he addressed the company’s Arctic drilling plans last week, during a teleconference about quarterly earnings. Henry said the company does want to return to...

Ketchikan artists Ray Troll, Terry Pyles produce game exhibit
By MARJORIE CLARK  Ketchikan Daily News
November 02, 2013 - 11:03 am
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Two well-known Ketchikan artists have come together to paint a project for the first time. Ray Troll and Terry Pyles unveiled Spawn-O-Rama, a Plinko-style game, on Oct. 18. The game is the last addition to the "Salmon Connection" exhibit at the Sitka Sounds Science Center. The idea for Spawn-O-Rama was born in 2011, when a committee, including Troll and students from the University of Washington, brainstormed what they would like to have in the....

Nov. 2, 2013 6:22 PM ET
Scientists oppose logging bills in Congress
RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees at Yosemite National Park and other national forests and wilderness areas across the West.....

Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast
Scientists concerned about lack of monitoring plan
CBC News Posted: Nov 02, 2013 8:58 AM CT
Scientists at the University of Alaska are concerned about radiation leaking from Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, and the lack of a monitoring plan. Some radiation has arrived in northern Alaska and along the west coast. That's raised concern over contamination of fish and wildlife. More ma...

Large stocks of small salmon bode well for 2014
Tom Stienstra
Updated 8:11 pm, Saturday, November 2, 2013
On clear, cool days this past week off the San Francisco coast, a spectacular twist crowned the year for salmon, whales and all the critters across the briny green. It was like looking into a crystal ball and seeing a golden future. High numbers of small salmon that will make up next year's catch suddenly appeared amid their big brothers. In addition, vast schools of....

Warren and Markey to hold Mass. fishing hearing
AP / November 2, 2013
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to hold a ‘‘listening session’’ at the Statehouse to hear about challenges facing Massachusetts’ fishing industry. Warren said she hopes to hear from fishermen, shore side businesses and the...