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#11-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Joe Bundrant takes helm of Trident in ‘challenging times’ for sector
November 5, 2013, 9:00 am
Undercurrent News
Joe Bundrant, son of Trident Seafoods’ founder, officially took the helm of the company as chief executive officer on Nov. 4, according to an internal communication. The internal announcement from Chuck Bundrant, seen by Undercurrent News, also references the challenging times for the sector, with low prices for pollock. Effective Nov. 4, 2013 “Joe Bundrant will assume the role of CEO and will report directly to me and the rest of the board of directors”, reads the internal email, from Chuck Bundrant, chairman and founder of the vertically-integrated, Seattle-based company, one of the largest in....

12:52 PM MON NOVEMBER 4, 2013
The value of Bristol Bay driftnet permits continues to increase
The value placed on Bristol Bay driftnet fishing permits by the State of Alaska continues to go up. Every month the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission releases a permit value report. In the report for October CFEC puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $102.9-thousand dollars. That’s up from the $100.7-thousand dollar value recorded in September. The upward trend in the value of Bristol Bay driftnet permits can be seen in other.....

State Requests U.S. Supreme Court Review of Federal Reserved Water Rights
(SitNews) Anchorage, Alaska – Today, the State of Alaska filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court in State v. Jewell. The petition requests review of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision extending control over fishing and hunting to the federal government on state-owned navigable waters not only in, but also adjacent to federal lands. The case involves fundamental questions of control and authority over navigable waters....

State department heads come together to figure out Alaska #foodsecurity
Suzanna Caldwell
November 4, 2013
..... Alaska, despite all its natural resources, has never had a coordinated effort focused on how government agencies manage food. Despite the multi-billion dollar seafood industry, thousands of Alaskans are considered food insecure -- meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from. According to a University of Alaska study on food security in Alaska, 11.6 percent of Alaskans are food insecure. That's roughly 80,000 people. Rep. Bill Stoltze (R-Chugiak) has fought for food issues in the legislature, making sure $3 million was allocated last year to ensure that the successful Farm-to-School program continues. He was instrumental in making sure the working group was formed.....

Amid Controversy, Marine Stewardship Council America's Regional Director Kerry Coughlin Resigns
By GW Rastopsoff | Alaska Native News 23 hours 59 minutes ago
...... Even more recent, is the objection filed by the Wild Fish Conservancy, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Skeena Wild Conservation Trust, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation over MSC's proposed re-certification of Alaskan salmon fisheries that they say is overfishing King, Chum and Sockeye salmon bound for other states and Canada. The King Salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska is of the main concern of the outside groups, saying 96% of the Kings caught in the waters of southeast are in fact Kings bound for other west coast states and Canada. “The Southeast Alaskan Chinook fishery is actually a fishery for non-Alaskan fish, and it harvests those fish at levels far surpassing what fisheries scientists consider a maximum sustainable yield”, said Aaron Hill of Watershed Watch Salmon Society.......

New website focuses on British Columbia - Alaska transboundary watersheds and growing development pressures
November 04, 2013
(SitNews) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada -  The University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre and Rivers Without Borders unveiled a collaborative website, Wild Border Watersheds. This new website aims to both raise awareness of the extraordinary conservation values of the transboundary watersheds shared by British Columbia and Alaska, and to highlight the growing development pressures on those watersheds. The website is also a framework to highlight the recently revised Canadian and British Columbian regulatory processes for mining and hydroelectric permitting and environmental assessment. “The website is called Wild Border with good reason” says......

Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast
Scientists concerned about lack of monitoring plan
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 may be heading toward coastal communities like Haines and Skagway. Douglas Dasher, a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks....

Fishing limit hearing coming next month
Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee
October 31, 2013
Several proposed changes are before the Alaska State Board of Fisheries to reduce the limits on king salmon fishing, prohibit catch-and-release fishing for coho salmon in Resurrection Bay and embargo red salmon fishing until the brood stock needs of Cook Inlet Aquaculture have been met. Resurrection Bay area resource users, residents and businesses owners are encouraged to attend the upcoming meeting of the Seward Fish & Game Advisory Committee for discussion and....

November 4, 2013
Fed panel hears pleas for fishing reforms
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
The Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization road show hit Boston on Monday, when U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren hosted a State House session that again left fishing advocates questioning the science that serves as the basis for so many federal policies governing the nation’s fisheries. The session featured numerous speakers and drew a large audience of policymakers, federal and state politicians, as well as fishing and conservation advocates. “If folks in Washington are really looking for a path to help rebuild and sustain the fishery, they got the answers to that today,” said Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester. “The one message that....

Bits and pieces
Here's a news roundup, including some slightly dated items Deckboss wasn't able to post right away.....

Nov. 3, 2013 8:32 PM ET
Widespread starfish deaths reported on West Coast
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Marine scientists are finding a large number of dead starfish along the West Coast stricken with a disease that causes the creatures to lose their arms and disintegrate. The starfish are dying from "sea star wasting disease," an affliction that causes white lesions to....

Nov. 3, 2013 7:33 PM ET
Sea Change: Can sea life adapt to ocean's souring?
By CRAIG WELCH, The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
SEATTLE (AP) — The violet bottom-dwelling, prickle-backed spheres wriggling in the tank in Gretchen Hofmann's lab aren't really known for their speed. But these lowly sea urchins adapt so quickly they're helping answer a question that's key to understanding ocean acidification: As fossil-fuel emissions disrupt marine life, will evolution come to the rescue? Like Darwin's finches or Great Britain's peppered moths, these hedgehogs of the sea....

Russian fishing executive wanted by Interpol is living in Bellevue
By Jeff Burnside Published: Nov 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM PST
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A Russian fugitive wanted by prosecutors in that country for allegedly stealing millions of dollars is living in Bellevue. Nikolay Nikitenko says the charges are bogus and nothing more than a 16-year effort by corrupt Russian officials to extort money from of him -- money he says he never had. Except for the local Russian community, Americans don't know him. When KOMO 4 went to his Bellevue office to ask him.....

Opinion: Industry, state work together on squid
Recently, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) closed the commercial fishery for market squid Loligo (Doryteuthis) opalescens. The closure came a month earlier than the year before. This was the fourth straight year that the squid fishery closed early; the season typically extends all year, from April 1 to March 31. The difference this year -- unlike the past -- was that the Department collaborated with the squid industry on day-to-day management, including the closure date. Squid fishermen and seafood processors, working with the Department, tracked catches daily from season start in April. They determined that the season's harvest......

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