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#11-07-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska Native leaders upset by effort to overturn water rights ruling
State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A decision by Gov. Sean Parnell's administration to try to overturn a subsistence and water rights ruling is an assault on rural Alaska, according to the largest statewide Native organization in the state. Rosita Worl, chairwoman of the Alaska Federation of Native's subsistence committee, called the state's actions "a reckless attempt to unravel the precedents set by the lower courts and through administrative procedures." "Too much time, energy and precious funding has been wasted in the state's ongoing attacks on subsistence," she said. "Enough is enough." The organization, also known as AFN, called a news conference Tuesday to voice....
  • 11/6/2013 Waterways It is imperative that Alaska retain control over state-owned navigable waters in and adjacent to federal land. To that end, the state attorney general's office has filed a request that the U.S. Supreme Court review a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' decision extending control over fishing and hunting to....
New fisheries group wants to ban setnetting
Published: 2013.11.06 03:59 PM
A newly formed fisheries organization wants to ban setnets in Cook Inlet. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, Inc., or AFCA, filed paperwork this afternoon to ban “shore gill nets and set nets” in nonsubsistence areas statewide. The alliance wants the matter to go before voters on the 2016 primary ballot. Next, the state must review the group’s petition and affirm that 200 registered voters have signed on as....
Independent adjudicator dismisses Alaska salmon fishery objection
Thursday, November 07, 2013, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
An Independent Adjudicator (IA) has dismissed an objection to the proposed certification of the Alaska salmon fishery to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. Under the MSC Objections Procedure, the objectors now have an option to submit a new or amended notice within five working days, by 12 November 2013. The objection procedure does not permit the MSC to release details of any objection that is either provisionally or finally dismissed. On 30 October, four NGOs from the US and Canada filed
2:15 PM MON NOVEMBER 4, 2013
Lynden completes the purchase of Northland Services
One of the major barge companies that serves Western Alaska has been purchased by a major transportation company that serves Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Back in April Lynden, which is a family of freight transportation companies, agreed to buy Northland Services for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is now complete.....

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Bristol Bay Red King Crab Fishery Has Successful Catch Up
All worries are history now after a delayed start for the bulk of the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery, with a lot more crab caught in a shorter period of time than in other years. That was the report Nov. 5 from Jake Jacobsen of the Inter-Cooperative Exchange in Seattle, who said that 83 percent of the allowable harvest for individual fishing quota permit holders had been landed. “It’s going really fast,” Jacobsen said. By this time a year ago, 95 percent of the quota was caught, but last year the fishery started......

Summer Clean Up Hauls in 100 Tons of Beach Debris
Nov 6, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Up to 100 tons of marine debris was removed from remote Alaska beaches this summer, but doing something with it after collection is becoming increasingly difficult. Dave Gaudet, the director of the Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation, said this summer’s clean-up projects included eight areas from Southeast to Southwest Alaska: Craig, Sitka, Yakutat, Cape Suckling, Afognak, Kodiak, Nelson Lagoon, Port Heiden and St. Paul. The area with...

“Fish Expo” is among top 50 US trade shows; Nov. 20-22
November 6, 2013 by Laine Welch
Pacific Marine Expo – dubbed Fish Expo by most Alaskans – is one of the nation’s fastest growing trade shows. It’s held each November at the CenturyLink Field Event Center
in Seattle.....

Northern Sea Route May Be Safer with Anglo-Russian Radio Navigation Initiative
By Jonathan Saul
LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The perils of the new Arctic shipping route, warmed by climate change, may diminish with a British-Russian radio navigation initiative, under development to shore up vulnerable satellite-based alternatives. The British system, being trialed in the hectic shipping lanes past Dover and drawing interest from South Korea – after its northern neighbour jammed...

Omega Protein reports ‘highest quaterly revenues in the company’s history’
Thursday, November 07, 2013, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
Omega-3 fish oil and specialty protein products company Omega Protein Corporation achieved a new record for quarterly revenues and gross profit in the third quarter ended 30 September, 2013. "In the third quarter we reported the highest quarterly revenues and gross profits in the company's history, reflecting strong pricing and yields in our animal nutrition segment and contributions from the protein business recently acquired by our...