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#11-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska’s 2013 Commercial Halibut Season Wrap Up
November 7, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.
It’s the 2013 halibut season wrap up.
At noon today (nov. 7) long liners are retiring their halibut gear for the remainder of 2013. Early numbers show that there was over a million pounds left of the nearly 22 million pound harvest. That could leave quite a hefty sum of fish bucks floating in the water. Around Kodiak processors reported the season to be “scratchy”.  One..... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/alaskas-2013-commercial-halibut-season-wrap-up2554/

Business as usual expected after cargo merger
By Brian O Connor
November 7, 2013
Officials from Samson Tug and Barge said freight operations in Wrangell and Petersburg would go largely unaltered as a result of a merger set to take effect this weekend. The merger has been in the works for months. Global shipping company Lynden, Inc. announced it would purchase the Northland Services brand and combine it with Alaska Marine Lines (AML) in April. Northland and AML are the two main cargo providers to Southeast, and Alaska state officials initially warned.... http://www.wrangellsentinel.com/story/2013/11/07/about-town/business-as-usual-expected-after-cargo-merger/1599.html

New hatchery king release site on tap for Petersburg
by Joe Viechnicki
November 7, 2013 10:28 am
t looks like a new hatchery king salmon project near Petersburg will be starting up next spring. The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, or SSRAA, is planning to release 200-thousand smolt near the mouth of City Creek, about three miles from downtown Petersburg. SRAA is hoping some extra rearing time in a temporary net pen there will help more of the fish survive the ocean. Joe Viechnicki has more on that story..... http://www.kfsk.org/2013/11/07/new-hatchery-king-release-site-on-tap-for-petersburg/

Seafood Processing Managers Learn Tricks of the Trade
Nov 7, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
A group of aspiring cannery bosses from all over the state was in town this past week. The group of 15 mid-career professionals took part in the eight-day Alaska Seafood Processing Leadership Institute at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center on Near Island. The week featured workshops, demonstrations and specific trainings, and was sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. Paula Cullenburg is the director for the program and said more than eight communities were represented from..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5203

Salmon species other than kings thriving around state
BY ABBY LOWELL MORRIS NEWS SERVICE-ALASKA/JUNEAU EMPIRE
Published: 2013.11.07 02:37 PM
Editor’s note: this is the second part of the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” On a bright July day, Auke Bay’s Don Statter Harbor was overflowing with commercial fishing vessels. Each slip appeared to be filled, as fishermen from across the state and the Pacific Northwest arrived for a scheduled opening for salmon fishing. Sig Mathisen, a commercial fisherman of 55 years, was among them. Mathisen has fished the waters of.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/November-Issue-2-2013/Salmon-species-other-than-kings-thriving-around-state/

ASMI to research Philippines market at Parnell’s request
BY BOB TKACZ FOR THE JOURNAL
Published: 2013.11.07 02:16 PM
The first Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute “All Hands” meeting, possibly ever, held in the state also included an unusual request from Gov. Sean Parnell’s office for a new international marketing initiative. The ASMI board took no formal action Oct. 30 but followed standard procedure to accept the recommendation from its International Marketing Committee for an in-house feasibility study on the seafood market prospects in the Philippines. The initiative, also endorsed in a presentation by two Alaska House members, may also send an ASMI observer to one of three trade shows in the island nation next year. The governor himself met privately for 35 minutes with the seven ASMI board members and sat in on several committee meetings on the second day of the Oct. 28 to 30 meeting at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. Earlier in the day, special counsel Randy Ruaro explained Parnell’s offer to Philippines Ambassador Joe Cuisia..... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/November-Issue-2-2013/ASMI-to-research-Philippines-market-at-Parnells-request/

PEER says electronic monitoring progress still dry-docked
Posted 11/08/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has released documents arguing that after years of planning, the transition to electronic monitoring systems to track fishing fleet compliance with marine regulations remains elusive. Fishing fleet compliance with federally administered rules is currently monitored by numerous fisheries observers, PEER officials said in a statement released Oct. 28, and heightened accountability requirements will increase the number and scope of observer coverage, leading to industry lobbying for cheaper alternatives. "Cost effective electronic systems that meet both regulatory and scientific demands are nowhere.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1345peer-says-electronic-monitoring-progress

Cordova ranks 15th for fish landings nationally
Posted 11/08/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Seafood landings at Cordova brought in 84 million pounds of harvest valued at $40 million in 2012, ranking the city as 15th nationwide for pounds landed, and 27th for value, by federal fisheries officials. The 2012 edition of Fisheries of the United States, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also noted the previous year fishermen landed 68 million pounds of.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1345cordova-ranks-15th-for-fish-landings

Cordova Times
Winter market features Alaska seafood, meat, produce
Posted 11/08/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
For those to appreciate fresh wild Alaska seafood, cooked with fresh herbs and accompanied by a generous helping of potatoes, onions, carrots and other vegetables grown in the state, there's good news from the marketplace. Now it's available year round..... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1345winter-market-features-alaska-seafood-meat

Groups Hail Court Ruling On Lease Sale Reviews
By Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks | November 7, 2013 - 5:53 pm
The Alaska Supreme Court is standing behind a decision it issued last spring, affirming that the state must consider cumulative impacts of exploration and development as it reviews oil and gas leases. Opposing sides in the case have differing views on the significance of the decision...... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/11/07/groups-hail-court-ruling-on-lease-sale-reviews/

Fishing on the flats successful for historical society
Posted 11/08/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Fishing on the Flats was the theme for the annual Cordova Historical Society dinner. The event took place last Saturday evening at the Pioneer Igloo. Over one hundred guests were in attendance, including over thirty new members and local fisherman who have fished the flats for as many as seventy years. Volunteers decorated the hall with silhouettes of bowpickers and sternpickers, and nets of salmon... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1345historical-society

F/V Arctic Hunter Begins to Shed Debris
By Annie Ropeik
Thursday, November 07 2013
Rough weather is taking a toll on the grounded fishing vessel Arctic Hunter, which has been stuck on the rocks outside Morris Cove since last Friday. The 93-foot crab boat has survived a series of storms this week without breaking apart. But salvagers haven’t been able to work on the vessel since last weekend. Dan Magone of Resolve-Magone Marine Services is in charge of.... http://kucb.org/news/article/fv-arctic-hunter-begins-to-shed-debris/

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Nov 7, 2013
Coming up this week, the sportsfishing guide industry on the Kenai wants to ban commercial setnet fishing in Cook Inlet; we have a couple of items about the Marine Stewardship Council, and a new face, but a familiar name at the helm of Trident Seafoods. We had help this week from KCHU’s Tony Gorman in Valdez, and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5204

UAF researcher concerned about Fukushima debris headed toward Alaska
Published: November 6, 2013
By TEGAN HANLON
A scientist with the University of Alaska Fairbanks says he is concerned about the radiation in the debris floating across the Pacific Ocean from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan toward Alaska and the U.S. and Canadian west coast. Why is he worried? While there are many computer models for predicting the radiation movements, no one agency is funded to..... http://www.adn.com/2013/11/06/3162334/uaf-researcher-concerned-about.html

Compass: Environmental groups wrong to hide behind Alaska elders
Published: November 7, 2013 Updated 9 hours ago
By RICK ROGERS
The Daily News and Bill Walker should both consider investigating the facts before publishing editorials. Their recent work got the court's ruling wrong, the law wrong, and the facts wrong (ADN editorial, Oct. 24; Bill Walker's Compass, Nov. 2).In fact, the issue is about the Trustees for Alaska using the good names of Vic Fischer and Bella Hammond to hide multinational environmental groups that are secretly trying to influence state law..... http://www.adn.com/2013/11/07/3161940/compass-environmental-groups-wrong.html

Fishing industry refutes doomsters
OFF THE BEACH
NOVEMBER 8, 2013
JOHN GLEESON/STAFF WRITER
The West Coast fishing industry is starting to respond to the alarmist reports of radiation from Japan contaminating the Pacific Ocean. The October issue of Pacific Fishing magazine takes on the “unscrupulous activists” and “Web bloggeristas,” quoting headlines that are “just plain wrong,” including this killer-diller: “At the very least, your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.” The industry’s concern is well founded. In recent weeks there have been reports in online news sites such as Asia-Pacific Journal linking Fukushima contamination to sick seals in Alaska, spotty salmon runs on the Skeena River and even the ongoing, unexplained starfish die-off in Howe Sound. It’s..... http://www.coastreporter.net/article/20131108/SECHELT0302/311089976/-1/sechelt/fishing-industry-refutes-doomsters

Research into halibut farming deepened
NORWAY
Friday, November 08, 2013, 02:10 (GMT + 9)
Scientists from Institute of Marine Research (IMR) are to participate in a new European Union (EU) project together with nearly 40 partners in order to solve certain obstacles stopping halibut farming development. The aim of the five-year project, which has been granted about NOK 70 million (EUR 9 million), is to enable aquaculture diversification through the solution of certain.... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=64625