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#11-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Market realities to market opportunities
Posted 11/22/2013
by - Jennifer Gibbins
The new board of the Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association (CRPWSMA) recently gathered for its annual board retreat, this year choosing Cordova over Seattle. "In recent years the decision to meet in Seattle was driven by a desire to build industry partnerships for the fleet," said Kim Ryals, executive director. "Having progressed to the point where those partnerships are established, the board returned to home court this year." Ryals and board president, Mike Mickelson, set out to create a retreat experience that.....

Chinese wealth makes a bright future for Alaska seafood
BEIJING — The Chinese consumer economy is catching up with Alaska seafood prices. Perspectives differ on the timeframe, and political influences, that may affect spending by the so-called middle class and those with “gold collar” jobs, but few exhibitors at the 18th annual China Fisheries & Seafood Exposition saw anything but an improving long-term market for....

Organization Becoming Difficult For Fishermen, Scientists Partnerships
By Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska | November 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm
In Alaska, fishermen and scientists have a long history of working together to figure out how to catch fish in a way that’s safe – for crew members, and for the species out in the ocean. Now, there’s a plethora of research groups out there wanting....

New map shows likely tsunami flood zones
by Rachel Waldholz, KCAW
November 21, 2013 1:24 pm
In the back of most Sitkans’ mind is this question: When the big wave comes, will my house be under water? Researchers at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center have an answer, of sorts. This month, they released a new map outlining which parts of Sitka would be affected by a major tsunami.....

Sea cucumber fishery sees higher than average price
November 21, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 47
The commercial sea cucumber fishery is wrapping up with a total of 1.4 million pounds harvested as of last Thursday. Scott Walker, Ketchikan Area Management Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the fishery started out with around 195 commercial divers when it opened in early October. “The bulk of the fishery is over,” walker said. “The week before last was....

Dept of Law Considering Set Net Ban
Posted: November 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm
The State Department of Law is still in the process of reviewing a recent ballot initiative to ban set netting in Alaska’s five major urban areas. We spoke to Cori Mills in the Attorney General’s office…

Under guise of conservation, anti-setnet initiative seeks to reallocate Cook Inlet salmon
Zach Hill
November 21, 2013
The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance (AFCA) recently announced plans to seek approval to gather signatures for a future statewide ballot initiative seeking to prohibit setnets from urban areas, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Valdez, Juneau and Ketchikan in the name of conserving salmon stocks. I've never heard anyone in Fairbanks complain about setnets threatening local salmon stocks. There are no commercial set net fisheries in Valdez, Juneau or Ketchikan. This effort is clearly targeting the Upper Cook Inlet setnet fishery and its harvest of king salmon bound for rivers on the road system, but the AFCA is hoping that Alaskan voters aren't smart enough to figure that out. This initiative is a conservation issue in name only. Its true goal is to reallocate fish from commercial to sport/guided/personal use. This was....

An in-river look at what has become of the Yukon kings
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in the Morris Communications series, “The case for conserving Kenai king salmon.” The Yukon River draws into its mouth the largest migration of chinook, chum, and coho salmon stocks in the world. For the chinook, or kings, the river offers passage from the Bering Sea to spawning....

Juneau Has Cruise Industry Feeling Thirsty
By Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau | November 21, 2013 - 10:08 am
Juneau’s water utility is not meeting peak demand during the summer cruise ship season. That caused the city to drastically reduce the amount of water it could sell to the cruise industry this year. The city says the problem is due to aging wells at its main water source, Last Chance Basin – a problem that both the city and the cruise industry want to see fixed. Six cruise ships docked in Juneau at once can guzzle about 1 million gallons of water a day. That’s 20 percent of Juneau’s daily water usage in the summer. Cruise ships like to hook up two hoses when in port and buy as much water as they need. But the ships were limited to a total of 200,000 gallons a day this past summer due to....

Salmon research surveys temps, glacier melt, invasive species
PALMER — Changing rivers could affect salmon populations in Alaska, according to researchers at a symposium organized by the Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership.Future changes to flow and temperature — two factors that affect salmon survival — were discussed Nov. 14 at the old Palmer Railroad depot. The waterways that flow into Upper Cook Inlet from around the Matanuska and Susitna valleys contain the most salmon stocks of concern in the state, and much money and time has been spent trying to understand the runs and help restore them through various efforts. The habitat partnership organized the sixth annual symposium to talk about .....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Coming up this week, after a one-year experiment, there’ll again be no tanner crab season in the Eastern Aleutians next year; the sea cucumber season is winding down, and not everyone in Southeast got in on this year’s....