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#11-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Unalaska: Council Moves Forward on Small Boat Harbor Float Designs

By Annie Ropeik
Wednesday, November 27 2013
City council approved a new contract to finish redesigning C float at the Bobby Storrs Boat Harbor at their meeting Tuesday night. The contract is with PND Engineers for $515,000. PND has been a part of the redesign process since January. Port director Peggy McLaughlin told the council that their preferred design for C float is a straight, linear pontoon float with no fingers off the side. "It gives us all kinds of flexibility in terms of what we can moor there in size and width," she said. "And we will also have additional....
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The Alaska Fisheries Report
Nov 27, 2013
Coming up on this Thanksgiving week show, 2014 forecasts are out for sockeye in Bristol Bay and pinks in Southeast, small boat fishermen work to expand the availability of electronic monitoring, and, keep an eye on your boat this winter, will ya? We’re thankful for help this week from KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, KFSK’s Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham.....
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Hilsinger Joins Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation as Science Advisor
Veteran fisheries biologist John Hilsinger is the new science advisor for the Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation, filling the post vacated when former Alaska Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd became executive director of the North Pacific Research Board. Golden king crab, says Hilsinger, are Alaska’s most unique crab fishery. Surveys to evaluate the Aleutian crab resource have been very....

Will Alaska legislature protect instream flows in upcoming session?
By Hal Shepherd
Director, Center for Water Advocacy
November 28, 2013
In response to significant public opposition to House Bill 77 that arose in last year’s legislative session, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, recently, released a fact sheet entitled “Modernizing Alaska’s Permitting System” which provides that “DNR and the Governor… introduced [the Bill] as part of an initiative to…ensure that projects are permitted in a timely, predictable and efficient manner while safeguarding the environment.” Some would suggest, however, that the bill is more likely the result of the Parnell administration’s intimate relationship with the energy industry then any need to fix inconsistencies in the water right permitting process. The courts, for one, don’t appear to be on board with DNR’s argument that the bill “would help prevent an individual or organization from trying to use water reservations as a tool to stop any development by ‘locking up’ water” in reference to the...

Researchers hope to determine age of crab
Posted 11/29/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Hatchery-reared red king crab juveniles are the subject of a new study on the potential of using natural chemicals found in crab eyes to estimate their age. Researchers for the project, funded by the North Pacific Research Board, are Alexei Pinchuk and Ginny Eckert of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and...
Two appointed to Marine Transportation Advisory Board
Posted 11/29/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Kodiak Mayor Patricia Branson and retired U.S. Coast Guard officer Richard Knapp have been appointed to the state's Marine Transportation Advisory Board....

Nov. 28, 2013 6:19 PM ET
Replacing Tustumena a priority for marine board
English: The MV Tustumena, a ferryboat that is...
The MV Tustumena, a ferryboat that is part of the Alaska Marine Highway fleet and services Kodiak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Replacing the troubled Tustumena ferry, which was out of commission for nearly a year, is the top priority of the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, the group's chairman says. Chairman Bob Venables, of Sitka, said at a recent board meeting that the Tustumena is important to the transportation infrastructure of Western Alaska. The vessel returned to service last month, six months later than expected. The Alaska Marine Highway System has contracted with a Seattle marine engineering firm to....

Shipyard Seeking Extra Payment for Ferry Repairs
By Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska | November 27, 2013 - 4:02 pm
Seward Ship’s Drydock was only supposed to spend a few months fixing up the Tustumena ferry. Instead, it took them a year....

Seward Man Fined For Dumping Oily Bilge Water
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | November 27, 2013 - 4:08 pm
When someone dumps their bilge water, it’s hard to nab the perpetrator. The evidence literally dilutes as the crime is happening. Unless, of course, the evidence freezes. That’s exactly what happened in Seward on January 20, 2012. State attorney Carole Holley explains. “Seward boat harbor employees found an oily sheen around the edges of the vessel, and the reason why this was so easily determined is because there had been a hard freeze in....

Coast Guard conducts Thanksgiving medevac from cargo vessel near Dutch Harbor
News Release
Date: Nov. 28, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed to the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, medevaced an injured crewmember from the 738-foot container vessel Kerveros approximately 86 miles from Dutch Harbor Thursday....

Battling noxious aquatic weeds threatening some Alaska waterways
Rick Sinnott
November 28, 2013
Two species of Elodea, aquatic plants commonly known as Canadian and Nuttall’s waterweed, have been found in recent years in a handful of lakes and sloughs near Fairbanks, Anchorage, Cordova, and Kenai. Native to some states in the Lower 48, these two species are the first invasive aquatic weeds in Alaska. Unlike some terrestrial weeds that seem to be content hanging around towns and highways, Elodea is fully capable of spreading into slow-moving water bodies throughout Alaska. It has already...

Dry weather lowers water levels in hydro reservoir
By Kyle Clayton
November 28, 2013
The Blind Slough hydroelectric reservoir is three feet below normal heading into the winter months after two dry spells. “A year ago in October we had the driest October on record which is the normal month we refill,” said Joe Nelson, Power and Light Superintendent. “Because this year was a relatively mild year we were not able to refill the reservoirs.” Petersburg buys roughly 80 percent of its wholesale power from Southeast Alaska Power Agency and offsets the other 20....

Lights added to drive down dock project
by Matt Lichtenstein
November 27, 2013 4:53 pm
Petersburg will add some lighting to its commercial drive-down dock project. The borough assembly Monday approved a harbor board recommendation to include that electrical work in the advertisement for construction bids instead of leaving it as....

Originally published November 28, 2013 at 8:13 PM
Washington, Alaska senators pave way for 4 new icebreakers
Four U.S. senators from Washington and Alaska have banded together to push for construction of four heavy-duty icebreakers, a move that would triple the Coast Guard’s current Seattle-based fleet.....

The Fishwives Choir makes a push for Christmas Number One
A new charity single raising money for the bereaved families of fishermen has had its odds on landing the coveted Yuletide top spot slashed to 20 to 1
Ben Dowell
2:54 PM, 28 November 2013
The battle to be Christmas Number One is hotting up and a new and unexpected contender is looking a distinct possibility to scoop the crown – the Fishwives Choir. Led by the doughty Jane Dolby (pictured, centre), a widow whose fisherman husband Colin was lost at sea four years ago, the group's single When the Boat Comes In/Eternal Father has now been earmarked as a 20 to 1 contender for the crown by bookies Coral. The idea to release the song came to Dolby as a way of repaying The Fishermen’s Mission, the charity that helped her when her husband went missing. She adds that...

Sardine crash may be hurting brown pelicans
November 28, 2013 20:21 GMT
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Scientists and conservation groups are worried that a crash in West Coast sardine numbers that has forced cutbacks in commercial fishing is also hurting brown pelicans.
The bird just came off the threatened species list four years ago. Breeding has been good in Mexico, but not in the Channel Islands off Southern California. The birds fly as far north as British Columbia to feed....

Tsunami-hit fish processing firms recover thanks to Mitsubishi's aid
Friday, November 29, 2013, 19:40 (GMT + 9)
A new seafood processing factory is to be built in Ofunato, Iwate, northeastern Japan, after the firm it belongs to – fish processor firm Morishita Suisan – had been devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.....

After Typhoon Haiyan, Storm Forecasters Tap Technology
Officials in the Philippines Look to New Methods to Prevent a Repeat of Disaster
Updated Nov. 29, 2013 12:43 a.m. ET
GUIUAN, Philippines—The Philippines had access to some of the best technology available to predict the route of Typhoon Haiyan, including Doppler radar systems and satellite images provided by storm-monitoring agencies in the U.S. and Japan. It still got slammed....

High Costs Impede LNG Use For Maritime Transport In Europe 

Tsunami Warning in 2011 in Dutch Harbor. Post by @BeringSeaCapt

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