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#11-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Agency releases sockeye forecast
November 29th 12:07 pm | Joseph Miller
The long awaited projections for next year's sockeye salmon runs are becoming available for the fishermen of Bristol Bay. On Nov. 18, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the first draft of its projections for the 2014 sockeye harvest for the Bristol Bay area. According to the preliminary estimates, the overall harvest numbers for the upcoming year will be around 26.6 million for the area. The number of sockeyes recorded for the 2013 fishing season in Bristol Bay was around 23 million fish. The department's projections for next year indicate that there will be an increase of 4 million fish from last year. In Bristol Bay, at least 8.6 million fish are required to meet the department's escapement goals, which will put next year's...

For seafood marketers, Copper River salmon operate from position of strength
Jennifer Gibbins
The Cordova Times
November 29, 2013
CORDOVA -- The new board of the Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association (CRPWSMA) recently gathered for its annual board retreat, this year choosing the small Prince William Sound community 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 would build a common understanding among board members regarding organizational history, global markets and the Copper River brand.....

Unalaska: Expert says blast needed to free shipwrecked crabber
November 29th 12:08 pm | Jim Paulin
Pulling the shipwrecked crabber Arctic Hunter off the rocks shouldn't be too much of a problem, once a rock is blown away, said Unalaska marine salvage expert Dan Magone, who plans to use high explosives carefully, so as not to kill any wildlife in the process. Magone expects government agencies will approve his wreck removal plan, although "eyebrows have been raised about some of my methodology." Taking out the rock involves drilling holes and filling them with high explosives. "It not an unusual step to take. I've done it before in real sensitive areas like the Pribilofs where you have seals and sea....

Walton Family Foundation Dumped $91.4 Million into Greenwashing in 2012
Walmarting the Rivers and Oceans
Walmart has been in the headlines in recent weeks after the retailer announced plans to keep its stores open this Thanksgiving, forcing Walmart employees to cancel many of their holiday plans. Numerous blogs and alternative media outlets have also reported on the 1500 protests planned by Walmart workers and community allies on Black Friday across the country, in one of the largest mobilizations of working families in American history. “Workers are calling for an end to illegal retaliation, and for Walmart to...

Crab: no in Oregon, yes in California
Written by Don Iler, Pilot staff writer
November 29, 2013 09:49 pm
The commercial season for Dungeness crab in Oregon has been delayed until at least Dec. 16 after sample testing of crab showed low meat content. However, some commercial fishermen can head just over the border into California, where the season is set to begin Sunday. That is, if fishermen and crab buyers in California can...

Is it safe? Radioactive Japanese wave nears US
Posted: Nov 29, 2013 6:24 AM AST
Updated: Nov 29, 2013 6:24 AM AST
By FOX News
In the wake of the deadly tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 and severely damaged a nuclear reactor, Japanese officials say the levels of radiation are safe for everyone outside the reactor area itself. But as radioactive water from the plant nears the West Coast of North America -- the water is expected to hit in 2014 -- can we be sure it's safe? The nuclear reactor continues to leak radioactive water due to poor management, while Japanese subcontractors at the plant have admitted they intentionally under-reported radiation and that dozens of farms around Fukushima that were initially deemed safe by the government actually had unsafe levels of radioactive cesium. Fukushima locals also claim they're seeing cancer at higher rates and the Japanese government is covering up the scale of the problem. So what do independent estimates say? The first measures come from the U.S. government. The FDA has
US airlines advised to comply with China defense zone (video)
Published November 30, 2013
As tensions flare over Beijing’s newly declared air defense zone, U.S. airlines are being advised by the U.S. government to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through the disputed area. China announced last week that all aircraft entering the zone over the East China Sea, located between China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, must notify.......

Nunavut November 28, 2013 - 3:55 pm
Arctic waters increasingly vulnerable to foreign species
“Here’s a chance for us to be a little smarter and wiser”
When most people think of climate change, they picture polar bears, not zooplankton. Zooplankton are a huge group of water organisms which range from microscopic crustaceans to jellyfish and live in both fresh and salt water. Just about everything in the ocean eats zooplankton, from tiny fish to huge whales. In other words, they’re important to...

Water-repellant surface so efficient that drops bounce back off
Ridges and asymmetric repulsion appear to be key.
by Akshat Rathi - Nov 29 2013, 8:00am AST
In recent years, water-repelling materials have gotten better and better at their job of fearing water. But even the best hydrophobic surfaces still take their time when repelling water. This becomes an issue when the surfaces you want to keep water-free operate in freezing conditions. If water is not repelled quickly, it can freeze and end up stuck there. Now Kripa Varanasi, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has come up with a way of....