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#12-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

North Pacific council to take up 2014 halibut, groundfish
Published: 2013.12.04 03:23 PM
BY MOLLY DISCHNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
Charter halibut regulations and groundfish catches top the list of discussion items at the upcoming North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting. The council, which meets in Anchorage Dec. 11 to 16, is tasked with recommending halibut management measures for 2014 and will have to incorporate the preliminary information on the overall halibut harvest quotas. At an Oct. 25 meeting, the charter management implementation committee... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/December-Issue-2-2013/North-Pacific-council-to-take-up-2014-halibut-groundfish/
Adak Pushes Hard for Access to Pollock
By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, December 04 2013
Recently, Alaska’s Board of Fisheries set up an experimental harvest in the Aleutian Islands that might have benefited small communities like Adak. But as KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, Adak had its eyes on a much bigger prize. Atka mackerel move fast and live low. They’re strong swimmers that like to hide along rocky sea bottoms. In the Aleutians especially, they can be tough to catch. But Orville.... http://kucb.org/news/article/adak-pushes-hard-for-access-to-pollock/

Coast Guard assists 3 boaters, tows disabled boat near Ketchikan
News Release
Date: Dec. 04, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Kodiak
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard assisted three boaters aboard a disabled vessel about 12 miles west of Ketchikan, Tuesday.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan towed the disabled 27-foot commercial dive boat to Knudson Cove 10 miles northeast of Ketchikan.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a call for assistance from the captain of the Lady Serena at 5:59 p.m. The watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast but did not receive any responses.

The MLB crew was launched from Ketchikan to respond. All boaters were reportedly wearing immersion suits and had anchored the vessel to keep from running aground. The MLB crew conducted a post search and rescue boarding on the vessel and found the crew was in compliance with all applicable safety requirements.

“The vessel was well equipped with safety and survival gear, and had reliable sources of communication to contact the Coast Guard for help,” said Lt. Ryan Erickson, chief of incident management at Sector Juneau. “It’s important to plan ahead and be prepared in the case of an emergency on the water.”

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 9 mph winds and 3-foot seas.

Questions remain over counts after shift to high-tech sonar
BY RASHAH MCCHESNEY, MORRIS NEWS SERVICE-ALASKA/PENINSULA CLARION
Published: 2013.12.04 03:26 PM
Editor’s note: this is the sixth story in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.” In the continuing saga of Kenai River king salmon management during the current period of low abundance, counting the number of fish coming into the river with enough accuracy to satisfy competing users has been a difficult task for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Researchers are dealing with new, high-tech sonar counters they hope will meet the... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/December-Issue-2-2013/Questions-remain-over-counts-after-shift-to-high-tech-sonar/

8:12 PM WED DECEMBER 4, 2013
The History and Future of Salmon
By MIKE MASON
The importance of protecting the abundant salmon runs in Alaska was addressed Wednesday during the first day of the Southwest Alaska Salmon Science Workshop. KDLG’s Mike Mason is... http://kdlg.org/post/history-and-future-salmon

SE Alaskan father and son are running across America to bring attention to poisoning of the earth
December 04, 2013
(SitNews) Sitka, Alaska - What do you do when your 12-old son announces he’s going to run across America? Sitka residents Brett Wilcox and his wife, Kris, decided to change the subject and hope their son, David would forget about it. Three years later he hadn’t forgotten. As a high school freshman, David became the regional cross-country champion and the fastest 3A freshman in Alaska. He regularly runs 15-milers in the local mountains and is pumped up to become the.... http://www.sitnews.us/1213News/120413/120413_running.html

UPDATE 1-Shell charts return to offshore Alaska drilling in July
Wed Dec 4, 2013 8:15pm EST
Dec 4 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc aims to return to Alaskan offshore drilling next July by deploying an upgraded drillship in the Chukchi Sea, while keeping a newly contracted backup drillship ready if needed, according to plans released on Wednesday. The Noble Discoverer, now undergoing maintenance and upgrades in South Korea, would... http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/05/shell-alaska-offshore-idUSL2N0JK01B20131205

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
IPHC Asked to Take Proactive Approach
to Reducing Bycatch
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council, prompted by a draft report from the halibut bycatch work group, is asking the International Pacific Halibut Commissioner to take a proactive approach to reducing halibut bycatch. AMCC wants the IPHC to consider requiring levels of observer coverage that produce reliable, accurate estimates of bycatch mortality across all fisheries and to establish targets for bycatch reduction in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea trawl fisheries. AMCC also asked the IPHC to pursue intermediate and long-term bycatch reduction management strategies with a.... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2013/12/iphc-asked-to-take-proactive-approach.html

Mass. AG urges feds to end catch limits
BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Martha Coakley is urging a court to stop new federal fishing regulations which she called an "existential threat" to New England's 400-year-old fishing industry. Coakley said.... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/news-events/top-news/2697-mass-ag-urges-feds-to-end-catch-limits

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Anadromous Fish Commission Says Salmon Catches Remain Near Historic High
The North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission in Vancouver, British Columbia says the total Pacific salmon abundance in the North Pacific remains at near record high levels. That conclusion was drawn from data compiled by NPAFC members during their annual meeting in mid-November. Seventy-one participants from Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian.... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2013/12/anadromous-fish-commission-says-salmon.html