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#12-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

12:00 AM SUN DECEMBER 8, 2013
Traditional Knowledge in the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment"
The final version of the EPA’a “Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment” will likely be released in the next couple of months. One part of the assessment looks at the importance of salmon in the culture and everyday life of the native people of Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

Washington’s secret book
Congress is stuck, but the bureaucracy persists
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013, 4:07 AM
............... It’s a reminder of how government impacts our lives. Congress is stuck and polarized, but the bureaucracy persists. Here’s what else I stumbled upon: l Even Penny Pritzker, a sharp third-generation Chicago hotel billionaire who’s the new Commerce Secretary, may not know her department is hiking the fee for catching North Pacific halibut and sablefish off the Alaska coast. The government takes a cut from every pound caught. The dollar amount is determined by multiplying a fee percentage by “the annual individual fishing quota fee (IFQ) percentage by the ex-vessel value of all IFQ landings made on a permit and summing the totals of each permit (if more than one).” Whether that makes sense or not, they’re raising the fee to 2.8 percent from 2.1 percent...

Editing out that 'fishy' taste
On Tuesday, we posted a link to a National Marine Fisheries Service feature titled 10 Myths about Marine Aquaculture. Some folks with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, as well as the Alaska office of NMFS, didn't care for the feature. They requested, and got, changes to item No. 1 on the list of "myths." Here is the original version........

Seward man faces pollution conviction
December 5, 2013
A man accused of polluting in the City of Seward small boat harbor was convicted on three different charges last week after a two-day trial before a local jury. Allen McCarty, the local agent for the Anchorage owners of the vessel Dutch Harbor, is facing $5,000 in fines, reimbursement for the costs of cleanup and 50 hours of community service. His attorney, Paul Stockler, is preparing an appeal. State of Alaska attorney Carole Holley specializes in prosecuting environmental crimes for the government. She says that, although there are frequent reports of dumping, meeting the burden of proof is difficult because the evidence has to be....

The double standard of natural resources
By Jamie Baker, CBC News Posted: Dec 08, 2013 5:32 AM NT
Imagine for a moment if France moved in and started mining ore on the Southern Shore, based on their previous settlement history. Or if England moved in and started harvesting timber in central Newfoundland, citing the previous colonial government as giving them the right to do so. Or if the Scandinavians (formerly Vikings) started drilling and extracting oil in St. Anthony because they used to live there. I wonder how everyone would react to that? Call me a sensationalist, but I would suggest it would be torch and pitchfork time, heads would roll, and Rome would be razed to the ground in a campaign of Newfoundland nationalism the likes of which we have never seen. So please tell me how it is that....

Nations can't agree on Pacific tuna cuts
Major fishing nations have failed to agree to deep cuts in the amount of tuna caught in the Pacific Ocean, angering conservationists who claim unsustainable fishing is threatening the species. A week-long meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, held in Cairns, has seen...