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#01-14-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Chinook Conservation, Trawling and Permit-Stacking Addressed by BoF
Jan 13, 2014
View of Kodiak from Pillar Mountain
View of Kodiak from Pillar Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its Kodiak area meetings on Friday afternoon at the Harbor Convention Center. KMXT’s Jay Barrett spoke with board Chairman Karl Johnstone about some of the decisions that came out of the meeting, and how the meeting schedule may change in the future.....

3:32 PM MON JANUARY 13, 2014
The Dillingham City Council Opposes Passage of House Bill 77
The Dillingham City Council has come out in opposition to a bill that is expected to be a major focus of attention during the next session of the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....

Corps draft feasibility study on ports due in March
by - Margaret Bauman
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to release in early March a draft feasibility report recommending a configuration of docks that garners the highest net benefits to the nation while serving ships traveling to and from the Arctic. The draft document may also show an alternate plan, if the state of Alaska would like to pursue a different configuration, said Lorraine Cordova, the economics team lead for the Corps office in Anchorage. That will be followed by a 30-day public review, then a Corps review, a civil works review board and....
Letter: Opinion: Support for Shepard Point
Posted 01/13/2014
by Joel Azure - for the Cordova Times
Important facts about the Shepard Point Oil Spill Response Facility and Connecting Road Project...

Letter: Opinon: Concerns on Shepard Point
Posted 01/13/2014
by David Grimes - for the Cordova Times
Deep concern about the current proposal for an Oil Spill Response Facility at Shepard Point...

In Antarctica and the Arctic, a game of multinational Monopoly
Douglas FoxThe Christian Science Monitor
January 13, 2014
Just after noon on Sept. 4, 2010, a squat, yellow-black cargo ship lumbered out of the Norwegian port of Kirkenes. Naked ridges of glacially scarred granite slid by on either side as the Nordic Barents motored toward the open sea with 41,000 tons of iron ore locked in her belly. It might have resembled a routine voyage to Western Europe. But the sense of normalcy vanished as the ship reached the mouth of the fjord, a geographic and economic crossroads at the extreme northern edge of Scandinavia. Rather than proceeding forward toward Europe, the Barents swung slowly to the right -- to the east. The ore in its hold was destined for smelters in China. To get there, the ship would do what few....

January 14, 2014
House pegs fisheries for $75M disaster aid; NOAA staying here
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
In the first instance of tangible federal financial assistance following the declaration of a fisheries disaster in 2012, congressional appropriators have included $75 million in disaster aid to fishermen and fishing communities in the $1 trillion Congressional spending bill. The bill also calls for keeping open NOAA’s Gloucester facilities and maintaining its....

.ca: Scientists raising the alarm about federal government cutbacks - Monday January 13, 2014...

Project aims to track spawning cod
The Atlantic male cod, it seems, is rather vocal when it comes to love.
And that just might help researchers determine the exact timing and locale of its winter spawning season and the actual size of the species stock.....

Squid and anchovy filling Calif. sardine void
Larry Derr was as prepared as any longtime Southern California bait fisherman for the disappearance of the Pacific sardines he has pulled up by the ton since the 1980s.....

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