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#02-04-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Board of Fish Resumes, Raises King Goal
Posted: February 4, 2014 at 6:28 am
The late run Kenai King goal has been raised, after a tumultuous few years of debate.
 Kenai River Sportsfishing Association authored proposal 207, which outlined an increase from the current goal of 15,000 – 30,000 to 20,000 – 40,000. The Board found a compromise and passed a new goal of 16,600 – 30,000. Ricky Gease, Executive Director of KRSA, explained that returns less than 20,000 would we relative to the “lowest historical escapements where returns have been estimated.”...

New limits on limit seiners
Thursday, 30 January 2014
OK. Just about everyone in America is aware that for this past decade, Congress has been on record as being mostly a dismal, lackluster, do-nothing, divisive group of men and women....... Classification societies aren’t up to the task of making judgment calls on the design and building of small boats: offshore supply boats, ships, big tugs, factory trawlers, yes, but not small fishing boats. They don’t have the mindset and most haven’t even started at developing rules for small fishing boats. One classification society will try to use its under-90-meter rule. That’s 295 feet, which is hardly something you would want for a 58-footer. Then there’s the cost: $50,000 to $75,000 just for the design work: total cost, maybe $250,000 more to build a 58-footer.....

New CEO Takes Over Pebble Partnership
Matthew Smith Matthew F Smith, Digital Producer
POSTED: 10:37 PM AKST Feb 03, 2014    UPDATED: 10:38 PM AKST Feb 03, 2014
ANCHORAGE - The leadership behind the proposed Pebble Mine is seeing a change at its highest ranks. The Pebble Partnership announced Monday that longtime CEO John Shively is moving to a Chairmen of the Board position with the project as Tom Collier moves to the position of CEO.....

Dutch Harbor Pacific Cod Fishery to Open as Federal Season Closes
By Annie Ropeik
Monday, February 03 2014
The new Dutch Harbor state-waters Pacific cod fishery will officially open next week. That’s as the federal Pacific cod season comes to a close Tuesday. The Department of Fish and Game is closing the federal Pacific cod season in the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands area for catcher vessels under 60 feet fishing with hook-and-line or pot gear. That means the parallel state-waters fishery for boats 58 feet and under fishing....

BBRSDA releases new Bristol Bay documentaries
Videos capture the essence of what Bristol Bay fishermen have been fighting so hard to protect says Bob Waldrop
Posted 02/03/2014
by - Cordova Times Staff
A series of short documentaries on Alaska's Bristol Bay were released Feb. 3 by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association on its website, and on
Filmmaker and life-long Bristol Bay fisherman Elijah Lawson teamed up with Randall Peck to create The Process, Community, and The Mershons, three portraits of Bristol Bay fishermen and their families.....

King crab program shares research results
Shellfish aquaculture and king crab biology
One of the goals of the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program is to share research results with the scientific community to advance shellfish aquaculture and king crab biology. AKCRRAB biologists at the University of Alaska, the Alutiiq pride Shellfish Hatchery, and NOAA Fisheries published articles over the past year in peer-reviewed journals including Aquacultue, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, PLOS One, and the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Economy.
The publications covered...

The Salmon Project: Salmon Invictus
Lynn Schooler
February 3, 2014
(Second of 15 parts)
In August of 2013, I was staked out on a river on an island in Southeast Alaska, waiting for a brown bear to come into camera range. The river was shallow and flowed clear as air over a bottom layered with speckled gravel and chunks of granite, some of which were large enough to create eddies where masses of chum salmon lay resting before heading upstream.....

February 4, 2014
Valdez, no stranger to disaster, sees avalanche as a wonder
By Michelle Theriault Boots
Anchorage Daily News (MCT)
VALDEZ, Alaska — People who live here know about snow. They also know about rain and they know about ice. But the town’s real expertise is snow. This is a place where, in the winter of 1989-1990, street names had to be spray-painted on snow berms because the signs were buried in mountains of snow, and driving around town was like navigating a white-walled maze. It is a place where businesses post signs advising motorists to park feet away from the building, in case a.....

Canadian group intends AK rail line to Lower 48
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Could a $15 billion railroad project reduce the cost of living in Alaska overnight? Matt Vickers, a lead member in the startup group G7G Railway Corp., thinks it can. Vickers' Vancouver-based group is proposing a 1,600-mile railroad from Fort McMurray, Alberta, into Alaska. About 240 miles of the rail would be laid in the state. The railroad would primarily transport bitumen from Alberta's tar sands to Delta Junction, where the project's....

Here’s the First Fish to Ever Be Taken Off the Endangered Species List |
Feb. 4, 2014 8:01am Associated Press
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was to announce Tuesday that the Oregon chub was recovered, 21 years after it went on the endangered species list. The agency will monitor the fish for nine years to make sure populations continue to grow. “We’re not saying it won’t need management,” said Paul Henson, Oregon director of Fish and Wildlife. “But they can leave the hospital and get out to be an outpatient.”....

Chieftain Metals report suggests fish not at risk
By: Henry Lazenby
3rd February 2014
TORONTO ( – Project developer Chieftain Metals on Monday said an Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessment report carried out by accredited third-party consultants had concluded that the fish resource downstream from the $450-million Tulsequah Chief polymetallic project, in British Columbia, is at a healthy level and the 60 years of historic discharge posed a low risk to fish. At the request of the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment, British Columbia-based independent scientists from Palmer Environmental Consulting Group, Core6 Environmental and Triton Environmental Consultants evaluated the water quality at four....

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