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#02-13-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

EPA Fines Three Fishing Companies for Seafood Waste Violations
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By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, February 12 2014
Three fishing companies that operate in Alaska have been fined about $275,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency for pollution violations stretching back to 2008. KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal has more........... Blue North Fisheries and Golden Fleece also admitted to letting their Clean Water Act permits lapse for some of their boats, which means they were illegally emitting waste for a time.....

Commercial fishing fleet takes hits from BOF
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 10:54am
By Cristy Fry
The on-going Board of Fisheries meeting dealing with Cook Inlet salmon plans has been rough on the commercial fishermen, taking a big red pen to the Central District drift gillnet plan after potentially reducing fishing time for the setnet fleet by half.....

Southeast crab seasons underway after weather delay
by Joe Viechnicki
February 12, 2014 4:01 pm
Crab boats in northern Southeast Alaska were out fishing Wednesday for Tanner and golden king crab after two days of weather delays. The two fisheries were scheduled to open Monday but were delayed 48 hours because of high wind, cold and freezing spray in central and northern parts of the Southeast panhandle.....

Big inventory of Alaska pink salmon presents marketing challenge
by Joe Viechnicki
February 12, 2014 4:13 pm
The record setting pink salmon catch in Alaska last year has left seafood processing companies with several year’s worth of inventory of canned product, although not all of the pink salmon winds up in a can. In fact, industry in recent years has been freezing and reprocessing around half of Alaska’s pink catch. Analysts say that move has helped weather the boom and bust cycles of salmon returns....

State-Waters Pot Cod Fishery Set to Open
Feb 12, 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Some of Kodiak’s pot cod fishermen will be shifting gears in the coming week. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced yesterday (Tuesday) that the Central Gulf of Alaska A-Season would close at noon today...

Additions to USCG Bill Benefits Fishermen
Feb 12, 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Several provisions to the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act added by Alaska Congressman Don Young could have direct implications in Kodiak. One would give the Coast Guard commandant the discretion to approve leases of submerged or tidal land for longer than the current term of five years. He cited such unused...

Legislators: Large-scale mining can be done right
Associated Press
February 12, 2014 Updated 14 hours ago
JUNEAU, ALASKA — Several state lawmakers — including the Senate president and House speaker — have told the owner of the proposed Pebble Mine that they believe large-scale mining "can be done right" in Alaska. In a letter to Ron Thiessen, president and CEO of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., the legislators say Alaska is open to safe and responsible development. "We appreciate the project team's approach in making ongoing investments in environmental science and engineering studies prior to initiating permitting to ensure that any project at Pebble.....

This Valentine’s Day, Say NO to Dirty Gold
Jewelry buyers are in a powerful position to influence mining industry behavior
Valentine’s Day is almost here. Whatever your stance on consumerism or manufactured holidays, it’s one of the biggest gift giving days of the year.  Millions of people in the United States and around the world will be expressing their love with gifts. Here are just a few examples of gold mining’s destructive impacts around the world:
Bristol Bay, Alaska: If developed, the proposed Pebble Mine would destroy miles of streams that are home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon population. This gold mine would devastate a great piece of American wilderness....

Senate Considers Treaties to Go After Fish Piracy
By Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC | February 12, 2014 - 5:46 pm
The U.S. Senate is considering two international treaties that Sen. Lisa Murkowski says would help crack down on pirate fishing in the North Pacific. Murkowski today told the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that illegal high seas fishing is an economic threat to....

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Economics of Ergonomics – Making Safety Pay
By Michael A. Moore
Sitka salmon troller Eric Jordan may have discovered the secret to make fishing more fun, profitable and injury free. It's one word – ergonomics. "Fishing is way more enjoyable because of how smoothly everything goes," said Jordan. "There is a significant economic advantage to having a more ergonomically efficient operation," said Jordan. "Production and safety have improved because of efficiency and ease of work."....

Expedition explores, cleans up debris
February 6, 2014
On  June 7, 2013, an international team of scientists, artists and educators launched an expedition to study marine debris in southwest Alaska. This was the first step of the Gyre project, a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum and Alaska SeaLife Center, in partnership with several national and Alaska organizations....

Coast Guard medevacs injured woman near Cold Bay, Alaska
News Release
Date: Feb. 13, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured mariner from a vessel 70 miles northwest of Cold Bay, Wednesday.

The helicopter crew safely transported the patient to emergency medical services in Cold Bay for a commercial flight to Anchorage.

Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak received a call Wednesday afternoon from the master of the 680-foot fish processing vessel Ocean Phoenix who reported that the 25-year-old female crewmember was suffering from chest pains and needed medical assistance.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 17th District Command Center directed the launch of  a Jayhawk helicopter crew from a forward operating location in Cold Bay.

“This case illustrates the effectiveness of standing forward operating locations throughout Alaska,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Daugherty, a watchstander with the Coast Guard 17th District. “These seasonal FOLs allow us to respond to maritime emergencies quickly and transports those in need of medical assistance reach a higher level of care.”

Weather on scene was reported as 27 degrees, wind speed at 26 mph, visibility at 3.5 miles and snowing.

Cleaner motors required on Little Su
Published: 2014.02.12 08:07 PM
The Alaska Board of Fisheries took action today on several proposals relating to sport and subsistence fishing opportunity in Northern District streams. The board voted 5-2 to require the use of four-stroke and direct injection two-stroke motors on the Little Susitna River, with Reed Morisky and Orville Huntington opposing the new....

Agricultural survey targets Interior
Nancy Tarnai
Improving Alaska’s food security through agricultural efforts is complicated. There’s a lot more to it than planting, cultivating and harvesting, including consideration of economic indicators, cultural systems, social interactions, business concerns and consumer preferences. To help, the Alaska Co-op Development Program has stationed a research assistant in Fairbanks for several weeks. Christine Nguyen is studying the Interior’s agricultural system so the community can take...

California: Salmon in the Middle
As conservation efforts begin bearing fruit, drought conditions threaten local fisheries
The schools of large adult Chinook salmon swimming back and forth in most pools of the lower Mattole River from November to mid-January offered a powerful testament to both the resilience of these remarkable fish and to the challenges they now face in light of climate change and California's pernicious drought. Many people still remember the dry years of the mid-1970s — especially 1976-77, the driest water year (July 1 through June 30) on record up to now. One bright warm day followed another that winter and the night skies were filled with stars. Loggers complained of having no work-stopping rainy days to give them a little winter's rest. Many smaller creeks and springs simply stopped running as the warm season progressed. Salmon returning in the fall were, like this year, stuck in the....

.ca: Wednesday February 12, 2014
Scallop harvesters on the west coast raise the alarm about the future of that fishery
The loss of the Miss Ally and five young fishermen off Nova Scotia last February rocked the Atlantic fishing community. Tonight we'll find out what a CBC investigation has revealed, and hear the last contact made with the vessel.....

February 12, 2014
NOAA goes GARFO in name change
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
GARFO means fork in Portuguese. Now it also means NOAA in Gloucester. As has been previously reported in the Gloucester Daily Times, NOAA’s four-story facility in Blackburn Industrial Park was renamed in the federal omnibus appropriation that also allocated $75 million in fishing disaster aid to the Northeast....

February 12, 2014
Mass. fishery losses pegged at $103 million
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
Massachusetts will lose about $34 million in direct revenues because of lower fish landings in 2013 due to the ongoing fishing crisis, and direct and indirect revenue losses to the state’s fishing industry and the communities that host it will be about $103 million, Gov. Deval Patrick said in a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Patrick’s letter, written in support of the....

Japanese Firms Develop Hybrid Exhaust Scrubber
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Kakoki Kaisha, Ltd. (MKK) announced today the joint development of a new emissions scrubber designed to remove sulfur oxides emitted by marine diesel engines. Their “Hybrid SOx Scrubber System” will enable vessels to comply with upcoming emissions regulations set to come into effect in 2015 and is based around fresh water...

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