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#02-17-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Letter: Beyond Pebble: protect entire watershed
The Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association AIFMA applauds the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA for its Watershed Assessment of impacts of potential large scale mining in the Bristol Bay drainages of Alaska
Posted 02/17/2014
by Dave Harsila - for the Cordova Times
The Alaska Independent Fishermen's Marketing Association (AIFMA) applauds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Watershed Assessment of impacts of potential large scale mining in the Bristol Bay drainages of Alaska. The Assessment is thorough, peer-reviewed, and comprehensive. It describes the risks of unavoidable, adverse, cumulative effects of....

Lots of tools available for entrepreneurs
Posted: February 16, 2014 - 4:15pm
By Molly Dischner
For the Peninsula Clarion
Low interest rates, helpful banks and a variety of tools for entrepreneurs are helping foster new business on the Kenai Peninsula. The success of small businesses is tied to the local economy, said Bryan Zak, South West Region Director for the Alaska Small Business Development Center. Agrium re-starting in Nikiski, and the potential for an in-state gasline with a Peninsula outlet...................In Seward, the marine service industry is booming, with a boatyard expanding and the marine industrial center ready to come online. There’s a new salmon smoker there, too. Down in Homer, Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs H2O is successfully bottling water.....

Salmon forecasts to be unveiled at March 3 meeting
Staff report
February 16, 2014 Updated 22 hours ago
Public participation in the process for setting salmon fishing seasons will kick off March 3 when salmon run forecasts are released. The final decisions are scheduled to be made at meetings April 5-10. The March meeting is the traditional start of the North of Falcon process during which state, federal and tribal fishery managers hammer out the fishing seasons for the coming year. During the morning session, staff from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will reveal salmon...

Columbia coho forecast at nearly 1 million fish
February 16, 2014 Updated 22 hours ago
The run of coho salmon returning to the Columbia River this year will reach nearly 1 million fish, more than three times the size of the run in 2013. The ocean abundance, before any fisheries, of early- and late-run Columbia coho is forecast at 964,100 adult fish, compared with a final estimate of 301,500 for the 2013 run. The forecast was released last week by the Technical Advisory Committee. The 2003-2012 annual average return to the mouth of the Columbia, which subtracts ocean....

How oil breaks fish hearts
Hydrocarbons spilled into oceans stifle the beat of cardiac cells
CHICAGO— Crude oil in the ocean from spills may cramp crucial electrical activity in fish, crippling the pitter-patter of piscine hearts and potentially causing death....

Opinion: Plan to exploit oceans scares fishermen
Fishermen have come to realize that they are inextricably linked to the sum health of the ocean. Our very existence depends upon it. Gone are the presumptuous times of our past, when people believed the world’s oceans were impervious to.......

USD 6.4 million funding to enhance biosecurity and aquaculture best practices
Monday, February 17, 2014, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Enhancing biosecurity, pursuing best practices, and continually improving the overall approach to provincial aquaculture were the key themes discussed by Keith Hutchings, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, at the recent Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association Annual Conference and Trade Show....

3 February, 2014 12:30PM AEDT
Will there be super trawler based in Tasmania?
By Leon Compton and Tim Walker
While it is not until later this year that a scientific report is released into the sustainability of a super trawler operating in Australian Commonwealth waters, those opposed to it in Tasmania want the views of all candidates in the upcoming state election put on the record.....