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#02-22-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Thinking about pinks
Thursday, 20 February 2014
I worry the most when times are good. That might be true for commercial fishermen too. Take pinks. If you hold a Southeast purse seiner permit, it brought in an average of $454,190 in 2011 and $313,658 in 2012. That number is going to be even higher for 2013, when Alaska fishermen harvested a record-breaking 219 million humpies. We should all have that problem, right? That's a lot of cash, but the amount has.... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/blogs/coastlines/3039-thinking-about-pinks

4:30 PM FRI FEBRUARY 21, 2014
Pebble Mine Opponents Head to Washington D.C. Next Week
By MIKE MASON
Several members of the coalition that has come together to oppose development of the proposed Pebble Mine will be in Washington D.C. next week to take their message to members of Congress and the administration of President Barak Obama. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details..... http://kdlg.org/post/pebble-mine-opponents-head-washington-dc-next-week

10:48 AM FRI FEBRUARY 21, 2014
The Warm Winter is Impacting the Finances of the Nushagak Cooperative 
By MIKE MASON
This winter has been unseasonably warm in the Bristol Bay region despite the cold snap that hit the region earlier this month. The unseasonably warm winter has resulted in lower heating costs for most residents and businesses. However, the warm winter is concerning to officials with the local electricity provider for the Dillingham area. A discussion broke out at the recent Nushagak Cooperative Board of Directors meeting about the impact of the warm weather on the Cooperatives business model. Mike Megli is CEO of the Cooperative. “We’re not selling electrons like we thought we would be. It’s been pretty warm so far. We’re not doing well financially.”... http://kdlg.org/post/warm-winter-impacting-finances-nushagak-cooperative

A hydroelectric dam at Chikuminuk Lake is a bad idea
Myron Angstman
February 21, 2014
Alaska dispatch
The Alaska Legislature is once again considering changing the rules that govern activity within Wood-Tikchik State Park, with regard to the preliminary studies into the Chikuminuk Dam proposal. Bristol Bay residents, and all Alaskans, should be alarmed by this proposal. One of the primary reasons this project has ever been even considered for study is the often-stated fact that Chikuminuk Lake does not contain salmon. Thus it is suggested that there is little to fear from this project in terms of the rich and world-famous Bristol Bay fishery. Nothing could be further from the truth. A hydro project such as this poses a great threat to salmon stocks below the... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20140221/hydroelectric-dam-chikuminuk-lake-bad-idea

CDQ Group Buys the Sandy River Lodge on the Alaska Peninsula
3:14 PM WED FEBRUARY 19, 2014
By MIKE MASON
The Community Development Quota organization for the Aleutian Islands region is expanding its tourism business by buying a well-known lodge on the Alaska Peninsula. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.... http://kdlg.org/post/cdq-group-buys-sandy-river-lodge-alaska-peninsula

More money on horizon for Kotzebue fishermen
February 21st 4:45 pm | Jillian Rogers
Those in the Northwest Arctic have known for a long time that there's something special about Kotzebue Sound Keta salmon. And now with the growing popularity of Arctic Circle Wild Salmon and more competitive prices to Kotzebue chum fishermen, more and more people in the region, and beyond, will enjoy the rewards. Arctic Circle Wild Salmon (http://www.arcticcirclewildsalmon.com) is a joint effort with the Sun'aq Tribe in Kodiak, which owns Wild Source Seafood. The Kotzebue chum are smoked and packaged in Kodiak and are available for purchase on the website. Maniilaq Services, LLC, operates and manages Arctic Circle Wild Salmon and is responsible for buying the fish from Kotzebue fishermen. "The immediate impact is to... http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/1408more_money_on_horizon_for_kotzebue_fishermen

Losing days in the Western Pacific
By Susan Chambers
Like Hawaii-based longliners who will feel the sting of new rules from the December 2013 Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting in Australia, U.S.-based purse seine vessels are frustrated with rules that will force them to lose fishing days. “We’re not talking about conservation decisions,” says... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/blogs/sorting-table/2995-losing-days-in-the-western-pacific

Ocean stewardship is not simple
Thursday, 20 February 2014
A group of environmentalists is threatening to sue NOAA because it's not working fast enough to protect turtles from interactions with Gulf Coast shrimp trawls. Welcome to the federal management process, folks! Now imagine the outcome of those slow-grinding wheels actually determined your livelihood. Seems slightly more uncomfortable, no? NOAA is... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/blogs/the-rudderpost/3037-ocean-stewardship-is-not-simple

NOAA Agrees to Pay for At-Sea Monitoring and Fishery Observer Coverage
for Fishing Year 2014
WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) February 21, 2014 -- NOAA Fisheries (formally known as the National Marine Fisheries Service) announced today that, based on recommendations from the New England Fishery Management Council, it will pay the costs for fishery observers and at-sea monitors for groundfish vessels operating in Northeast sectors..... http://myemail.constantcontact.com/NOAA-Agrees-to-Pay-for-At-Sea-Monitoring-and-Fishery-Observer-Coverage-for-Fishing-Year-2014.html?soid=1103343695809&aid=WvZOZa8oL8s

February 22, 2014
Processing plan gets wide support
Councilors see clear sailing for facility with 225 jobs
By James Niedzinski
City officials said Friday they’re excited to share the news that an Illinois-based seafood processing company is firming up plans to bring a plant with up to 225 jobs to Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park. They expect the City Council to give the project an important green light at the... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing/x1196450475/Processing-plan-gets-wide-support

AMP: Don’t Blame the Jones Act for New Jersey Salt Shortage, Blame the State!
BY GCAPTAIN STAFF ON FEBRUARY 21, 2014
The Jones Act once again came under attack this week after it was unfairly blamed for a New Jersey salt shortage by state officials and the mainstream media. We’ve all seen the endless headlines about the winter storms and polar vortexes hammering much of the country, so it has been no surprise to learn that many states, particularly New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, have seen their winter stockpiles of much needed road salt and sand depleted. In New Jersey, officials realized in February that they were on the verge of running out of salt and reached out to a supplier in Maine who had a large shipment ready to be picked up. But when getting the salt from point A to B proved more difficult than expected, logistically... http://gcaptain.com/american-maritime-partnership-responds-to-new-jersey-salt-shortage/

Feds spending $175K to observe ‘swimming abilities’ of fish
By Elizabeth Harrington — The Washington Free Beacon Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will spend $175,000 for a study on the “swimming abilities” of fish in the Northern Rockies, the agency announced on Thursday. The FWS, a bureau within the Department of the Interior, will award a grant for the study that will produce a “fish swimming video.” The grant announcement, entitled “Cooperative Research Program on the Swimming Abilities of Native Stream Fishes in the.... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/22/feds-spending-175k-observe-swimming-abilities-fish/

Thursday February 20, 2014
.ca: Charges laid in connection with the crab dumping incident last spring...... http://www.cbc.ca/fisheriesbroadcast/episodes/2014/02/20/charges-laid-in-connection-with-the-crab-dumping-incident-last-spring/