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#02-25-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Political solution sought for China geoduck ban
by Leila Kheiry
February 24, 2014 4:11 PM
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and members of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association talked last week about the possibility that China’s ban on Alaska and Washington State geoducks is based more on politics than on science. Senator Murkowski stopped in Ketchikan after her trip to Juneau to address the Alaska State Legislature. She met with various groups, including some dive fishermen who are worried about China’s ongoing ban on geoduck clams. “I liked how one gentleman put it,” she said during a press availability later that day. “He said, ‘Some are saying it’s an issue that relates to science. Some have suggested there’s more politics. It’s probably political science.’” Phil Doherty is the executive director at SARDFA. He said he told the senator that.... http://www.krbd.org/2014/02/24/political-solution-to-china-geoduck-ban/
HB 77 Rewrite Finds Agreement in State Senate
Posted: February 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm
The Governor’s water rights bill, House Bill 77, is being rewritten after public testimony revealed deep concerns. Soldotna Senator Peter Micciche spearheaded the public outreach on the Kenai..... http://radiokenai.net/hb-77-rewrite-finds-agreement-in-state-senate/

Choosing the Right Refrigeration
By Dan Huet
chinagas.blogspot.com
March 1, 2014
When it comes time to upgrade existing equipment or to install a new refrigeration system on your boat for the first time, there are a few important things to think about. According to Kurt Ness at Integrated Marine Systems, “There are a lot of factors to consider when exploring freezing or Refrigerated Seawater (RSW) options. Power requirements, hold capacity, vessel insulation, market demands, processors’ expectations and more.” The initial question may be to ask yourself what your market requires. Is there a chance to work multiple fisheries in the future? If there is potential for both chilled and frozen product, you can plan for that now, since there are refrigeration systems that will allow you to chill as well as freeze. Next ask yourself how much product you will need to be able to chill or freeze. Look at your forecast by the day and by the.... http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2014/03/01/features/choosing-the-right-refrigeration/242.html

Atom Bomb Tests Help Determine Age of Fish
By Michael A Moore
March 1, 2014
The time has arrived when the age of a fish is an important factor in its management and catch status. The accuracy of determining the age of a given species has made a quantum leap in the last decade due to the application of nuclear technology with roots in dating tree rings and rocks to ichthyology – and leaving previous methods of estimating species longevity far behind. Scientists at NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu have been working on how to accurately determine the...... http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2014/03/01/features/atom-bomb-tests-help-determine-age-of-fish/241.html

Work Starts on Critical Arctic Infrastructure Legislation
By MARY KAUFFMAN
February 24, 2014
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - Last week, the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee started consideration of a bill designed to boost infrastructure development and create incentives to attract private investment to build much needed ports, roads, emergency and telecommunications projects in the Alaskan Arctic. Globally, the Arctic has roughly four million residents with an annual economy of $230 Billion. This is expected to increase in the future. Aside from certain areas in Norway and the western Russian Federation, the Arctic region remains vastly underserved by transportation, ports, communication and other critical infrastructure.... http://www.sitnews.us/0214News/022414/022414_arctic.html

MONDAY FEBRUARY 24 2014
Murkowski Representing Nation at International Arctic Conference
Senator Attends SCPAR Event in Ottawa, to Discuss Northwest Passage, Arctic Economic Potential

Senator Lisa Murkowski today is representing the United States of America at a meeting of the Standing Committee of Parliamentarians of the Arctic Region (SCPAR) in Ottawa, Canada.  She is working alongside representatives from the other Arctic nations, as they study and discuss emerging possibilities and challenges in the region.  Among the topics of discussion today are shipping routes through the Northwest Passage and intelligent investment in the region.

“It is so encouraging and energizing to sit down with global leaders and talk about concrete plans and proactive policies for Arctic nations not only in terms of a prosperous future but also improving conditions for our First Peoples,” said Murkowski.  “It is slightly dispiriting, however, that discussions like these are not happening within America’s borders – and I stand committed to building momentum in the United States to position America as a leader in the Arctic when we become Chair of the Arctic Council next year.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski is seen as a leader in Congress on Arctic matters – and has been critical in recent days of the administration declining to name an Arctic Ambassador as she has called for, opting instead for a vague ‘Special Representative’ position. The United States is scheduled to become the Chair of the Arctic Council next year, and Senator Murkowski has been working with Cabinet officials, top military brass and international leaders to advocate for a better awareness of Alaska’s Arctic role and the need for action and investment now.
Copper River Seafoods Workers from Eastern Idaho Starting Tuesday in Rexburg
Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014 6:26 pm | Updated: 9:59 pm, Mon Feb 24, 2014.
By Journal Staff
Representatives of an Alaska-based seafood processor will be in Eastern Idaho this week to recruit workers. Copper River Seafoods of Alaska is hosting three events in the upper valley with the first one slated for today starting at 10 a.m. at the Idaho Department of Labor office in Rexburg, 1133 Stocks Ave..... http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/alaska-seafood-processor-seeks-workers-from-eastern-idaho-starting-tuesday/article_cee04aae-9dbb-11e3-bf8b-0019bb2963f4.html

Fukushima's Radioactive Ocean Water Arrives At West Coast
By By Becky Oskin, Staff Writer
4 hours ago
Radiation from Japan's leaking Fukushima nuclear power plant has reached waters offshore Canada, researchers said today at the annual American Geophysical Union's Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu. Two radioactive cesium isotopes, cesium-134 and cesium-137, have been detected offshore of Vancouver, British Columbia, researchers said at a news conference. The detected concentrations are much lower than the Canadian safety limit for cesium levels in drinking water, said John Smith, a research scientist at Canada's Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia..... http://news.yahoo.com/fukushima-39-radioactive-ocean-water-arrives-west-coast-141659725.html
Radioactive Ocean Website (http://ourradioactiveocean.org/) Garners Support http://www.marinelink.com/news/radioactive-website364603.aspx

Reel Action
Gloucester's bluefin chasers prove why they're the stars of the show
By Shelley Wigglesworth
The spirit of the sea runs deep in the veins of the hardworking commercial fishermen and women who have been making their living off the shores of Gloucester, Mass., for hundreds of years. One of the oldest fishing villages in the United States, Gloucester is teeming with a rich maritime heritage that spans the centuries. It is also the home of Gorton's seafood, a mainstay fish processing factory in the town for decades, and to the ..... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/march-2014/2913-cover-story-excerpt

Editor's Log
Get in on the act
Any time we cover a commercial fishing reality show, we risk getting caught up in the hype. Some folks will love it, and some will roll their eyes, balking at the lack of reality in so-called reality programming. Whether or not you like the shows, bringing the lives of commercial fishermen into the living rooms of mainstream America is a good thing. The United States imports 92 percent of the seafood consumed in this country. What's to keep that number from rising except consumer education? The more people feel like they know a fisherman or a fishery (from television or otherwise), the more likely they are to buy American fish. (And if fishery and food advocate..... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/march-2014/2914-editor-s-log

Around the Yards
Northeast
Wood is good for this Maine yard; lobsterman gets a left-handed boat
In an industry defined by fiberglass and metal boats, Peter Kass at John's Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, Maine, is building his 65th wooden boat, and most of them have been for commercial fishermen. This one is a 46' x 15' lobster boat for Stonington, Maine's, Ryan Larrabee. It's a stretched-out version of a 44-foot lobster boat Kass launched last July. The hull is 1 1/4-inch cedar planking over 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" steam-bent oak ribs. The deck is seamed and caulked 1 1/2-inch Douglas fir. That will be topped with a layer of bridge tiles. Larrabee's boat will have a couple of features relatively new to lobster boats built at John's Bay Boat Co. One is a fiberglass lobster tank behind the house and about.... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/march-2014/2911-around-the-yards

Your Best Sushi Years Are Behind You
FEB 24, 2014 3:56 PM ET
By James Greiff
First there was peak oil. Now there's concern that peak salmon is setting in. If that's the case, prices for products as varied as gourmet cat food and salmon rolls might be headed higher. And it isn't as if sushi was inexpensive to begin with, especially in New York and Los Angeles...... http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-02-24/your-best-sushi-years-are-behind-you

February 25, 2014
NOAA sees 'status quo' on closed fish areas
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
NOAA Regional Director John Bullard, in a letter to the New England Fishery Management Council, indicated the federal agency will not stand with fishing advocates in their preference for opening up a greater portion of Stellwagen Bank as part of the new rules being drafted to determine where commercial fishermen will..... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing/x1196455195/NOAA-sees-status-quo-on-closed-fish-areas

President’s Commentary—January 2014
2-25-2014
Reductionism versus Natural Rights or Why Is Effective Natural Resource Management So Difficult?
Bob Hughes, AFS President
Although many North American fish populations and stocks are considered healthy or recovering, many others are not, and an ever-increasing number are considered vulnerable, threatened, or endangered (Nehlsen et al. 1991; Musick et al. 2000; Jelks et al. 2008). I believe that many of these declines are driven by scientific and management reductionism in our profession or the failure to consider fully the effects of human culture (e.g., ethics, economics, demographics) on fish and their immediate environments. Our profession tends to focus on hatchery production, harvest, habitat improvement, and occasionally land/water use. However, external drivers, cultural ethics, and provincial/state and federal policies regarding land/ water use, resource consumption, and economic/population growth ultimately determine the structures and processes of the resources we study and...... http://fisheries.org/presidents-commentary-january-2014