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#03-02-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Who cares about Alaska salmon? Intentional or not, abuse is too common
Stian Stensland
March 1, 2014
Around 450,000 people sportfish in Alaska each year, catching about 2.5 million salmon, of which about half are released. A properly released salmon should survive, spawn, and then die -- completing its life cycle and role in the ecosystem. A December article on Alaska Dispatch features a researcher speculating that maybe half of caught and released salmon never spawn -- a number seven to 10 times greater than reported by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. If correct, that has huge consequences for Alaska’s sport fisheries. Correct or not, however, the debate emphasizes anglers’ responsibility to properly handle and release their catch in a way that minimizes harm or stress. Alaska sportfishing regulations state that molesting of fish is prohibited. Molesting is defined as: “harassing, disturbing, or interfering with fish by any means, including the use of any missile or object not established as legal gear; molesting includes dragging, kicking, throwing, striking, or... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20140301/who-cares-about-alaska-salmon-intentional-or-not-abuse-too-common

Feds, miners, Alaska natives: What they're saying about Pebble Mine
By Maria L. La Ganga
March 2, 2014, 8:00 a.m.
SEATTLE -- Now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun the yearlong process that could lead to halting construction on the controversial Pebble Mine, stakeholders in Alaska’s bountiful Bristol Bay are weighing in. There is celebration over what could be possible protection for the world’s most productive sockeye salmon fishery. There is wariness about a process that could impede progress... http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-epa-pebble-mine-alaska-20140228,0,3551544.story

Coast Guard medevacs mariner near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
News Release
Date: March 01, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Kodiak
English: Annotated aerial photograph of (FAA: ...
Cold Bay, Alaska, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Contact: Petty Office 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg

KODIAK, Alaska — An Air Station Kodiak Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed aboard to the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, medevaced a 40-year-old man from the 559-foot bulk carrier vessel Ken Ei 100 miles northwest of Dutch Harbor, Saturday.

The Dolphin crew transported the patient to Dutch Harbor where he was transferred to a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to Cold Bay. The Jayhawk flew him to Cold Bay and transferred him to commercial medical services where he was flow to Anchorage for a higher level of care.

Watchstanders of the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau were contacted by the master of the vessel reporting that a crewmember was suffering from abdominal distress. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was contacted and concurred with the need for medevac due to the possibility of appendicitis.

"This case illustrated the importance of the Coast Guard having multiple units not only patrolling the Bering Sea but also forward deployed to remote seasonal locations around the state of Alaska,” said Chief Petty Officer Chris Cole of the Coast Guard 17th District command center. “Professional unit coordination was key to getting this man to the advanced medical care he needed.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as 40 mph winds and 7-foot seas.

'Deadliest Catch' crabber Edgar Hansen felt at home on 'This Old House'
By Kate O'Hare    March 1, 2014 11:30 AM ET
Back in September, before the start of king-crab season for the Bering Sea crab-fishing fleet on Discovery's "Deadliest Catch," Edgar Hansen, the deck boss and engineer on the F/V Northwestern, headed to the Boston area to do a guest stint on PBS' long-running home-improvement show "This Old House." When he spoke to Zap2it in the fall, Hansen hadn't yet filmed his spot. On this February day, during opilio-crab season, Hansen gets on a satellite phone from a stopover to offload crab..... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/03/deadliest-catch-crabber-edgar-hansen-felt-at-home-on-this-old-house.html

BC Fishermen Stuck in the Middle of DFO Legal Battle
Union prepared for herring season as advised, now faces shutdown due to 'lack of consultation process' with First Nations.
By Kristian Secher, Yesterday, TheTyee.ca
B.C. fishermen say they're stuck in the middle of what has turned into a legal battle between the federal fisheries department and five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. The commercial herring roe fishery on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Central Coast and Haida Gwaii is at the centre of the dispute. The largest fishermen's union in British Columbia is now urging all its members not to fish in these disputed areas. The move follows a recent Federal Court decision to overrule the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's (DFO) decision to reopen commercial herring roe fisheries on.... http://www.thetyee.ca/News/2014/03/01/DFO_Legal_Battle/

In New Orleans courts, the legal gusher BP cannot contain
2 March 2014
STEVEN MUFSON, THE WASHINGTON POST
After a blowout at its Macondo exploration well killed 11 workers, set fire to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and triggered a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a contrite BP vowed to "make things right" and set aside $42.5 billion to do so. But nearly four years later, BP knows just how hard things can get in the Big Easy. The London-based oil giant is mired in litigation in federal courts in New Orleans. No longer apologetic, BP has stiffened its spine. It has filed new motions and countersuits, taken out a slew of full-page ads in newspapers (including The Washington Post) and enlisted the British ambassador to express concerns to the Obama administration over how aggrieved the company feels. One issue pending before US District Judge Carl Barbier is how much BP will have to pay the government in Clean Water Act fines, a figure that could range from less than BP's $3.5 billion estimate to the maximum allowable $18 billion. But the source of much of BP's ire lies with a legal donnybrook over a settlement designed to compensate individuals and businesses for economic harm caused by the spill. BP alleges that many of the 256,478 claims filed -- by a parade of fishermen, hotels, surf shops.... http://www.todayszaman.com/news-340881-in-new-orleans-courts-the-legal-gusher-bp-cannot-contain.html