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#03-05-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Petersburg Hatchery Fire Destroys More Than a Million Chinook Eggs 
Matthew F Smith, Digital Producer
ANCHORAGE - A fire has destroyed the main incubation building of a Petersburg fish hatchery, wiping out all of the hatchery's coho salmon eggs and more than a million Chinook salmon eggs. David Berg, Assistant Chief with the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, said PVFD received the call around 2 a.m. early Tuesday for a fire at the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery. A resident at the hatchery, located about 18 miles south of Petersburg, said.....

Arctic nations agree to temporary restrictions
Published: 2014.03.04 02:11 PM
The U.S. and four other Arctic nations are working toward fishing protections for the farthest north waters. The government of Greenland announced Feb. 28 that the countries would work together to prevent fishing in the high seas of the Arctic based on a U.S. proposal at a summit held in Nuuk, Greeland Feb. 24-26. Shrinking summer sea ice has opened the.......

ExxonMobil’s Vast Russian Prospects at Risk With Putin’s Ukraine Push
March 5 (Bloomberg) — Exxon Mobil Corp.’s biggest international exploration opportunity may be imperiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukrainian foray. U.S.-based companies could face restrictions on doing business in Russia if Putin’s regime is slapped with sanctions by western governments or the United Nations for its intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Exxon, under the terms of a 2011 contract with state- controlled OAO Rosneft, owns drilling rights across....

2:23 PM TUE MARCH 4, 2014
Bristol Bay Driftnet Permit Values Inch Upwards
There continues to be some upward pressure on the value of Bristol Bay driftnet fishing permits. The February permit values report from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $133.9-thousand dollars. That’s up $900-dollars compared to the value recorded back in January. The value put forward by CFEC does not necessarily represent the price being asked for....

4:05 PM TUE MARCH 4, 2014
Togiak Herring Outlook
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released their outlook for this year’s Togiak sac-roe herring fishery. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked it over for this report......

Research team studies connectivity, at home and sea
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
March 4, 2014 6:21 pm
Two preeminent oceanographers will be in Sitka for the month of March. Jackie Grebmeier and Lee Cooper will be catching up on their writing, visiting classrooms, and mingling with the public — basically, enjoying the novelty of staying in one place for a solid month. The pair teach at the University of Maryland, but travel regularly to Alaska — where they did their doctoral research — to visit the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. Grebmeier is a biological oceanographer. She’s the US delegate to the International Arctic Science Committee. “I like to look at the coupling — the connection between processes in the water.....

Opinion: Ocean drives Southeast Alaska economy
Despite the fact that Southeast Alaska is 35,000 square miles, we don’t have much in the way of land here. Of that total, only 0.3 percent is owned by communities and private landowners — just 1/3 of one percent. The federal government owns 95 percent of our land base, while the rest is owned by a combination of the State of Alaska and Alaska Native Corporations. But....

Grass roots group celebrates 25 years
by Christina Whiting
Homer Tribune
Mar 4th, 2014
Kachemak Heritage Land Trust is the oldest land trust in Alaska. It was founded in 1989 by a group of community members who were concerned with local lands and stewardship and sought to preserve the natural landscape and beauty of the Kenai Peninsula for future generations. KHLT’s founding members were Daisy Lee Bitter, Toby Tyler, Janice Schofield, Jon and Nelda Osgood, Roberta Highland, Robert Archibald, Mary Pearsall, Diane McBride and Devony Lehner. Together, they decided that the....

86th annual Blessing of the Fleet set for March 9th
The 86th annual Blessing of the Fleet will take place at Fishermen’s Memorial site at Fishermen’s Terminal March 9 at 2 p.m. Pastor Laurie Jones of Ballard First Lutheran Church will lead the ceremony and will offer words of hope for the fishing fleet to bring a good fishing harvest, safe travels, and that the fleet be good stewards of “the creation.” “I want to focus a little on the 100 anniversary of fishermen’s Terminal and remember those who did not come back to see and highlight the people that have....

Old faces and new
Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Jes Hathaway
The coast of Maine beckons with her own sweet siren song in summer. For at least two months, Route 1 is bumper to bumper from Red's famous lobster roll take-out in Wiscasset all the way to Acadia National Park 120 miles to the north. It's a different scene in February when the edges of the road are encased in ice and the pavement is streaked with so much salt you can barely make out the painted lines. But it's still beautiful to me. On Thursday, Feb. 27, my two-hour drive up the coast landed me at the Samoset Resort for the Maine Fishermen's Forum in Rockport. The wind was whipping flags atop 40-foot poles that seemed to huddle together at the edge of the parking lot, signaling a brutal but thankfully short walk to the hotel. As I entered the double doors, my spine relaxed and I cracked a smile....

A new development in algae-based biofuel
Wednesday, March 05, 2014, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
A team of researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) have devised a new technological device intended to further develop algae-based biofuels. This device -- the environmental photobioreactor – has become the world’s first standard algae growing platform, which simulates dynamic natural environments. The researchers, led by David Kramer, Hannah Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MSU, pointed out that this invention helps identify, cultivate and test algal strains that have the potential to make the leap....

Higher fish intakes seem beneficial for heart health
Wednesday, March 05, 2014, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
Eating fish in amounts comparable to those of people living in Japan seems to impart a protective factor that wards off heart disease, according to an international study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Middle-aged Japanese men living in Japan had....