UFA Update
November 27, 2011

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Contents:

1. UFA Publishes Community Fishing Fact Sheets to Heighten Community Fishery Awareness
2. UFA names Bob Moss, Sr. of Homer to Alaska Seafood Hall of Fame
3. UFA Supports Reestablishment of Alaska Coastal Management Program
4. UFA posts hatchery support resolutions
5. Anxiety up as more ISA salmon virus found in B.C.
6. New AK Dept. of Labor stats hold snapshot of commercial fishing
7. The demise of the Kenai River king salmon
8. AK Board of Fisheries - Prince William Sound and Upper Copper River/Upper Susitna River Finfish - December 2-7, 2011, Valdez Convention Center
9. Fairbanks News Miner: Who gets to fish? (Chitina subsistence at PWS BOF)
10. Alaska's halibut civil war ramps up as charters fire new salvo
11. Kenai Peninsula Clarion on nonresident salmon limits: The Canadian way
12. Alaska Board of Fisheries 2012-2013 tentative meeting schedule
13. Top fishing ports shuffle ranks in 2011, Kodiak tops in halibut
14. Aleutian Region Listen as State’s Top Fisheries Earner
15. Salmon harvest will rank as second best ever, tops $603M
16. Crew jobs down, earnings up according to latest survey
17. Aleutian Life –KTUU 4 part video series
18. Bycatch gives food banks reason to be thankful
19. ASMI: Alaska Black Cod joins Salmon and Halibut in Responsible Fisheries Management Certification
20. Governor Promotes Alaska Seafood in UK
21. Governor Parnell Speech to the Resource Development Council of Alaska
22. Chuitna coal mine foes sue state over water rights
23. Revised observer program needs funds to start in 2013
24. NPFMC agenda for December 5 – 13, Anchorage Hilton
25. Comment deadline Jan 23 on Amendment 93 Chinook bycatch in GOA Pollock fishery
26. Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Murkowski Hosts Alaskan Expert Dr. Jeremy Mathis
27. Begich: Pirate Fishing Boats Belong at the Bottom of the Sea
28. NTSB calls for Safety Improvements in the commercial fishing industry
29. Feds' fish panel puts communities at risk
30. Reps. Young and DeFazio Call On USDA to Reconsider AquaBounty Grant
31. UW Fisheries scientist Hilborn: Time to be upbeat about fisheries
32. Invasive Species Unleashed by Baronof Island Storm Damage
33.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
34. IPHC Interim Meeting  - Nov 30 – Dec 1, Seattle
35. 2012 NPRB Graduate Student Research Awards Competition.   Starting this year 36. U.S. Commerce Dept. Upholds Norwegian Salmon Anti-dumping Tariffs
37. Comment deadline Dec 13 on EFP for AKSC Halibut mortality study
38. Marine Mammal Research Consortium Fall 2011 Newsletter
39. NPRB Seeking Social Scientist for Science Panel
40. 2012 NPRB Request For Proposals Released
41. NPRB: New Call for Data Management Proposals
42. Alaska Marine Science Symposium January 16-20, Anchorage
43. MAP Onboard Marine Refrigeration Kodiak on Tuesday, November 29th
44. Comment deadline January 9, 2012 on 5-year OCS PEIS – Cook Inlet, Beaufort, Chukchi... Public hearings in AK December 5 – 13.
45. Comment deadline Feb. 8 on 5-year OCS Leasing Program
46. Alaska Seafood Logo Decals – Vessel Size –available free from ASMI


1. UFA Publishes Community Fishing Fact Sheets to Heighten Community Fishery Awareness
Press release: http://www.ufa-fish.org/press/2011-4%20PR%20UFA%20publishes%20Community%20Fishing
%20Facts%20111011.pdf


Communities in the first edition:
Aleutians East Borough, Anchorage, Bristol Bay Borough, Cordova, Dillingham, Homer,   
Juneau City & Borough, Kenai, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Ketchikan City & Borough, Kodiak, Lake & Peninsula Borough, Petersburg, Seward, Sitka, Unalaska - Dutch Harbor, Wrangell, Wasilla & Mat-Su Borough...
online at http://www.ufa-fish.org/cff.htm


2. UFA names Bob Moss, Sr. of Homer to Alaska Seafood Hall of Fame
http://www.ufa-fish.org/press/2011-5%20PR%20Bob%20Moss.pdf


3. UFA Supports Reestablishment of Alaska Coastal Management Program
Press release: http://www.ufa-fish.org/press/2011-2%20UFA%20Supports%20Coastal%20Management%20
Reestablishment%20110..pdf

UFA Resolution 2011-2 Supporting the Reestablishment of an Alaska Coastal Management Program:
 http://www.ufa-fish.org/positions/2011-2%20UFA%20Resolution%20Supporting%20AK%20Coastal%
20Management%20Pro..pdf


4. UFA posts Hatchery Resolutions
Resolution 2011-3 A Resolution of the United Fishermen of Alaska to support legislative funding for hatchery & wild salmon genetics, straying, and fitness research with the intent of increasing economic benefits of state-owned and private non-profit salmon hatcheries (October 27, 2011): http://www.ufa-fish.org/positions/2011-3%20UFA%20Resolution
%20Supporting%20Hatchery%20Research%20F..pdf


Resolution 2011-4 A Resolution of the United Fishermen of Alaska supporting lake nutrient enrichment as a salmon rehabilitation and enhancement method in Alaska (October 26, 2011): http://www.ufa-fish.org/positions/2011-4%20UFA%20Resolution
%20Supporting%20Lake%20Enrichment.pdf


5. Anxiety up as more ISA salmon virus found in B.C.
CRAIG WELCH, The Seattle Times, November 7, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) — Three weeks after a potentially deadly virus was found for the first time in two juvenile wild sockeye on the Pacific Coast, it has been found again — this time in other wild salmon from British Columbia's Fraser River.

At the same time, salmon farmers on both sides of the international border have been highlighting the work of a Norwegian expert who got slightly different results when he tested for the virus, infectious salmon anemia (ISA), in the first two young sockeye...
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Anxiety-up-as-more-salmon
-virus-found-in-B-C-2256668.php

&&&&

Fish farms, ISA virus go hand in hand
Canada's silence about the threat to wild salmon is appalling
Op-ed by By Dale Kelley, Times Colonist
http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Fish+farms+virus+hand+
hand/5656916/story.html

&&&

ISA testing must be transparent, scientific
http://www.canada.com/testing+must+transparent+scientific/
5771978/story.html

a rebuttal to:
There is no evidence of ISA in waters off B.C
http://www.canada.com/There+evidence+waters/
5760429/story.html

&&

Friends begin sampling for ISAV in Clayoquot Sound
More troubled waters for Clayoquot's wild salmon   both at:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/717441/e9710d2548
/281512073/3e8794167b/


6. New AK Dept. of Labor stats hold snapshot of commercial fishing
ADN - Laine Welch, Fisheries, November 5th, 2011
Over the past six years, average employment for Alaska commercial fishermen dropped slightly, but gross earnings were up, and that's the better measure of industry health.
That is the conclusion of the state Labor Department's November Economic Trends, which provides a great snapshot of fishing jobs and earnings in seven Alaska regions: the Aleutians and Pribilof Islands, Bristol Bay, Kodiak, Northern, Southcentral, Southeast and the Yukon Delta. The analysis also updates information last gathered in 2002...
http://www.adn.com/2011/11/05/2156342/new-stats-hold-
snapshot-of-commercial.html

&&&
AK Dept. of Labor Alaska Economic Trends magazineNovember 2011
Fish harvesting is a critical component of Alaska’s economy, employing thousands of people across the state and bringing money and workers to parts of Alaska that might otherwise struggle to find steady sources of income. Its economic impact goes beyond the harvesting of fish, and includes seafood processing and all necessary support activities.
Also contains article on Bristol Bay...
online at: http://www.labor.state.ak.us/trends/nov11.pdf


7. The demise of the Kenai River king salmon
By Dwight Kramer
Kenai River King salmon may you rest in peace.

We have taken away your biggest and your best. We have over-fished you and we have badly mismanaged you. As sport fishermen, are we sorry — probably. Will we do anything about it before it’s to late — probably not. At least not as long as the last vestiges of your species remains the focus of our almighty tourism dollar.

Many of us believe that when history is written your demise will be blamed on two prominent factors.
First, we developed a sport fishery that became dominated by an unlimited commercial guided fishing component that was driven by an ever-demanding tourism market…

Additionally, the emergence of a power base initiated by this tourism / guide lobby coalition, with their immense financial resources and influence, became the controlling factor in your management…
http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2011-09-27/the-demise
-of-the-kenai-river-king-salmon


8. AK Board of Fisheries - Prince William Sound and Upper Copper River/Upper Susitna River Finfish - December 2-7, 2011, Valdez Convention Center
For meeting documents select Prince William Sound meeting at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=
fisheriesboard.meetinginfo


9. Fairbanks News Miner: Who gets to fish? (Chitina subsistence at PWS BOF)
It’s a question almost as old as Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. Whenever the harvest of salmon must be limited (and that’s always), who gets to make the last catch — the commercial fisherman or the individuals feeding themselves?

The answer isn’t always clear, because different fisheries have different histories with different communities built upon them. Nevertheless, the state regulatory system should strive to give individual Alaskans a decent chance to eat fish not taken from a grocery store.

This question is at the center of the debate about the status of the dip net fishery for Copper River red salmon near Chitina. Many Fairbanks residents get a winter’s supply of fish from the river, despite the 700-mile round-trip drive required to do so. Should they have a priority over the commercial salmon fleet operating in Prince William Sound?
http://newsminer.com/bookmark/16571906-Who-gets-to-fish-
&
Fairbanks panel seeks subsistence label for Chitina dip netting
http://newsminer.com/bookmark/16411621-Fairbanks-panel-s
eeks-subsistence-label-for-Chitina-dip-netting


10. Alaska's halibut civil war ramps up as charters fire new salvo
The Valdez-based Prince William Sound Charter Boat Association has taken direct aim at Alaska commercial halibut fishermen in the latest round of what has become Alaska’s civil war over flatfish. The organization is petitioning the state Board of Fisheries to kick commercial operators out of state waters in the Sound and off the Copper River coast, arguing that long-line fisheries cause serious "near-shore depletions" of halibut.

Supporting the idea is the Alaska Outdoor Council...
http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/alaskas-halibut-civil-war
-ramps-charters-fire-new-salvo


11. Kenai Peninsula Clarion on nonresident salmon limits: The Canadian way
It's only a matter of time until Alaska further limits the number of fish non-residents can take home. A proposal the Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider early in 2012 would do just that.
Proposal 249, submitted by the Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council, would establish annual limits for nonresidents for coho, chum, pink and sockeye salmon. The council left the number of fish for the board to decide. Residents would continue to have no annual limits for these salmon species...
http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2011-11-25/the-canadian-way


12. Alaska Board of Fisheries 2012-2013 tentative meeting schedule
Pacific cod; Bristol Bay; Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim; Alaska Peninsula/Aleutian Islands Finfish; Statewide General Finfish Provisions; and Supplemental Issues
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/regprocess/
fisheriesboard/pdfs/2012-2013/2012-2013-bof-schedule.pdf


13. Top fishing ports shuffle ranks in 2011, Kodiak tops in halibut
By Laine Welch, For the Journal
There is some notable shuffling going on among Alaska’s fisheries this year, with Southeast besting Bristol Bay as the state’s top salmon region, and Kodiak toppling Homer as the No. 1 halibut port. For halibut: Homer has held the top ranking for halibut landings ever since the fishery went to individual fishing quota management in 1995, and deliveries extended from a few days to eight months.

But the latest catch stats show that this year Homer has been displaced by Kodiak with more fish deliveries and poundage crossing the docks on the Rock...
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/
AJOC-November-20-2011/Top-fishing-ports-shuffle-ranks-in-2
011-Kodiak-tops-in-halibut/


14. Aleutian Region Listen as State’s Top Fisheries Earner
APRN Radio:
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/11/03/aleutian-region-listen
-as-state%E2%80%99s-top-fisheries-earner/


15. Salmon harvest will rank as second best ever, tops $603M
By Andrew Jensen, Alaska Journal of Commerce
The 2011 Alaska salmon harvest figures are to rank second-best all time in value after postseason price adjustments.

The preliminary estimate from Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the 2011 salmon harvest value is $603 million, just trailing the $605 million final value in 2010.

Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-
Commerce/AJOC-November-13-2011/Salmon-harvest-will-rank
-as-second-best-ever-tops-603M/#ixzz1ewngevfc

ADFG Salmon Season summary page: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialby
fisherysalmon.bluesheetsummary


16. Crew jobs down, earnings up according to latest survey
By Laine Welch, For the Journal
Over the past six years average employment for Alaska commercial fishermen dropped slightly, but gross earnings were up — and that is a better measure of industry health.

That’s the conclusion of the state Labor Department’s November Economic Trends edition, which provides a great snapshot of fishing jobs and earnings in seven Alaska regions: Aleutian and Pribilof islands, Bristol Bay, Kodiak, Northern, Southcentral, Southeast and the Yukon Delta. The analysis also updates information last gathered in 2002...
Read more: http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-
Commerce/AJOC-November-13-2011/Crew-jobs-down-earnings
-up-according-to-latest-survey/#ixzz1ewnxsaY5


17. Aleutian Life –KTUU 4 part video series
http://www.ktuu.com/news/aleutianlife/


18. Bycatch gives food banks reason to be thankful
Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News
Alaska food banks benefit a lot from fish taken as bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska, thanks to Kodiak fishermen and local processors.

This fall and winter, the partnership has donated more than 5,000 pounds of processed and packaged halibut and salmon to the Kodiak Island Food Bank and more than 10,000 pounds to the Food Bank of Alaska headquarters in Anchorage...
http://www.adn.com/2011/11/25/2189148/bycatch-gives-
food-banks-reason.html


19. ASMI: Alaska Black Cod joins Salmon and Halibut in Responsible Fisheries Management Certification
Alaska Salmon, Halibut and Black Cod/Sablefish have earned the new Responsible Fisheries Management Certification... Pollock and crab in progress.
For final report and other documents see:
http://sustainability.alaskaseafood.org/black-cod-certification


20. Governor Promotes Alaska Seafood in UK

November 2, 2011, London – Governor Sean Parnell promoted one of Alaska’s top exports during a trip to the United Kingdom this week - seafood. The governor and representatives from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute met with key customers in London... http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-press-
release.html?pr=5955

Alaska Dispatch: Parnell touts Alaska seafood in UK
ADN: Parnell promotes Alaska energy, seafood during trip to Europe


21. Governor Parnell Speech to the Resource Development Council of Alaska
 “...In London, besides oil and gas, we spent two days meeting with CEOs of companies that invest in Alaska seafood, companies like Waitrose (retail stores) and Birds Eye. Indeed, it was fantastic to walk through a Waitrose store in the UK and see bright red, wild Alaska salmon on ice for sale, and to see Alaska pollock products in the freezer section.

In conjunction with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Sandy and I hosted a dinner in London featuring Alaska seafood for about 60 people who make seafood buying decisions or who influence those making seafood buying decisions in the tourism trade and in the media.

With each company, I let them know Alaskans appreciate their investment, we appreciate the jobs they create here, and I described what we’re doing to encourage further investment. Things like lower taxes, permitting reform, access to resources, and wise, sustainable management of those resources, for example...”
http://gov.alaska.gov/parnell/press-room/full-press-
release.html?pr=5964


22. Chuitna coal mine foes sue state over water rights
MIDDLE CREEK: Critics dispute that river tributary can be fully restored.
By DAN JOLING, Associated Press

Two groups opposed to a proposed coal mine across Cook Inlet from Anchorage said state officials have ignored an application for water rights that could protect salmon in the area.
However, in the meantime, officials at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources have approved temporary water use permit applications for the mine's developers, the groups said in a lawsuit.
The Chuitna Citizens Coalition and Cook Inletkeeper sued the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and Commissioner Dan Sullivan on Nov. 10

Read more: http://www.adn.com/2011/11/22/2184537/groups-
sue-state-to-spur-chuitna.html#ixzz1ewrTh0HG


23. Revised observer program needs funds to start in 2013
By Laine Welch, For the Journal
Coming soon to a small halibut boat near you: fishery observers.

New rules set for 2013 will change how observers are placed on fishing boats as small as 40 feet – and for the first time, they will be aboard longliners.

Onboard observers have been deployed on larger U.S. vessels since the early 1990s, when fisheries were “Americanized” and all foreign fishing within a 200-mile zone of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska was terminated. Prior to that, fleets from Japan, Russia, Poland and other nations were tapping Alaska’s groundfish and crab resources starting in 1933...
http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/AJOC-
November-27-2011/Revised-observer-program-needs-funds-to-start-
in-2013/


24. NPFMC agenda for December 5 – 13, Anchorage Hilton
Draft Agenda: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/PDFdocuments/
meetings/1211Agenda.pdf

Documents below are posted at the NPFMC home page: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/
Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation documents
BSAI PT Specifications for 12/13
Discussion paper on GOA Chinook salmon bycatch in all fisheries 11/17
BSAI Freezer Longline Vessel Replacement RIR/IRFA 11/11
Exempted Fishing Permit, Reducing Halibut Mortality; Appendix 2
Subsistence Harvests of Pacific Halibut in Alaska, 2010 - Summary only
CQE Program in Area 4B final action, 11/10/11
Salmon FMP Amendment 12 analysis final action; replacement maps pgs 37-39

Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-17/html/2011-29732.htm


25. Comment deadline Jan 23 on Amendment 93 Chinook bycatch in GOA Pollock fishery
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 93 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). Amendment 93, if approved, would establish separate prohibited species catch (PSC) limits in the Central and Western Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). NMFS would close the directed pollock fishery in those areas if the applicable limit is reached. This action also would require full retention of salmon in the Central and Western GOA pollock fisheries until an observer is provided the opportunity to count the number of salmon and to collect scientific data or biological samples from the salmon. This action is necessary to minimize Chinook salmon bycatch in the GOA pollock fishery to the extent practicable while preserving the potential for the full harvest of pollock total allowable catch within PSC limits. Amendment 93 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.

DATES: Comments on the amendment must be received on or before January
23, 2012...
Federal Register notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-23/html/
2011-30267.htm

NPFMC Chinook salmon bycatch home page:
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/bycatch-controls/
BSChinookBycatch.html


26. Oceans Caucus Co-Chair Murkowski Hosts Alaskan Expert Dr. Jeremy Mathis
UAF Scientist: “Fantastic” Opportunity to Affect Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Murkowski today convened a briefing of the Senate Oceans Caucus by bringing an expert on the changing ocean environment from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Senator Murkowski is co-chair of the caucus and selected Dr. Jeremy Mathis to speak before the group – spurred by a conversation the two shared during a recent Fairbanks visit...
http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&
ContentRecord_id=8adc47fc-9b1b-4c81-9e6f-a482daa31a35&
ContentType_id=b94acc28-404a-4fc6-b143-a9e15bf92da4&
Group_id=c01df158-d935-4d7a-895d-f694ddf41624


27. Begich: Pirate Fishing Boats Belong at the Bottom of the Sea
Begich & Young Introduce legislation giving Coast Guard options to dispose of pirate fishing boats

To send a strong message to pirate fishing vessels engaging in Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU), U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young have introduced legislation giving NOAA and the Coast Guard a variety of options for disposing of such ships including sinking them in live-fire training exercises...
http://begich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=
6a7293ba-ae41-4768-a13e-a8e722b9a014


28. NTSB calls for Safety Improvements in the commercial fishing industry
WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued five safety recommendations to the U. S. Coast Guard, regarding tougher standards for commercial fishing vessels, crew training and increased use of flotation devices...
http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/recletters/2011/M-11-023-027.pdf.


29. Feds' fish panel puts communities at risk
By SHIRLEY MARQUARDT, ADN, November 25th, 2011
As mayor of a community that relies upon healthy fisheries to sustain our economy and city services, I find the prospect of a centralized ocean policy that restricts the autonomy of our Regional Fishery Management Councils to be troubling.

For over a year, the Obama administration has been in the process of developing a National Ocean Policy process that appears to reduce the autonomy and authority of our regional councils. This significant shift from a regional council with considerable public input to a massive federal panel that largely excludes the public is being sold as a necessary change to enhance the conservation of our marine resources while coordinating activities that take place at sea. Yet, after spending significant time and resources, officials are still unable to address basic concerns of our commercial fisheries and fishing-dependent communities...
http://www.adn.com/2011/11/25/2189139/feds-fish-
panel-puts-communities.html


30. Reps. Young and DeFazio Call On USDA to Reconsider AquaBounty Grant
Washington D.C., Nov 4 -

In response to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to award a $494,162 grant to AquaBounty Technologies, Alaska Congressman Don Young and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR) sent a letter today to the USDA asking them to rescind the grant immediately. The grant was awarded as part of the Biotechnology Research Assessment Grants (BRAG) program which aims to help organizations research and assess risks of new biotechnology projects...
Congressman Don Young press release:
http://donyoung.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx
?DocumentID=267775


31. UW Fisheries scientist Hilborn: Time to be upbeat about fisheries
Fisheries scientist Ray Hilborn gives a very upbeat appraisal of the world’s fisheries in contrast to the usual messages of doom and gloom.

The yield of fisheries prosecuted by the major industrialised nations could be increased by 55 percent, according to Ray Hilborn, a professor in the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. He said 14 per centcould be achieved by rebuilding depleted stocks and 41 percent by fishing harder on under-exploited stocks.

Addressing delegates at the “New Challenges and Opportunities facing Marine Fisheries Science” conference at Fishmongers’ Hall in London on 31 October, Hilborn gave a very upbeat appraisal of the world’s fisheries in direct contrast to the usual messages of doom and gloom, particularly emanating from NGOs...

Presentations from the conference will soon be available on the Fishmongers’ Company’s website, www.fishhall.org.uk .

Story from SeafoodSource.com:
http://www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticledetail.aspx?id=12841


32. Invasive Species Unleashed by Baronof Island Storm Damage
The storm that hit Baranof Island ripped up a former fish farm and unleashed an invasive species.  The Fish and Game Department says it hopes the pieces of the floating farm in Whiting Harbor have been contained in the harbor area by currents.  Invasive species co-ordinator Tammy Davis says the fish farm had been scheduled for removal last weekend, but then the waves and winds hit...

She urged members of the public to be on the lookout for buoyant debris that might have come from the farm at Whiting Harbor.

“Especially if the debris has any sort of yellow orangey-white growth on it that might be the tunicate,” Davis said.

Anyone who suspects they’ve seen the invasive tunicate is asked to report it at the state’s hotline, 877-INVASIV...

APRN story:
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2011/11/17/invasive-species
-unleashed-by-baronof-island-storm-damage/


33.  Laine Welch's Fish Radio –topics from this week
11/23/11 Meetings of BOF/Naknek, IPHC/Seattle, NPFMC/Anchorage coming up
11/22/11 Fishing Fact Sheets for 18 AK ports
11/21/11 Salmon egg take w/Kodiak school kids
‏‏‏11/18/11 Fishermen share fuel saving tips, concerns
11/17/11 Pebble Mine ranks at bottom of new poll

All are online at:
http://www.marineconservationalliance.org/?page_id=846


34. IPHC Interim Meeting  - Nov 30 – Dec 1, Seattle

The International Pacific Halibut Commission’s 2011 Interim Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington, on November 30 and December 1 at the offices of the IPHC (2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300, Seattle, WA)...

On Wednesday, November 30th at 1:00 P.M. (PST), there will be a webcast briefing on the stock assessment and staff’s preliminary recommended catch limits for 2012. The webcast is open to the public. However, in-person attendance at the meeting is still limited to invited agency personnel...
For webcast registration and other info see: http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events.html


35. 2012 NPRB Graduate Student Research Awards Competition.  

Starting this year the award amount is increasing to $25,000 and NPRB is offering up to six awards (three for Master’s students and three for PhD students).

Further information and the application guidelines are available at http://www.nprb.org/education/gsra.html .

IMPORTANT DATES
Online submission opens:  Monday, December 5, 2011
Application Submission Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2012
Winners announces by Thursday, May 31, 2012


36. U.S. Commerce Dept. Upholds Norwegian Salmon Anti-dumping Tariffs

The U.S. Department of Commerce determined Monday that anti-dumping duties against Norwegian salmon exporters must continue in order to prevent the companies from dumping their product in the U.S. market...
http://www.law360.com/internationaltrade/articles/285498
/commerce-upholds-20-year-old-norwegian-salmon-tariffs

We were unable to find this story covered in non-subscription sources – but here’s the official notice:

Federal Register:
Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon From Norway: Final Results of Full Third Sunset Review of Antidumping Duty Order...
“...As a result of our analysis, the Department finds that revocation of the AD order would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping.”
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-14/html/
2011-29332.htm


37. Comment deadline Dec 13 on EFP for AKSC Halibut mortality study

...This notice announces receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application from the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC). If granted, this permit would allow AKSC to evaluate how various fishing and handling practices affect halibut mortality...
Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-16/html/
2011-29611.htm


38. Marine Mammal Research Consortium Fall 2011 Newsletter

INTO THE LAB ...
Pacific white-sided dolphins have recently reappeared in the in-shore waters of British Columbia? What is driving this change and how much fish do the dolphins require? FROM THE FIELD ...
It’s the end of summer, a time when scientists traditionally wrap up their field seasons in this part of the world, and either head back to the laboratory to figure out what they accomplished or gear up for more field work in another location. [more]
NUMBER CRUNCHING

As technology progresses, scientists are able to collect more and more data from animals behaving naturally in the field. Perversely, this wealth of ‘data’ sometimes makes it more difficult for scientists to extract useful ‘information’. Consortium scientists are using cutting edge technology to gather and interpret data on the elusive northern fur seals.
These stories and more, online at:
http://www.marinemammal.org/newsletter/2011/october/

MMRC home page: http://www.marinemammal.org/


39. NPRB Seeking Social Scientist for Science Panel

NRPB is seeking nominations for an individual with expertise in the social sciences to fill one vacancy on its Science Panel. Deadline for nominations is Friday, January 13, 2012. For details about roles and responsibilities and how to submit nominations, see Committees... http://www.nprb.org/about/sci_panel.html


40. 2012 NPRB Request For Proposals Released
NPRB is pleased to release its 2012 Request for Proposals for a total of $4.0 million.  The deadline for online proposal submission is 4 p.m. (Alaska Time) Monday, December 12, 2011.  Full information and proposal submission details are available on the Current RFP page... http://www.nprb.org/proposals/current_rfp.html


41. NPRB: New Call for Data Management Proposals
The North Pacific Research Board announces a special call for proposals for data management for the Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Program with a budget of $500,000.. http://goaierp.nprb.org/planning/proposals.html


42. Alaska Marine Science Symposium January 16-20, Anchorage
Online registration for the 2012 Symposium is open until Friday, January 6th, 2012...
http://www.alaskamarinescience.org/

North Pacific Research Board home page: http://www.nprb.org/


43. MAP Onboard Marine Refrigeration Kodiak on Tuesday, November 29th

Marine Advisory Program is offering an 8-hour Onboard Marine Refrigeration workshop in Kodiak on Tuesday, November 29th.  The class is taught by personnel from Integrated Marine Systems.  We have offered this excellent workshop in ports around the state for 3 years now and 220 fishermen have taken the class.  Space is limited to 25 and cost for the workshop is $200.  For more information, call your Kodiak MAP agent, Julie Matweyou at 486-1514 or to register online go to www.marineadvisory.org  The class will take place at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fishery Industrial Technology Center on Near Island.


44. Comment deadline January 9, 2012 on 5-year OCS PEIS – Cook Inlet, Beaufort, Chukchi... Public hearings in AK December 5 – 13.

Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Study (PEIS) for Proposed 5-Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017...

This draft PEIS assesses the scheduling for proposed lease sales during the years 2012 to 2017 in six planning areas on the OCS. These areas are the Western, Central and Eastern Gulf of Mexico, Cook Inlet, the Beaufort Sea, and the Chukchi Sea. Federal regulations (40 CFR 1502.4(b)) recommend analyzing effects of broad programs within a single programmatic EIS.

EIS Availability: Persons interested in reviewing the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, OCS EIS/EA BOEM 2011-001 can locate it on the Internet at http://www.boem.gov/5-year/2012-2017

In Alaska, public hearings will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the following dates and at the following locations:
December 5, 2011, Wainwright at the R. James Community Center; December 6, 2011, Nuiqsut at the Community Center..
December 7, 2011, Katovik at the Community Center; December 8, 2011, Fairbanks at the Westmark Hotel and Conference Center, 813 Noble Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701; December 9, 2011, Anchorage at the Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali Street,
Anchorage, AK;
December 12, 2011, Kotzebue at the NW Arctic Borough Assembly Chamber, 163 Lagoon Street, Kotzebue, AK 99752;
December 13, 2011, Point Hope at the City Qalgi Center; December 14, 2011, Point Lay
at the Community Center; and December 16, 2011, Barrow at the Inupiat
Heritage Center.

Federal Register Notice:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-10/html/
2011-29152.htm


45. Comment deadline Feb. 8 on 5-year OCS Leasing Program
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announces the availability of and requests comments on the Proposed 5-Year OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017 (``Proposed Program''). This is part of a multi-step process required by law before the Secretary of the Interior may approve a new 5-year program. BOEM is publishing a Notice of Availability of the 5-Year Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) concurrently with this notice.

DATES: Please submit comments and information to BOEM no later than
February 8, 2012.

Federal Register notice:
 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-11-10/html/
2011-29151.htm


46. Alaska Seafood Logo Decals – Vessel Size –available free from ASMI
AK registered commercial fishing vessels can receive the ALASKA SEAFOOD decal -all they have to do is call the ASMI office at 907-465-5560. ASMI also has banners, flags  for boats that do not have space to stick the decals) bumper stickers, window decals.


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