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Comfish News Roundup #05-26-2012

CHICAGO - JANUARY 21:  A television videograph...
CHICAGO - JANUARY 21: A television videographer shoots a six-week-old beluga whale as it swims with its mother Puiji at Shedd Aquarium January 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The calf which was born December 14, weighed 162 pounds and was 5' 4' long. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Copper River harvest now at 3,144 kings, 627,012 sockeye
Posted 05/25/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Commercial fishing on the Copper River picked up steam May 24, with a harvest of 253,053 sockeye salmon and 905 Chinook salmon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in its preliminary estimate May 25.....

Beluga dead at river mouth — Juvenile whale entangled in educational fishery set net
MAY 23, 2012 · 9:58 AM
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
Though an updated Cook Inlet beluga whale population survey isn’t going to be conducted until early June, there is one recently confirmed change to the 2011 population number, when a subadult beluga was caught in the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s educational fishery set gillnet near the mouth of the Kenai River on May 7. “We were deeply saddened. This was not an intentional harvest,” said Sasha Lindgren, cultural director for....

Harbor help, high-speed catamaran service floated
May 25th 2:20 pm | Jim Paulin
The Pribilof Island community of St. George hopes that harbor improvements and high-speed catamaran ferry service to the bigger island 40 miles away will help provide jobs and reasons for young people to stay, according to Mayor Pat Pletnikoff. The twin-hull boat would transport passengers and cargo to St. Paul six months of the year when fog rolls in between May and October and keeps planes from flying into the airport, Pletnikoff said.
Catamaran service from St. George to St. Paul could begin as early as next year, Pletnikoff said. The twin-hull design....

2012 Rural Providers’ Conference
May 28 - June 1, 2012
Dillingham, AK
Where? Dillingham Middle/High School..

Appeals court backs decision giving Shell OK to drill in Arctic
Anchorage Daily News
Published: May 25th, 2012 11:45 PM
Last Modified: May 25th, 2012 11:45 PM
In a ruling issued Friday night, an appeals court sided with the federal government in giving the go-ahead to Shell Oil Co. to move forward with drilling in the Alaska Arctic this year.....

Coast Guard to scale back oil security role
May 25th 2:14 pm | Jim Paulin
The Coast Guard has changed its plans for security operations around Shell Oil's vessels this summer, according to Cdr. Adam Tyndale of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.
The enforcement specialists of the Maritime Security and Safety Team won't be coming to Unalaska after all, he.......

Pebble answers remain elusive
Published: May 25th, 2012 08:53 PM
Last Modified: May 25th, 2012 08:53 PM
Are we going to decide whether the Pebble mine is developed based on competing advertisements?.....

Wild salmon harvests swim into seafood spotlight
Posted 05/25/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
As wild Copper River sockeye and king salmon harvests begin, wetting the appetites of seafood aficionados from Alaska to Florida, commercial fishermen and Cook Inlet and Bristol Bay are preparing harvest their own in the coming weeks. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is anticipating Copper River salmon harvests of some 1,430,000 sockeye and 27,000 kings. The average return for silvers is...

PenAir Bid for Adak Air Service Rejected
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, May 25 2012
The search for an airline to serve Adak is starting over. On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation rejected the only bid it received for the federally subsidized flight route and reopened the bidding process. After Alaska Airlines announced in February that it wouldn’t try to renew its Essential Air Service contract this year, the DOT put out a request for proposals. PenAir was the only airline to reply......

Tulsequah Chief Mine road permit to be delayed
by Vic Istchenko, CBC
May 20, 2012 7:28 pm
British Columbia environmental officials say a permit for a road to the Tulsequah Chief Mine will be delayed. Mine owners Chieftain Metals had hoped for the permit in time to start construction this summer. The proposed road would run south of Atlin, B.C., through Taku River First Nations territory. Until the road is built, the company has said.....

Scientists observe 'tragic experiment' of tsunami debris
Material swept across the Pacific after Japan's 2011 earthquake offers an opportunity to track items originating from a single point at a single time. Debris has begun washing up on the West Coast.
By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
May 26, 2012
Jeff Larson has seen just about everything wash up on the shores of Santa Cruz: bottles, toys, shotgun shells, busted surfboards and fishing floats that looked like they had bobbed across the Pacific. When surging water driven by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan tore apart his city's harbor, he was there to scoop up the splintered docks and broken boats that were heaved onto the sand. Now, more than a year after the catastrophe in Japan, Larson and fellow beachcombers up and down the West Coast are awaiting the flotsam that was set on a eastward course by the destructive surge of water. Fishing floats, soccer balls, fuel tanks and crewless fishing vessels set adrift by the tsunami and pushed thousands of......,0,2943400.story

Vail Daily letter: Save salmon fishery
Kaleb Walker
Vail, CO, Colorado
I have spent my last four summers fishing for salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska. I live in Gypsum and own a local business, Kaleb's Katch LLC, selling the delicious sustainably caught wild Alaskan salmon that I catch out of the pristine waters that feed Bristol Bay.  Each summer thousands of other fisherman from around the country travel north to be a part of this amazing natural phenomenon. Most earn the bulk of their salary when the salmon flood back to Bristol Bay's rivers.....

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