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#RadioChatter #05-17-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Alaska Salmon | Copper River Reds Begins Today
May 17, 2012
The salmon season is officially underway.  On Thursday, nearly 450 boats will pack into the mouth of the Copper River to harvest one of Alaska‘s most famous brands.  Traditionally, the brand has been a real success story for marketers in the seafood industry.  ”Copper River Reds” could fetch as much as $30 a pound in the first few weeks.  As the rest of Alaska gear...

Op-ed: Law of the Sea: U.S. should approve treaty
May 17, 2012
The U.S. Senate is again poised to take up the proposed Law of the Sea treaty, which has languished for 30 years. It remains a missing piece in the puzzle of future Arctic development. The treaty has been approved by 161 nations and all of the world’s industrialized countries and those that have Arctic territory — with the exception of the United States. The treaty, which is supported by Alaska’s U.S. senators, enjoys broad bipartisan support in the U.S., as well as from industry, environmental and military leaders, but its approval has...

May 16, 2012, 2:08 PM
Hatched and Wild Salmon: A Bad Mix?
The pink and flaky salmon sitting on your dinner plate can be of three varieties: wild, farmed or hatched. As the name implies, wild salmon live and die by nature’s hand alone. Farmed salmon are bred, born and raised agriculturally. Hatched salmon, though, lie somewhere in between: they are hatched by humans and then freed as youngsters to spend the rest of their lives in the wild....

Board of Fish Votes to Keep the Bristol Bay Meeting in Naknek
The Alaska Board of Fisheries held a meeting Wednesday morning to consider moving the December meeting from Naknek to Anchorage. The December meeting is specifically focused on Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (7:01)...

Antitrust Lawsuit Against Pacific Seafood Settled – Fishermen, processors reach mediated agreement
By Terry Dillman
Under a freshly-forged settlement agreement, almost two years of parry-and-thrust antitrust litigation filed against Pacific Seafood Group and Ocean Gold Seafoods would likely end with the processors paying attorney fees, but not one penny in damages. The companies would also remain intact, avoiding the breakup requested in the complaint.....

Momentum Building for the Salmon Fisheries
Down on the Copper River, harvesters and processors are bracing for the first commercial opener of 2012 on the river’s famed Copper River red and king salmon. Weather permitting, the first catch will arrive in Seattle and Anchorage the next day. As Bristol Bay drift net and set net harvesters and processors ready for the start of their season in late June, fishing is already in progress in the commercial king salmon fishery in the Pacific Salmon Treaty waters of the Stikine and Taku rivers. Both fisheries began May 7 with three 24-hour openings each for the troll fleet, as....

Montana looks for more Exxon oil from 2011 spill
The Associated Press
Published: May 16th, 2012 03:17 PM
Last Modified: May 16th, 2012 03:30 PM
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana officials said Wednesday they are investigating several sites with suspected oil left over from an Exxon Mobil pipeline break last year, but recent tests showed at least one such site downstream of the spill is oil-free....

My Turn: Reduce the waste of our Alaska halibut
Posted: May 17, 2012 - 12:07am
Waste of our Alaskan fishery resources is in the news again as the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approaches its June 6 meeting. A proposal has finally reached the table to reduce bycatch by 15 percent. Bycatch is the allowed death and wastage of halibut from fisheries. I call this a mild reduction but there are two other options that would reduce the kill rate by only 10 percent or even a meager 5 percent. I hope Alaskans from all walks of life will call or send in a short note by letter or email...

Tiglax gets tied up in first sign of federal budget cuts
Federal budget cuts hit the maritime refuge
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
In a difficult cost-cutting move, the research vessel the M/V Tiglax will sit tied to the Homer dock for two weeks this summer. The Alaska National Maritime Wildlife Refuge owns the famed research ship, built in 1987 especially for difficult work in the stormy Aleutians. Refuge Manager Steve Delehanty said the move will save the refuge $80,000. “This will be the most noticeable cut in terms of the public, because the ship will be tied up at the dock for two weeks in the prime of the season,” Delehanty said. The cuts also mean foregoing or postponing research at Barren Islands, a long-term sea bird monitoring project studying ocean health through bird diets....

Salmon Grow on Trees: Fishermen and Loggers Disagree Over #Tongass Watershed (video)
By Dan Fiorucci
Channel 2 News
6:56 p.m. AKDT, May 16, 2012
JUNEAU, Alaska— In Southeast Alaska, there's a controversy brewing.  A controversy between loggers and fisherman. Last year, the salmon catch in Southeastern Alaska was the highest in the state, exceeding even salmon-rich Bristol Bay. Something in excess of 15-billion pounds of salmon was caught there in 2011. That wasn't always the case. In 1967, the salmon catch in southeast commercial fisheries hit a record....,0,6917845.story

Damned if you don’t (dam): groundwater use outpacing dam building
Pumping underground water will start contributing to rising seas. #GlobalWarming #GlobalCooling
by Scott K. Johnson - May 17 2012, 6:00am ADT
Last year, we had covered a study on the non-trivial contribution of groundwater depletion to sea level rise. It concluded that humans have pumped enough water from underground sources to account for up to 13 percent of the rise in ocean levels that occurred between 2000 and 2008. A caveat, from a related paper, was that this might be offset by an increased retention of surface water in large reservoirs behind new dams. That would make the net effect of these human activities a wash. In fact, the 2007 #IPCC report left out groundwater depletion when projecting sea level rise because of the uncertainty of existing estimates and the presumed balance with reservoir impoundment. A new estimate, published recently in Geophysical Research Letters, takes a closer look at dam....