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#RadioChatter #05-18-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Coastline, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge
Coastline, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Weather Hampers the Togiak Herring Fishery 05/17/12
The largest herring fishery in Alaska has been hampered the last few days by weather and unripe fish. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:55)...

Fleet leaves Seymour without fishing
by Matt Lichtenstein
May 17, 2012 10:56 am
It looks like the sac roe herring fishery in Seymour Canal was just not to be this year. Fishery managers say all the gillnetters left the grounds off Admiralty Island by last weekend. They never fished. The fleet had waited for nearly three weeks, but the herring never congregated in large enough schools to have an opening. Dave Harris is Fish and Game’s assistant area management biologist in Juneau: “No aggregate of fish were ever, you know, in one place at any good enough time to provide a fishing opportunity. So the spawn appears to be over. The spawn event appears to be over. All fishermen have left the grounds,” Harris said on Tuesday. As of early this week, the state hadn’t officially cancelled the season. Harris expected the department would make an announcement after flying the grounds at least once more. He said the department didn’t observe any fish along the beach or....

Kodiak: Herring Sac Roe Fishery Wraps Up
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
A late start to the Kodiak sac roe herring fishery will leave about a thousand tons unharvested. James Jackson is the area biologist for Fish and Game in Kodiak.....

Mining Pebble would fail Hammond's criteria
COMPASS: Other points of view
By Robin Samuelsen and Sen. Gary Stevens
Published: May 17th, 2012 02:23 PM
Last Modified: May 17th, 2012 02:23 PM
As Alaskans we take great responsibility in balancing the management of our natural resources with the protection of our land and waters. Since statehood, Alaska's leaders have walked a fine line to determine how essential minerals can be extracted without sacrificing equally valuable fish and wildlife resources. In determining whether potential resource development would ensure healthy, sustainable economic growth for our state, former Governor Jay Hammond had four simple criteria a project should be evaluated by....

May 16, 2012 - 10:33 PM AKST
ASMI board approves $21.3 million budget for 2013
The board of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute approved a $21.3 million budget on May 15 for the fiscal year starting July 1. It also indicated plans to release, by May 18, a definitive statement reconfirming the decision of producers accounting for most of the state’s annual salmon harvest that they have no intentions to continue as clients of the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label after the current certification expires this October. The statement is intended to squelch rumors — circulating mainly in Germany and other European markets — that the April announcement that the Seattle-based Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association would take over as the MSC’s client for its sustainability certification of the Alaska salmon fishery would renew processors’ use of the label. “I don’t think that’s going to be the case,” said Ray Riutta, ASMI executive director, after the board....

Angler may have broken world record with snakehead caught in Occoquan River
By J. Freedom du Lac, Published: May 17
Juan Duran has quite the “Frankenfish” tale to tell, and it begins with a Kinky Beaver lure and a giant northern snakehead out on the Occoquan River in Virginia. It ends — well, who knows where, as things have become murky for the man who caught the enormous snakehead on the water by Woodbridge....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
May 17, 2012
Coming up this week, the Togiak sac roe herring fishery happened all of a sudden this week; NOAA Fisheries issues its report on the status of U.S. Fisheries, close encounters of the cetacean kind, and jig fishermen get some marketing help. We had help this week from KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham.....

Opponents Concerned About Sealaska Land Exchange Proposal
May 17, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Concerned about the proposal being discussed by the Obama administration and Congress, opponents have travelled to Washington, D.C. to participate in meetings in the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and with undersecretary Harris Sherman of the US Department of Agriculture regarding the impacts of the proposal on Tongass communities.  Participating in these meeting are Southeast Alaska Conservation Council’s Forest Program Director, Bob Claus, and Grassroots Attorney, Buck Lindekugel, Mike Sallee of Ketchikan and Gene Natkong of Hydaburg. Their position is that the proposal threatens not only old-growth stands in America’s largest remaining temperate rainforest, but would give 30 world-class hunting, fishing, and tourism destinations in the Tongass that are now in the public domain to the Sealaska Corporation. The eight of the 30 places that could be lost are described in an eight-page Southeast Alaska Conservation Council report released yesterday (Trading Away the Tongass). Negotiations between government officials and Sealaska are....

Agreement: South Korean icebreaker can explore Canada's Arctic
Alaska Dispatch | May 17, 2012
According to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, Canada has reached an understanding that will allow South Korea's first icebreaker to conduct fossil fuels exploration and scientific research in the Arctic Ocean.....

Boat sinks for second time in Ketchikan harbor
The Associated Press
The 60-foot boat also sank in March 2010 but was salvaged and refloated....

Published: May 16, 2012 Updated: 4:51 p.m.
They risk their lives to save whales
Most likely, the gray whale didn't understand.
It probably didn't understand why heavy plastic rope was tangled in its mouth and around its left pectoral flipper. And it probably didn't understand that the people on the boat – the humans who were like water skiers towed by a 40-foot creature roughly 10 times bigger than a circus elephant – were only trying to help...