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#06-12-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Dipnet fisherman on Copper River at Chitina.
Dipnet fisherman on Copper River at Chitina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wild salmon harvest on Copper River reaches over 1 million sockeyes
Posted 06/11/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
If you want it, here it is, come and get it …
But you better hurry ‘cause it may not last…
Those familiar words from an old Beatles song are the same message aficionados of wild salmon from the Copper River are getting from retail seafood shops. In less than a month since the Copper River wild salmon fishery opened for the 2012 season, preliminary estimates from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are that...

Parnell discusses Petersburg priorities
by Joe Viechnicki
June 8, 2012 11:56 am
Governor Sean Parnell answered questions from Petersburg residents and officials during a swing through Southeast Alaska this week. Parnell discussed the state ferry damage at the Ocean Beauty cannery, capital project funding and the planned road and ferry connection between Petersburg and Kake, among other topics. Parnell stopped by KFSK Thursday and Joe Viechnicki asked the governor for his thoughts on the ferry accident and other local concerns....

Nome gold miners object to salmon stream buffer zone
Published: June 11th, 2012 11:51 AM
Last Modified: June 11th, 2012 11:51 AM
Just as the Discovery reality show "Bering Sea Gold" is driving up interest in offshore dredge mining near Nome, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game recently announced it will begin enforcing a decades-old ban on mining within a half-mile of the area's salmon streams. Several dozen Nome miners objected to the move during a recent meeting with......

Cordova Fisherman to Challenge Stevens for Senate Seat
June 11, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
It's going to be a quiet primary season in the newly re-platted Senate District R, but there will be a challenger to incumbent Republican Gary Stevens come the general election. Sixty-nine-year-old Robert Henrich, a life-long Cordova fisherman, has filed to run as a Democrat....

UAF Receives Funds to Increase Exploration of Ocean Acidification 06/12/12
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has plans to expand its ocean acidification monitoring thanks to an infusion of funds from the state. KDLG’s Ariel Van Cleave explains. (3:51)...

Elfin Cove fishing derby shut down before it begins
State gaming officials say contest was being run by businesses, instead of nonprofits
Posted: June 12, 2012 - 12:01am
By Pat Forgey
State gambling regulators have moved to shut down an Elfin Cove fishing derby designed to benefit lodges there, a derby that was offering a grand prize of $100,000. In Alaska, only nonprofit organizations can operate gambling enterprises, including fishing derbies that require entry fees. “We have issued them a notice of violation,” said Jeff Prather, supervisor of the Department of Revenue’s Gaming Unit. “They were a for-profit group that was advertising a fishing derby,” he said. The Sea King 2012 derby would have cost $400 to enter, offering weekly prizes, as well as a.....