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#06-12-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

English: Unalaska, a sight in 1972 with the co...
English: Unalaska, a sight in 1972 with the collapsed buildings, of the closed Dutch Harbor Naval Base, in the foreground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pollock Fleet Waits for Pace to Pick Up
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Friday, June 22 2012
Pollock B season is now two weeks in, but fishermen and plant managers are still trying to get a sense of how lucrative this summer will be. Vessels made scouting trips from Unimak Pass to the Pribilof Islands during the first week, and landed about 46,417 metric tons of......

Ketchikan: City voters to decide harbor bond proposition
by Leila Kheiry
June 22, 2012 2:34 PM
City of Ketchikan voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve up to $5 million in harbor improvement bonds. Officials say the bonds will help the city’s chances of getting an additional $5 million, or more, to pay for needed harbor projects. “Here’s one of the fingers,” said City Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon, during a tour of Bar Harbor. “It’s listing probably about a good 10 degrees out there and the piling, quite a bit of diameter is gone on these old wood piles.” For about a decade now, the State of Alaska has been giving its dilapidated harbors away. More than that, the state has paid municipalities such as the City of Ketchikan to take over harbors within their communities. Corporon said the state was supposed to take care of....

Scientists warn about “red tide” in Southeast
by KRBD Staff
June 22, 2012 3:36 PM
Warm weather combined with a large algae bloom in Southeast Alaska has scientists advising extra caution to recreational shellfish harvesters. Scientists have identified unsafe levels of Dinophysis algae, which produces diarrhetic shellfish poisoning, in samples from around Ketchikan. DSP can cause diarrhea. Water samples from around Etolin Island show increasing levels of Alexandrium algae, which produces paralytic shellfish poisoning. Tests also...

Alaska editorial: A few volunteers not enough against debris
Posted: June 22, 2012 - 12:03am
This editorial first ran in the Kodiak Daily Mirror:
Recently, the Associated Press ran a lengthy exposé about a problem Kodiak residents are already familiar with — marine garbage. The same day, Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced ....