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#06-13-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Tundra landscape near Bristol Bay
Tundra landscape near Bristol Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
No Surprises in Early Days of Kodiak Salmon Season
Nun 12, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak commercial salmon season kicked off on Saturday. Fish and Game's Kodiak Area Management Biologist James Jackson says it's still too early to tell what's hot and what's not, and he describes a lot of the fishing at this point in the season as "average."....

Bycatch Reduction the Result of Coordinated Effort
Jun 12, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
There was a huge effort by commercial and charter fishermen from one end of the Gulf of Alaska to another to convince the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that bycatch of halibut needed to be reduced. Alaska Marine Conservation Council Kodiak Outreach Coordinator Theresa Peterson - who is also a commercial fisherman with halibut quota - says the call for bycatch reductions came from far and wide......

DEC: No Harm to Wildlife Seen in Wake of Monterrey Spill
Jun 11, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has revised downward the amount of diesel fuel spilled from the U.S. Army Reserve landing craft Monterrey, which was intentionally grounded late Friday night after hitting a charted rock, just off shore of downtown Kodiak. Steven Russel, the ADEC's on-scene coordinator for Central Alaska, says at least 8,000 gallons were spilled from one of.... /////  Video >

Petersburg: City to negotiate for waterfront land
by Joe Viechnicki
June 12, 2012 9:45 am
Petersburg’s city council last night authorized the city manager to start up negotiations over the purchase of waterfront land in Scow Bay. The city and members of the fishing fleet have looked at the property for future marine services, gear storage or vessel support. Council members questioned the condition of the property and raised other questions about the purchase, including how to pay for the land....

ADF&G pulls plug on keeping kings at Chitina
by TimMowry_FDNM
Jun 12, 2012
Dip-netters at Chitina will no longer be able to keep the one king salmon they are allowed starting on Monday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order Tuesday that closes.....

Wild fish responsible for virus outbreak: fisheries experts
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
Wild salmon are to blame for an infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN) virus outbreak on a Vancouver Island fish farm, fisheries experts say. Research suggests the virus was carried by sockeye salmon and entered the farm as the wild fish migrated into the farm’s area, said an official at the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences in Campbell River. The IHN outbreak thus appears to be a reversal of.....

Begich Pushes for Transparency in Crop Subsidies - promotes Alaska priorities in Farm Bill
June 12, 2012
Contact: Julie Hasquet, Press Secretary
Begich Pushes for Transparency in Crop Subsidies. Supports other Alaska priorities in Farm Bill. In an effort to shed light on a costly federal program, and potentially save taxpayers billions of dollars a year, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is sponsoring a bipartisan amendment to the Farm Bill that would require disclosure of those who receive crop insurance subsidies. The federal government spends approximately $9 billion every year on crop insurance subsidies, but there is currently no way of publicly tracking who gets them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture posts the names of farmers who receive farm subsidies, and Begich believes the same system should be...