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#06-18-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

English: This is a picture of the Kuskokwim ri...
English: This is a picture of the Kuskokwim river shore at Aniak, Alaska I shot in September of 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Kuskokwim King Salmon Subsistence Closure Extended
June 16, 2012 | by Rhonda McBride
Anchorage, AK. — “Empty fish racks, after empty fish racks,” said Bev Hoffman of Bethel, describing a trip Friday up the Kuskokwim River, which is lined with family fish camps. In most years by this time, those racks and smokehouses are filling up with king or chinook salmon, the main staple of the subsistence diet in Southwest Alaska.  Hoffman is co-chair of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, which is mostly made up of subsistence and commercial fishermen representing communities up and down the wide, muddy river. After a three-and-a-half hour meeting on Friday, state and..... http://articles.ktuu.com/2012-06-16/fish-numbers_32272711

Petersburg: Local fisherman finds unidentified yellow growth in North Harbor
June 14, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 24.... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/story/2012/06/14/dockside/local-fisherman-finds-unidentified-yellow-growth-in-north-harbor/345.html

Senate panel blocks new rules on foreign workers
By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
Published: 6/15/2012  1:53 AM
Last Modified: 6/15/2012  5:19 AM
............... The rules are designed to make it more difficult for businesses like seafood processors to exploit foreign workers and to get more Americans into seasonal jobs...... http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/article.aspx?subjectid=46&articleid=20120615_46_E3_WASHIN986657

Man wins rights to seek gold from ship that sank near Juneau
SS Islander went down in 1901 carrying 6 tons of gold
By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press
Published: June 17th, 2012 10:56 PM
Last Modified: June 17th, 2012 10:56 PM
JUNEAU -- A Gold Rush-era mystery could soon be solved, with a recent federal court decision approving a Washington state man's plans to recover cargo from the sunken luxury liner SS Islander -- including any gold on board.... http://www.adn.com/2012/06/17/2509048/man-wins-rights-to-seek-gold-from.html

Ex-governor has alternative to 'bridge to nowhere': A tunnel
Published: June 17th, 2012 11:08 PM
Last Modified: June 17th, 2012 11:08 PM
KETCHIKAN -- The chance of building a bridge from Ketchikan to its airport on Gravina Island is remote, according to former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski, given the project's national stigma as "the bridge to nowhere." He's suggesting an alternative -- an underwater tunnel. The technology already is in use in North America, Europe and Japan, he said..... http://www.adn.com/2012/06/17/2508706/ex-governor-says-ketchikan-could.html

Expansion of forests in the European Arctic could result in the release of carbon dioxide
Posted on June 18, 2012 by Anthony Watts
From the University of Exeter , terrible news:
Carbon stored in Arctic tundra could be released into the atmosphere by new trees growing in the warmer region, exacerbating climate change, scientists have revealed. The Arctic is getting greener as plant growth increases in response to a warmer climate. This greater plant growth means more carbon is stored in the increasing biomass, so it was previously thought the greening would result in more carbon dioxide being taken up from the atmosphere, thus helping to reduce the rate of global warming..... http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/18/expansion-of-forests-in-the-european-arctic-could-result-in-the-release-of-carbon-dioxide/