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#06-19-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Nushagak King Salmon Run is Lagging 06/19/12
The king salmon run to the Nushagak River has so far come in weak and is prompting concerns that the escapement goal will not be achieved. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:53)...

Fishing Boat "Charity" burns in South Naknek 06/18/12
A fire broke out onboard the "Charity" in the early hours Monday. No crew were lost, but the boat burned down to the hull in the Naknek channel. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more. (2:20)....

Unalaska: Monitoring Delay Could Mean Conservative Management for Local Salmon Run
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Monday, June 18 2012
The salmon may be running at Cape Wislow, but no one is keeping track of how many are spawning. For the past decade, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has operated a weir at the run that connects Reese Bay to McLees Lake, giving the community accurate counts of how many sockeye salmon are making it up the stream. The federal grant for the program ran out last year, so the Alaska Department of Fish and Game agreed to take the weir over for the next three seasons. But even though....

Wildlife group plans to sue feds over missed deadline on seals
Associated Press
Published: June 18th, 2012 09:36 PM
Last Modified: June 18th, 2012 09:37 PM
A conservation organization vows to sue the federal government to protect two species of ice-dependent seals found off Alaska's northern coast.....

Fish Factor
High tech buoys soon to measure ocean acidity levels
June 18, 2012
(SitNews) - Thanks to a nearly $3 million show of support  from the state,  high tech buoys will soon be measuring ocean acidity levels year ‘round,  and Alaska fishermen will play an important role in the research. Basic chemistry proves that ocean waters are becoming more corrosive and it is happening faster in colder waters. The acidity, caused by increasing carbon dioxide emissions,   can prevent shells from forming on crabs or oysters and tiny shrimplike organisms essential to fish diets.  Alaska’s monitoring project will allow scientists to develop a “sensitivity index” for the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea and the Arctic and key species in the regions. “By doing that we will get an idea of which regions are the most vulnerable,” explained Dr. Jeremy Mathis, a chemical oceanographer and director of the Ocean Acidification Research Center at the University of Alaska/Fairbanks.  “After that, we...

By Mary Kauffman, SitNews
June 18, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - A team of five NOAA scientists will kick off the first NOAA-led survey of Southeast Alaska beaches for Japan tsunami debris. The team will be leaving from Ketchikan Friday aboard the charter vessel Sumdum. Over the 10-day cruise, the team will survey specific beaches of Southeast Alaska from Dixon Entrance to Cape Spencer, covering approximately 78 kilometers of shoreline across 889 kilometers of outside coast. “We doubt that the peak of tsunami debris has arrived, so this is a preliminary assessment to get an idea of the scope of what is arriving here right now,” said NOAA’s Jeep Rice from the Auke Bay Lab in Juneau. “We are also keeping a sharp....

Arctic drilling could contribute to US oil resurgence
The Seattle Times
Published: June 18th, 2012 09:43 PM
Last Modified: June 18th, 2012 09:43 PM
SEATTLE -- During the last year, some 400 workers at a shipyard on Seattle's Harbor Island have been installing new diesel engines, welding bulkheads, painting and tackling other tasks to prepare the Kulluk, a Shell Oil rig, for drilling holes this summer in the sea bottom off Alaska's North Slope....

IBM cools supercomputer with hot water
By Heather Clancy | June 19, 2012, 3:00am PDT
Summary: The system, deployed at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center in Munich, operates using 40 percent less energy than comparable air-cooled systems....