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#06-20-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Yukon River salmon run goes from bad to worse
by Tim Mowry
Jun 20, 2012
FAIRBANKS — The news continues to be bleak for salmon fishermen on Alaska’s largest river. The Yukon River king salmon run is turning out to be as bad — and possibly even worse — than fisheries biologists were expecting. “At this point, with the data we have, the run is not looking good,” Yukon area management biologist Steve Hayes with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Tuesday during the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association’s weekly teleconference....

Further restrictions announced for Kenai, Kasilof river kings
Emergency orders close Kenai river for king fishing, prohibit bait during late run
Posted: June 19, 2012 - 1:31pm  |  Updated: June 19, 2012 - 10:04pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
The Kenai River, from its mouth upstream to Skilak Lake, will be closed to king salmon fishing beginning Friday through the end of the early run on June 30 as the Alaska Department of Fish and game tries to meet its minimum escapement goal. According to Fish and Game, preliminary.....

US House Passes Sealaska Lands Bill
Map of Tongas National Forest, taken from offi...
Map of Tongas National Forest, taken from official US Forest Service web site. Henryhartley 16:06, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | June 19, 2012 - 5:20 pm
The U.S. House passed a bill today ceding tens of thousands of acres of the Tongass National Forest to the Sealaska Native Corporation. Representative Don Young was the chief sponsor of the Sealaska bill. Listen for the full story...

US House approves waiver of border environmental laws
Associated Press
Published: June 19th, 2012 11:17 PM
Last Modified: June 19th, 2012 11:18 PM
WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow the Border Patrol to circumvent more than a dozen environmental laws on all federally managed lands within 100 miles of the borders with Mexico and Canada........... The bill in its current form would "thwart successful efforts by agencies to collaborate on border security" and presents "a false choice between natural resources protection and the economy or national security," the White House said in a statement. Besides the border measure, the bill also would transfer control of more than 65,000 acres of centuries-old trees in Alaska's Tongass National Forest to a private corporation. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, allows the Sealaska Corp. to log large, old-growth trees in the Tongass, the nation's largest national forest........

Sportfishing Restrictions Possible For the Nushagak River 06/20/12
The escapement of king salmon to the Nushagak River picked up considerably Monday compared to previous day's—- but total escapement is still behind where it should be at this point in the season. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (6:46)...

Bristol Bay salmon run gets commercial forecast of 22 mln fish
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
The world’s largest wild sockeye run in Bristol Bay, Alaska is now open for fishing with a commercial forecast of 21.7 million fish. The forecast Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run is expected to reach 32.3 million fish. The salmon season has been open since 1 June, but this week marks the more-official start of the season: when all Bristol Bay commercial fishers must “drop their cards,” an official Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADFG) process that...

Composting Fish Waste Seen as Alternative 06/19/12
The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is encouraging people to compost their fish waste, especially in more rural parts of the state. KLDG's Ariel Van Cleave explains. (2:28)....

The Alaska congressional delegation is on the cusp of destroying yet another way to enhance the growth and sale of salmon here in the United States. Taking the protectionist notion exemplified by the foolish ban on commercial fish farming here in Alaska to the national level, the delegation, led by Lisa Murkowski and backed by commercial fishermen here in Alaska and Seattle are...