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#06-22-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Nets, salmon seized during Kuskokwim subsistence closure
Villagers fish despite ban in Southwest Alaska fishery
Anchorage Daily News
Published: June 21st, 2012 11:35 PM
Last Modified: June 21st, 2012 11:36 PM
State and federal wildlife officials this week seized 21 nets and 1,100 pounds of salmon from subsistence fishermen in Southwest Alaska, Alaska State Troopers say....

Dismal king salmon returns across Alaska stokes fear of a crisis
Suzanna Caldwell | Jun 21, 2012
Initial king salmon returns were expected to be bad in Alaska this year, but it looks like those runs might be even worse than first thought. As of Tuesday, only 5,800 kings had passed the Yukon River sonar station at Pilot Station, a village located 120 miles from the river delta, since the run began earlier this month. The typical number of kings to pass by the same date? During a normal run, about 50,000 fish would have been counted and when the run is late, 17,400.....

Jun 22, 2012 - 01:40 AM AKST
Commentary: Balsiger keeps control of IPHC process after Ohaus charged
The head of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, whose advice is alleged to have played a role in the state criminal charges filed against an applicant for a seat on the International Pacific Halibut Commission, won’t talk about his involvement in the matter. NMFS Alaska Region Administrator Jim Balsiger will, however, retain control of the ongoing regional review process for the nine remaining applicants, with the blessing of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Balsiger sits on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and also occupies the IPHC seat designated for....

Federal, State Authorities Deny Confiscating Subsistence Camps' Fish
By Kortnie Horazdovsky, Rhonda McBride and Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
4:08 p.m. AKDT, June 21, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Federal and state authorities emphatically denied claims by Southwest Alaska residents Thursday that officials were confiscating fish from subsistence fishing camps, as decreased salmon runs statewide have led to fishing bans deeply unpopular with rural Alaskans. Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Tim DeSpain denied rumors that troopers were entering subsistence fish camps and taking fish, or seizing boats believed to be involved in illegal fishing....,0,7088213.story

Yukon To Close To Subsistence King Salmon Fishing
By Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome | June 21, 2012 - 5:17 pm
This year’s Chinook salmon run on the Yukon is poor, and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game is preparing subsistence closures to meet escapement goals. The closures begin today, but with so few fish in the river, it’s unknown how long subsistence fishermen will be unable to fish....

Subsistence fishermen take to the water inspite of closures
by Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK
June 21, 2012 9:40 am
Update 10:30 a.m.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has decided to allow Southwest Alaska subsistence fishermen to catch chum and sockeye salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River starting Friday. But the ban on catching king salmon remains in place until the end of the month. Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell said it appears that there is a low abundance of Chinook salmon. She says that...

Kenai River king salmon closure escalates tensions between sport, commercial fishing
Suzanna Caldwell | Jun 21, 2012
The Kenai River closes to king salmon anglers Friday, and with commercial fishing set to begin Monday, tension is building over who's bearing the burden of king salmon conservation. Record low king runs have forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to close Kenai king fishing for fear of depleting the already-sensitive population. Returns expected to be low have been dismal, and so...

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
June 21, 2012 Coming up this week the Norton Sound Red King quota is up, a dog who wouldn't abandon ship as it was going down near Kodiak was rescued by a Good Samaritan. And the....

The Exchange: What Lessons Does the Gulf Coast Hold for Unalaska?
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, June 21 2012
Oil and gas development is the Arctic is on track to happen this summer, but what does that mean in the long-term for Unalaska and the Port of Dutch Harbor? Several city councilors, the....

Plankton Bloom Discovery Prompts Scientists To Rethink Arctic Food Web
By Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage | June 21, 2012 - 5:19 pm...

Dead zone forecasts vary widely
Friday, June 22, 2012, 22:20 (GMT + 9)
A team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration- (NOAA) supported scientists is predicting that this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone could range from a low of approximately 1,197 sqmi to as much as 6,213 sqmi. The wide range is the result of using two different forecast models. The forecast is based on Mississippi River nutrient inputs compiled annually by the US Geological Survey (USGS)....

Fisheries survey vessel launched for NOAA
Friday, June 22, 2012, 15:20 (GMT + 9)
Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), a Fincantieri company, launched the Reuben Lasker, a fisheries survey vessel that the Wisconsin shipyard is building for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Pamela A Lasker, the daughter of the ship’s namesake and its sponsor, christened the ship before the 208-ft vessel was side-launched into the Menominee River....