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#06-26-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Ribbon Cutting at Port of Bristol Bay Expansion
The fourth largest commercial fishery port in the nation has been working this season with new expanded facilities. On Saturday, community leaders gathered in Naknek to cut the ribbon on the so far more than $10 million dollar project at the Port of Bristol Bay. KDLG's Dave Bendinger was there: (5:22)...

Trident finishing up new ice house in Petersburg
by Joe Viechnicki
June 25, 2012 3:01 pm
The seafood processing company Trident is putting the finishing touches on new building on the waterfront in downtown Petersburg. The 30 by 70-foot, two-story structure houses a new ice machine for chilling salmon and other fish landed by Trident’s fleet. Joe Viechnicki spoke with the company’s plant manager in Petersburg Dave Ohmer about the construction project.....

Southeast king salmon returns OK, so far
by Joe Viechnicki
June 25, 2012 2:29 pm
While other parts of Alaska are seeing disappointing returns of king salmon, Southeast’s Chinook runs have been coming in close to expectations, for the most part.It’s a mix of king salmon swimming through the Panhandle at this time of year. Some are making their way back to rivers in Oregon and Washington, others are returning to the Stikine River near Wrangell or the Taku River near Juneau. Another 100-thousand kings are expected to return...

Another blow to Yukon River subsistence salmon fishing
Suzanna Caldwell | Jun 25, 2012
Continued weak king salmon runs have cancelled more subsistence fishing periods in Western Alaska. The state cancelled scheduled subsistence fishing across much of the lower Yukon Delta Sunday, specifically in district one and....

Adak To Support Offshore Oil And Gas Development
By Stephanie Joyce, KUCB - Unalaska | June 25, 2012 - 5:22 pm
Oil and gas development in the Arctic could bring some major changes to the city of Adak. An agreement announced last week paves the way for development of the former military base as a support hub for offshore oil drilling. Listen for the full story....

Arguments for, against coastal zone plan given
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — The public got a preview Monday of an upcoming series of hearings on a ballot initiative that would re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska. A news conference called by Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell in Anchorage featured arguments for and against the initiative that are expected to be delivered during each of 10 hearings on the proposal. Terzah Tippin Poe, with the Alaska Sea Party, spoke in favor of the proposal, saying Alaskans deserve a say in development decisions, and the....

Juneau: Commercial fishing industry deserves local support from the city, and residents
Posted: June 26, 2012 - 12:00am
By Carl Uchityl
Fishing is hard. I’m not talking catching the winning Salmon Derby fish on your first outing hard, or learning a new language hard. I’m talking about an occupation requiring total commitment as a calling or vocation. To be successful as a commercial fisherman, one has to be more than a little interested; one has to be 100 percent invested financially, mentally and with every waking moment. The curse of Alaskan reality TV has many down south....

Fish Factor
Search On For New Fish Leader (UFA)
June 25, 2012
(SitNews) - The search is on for a new executive director at United Fishermen of Alaska. After five years at the helm Mark Vinsel is shifting to a new role as chief administrator, the position he was originally hired for 12 years ago. UFA is the nation’s largest commercial fishing trade group representing 37 different fishing groups and businesses. Part of the reason for this change is that over the past five years there has been a big proliferation in the number of agencies and issues that have the potential to affect a wide range of fisheries,” Vinsel said. “Things like EPA discharge requirements, national ocean policies, new Coast Guard regs coming into place for fishing vessel safety … the the devil is in the details, and.....

Japan fishermen sell first catch since nuclear crisis
Associated Press
Published: June 25th, 2012 08:16 PM
Last Modified: June 25th, 2012 08:16 PM
TOKYO -- The first seafood caught off Japan's Fukushima coastline since last year's nuclear disaster went on sale Monday, but the offerings were limited to octopus and marine snails because of persisting fears about radiation....