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#06-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Analysis of the Bristol Bay Sockeye Run by the Fisheries Research Institute
For decades the staff with the University of Washington's "Fisheries Research Institute" has been conducting research on Bristol Bay's abundant sockeye resource. The Institute produces their own pre-season forecast and they also produce in-season updates. KDLG's Mike Mason looked over the latest update issued on Sunday for this report. (1:11)....

Copper River King Restrictions Affect Anglers, Dipnetters
By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
1:31 p.m. AKDT, June 26, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Copper River’s Chitina dip net salmon fishery has been closed to the retention of king salmon this season as new restrictions hit the river’s upper section, adding to the locations across Alaska affected by fishing closures in the wake of weak salmon runs. In a Tuesday announcement, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game amended rules for the fishery, which is also closed to the retention of steelhead. The Chitina fishery will be open..,0,2541962.story

Bristol Bay setnetters close gap on drifters
Published: June 25th, 2012 10:49 PM
Last Modified: June 25th, 2012 10:50 PM
Bristol Bay, home of the greatest sockeye salmon run in the world. People come from everywhere to exploit and share the bounty. Fisherman, processors, and all of the industry necessary to support them congregate there with the goal of striking it rich.....

Ketchikan: Voters OK harbor bonds
by KRBD Staff
June 26, 2012 9:16 PM
Results are in from last night’s election on Proposition One. City of Ketchikan voters approved the proposition by a wide margin, allowing the city to issue up to $5 million in bonds for harbor improvements....

Philosophical change needed in managing fisheries
Posted: June 26, 2012 - 9:07am
By John McCombs
All letters about king salmon should be collected and delivered to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Do not send them during the winter as Chairman Kactus Karl Johnstone will be in Prescott, Ariz., golfing. Regulations are drafted by the board and implemented by the......

Shell drill rigs depart Seattle for Alaska
Anchorage Daily News
Published: June 27th, 2012 07:47 AM
Last Modified: June 27th, 2012 08:04 AM
Two massive Shell Oil Co. drilling rigs were leaving a Seattle dock early Wednesday, starting the long trek to Alaska's Arctic waters and leaving behind years of legal battles and regulatory hurdles in a quest for riches under the sea....  //,0,5503849.story

Panel: Tourism, fishing key to surviving an economic meltdown
Associated Press
Published: June 23rd, 2012 09:48 PM
Last Modified: June 23rd, 2012 09:48 PM
KETCHIKAN -- A panel of commercial lenders said tourism and commercial fishing have helped stabilize the Southeast Alaska economy following the nationwide economic meltdown of 2008.....

Government team completes tsunami debris survey
Southeast Alaska shores show little change since 2008.
Associated Press
Published: June 26th, 2012 10:31 PM
Last Modified: June 26th, 2012 10:31 PM
JUNEAU -- Government scientists on a recent survey of southeast Alaska beaches found a number of large black buoys, the likes of which they hadn't seen in the region on a 2008 trip. But they cannot say if the buoys are related to last year's devastating tsunami in Japan or just routine ocean debris.....

Chefs and grocers angle for ‘eco-smart’ seafood choices
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
During a recent "sustainable seafood dinner" at the University Club at the University of Missouri, executive chef Daniel Pliska talked about why it is important to buy sustainable fish — that is, fish procured from sustainable, well-managed fisheries and not from populations that have been overfished or subject to environmentally harmful fishing and farming practices....

How hard can it be to fish for seafood?
By Alex Strachan, Postmedia News June 26, 2012
A closeup look at tonight's TV
It's hard not to watch Deadliest Catch from the warmth and safety of the family hearth and not feel a twinge of empathy for the grizzled, unshaven, weather-battered crab fishermen working Alaska's Bering Strait in truly frightful sea conditions. Deadliest Catch, the granddaddy of dirty-jobs docureality series, has always been a reminder that most of us have it pretty easy when it comes to putting food on the family table, even when that food involves Alaska king crabs......

Mystery of the Flatfish Head Solved
By Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 06/25/2012 16:36:00
Those delicious flatfishes, like halibut and sole, are also evolutionary puzzles. Their profoundly asymmetrical heads have one of the most unusual body plans among all backboned animals (vertebrates) but the evolution of their bizarre anatomy has long been a mystery.....

Dead zone an annual tragedy
Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 8:02 a.m.
Gulf Coast residents have heard for years about the dead zone, which forms each summer. Researchers, too, are well familiar with the phenomenon. But this year, they are having trouble with their predictions.....

Scientists devise antimicrobials that kill bacteria
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 04:10 (GMT + 9)
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have developed a new method to create antimicrobials that kill disease-causing pathogens. These antimicrobials can be used as an alternative to antibiotics.....

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