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#06-28-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Aerial photograph. The Coast Guard base and pi...
Aerial photograph. The Coast Guard base and piers at Homer Spit. Alaska, Lower Cook Inlet, Homer. Credit: Alaska ShoreZone Program NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC; Courtesy of Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Further restrictions issued for set gillnetters in Cook Inlet
Posted: June 27, 2012 - 2:01pm  |  Updated: June 27, 2012 - 2:08pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
For the second day of the season the Kasilof section of the set gillnet fishery will be closed to fishing Thursday. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced a closure of set gillnetting in the North District of Upper Cook Inlet Wednesday as the department continues to cope with poor numbers of early-run king salmon and a below-average return of sockeye in the Kasilof river. The closure of....

Story last updated at 4:39 PM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Effects of poor king runs trickle down to entire economy of Kenai Peninsula
Local businesses are feeling the impact of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's emergency orders limiting sport fishing for king salmon in salt and fresh water on the lower Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula. Commercial fishermen and related businesses also have been affected by a closure of eastern Cook Inlet setnet fishing in the Kasilof section of the upper subdistrict of the Upper Cook Inlet. Poor king salmon returns have hit Alaska....

Fish and Game fields reports of mushy halibut
Posted: June 27, 2012 - 8:38am  |  Updated: June 27, 2012 - 10:24am
By Brian Smith
Peninsula Clarion
Saltwater fishery officials are reporting a resurgence of a mysterious condition that's bound to turn the stomachs of fishers -- mushy halibut syndrome. Although the condition that turns the normally firm, good tasting and pricey meat of halibut into mushy pulp isn't new, Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Barbi Failor said the department is receiving more reports of mushy fish caught by sport fishermen "with pretty regular occurrence" all over Cook Inlet. The reports have prompted officials to conduct....

ASMI Awards First FAO-Based Certification
Jun 27, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The first company to be given ASMI's new sustainability seal of approval is Triad Fisheries of Bothell, Washington. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute awarded the "Alaska Seafood Responsible Fisheries Certification" earlier this month. Mark Tupper is the president of Triad.....

ComSta Kodiak Change of Command Friday
Jun 27, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT and Associated Press
Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak is getting a new commanding officer. A change of command ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, when Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno will take over for Cmdr. Peter Van Ness.....

English: View of the shoreline of Ketchikan, A...
English: View of the shoreline of Ketchikan, Alaska, from the Serenade of the Seas in July 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ketchikan Harbor Bond Approved With 7% Voter Turnout
By Mary Kauffman, SitNews
June 27, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - With only 7% of registered City of Ketchikan voters turning out Tuesday, Harbor Bond Proposition 1 was approved. 350 turned out to vote with 247 voting yes, approving the bond. Yesterday's approval of Proposition 1 by the voters authorizes the City of Ketchikan to issue bonds for a maximum of $5 Million over a period of several years. The authority to issue bonds is required in order for the City of Ketchikan to apply for and receive grant funding from several sources, especially the State’s 50/50 Harbor Grant program. The City’s goal is to issue only the minimum necessary bonds needed for any project, planning to never reach the $5 Million level. In the....

Begich Going to Western Alaska for Fishery Roundtable
By Julie Hasquet | Office of Senator Begich 23 hours 17 minutes ago
n an effort to get first-hand information and hear directly from the Alaskans impacted, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will be in Bethel next Monday where he is hosting a fishery roundtable with community leaders and fishery managers. Begich has also sent a letters to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting increased funding for the Alaska Subsistence Management Program to increase research on and management of the Chinook salmon fishery along the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. The actions come as....

Gilbert bar and grill offers country foods with Alaskan twist
Serves dishes with reindeer, salmon, cod and halibut
by Angelique Soenarie - Jun. 27, 2012 12:29 PM
The Republic |
Dennis Petty and Diana Blewer serve made-from-scratch country-style breakfasts, lunches and dinners with a twist. They give Gilbert diners a taste of Alaska with reindeer sausage, eggs and potatoes or in a Reuben sandwich topped with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on rye. Fish is shipped in weekly from Alaska to make fish and chips, grilled halibut and salmon. Petty, who grew up in the business, comes from a lineage of family-restaurant operators and chefs in Oregon and Alaska. He said his father, grandfather and great-grandfather were chefs. He opened the Groves two years ago in a space that.....

English: An outbuilding of the historic Gulick...
English: An outbuilding of the historic Gulick Homestead in The Dalles, Oregon, United States, with the Columbia River and The Dalles Dam behind. The homestead is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under the name "Indian Shaker Church and Gulick Homestead". NRHP reference number 78003087 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
'Incredible natural spectacle' as record numbers of sockeye salmon return to Northwest
Fish cross dam at rate of nearly 30 a minute as more return in a single day than some previous years
updated 6/28/2012 5:02:29 AM ET
Record numbers of a once-waning population of sockeye salmon have been returning to the Northwest's Columbia Basin this summer, with thousands more crossing the river's dams in a single day than the total numbers seen in some previous years.....

Oregon Fisheries Net More Value in 2011 Harvest, prices were up for most commercial fishermen
By Terry Dillman
More seafood, far more value.
That sums up the 2011 season for most Oregon fisheries, according to Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) officials and a consortium of four Oregon seafood commissions. Nick Furman, director of Seafood Oregon – a consortium featuring the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission (ODCC), Oregon Trawl Commission (OTC), Oregon Salmon Commission (OCS) and Oregon Albacore Commission (OAC) – said the state’s commercial seafood and fishing industry had an outstanding year, in fact the best in 23 years, with overall harvest value exceeding $145 million for all Oregon fisheries. Both the amounts harvested (285 million pounds of fish and shellfish, up substantially from 216 million pounds in 2010) and dollar value were the best in....

Sadly, sports come before food, education
By ELISE PATKOTAK comment Published: June 26th, 2012 08:44 PM Last Modified: June 27th, 2012 07:52 AM In this country, sports are king. Nothing else matters as much. Nothing....

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