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#06-29-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Never under estimate the Copper River
Posted 06/29/2012
by - editor@
Everything was going well for Daniel Montoya and his three children: Isabella, 10, 13 year-old Daniel and their elder sister Niki, 14. The family, who lives in San Diego, had arranged to meet up in Alaska with a longtime friend, Edward Ercoline from Fairbanks. Ercoline was the owner of a 19 feet-long custom designed river raft that the five of them would raft down the Copper River. Montoya and Ercoline had served together for the U.S. Army as paratroopers back in the late 1970s. They had already navigated these precarious waters in the past but hadn’t been back in a....

Copper River salmon harvest at 1.2 million
Posted 06/29/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Wild salmon harvests on in the Copper River swelled to 1,213,000 through June 22, as the statewide catch rose to 4,549,000 salmon of all species. For the Copper River, the total included some 1,181,000 sockeye, 21,000 chum and 11,000 Chinook salmon. While the peak of the Copper River sockeye run has passed, catches and escapements continued....

Ship Creek king salmon fishery to close at midnight Saturday
Anchorage Daily News
Published: June 29th, 2012 12:28 AM
Last Modified: June 29th, 2012 12:28 AM
State regulators plan to close Ship Creek to king salmon fishing at midnight Saturday, two weeks ahead of schedule.....

Where Did All the King Salmon Go?
New king salmon fishing restrictions could hurt subsistence fishers
By Kate McPherson
Story Created: Jun 26, 2012 at 8:23 PM AKDT
Story Updated: Jun 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM AKDT
ANCHORAGE - State fisheries managers said the numbers of king salmon returning to Alaska are the lowest they've seen since the 1970s.....

Initiative leader disputes coastal zone estimate
Associated Press
Published: June 28th, 2012 01:27 PM
Last Modified: June 28th, 2012 02:28 PM
JUNEAU, Alaska - A leader behind an initiative to re-establish a coastal management program in Alaska is taking issue with the program cost estimates that Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell plans to share at an upcoming round of hearings.....

Biologists look to ocean for clues in Alaska king salmon collapse
Craig Medred | Jun 28, 2012
What scientists know about the working of the ecosystem beneath the storm-swept waters of Alaska is a lot and almost nothing. Because for all that is known, no one has a clue as to the latest fishery mystery that has so many in the 49th state talking: Where have all the king salmon gone? "Gone to graveyards everyone," to quote the old song "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" Well, not quite every king is gone to the graveyards, but a bunch of them clearly left Alaska rivers as young fish never to return. This is known from the work of state fisheries biologists who track spawning numbers and monitor smolt migrations. "We're adequately seeding the spawning grounds," said Jeff Regnart, director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Commercial Fisheries, "but they're not coming back." What both state and federal fisheries biologists studying in Alaska have seen, in general, is good numbers of king salmon on spawning beds followed by good numbers of smolt going to sea. Smolt are young king salmon. The salmon lifecycle is a bit complicated: Adult fish bury eggs in........

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
June 28, 2012....

Greenpeace Ship Calls on Kodiak
June 28, 2012
The Greenpeace ship Esperanza pulled into Kodiak on Tuesday. The 236-foot vessel is headed to Dutch Harbor and then the Arctic Ocean in response to Shell Oil's drilling plans in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas this summer. (photo)..

Greenpeace Makes Way Toward Unalaska
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Thursday, June 28 2012
Greenpeace is heading north as part of its campaign against Arctic drilling. The motor yacht Esperanza is in Kodiak until Friday, and is scheduled to stop in Unalaska next week. The vessel had previously been in Seward for repairs.....

Villages facing higher power costs
Power Cost Equalization holds down rural rates, but is linked to cities
Posted: June 28, 2012 - 12:07am
By Pat Forgey
Many Rural Alaskans will have to pay more for their power in the next year due to rising rates in Juneau and other urban centers. Power rates overall will go up by nearly a kilowatt, following the Regulatory Commission of Alaska’s annual establishment of a new Power Cost Equalization Base rate. “It will decrease the amount of PCE my folks....

Time to change Alaska king salmon management
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 7:44 pm
By Andy Couch Mat-Su Anglers Club Fishing Corner
The official Alaska State Fish is in serious decline not only in the Mat-Su Valley, but throughout the state. For more than 30 years, I’ve worked directly with this resource. Most of my experience has been as a salmon fishing guide in the Mat-Su Valley, but as a college student in the early 1980s I also spent three summers working as a fisheries technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) collecting king salmon data from Mat-Su Valley fisheries....

Find tsunami debris on the Oregon coast? Call 211
Associated Press
SALEM, Ore. — Find a boxcar-sized dock on the beach, or a soccer ball with Japanese symbols? The state of Oregon wants to hear from you. Just dial 211. Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the hotline at a news conference Thursday, saying it's an easy way for residents and visitors to report Japanese tsunami debris. Beginning Friday, the hotline will be staffed during business hours and will take recorded messages at other times.....

Is it safe to eat (a lot) of Alaska fish?
Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012 2:56 pm | Updated: 4:20 pm, Thu Jun 28, 2012.
By Mary Lochner
Alaska sets its water quality standards to protect people who eat as much fish as the average American. But those standards might not protect the health of many Alaskans, who eat much more than that. The Environmental Protection Agency requires states to regulate 134 contaminants in fresh and marine waters: everything from methylmercury, a highly toxic compound that causes neurological and cardiovascular disease; to polychlorinated biphynels (PCBs), which could cause developmental delays in children and have been...

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