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Comfish News Roundup #06-04-2012

Commercial Fishing in Bristol Bay Starts Today
The salmon season officially gets started this (Monday) morning in Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:48)...

Copper River salmon harvest at 6,800 kings, 911,000 sockeyes
Posted 06/04/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A second 36-hour commercial fishing opener on the Copper River was set to begin at 7 a.m. on June 4, in the wake of a May 31 period that brought in 1,800 Chinook, 130,000 sockeye and 9,000 chum salmon. Prices at Pike’s Market on the Seattle waterfront were holding at $49.95 for whole reds and $29.99 a pound for whole kings, while fillets were garnering $16,000 a pound for reds and $44.99 a pound for kings. In the Anchorage area, fresh Copper River sockeye salmon entrees at....

Biggest bore tide of summer expected this week
Maximum effect of rare event expected on Tuesday evening.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: June 3rd, 2012 10:14 PM
Last Modified: June 3rd, 2012 10:23 PM
Turnagain Arm's biggest bore tide of the summer is expected Tuesday south of Anchorage, according to tide tables....

Hawaii: No reason to fear debris, NOAA says
Items washed away by tsunami in Japan unlikely to pose risk, may start arriving in Hawaii this year
June 3, 2012
By MELISSA TANJI - Staff Writer
More than likely, there will be no body parts or radioactive materials among the Japan tsunami debris that may begin washing up along the main Hawaiian Islands this year, federal officials said last week. "People shouldn't fear. There is no reason to stop going to the beach. It's not going to come in one tidal wave of trash. (And) the radioactivity is highly unlikely," said Carey Morishige, Pacific Islands regional coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Debris Program. But Morishige said that doesn't mean...

Federal judge says no to halt in sea lion killing
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 11:58 am | Updated: 10:23 am, Fri Jun 1, 2012
A federal judge has rejected a request to halt the killing of California sea lions that eat protected salmon at Oregon's Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.....

Propaganda from the Bristol Bay Native Corporation #Pebble
ARTICLE | JUNE 2, 2012
We here in Anchorage have been treated to an extensive ad campaign by the Bristol Bay Native Corporation since the first of the year. The campaign purports to demonstrate the loving care that Bristol Bay natives have for the region and their way of life. Ads run daily on radio and television, always painting the..

Invasives like rock snot ride in on felt soles
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: June 3rd, 2012 11:02 PM
Last Modified: June 3rd, 2012 11:03 PM
In his Compass article ("Ban on felt soles more empty symbol than useful," May 29), Daniel Zivanich urged the Alaska Board of Fisheries to do away with the ban on felt soles while fishing in Alaska's fresh waters. He argued that non-felt soles are not safe in some waters, that the risk of transporting invasive species (whirling disease, Didymo, which is commonly called rock snot, and New Zealand mudsnails) is a theoretical threat and not proven, and that non-felt soles when used with metal studs damage boats and planes.....

Experts take stock of B.C. fish and policies
By Chris Sporer, Vancouver Sun June 4, 2012
Independent analysis repeatedly shows the B.C. commercial fishing and processing industry contributes more to GDP, employment, wages and salaries than the recreational fishery. Fishing lodges and charter operations in Washington and Alaska have....

Scientists discover smart protein algae that absorbs B12
Monday, June 04, 2012, 06:00 (GMT + 9)
Scientists have exposed a key biochemical component through which marine algae can thrive: a previously unknown protein that pulls vitamin B12, an essential but scarce nutrient, out of seawater. A team of researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the J Craig Venter Institute found a protein they described as "the B12 claw" while examining algal cultures and seawater samples from the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. The findings were published on 31 May in....