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Comfish News Roundup #06-07-2012

Jun 7, 2012 - 03:22 AM AKST
Lodge owner withdraws IPHC application after charges filed
The president of a Southeast sport fishing guide’s organization and one of 10 nominees for two seats on International Pacific Halibut Commission has withdrawn from consideration after five criminal charges of falsely claiming state residency in fishing license applications were filed against him on May 25. Thomas C. Ohaus, president and founder of the Southeast Alaska Guides Organization, indicated through a spokesman that he would plead not guilty to the charges at his District Court arraignment, in Sitka June 26. Ohaus is the majority owner of the Angling Unlimited sport fishing lodge there. His partner, Charles A. McNamee, was charged May 22 with five identical counts. Court documents give Ohaus’ address as 39 East Ave., South Dartmouth, Mass., and McNamee’s as 21750 County Rd 18, Nevis, Minn. One of five charter fishing skippers employed by Angling Unlimited, David J. Gross, was charged on March 20 with a single count of lying on a sport fishing license application in an alleged Sept. 10, 2011, incident. He pleaded not guilty at an April 17 arraignment and his case is......

Crab Fleet on the Rebound
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Wednesday, June 06 2012
Commercial fishermen are on track to take the snow crab quota after all. With ten days left to the opilio season, the fleet has a less than 8 million pounds of crab to catch. Boats are.....

AFIRM Helps Japanese Fishing Industry 06/06/12
A non-profit charity supported by the Alaska seafood industry has been helping Japanese fishermen get back to work after the devastating 2011 tsunami. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has this story: (2:33)...

SuperSack Gone? 06/06/12
An 11,000 pound bag of PCB contaminated dirt fell into the waters off the Dillingham city dock last November. Alaska Logistics decided to wait until spring break up to remove that bag, known as a super sack. Salvage operations were to begin on Wednesday, until the divers reported they couldn't find it. KDLG's Dave Bendinger was on board and has more: (3:08)....

First Salmon of the Year Dinner Sunday
June 6, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak chef Joel Chenet has made a tradition of turning the first salmon of the season into a five-course seafood feast. This year the event will be on Sunday and benefit the Kodiak Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers....

Chitina dip-netters can keep kings — for now
by Tim Mowry
Jun 07, 2012
FAIRBANKS — Chitina dip-netters will get to keep one king salmon during at least the first two openings of the Copper River personal use dip-net fishery...

NIOSH to Fishermen: ‘Put one on, take the class, shut the door’
By Margaret Bauman
June 2012
Jennifer Lincoln has never fished commercially, but for two decades at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health her goal has been saving the lives of those who do, through better safety practices and gear on board fishing vessels. Since the early 1990s, more than 300 deaths have been prevented because of a variety of efforts, from use of personal floatation devices, and marine safety classes to the establishment of the individual fishing quotas for halibut and sablefish, and US Coast Guard dockside exams of crab fishing vessels, she said. As director of the Alaska Pacific regional office of NIOSH, based in Anchorage, Lincoln....

Rural Alaska
Alaska enters international scrum to protect Eskimo whalers
Alex DeMarban | Jun 06, 2012
Alaska's congressional delegation has sent a warning shot at the international body that sets whaling harvests: Ignore Eskimo bowhead whalers and the U.S. will set its own harvest limits. The three-member delegation said Tuesday they've introduced companion bills in both houses establishing the U.S. Commerce Secretary's authority to set subsistence catch limits if the International Whaling Commission does not. Whalers applauded the move because the fractious commission is composed of 89 member countries split over whaling, which means the body often has a difficult time finding the three-quarters support needed to approve limits. The commission has always found enough votes to set that limit, but not without a struggle. "The bills send an important message to the members of the IWC," said Johnny Aiken, executive director of the Barrow-based Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, in a media statement. "It puts them on notice that....

Salmon's king at Kaiser eateries
8:46 PM, Jun. 5, 2012
.......... salmon are in season today, it's a cause for celebration. Here in Palm Springs the person celebrating most heartily appears to be Lee Morcus, whose Kaiser Family Restaurants have launched an annual Salmon Run, with each of the Kaiser Group's restaurants featuring different approaches to the preparation of Copper River Salmon. I live in Palm Springs so I first became aware....

Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Ketchikan SeaGlide Camp offered at reduced fee
Capital City Weekly
JUNEAU - Due to generous funding from the National Defense Education Program and the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, STEM AK, is able to offer the Ketchikan SeaGlide Camp for a substantially reduced registration fee from August 6-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UAS Technology Campus, Robertson R117, 600 Stedman Street. The camp is limited to 15 students and five teachers and the registration deadline is June 8 at 5 p.m. To register, go to...

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