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#07-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Wooden boat restorer visits Kodiak
by Nicole Klauss / Kodiak Daily Mirror
Jun 30, 2012
KODIAK, Alaska - Dan Farsovitch developed a love for boats at a young age. He grew up in Akhiok and frequently watched his grandfather build wooden boats by hand. "I was pretty intrigued with that," he said. "When I was working in a cannery I started out as a helper with the carpenters. They liked me, so they started teaching me the trade."....

King-sized gap
Jul 01, 2012
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
As of Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s sonar at Pilot Station on the lower Yukon River indicated about 40,000 king salmon had traveled upriver toward their spawning grounds across the vast interior regions of Alaska and Canada’s Yukon Territory. The historical average passage for that date is more than twice that number — 96,000. Even in years when the king run has been late like this year’s was, the average passage on June 26 at Pilot Station has been 60,000. Something odd is happening. Maybe the cause is partly the persistent Bering Sea ice. Last week, it remained wrapped around the Yukon’s delta in a....

Stikine River Stewardship with the Boy Scouts
June 29, 2012
(SitNews) Wrangell, Alaska – Members of Wrangell’s Boy Scout Troop 40 joined forces with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC), the Sitka Conservation Society (SCS) the United States Forest Service and local Wrangell volunteers to conduct a number of Wilderness stewardship activities on the Stikine River. The outing, funded in part by a grant through the National Forest Foundation, focused on managing invasive weeds near Twin Lakes and was part of a nationwide effort by the Forest Service to steward Wilderness areas.....

Perfect picnic: Try cold salmon and blueberry tarts
Make these three tasty recipes to complete any romantic picnic
TODAY recipes
updated 6/26/2012 1:12:45 PM ET....

Perfect storm’ ushers in crab shortage in Maryland seafood shops
By Associated Press, Published: June 29
FENWICK ISLAND, Md. — Spring’s crab glut has quickly become summer’s crab shortage.
And with crab consumption a July Fourth holiday ritual on Delmarva, crustacean connoisseurs could be in for some disappointment....

June 28, 2012, 2:49 PM3 Comments
Chasing the Sockeye Salmon Migration
In early summer, the biggest run of wild salmon left in the world reaches its peak. The sockeye salmon migration of Bristol Bay, Alaska, can number more than 40 million fish; the resulting fishing industry is worth more than $400 million. The award-winning author (and Times contributor) Paul Greenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller “Four Fish,” is blogging....

Ahead Of Alaska Drilling, Shell Practices Cleaning Up
July 1, 2012
Royal Dutch Shell could drill several exploratory oil wells into the waters off the north shore of Alaska this summer. The potential prize is huge, but so is the risk, should there be an oil spill in this pristine and remote region. And that risk is on everyone's mind since the BP blowout in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago. Shell is now training hundreds of workers to confront oil in icy waters. But for now, the training is taking place in the calm, ice-free waters far to the south, near the port of Valdez. Once oil is in the water, it's a mess. And we've never proven anywhere in the world — let alone in the ice — that we're very good at picking up more than 3 or 5 or 10 percent of the oil once it's in the water. A blue and white vessel, the Nanuq, pulls away from the dock and heads out into open water. This is just a few miles from where the Exxon Valdez came aground and...