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#07-03-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Taku River; a wheeled airplane on the beach
Taku River; a wheeled airplane on the beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chieftain to shut down Tulsequah mine water treatment plant
Posted: July 1, 2012 - 12:10am
Chieftain Metals, LLC has announced it will temporarily cease water treatment at its Tulsequah Chief Mine while it secures funds. The company said cost overruns precipitated the shut down. The mine is located on the Tulsequah River near where it connects with the Taku River, approximately 40 mile northeast of Juneau on the British Columbia side of the Taku River system...

Alaska commercial fisherman runs into residency trouble -- again
Craig Medred | Jul 02, 2012
Commercial fisherman David Negus in Yakutat just can't seem to avoid state residency problems. Busted last summer for false claims of Alaska residency while a non-resident, the set gillnetter was in March fined $5,000 in Yakutat District Court and put on five years probation for.....

Snow Crab Gear Losses Total $1M
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, July 02 2012
Heavy ice in the Bering Sea this winter carried away a mountain of crab gear. Fishermen lost about 800 pots over the course of the snow crab season, or about six percent of their total gear. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Britta Baechler says that’s an unusually large number. “Just for comparison, in...

Alaska Air taxis seek uniformity on excise taxes
IRS tax interpretation could cost air taxis more than $1M in fines
Posted: July 2, 2012 - 10:55pm
.......... “Alaska, we are different,” Stedman said. “We don’t have many roads.” But the IRS and FAA are “tired of hearing that. Things are different here and they just don’t see it that way.” Sen. Mark Begich said the agencies have tried to collect taxes retroactively and used intimidation to maintain the status quo. IRS audits of several Alaska air taxis could result in $1.8 million in fines even though the carriers “conscientiously collect” federal excise tax from passengers, according to Alaska Air Carriers’ release. Much of the uncertainty comes from the classification of what constitutes a route serviced with regularity....

Genetic Data Out of the Port Moller Test Fishery
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the genetic information for several days of fishing as part of the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:10)....

Copper River harvest tops 1.3 million sockeyes
Posted 07/03/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Salmon harvests in the Copper River District swelled to 1,348,000 fish for the week ended June 29, with the state’s preliminary harvest report showing a sockeye catch well above and Chinook catch way below average. Statewide wild Alaska salmon harvests meanwhile rose to 9.4 million fish, as harvests began to pick up speed in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay, Southeast and Southwest Alaska, including the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak and Chignik. This being a holiday week, supermarkets in the Anchorage and Matanuska Valley area were offering fresh wild Alaska sockeye salmon fillets at $8.99 a pound, down from prices normally....

Northwest's top federal fisheries cop removed from office
Originally published Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Vicki Nomura, the special agent in charge of law enforcement for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, has been removed from her position while internal government investigators look into the operations of her office, sources say.....

Otter study to examine habitat differences in Southeast
by Ellen Chenoweth, KCAW
June 29, 2012 3:22 pm
While some people think of sea otters as adorable tourist attractions, others see them as predators in fierce competition for valuable shellfish like abalone, Dungeness crabs and geoducks. Marine mammal biologist Dr. Heidi Pearson is interested in learning more about how sea otter feeding habits may be changing the ecology of.......

Sockeye salmon adult populations in widespread decline
The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 3, 2012 7:00 AM ET
Sockeye salmon spawning on the rivers and streams of Washington state, British Columbia and southeastern Alaska have been producing fewer and fewer adults over the last six decades, a new study suggests. In one dramatic example, the Fraser River's early Stuart sockeye run produced 20 adults for every spawning sockeye during the 1960s, but productivity had dropped to about three adults per spawner by...

Sockeye productivity down in B.C., northwest U.S. states: new study
VANCOUVER - Sockeye salmon spawning on the rivers and streams of Washington state, British Columbia and southeastern Alaska have been producing fewer and fewer adults over the last six decades, a new study suggests. In one dramatic example, the Fraser River's early Stuart sockeye run....

West coast experiencing decreasing trends in salmon spawning
Ottawa, Ontario (July 3, 2012) – The number of adult sockeye salmon produced per spawner has been decreasing over the last decade or more along the western coast of North America, from Washington state up through British Columbia and southeast Alaska. A new study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences says that this widespread decrease in.....

Strong red, king salmon runs in Pacific Northwest (?)
Craig Medred | Jul 02, 2012
Ocean conditions that look to have been the death knell for young, Alaska king salmon grazing the pastures of the North Pacific seem to be a bonanza for Pacific Northwest salmon. Not only are...

Couple finds Japanese boat from tsunami in Southeast
Vessel Kaiho-Maru found near Alaska-Canada line may be linked to tsunami.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: July 2nd, 2012 10:53 PM
Last Modified: July 2nd, 2012 10:53 PM
A Metlakatla couple has found what may be the largest item to reach Alaska in the wake of the March 2011 tsunami -- a 24-foot fiberglass boat.....