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#07-05-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Dipnet fisherman on Copper River at Chitina.
Dipnet fisherman on Copper River at Chitina. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
King salmon show low return rates across the state
Posted: July 4, 2012 - 9:15am
By Gary Deiman
King salmon across the state of Alaska is in depletion as a whole. Southcentral Alaska is not the only region experiencing low king salmon return rates, it's happening all over. It's easy to blame a single fishery, such as the...

Fishermen Called Into the Wood River Special Harvest Area Starting Thursday Afternoon
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has made the decision to utilize the "Wood River Special Harvest Area" starting Thursday. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:58)...

High sonar numbers mean high hopes at Chitina
by Tim Mowry
Jul 05, 2012
FAIRBANKS — Finally, there’s some good news for Chitina dip-netters. Now it’s just a matter of whether the Copper River cooperates.A surge of red salmon passed the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s sonar counter at Miles Lake last week and should reach Chitina starting sometime next week. The flood of salmon — more than 180,000 between June 25 and July 1 — prompted the...

Crabber Advocates Merge
Jul 03, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
An organization formed to push for Bering Sea crab rationalization has decided to cease operations this summer and merge with a larger umbrella group of crab fishermen. The board of directors of the Crab Group of Independent Harvesters announced Monday they will join the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers. The Crab Group was initially formed to...

Southeast’s Dungeness crabbing off to an average start
by Joe Viechnicki
July 3, 2012 9:18 am
It looks like a pretty average year for commercial Dungeness crabbing in Southeast. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last month that crabbers would have full two-month summer and fall seasons for most of...

Kasilof setnet fishery gets season's first opening
Posted: July 4, 2012 - 8:55am
By Staff Report
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game opened the Kasilof Section of the Upper Cook Inlet district to set and drift gillnetting Tuesday...

Story last updated at 4:13 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Port Graham/English Bay area closed to sport fishing for sockeye salmon July 4–31
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced all waters of the English Bay River drainage and Port Graham Subdistrict will close to sport fishing for sockeye salmon at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, July 31....

Experts says the science behind paralytic shellfish poisoning warnings has flaws
by Leila Kheiry
July 2, 2012 2:52 PM
Experts pretty much agree with the overall message of a recent warning from the state Department of Health and Social Services: Don’t eat personally harvested shellfish, ever. The science methods cited by the state, however, have raised the eyebrows of a couple of aquaculture researchers. They say high toxin levels in algae blooms don’t necessarily mean poisonous shellfish. Ray RaLonde, aquaculture specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant marine advisory program, has studied PSP in shellfish since 1995. He said toxicity of algae...

Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Fish factor: Alaska second in nation for bycatch
By Laine Welch | Capital City Weekly
A first ever accounting of bycatch in U.S. fisheries has been achieved by federal scientists in a user friendly report that aims to set a baseline for the accidental takes of fish, marine mammals, seabirds and other creatures by fishing gear.
The National Bycatch Report, based primarily on 2005 data, shows fish landings and.......

Sen. Begich, Fishermen Discusses Low King Runs
By Matthew Smith, KNOM - Nome | July 3, 2012 - 5:55 pm....

Lynn Canal ferry schedule likely to change
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
July 3, 2012 1:01 pm......

Greenpeace Arrives in Unalaska
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Tuesday, July 03 2012
The Greenpeace vessel Esperanza has arrived in Unalaska.....

Tsunami debris widespread in Alaska, but not radioactive, says group
Alex DeMarban | Jul 03, 2012.......

The most expensive internet in America: fighting to bring affordable broadband to American Samoa
By Darren Murph  posted Jul 4th 2012 12:15PM
....... There's a huge amount of importance placed on family across the island, and a major swath of residents are employed at the StarKist tuna plant in central Pago. The culture, goals, economic expectations and world view of residents are drastically different than that of most mainlanders. As an example of how tightly knit this place is, an entire memorial (the Leone Memorial Garden) was erected to immortalize the memory of 11 people who were killed in Leone in the catastrophic 2009 tsunami......