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#07-06-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

English: Map of the Copper River Highway in Al...
English: Map of the Copper River Highway in Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
'Very strong run' of red salmon building in Copper River
Margaret Bauman | The Cordova Times | Jul 05, 2012
Salmon harvests in the Copper River District swelled to 1.3 million fish for the week ended June 29, with the state’s preliminary harvest report showing a red salmon catch well above average and a king salmon catch well below. Statewide wild Alaska salmon harvests rose to 9.4 million fish, as harvests picked 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 Mat-Su offered fresh wild Alaska sockeye salmon fillets at $8.99 a pound, down.....

Red salmon are coming -- or are they teasing us again?
Craig Medred | Jul 05, 2012
Once more there is a storm of red salmon reported to be moving up the turbid and gushing Copper River, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. But this time the dipnetters who flock to meet the fish in Wood Canyon downstream from Chitina near the Alaska-Canada border aren't rushing toward the fishery. Why? Back in early June an Anchorage newspaper said....

Kodiak: Salmon Harvest Breaches 1-Million
Jul 5, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
As the calendar flipped to July the Kodiak area salmon harvest went over 1-million fish. Almost 56,000 were harvested on Sunday, with more than half of those, about 32,000, chum salmon. There was just under 20,000 sockeye and almost 4,000 pinks. Harvests Monday were a little less at 38,000, with more than....

Wild Alaska Salmon Run Picks Up Speed
Cold, nasty, rainy weather hovered over Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay salmon fishery on the eve of Independence Day, as the commercial catch began to pick up speed – with some four million sockeyes harvested just from June 29 through July 2. Still, state fisheries biologists said they don’t know yet how it will all add up. What they were saying, from their offices in King Salmon and Dillingham, is that...

Deadline to comment on watershed assessment holds
Posted 07/05/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A July 23 deadline to comment on a draft assessment on the Bristol Bay watershed assessment, on which the future of large scale mining may hinge will stand, with no further extensions, the Environmental Protection Agency said July 5. The EPA said the 60 day comment period announced with the proposal is consistent with the length of time the agency has historically provided for complex scientific assessments of...

Our view: 60 days
Comment period for EPA report on Bristol Bay is time enough
Published: July 5th, 2012 07:29 PM
Last Modified: July 5th, 2012 09:19 PM
Dennis McLerran, regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, said Thursday the agency will stick to its original public comment period of 60 days for its draft assessment of the effects of a major mining project like Pebble on the Bristol Bay watershed. The letter was hardly out before Sen. Lisa Murkowski issued a statement that said the decision shows that the EPA does not understand Alaska, that more time would allow Alaskans busy with their summer livelihoods time to comment.....

EPA: No extension on Bristol Bay watershed comment period
by Staff Report
Jul 05, 2012
FAIRBANKS — The Environmental Protection Agency has announced it won’t extend the 60-day public comment period on the agency’s draft assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed, a study of the environmental impact the controversial Pebble Mine or other projects could have on the important fishing area.....

Peer Review on Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment
An independent panel of peer review scientists will gather in Anchorage Aug. 7-9 to examine the draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment that will figure in the future of major mine development like the Pebble mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.....

City and Borough of Juneau Assembly to settle destiny of fisherman's memorial
Posted: July 5, 2012 - 12:07am
Along with its decision on a new Panamax cruise ship dock, the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly could soon hear arguments to mitigate the affects of a proposed cruise ship dock on the annual blessing of the fleet and Alaska Commercial Fisherman’s Memorial. CBJ Assembly Members voted to leave the memorial at its current downtown location in....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Jul 5, 2012
Coming up this week: How ObamaCare may help independent fishing families; processing fish and creating jobs in Kake, and sharing fish on the Yukon. All that, and the Dungy season in Southeast got off to a better start this summer than last. We had help this week from KCAW's Ed Ronco in Sitka, KHNS's Margaret Friedenauer in Haines, KUAC's Dan Bross in Fairbanks, and KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg...

Marketing Alaska seafood challenges creativity of ASMI
Posted 07/06/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Alaska’s seafood exports jumped 35 percent in value in 2011 to $2.5 billion, and in 2012 the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is on a mission to sell even more seafood in Asia, Europe and South America. To that end, ASMI has earmarked about half of its annual budget, some $8.5 million, on a cross section of activities ranging from international trade shows to....

ASMI Says International Marketing Investment is Paying Off Well
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute will spend some $8.5 million this year on international marketing of the state’s wild seafood products, from salmon to red king crab and groundfish, in an effort to increase the overall value of the fisheries.....

TWIC card legislation moves through House
Posted 07/06/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Legislation to make it easier for Alaskan transportation workers to enroll, activate or renew their Transportation Worker Identity Credential cards has passed the House, a spokesman for Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said June 29. H.R. 3173 passed on the evening of June 28 and is now headed for the Senate, said Luke Miller....

Opinion: Tell EPA "Just Say No" to Pebble Mine
Posted 07/06/2012
by Kimberly Williams - for the Cordova Times
For at least the last 50,000 years, the salmon have returned to southwest Alaska on their annual pilgrimage from the ocean to the rivers and streams of Bristol Bay, supporting subsistence and commercial fishermen alike. Everyone that lives or works here knows the threat the proposed Pebble Mine poses to our fishing way of life. Last month the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a....

Alaskan salmon to be re-assessed
FRIDAY, 06 JULY 2012 09:56
THE Alaskan salmon fishery formally re-entered MSC assessment on July 5. The MSC received notice of a signed contract between the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association (PSVOA) and Intertek Moody Marine (IMM), the certification body that will conduct an independent assessment of the entire Alaska salmon fishery against the MSC standard.....

Time to repoen Deshka
Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 10:22 pm
By Andy Couch Mat-Su Angler's Club Fishing Corner
I received a call Monday from Anchorage resident Steve Stokke, who had been tracking king salmon escapement through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s (ADF&G) Deshka River weir. Like myself and others have noticed, king salmon passage has increased dramatically since the department restricted the Deshka River sport fishery to single-hook artificial lures on June 20, and then entirely closed all Deshka king salmon fishing on June 25....

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