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#07-10-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Juneau’s new boat lift arrives in Auke Bay
by Casey Kelly
July 9, 2012 6:00 am
Juneau’s Docks and Harbors Department got a new piece of equipment last week, but it’ll probably be another three months before it’s fully operational. The hydraulic boat lift is capable of hoisting vessels up to 45-tons and 65-feet in length out of the water. It arrived at the Auke Bay Commercial Loading Facility on Friday, and....

Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce says no to coastal management measure
by Staff Report
Jul 09, 2012
FAIRBANKS — The board of directors of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Monday adopted a resolution opposing Ballot Measure 2, the re-establishment of an Alaska coastal management program. Measure 2 is on the statewide Aug. 28 primary ballot.....

Conservatives and the Law of the Sea Time Warp
The treaty has been improved in ways Reagan wanted and it's time the U.S. signed on.
July 8, 2012, 7:04 p.m. ET
In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged legislators to reject the 30-year-old Law of the Sea Treaty, saying it would force the United States "to pay royalties to less productive countries, based on rhetoric about the common heritage of mankind." Astonishingly, Mr. Rumsfeld's Senate testimony contradicts the advice his own Defense Department gave President George W. Bush in the early 2000s. The former defense secretary seemed to be in a time warp, harking back to his mission of 30 years ago during the Reagan presidency, completely dismissing the treaty's 1994 ...

Reality TV crew detained by Russians after crossing Bering Strait
Alaska Dispatch | Jul 09, 2012
A reality TV producer recently filming on location in the Bering Strait off Alaska's northwest coast has been arrested in Russia, along with five others, after jet-skiing from Nome to the Chukotka shoreline.....

BBSRI Adjusts Their Forecast for Bristol Bay Up 07/10/12
The managers of the Port Moller Test Fishery have adjusted their forecast for the total run to Bristol Bay up to 32-million sockeye. KDLG's Mike Mason explains. (2:24)...

The Escapement Goal for the Nushagak River is Achieved 07/10/12
The sockeye escapement to the Nushagak River has topped the lower end of the escapement goal and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is confident the lower end of the goal for the Wood River will also be achieved. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:58)....

Hopes rise around Alaska with late bump of king salmon
Mike Campbell | Jul 08, 2012
For most of the 2012 fishing season, good news about Alaska king salmon has been as rare as a 90-pound whopper. But finally, there is a shred of optimism.....

Sen. Mark Begich Calls for State Disaster Declaration over failed Western Alaska King Salmon Runs
July 09, 2012|by Rhonda McBride
Anchorage, AK. — Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, is calling on Gov. Sean Parnell, R-Alaska, to declare a fisheries disaster in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, where king salmon runs are some of the weakest on record......

Feds Fund Alaska Ferries
Jul 9, 2012
Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska
The Alaska Marine Highway System should do well in the federal budget. A recently passed transportation bill sets aside $67 million a year for ferries. That replaces a smaller, less certain amount of money that had to be fought for every year. Ferry chief Mike Neussl says the money is based on a formula, which should help Alaska.....

Fresh Sockeye Salmon, Complete With a Cause
Published: July 9, 2012
Rich, lush and distinctively deep vermilion in color, sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska, is now in season for about a month. It is also in the spotlight. The bay is the largest spawning ground for the sockeye and king salmon in the world; its headwaters are also the site of the proposed open-pit Pebble Mine for gold and copper.....

The answer could point to big problems looming in Earth's waters.
By Emily Sohn
Tue Jul 10, 2012 06:00 AM ET
Every year, millions of adult salmon return from the ocean to their home streams, where they lay eggs and produce the next generation of fish. But far fewer sockeye salmon are making it back to their freshwater mating grounds compared to a few decades ago, and that’s seriously affecting population sizes of the species throughout the Northwest, from Alaska to Washington State. The discovery suggests that....

Groups plan suit over Shell drilling off Alaska
July 09, 2012|Yereth Rosen | Reuters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A coalition of environmental groups on Monday announced plans to file a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn federal approvals for Royal Dutch Shell's planned exploration drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska. The 10 groups said they had prepared a lawsuit to be filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Anchorage. The lawsuit will seek to overturn approvals of Shell's oil-spill plans that were granted in February and March by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement....

SE rural phone service prepared for FCC changes
Posted: July 10, 2012 - 12:02am
The Federal Communications Commission has put its backing behind broadband communication. In recent changes to the high-cost portion of its Universal Service Fund, the FCC requires recipients of USF funding to provide both traditional voice and broadband service to underserved areas. Much of Southeast Alaska already has broadband service. Through its Southeast Alaska Microwave Network, Alaska Power and Telephone is able to meet FCC’s new broadband requirements.....

MRAG Americas to review ISSF ProActive Vessel Register
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 15:40 (GMT + 9)
The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has announced MRAG Americas Inc. will serve as independent auditor of the ProActive Vessel Register (PVR), a newly launched database that is designed to help identify vessels adopting best-in-class, responsible tuna fishing practices.....