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#07-11-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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ASMI's Riutta Fixin' to Retire
Jul 10, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is looking for a new executive director. Ray Riutta, who's been at the organization for 10 years, will be stepping down at the end of the year....

Begich Asks Parnell To Declare Fishery Disaster
By Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks | July 10, 2012 - 5:36 pm
After visiting with local leaders and fishery managers in Bethel last week, U.S. Senator Mark Begich is asking Alaska Governor, Sean Parnell to declare a fisheries disaster in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Begich sent a letter to the Governor Monday. The Governor’s spokeswoman....

Yukon king salmon begin arriving in Canada
by Tim Mowry
Jul 11, 2012
FAIRBANKS — The first Yukon River king salmon have made it to Canada. Now it’s a matter of how many more will show up. As of Tuesday, a dozen king salmon had been counted at the Eagle sonar counter, which is operated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game about 16 miles down river from the Canada border. The first kings were counted Sunday. Only time will tell if enough kings reach the border to satisfy an......

Prized Bristol Bay fishery on track as salmon season wanes
Alex DeMarban | Jul 10, 2012
The number of fish returning to the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery has fallen sharply in at least one major river, but state officials say that overall Bristol Bay is on track for a close-to-average year. The number of sockeye nosing into the Nushagak River, one of several feeding into the famed Southwest Alaska bay, is down sharply -- so much so that fishermen have traveled to more productive drainages elsewhere in.....

Anchorage Food Quest: salmon salad
July 10th, 2012  Heather Hamilton
With Vicente Capala, Multimedia Editor
Anchorage Food Quest has investigated some rather specialized foods in the past, but none so far have been as uniquely Alaskan as a salmon salad. Salmon salad sounds like something fairly easy to come by, but as TNL discovered on our search, it actually isn’t as common as it seems, even at seafood restaurants. And some places in town that have an established salmon salad on the menu aren’t under 21-friendly. So, because we had a craving and a co-Quester under the age of 21, TNL got a little creative and found five delicious salmon salads to review that anyone can enjoy....

Dan Rather tackles Pebble Mine in 'Red Gold'
Alaska Dispatch | Jul 10, 2012
Dan Rather brings his award-winning weekly news program to Alaska this week to tackle the controversial Pebble Mine proposal in the headwaters of Bristol Bay.....

Climate change and ocean acidification put coral reefs at risk
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 16:40 (GMT + 9)
The degradation of coral reefs worldwide and their various causes as well as current initiatives designed to save these reefs were some of the issues addressed by the undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr Jane Lubchenco.....

July 10, 2012, 9:40 AM ET
San Francisco Officials Plan to Block Apple Procurement
Joel Schectman
San Francisco city officials say they are moving to block purchases of Apple desktops and laptops, by all municipal agencies, after the company removed a green electronics certification from its products. Officials with the San Francisco Department of Environment told CIO Journal on Monday they would send out letters over the next two weeks,informing all 50 of the city’s agencies that Apple laptops and desktops “will no longer qualify” for purchase with city funds. The...

Updated July 10, 2012, 5:30 p.m. ET
BP, Shell Run Into Alaska Offshore Setbacks
BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plans to develop offshore oil in Alaska's Arctic frontier are facing setbacks as they meet with stricter scrutiny and rising costs stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.....

Copper making salmon prone to predators
July 10, 2012
Minute amounts of copper from brake linings and mining operations can affect salmon to where they are easily eaten by predators, says a Washington State University researcher. Jenifer McIntyre found the metal affects salmon's sense of smell so much that they won't detect a compound that ordinarily alerts them to be still and wary....

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