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#07-13-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Jul 13, 2012 - 01:36 AM AKST
Editorial: Coastal Villages uses coercion to score points for pollock
Something stinks in Southwest Alaska. By now you’ve probably heard about the weak king salmon runs around the state causing widespread closures to subsistence, sport and commercial fishermen. You also may have heard about the “Kuskokwim Rebellion” on June 20 when fishermen took to the waters in defiance of an extended subsistence closure by setting their nets at the end of the original seven-day period agreed upon in the preseason...

Jul 13, 2012 - 01:36 AM AKST
CDQ group ties nets to bycatch, reallocation ‘statement’
A community development quota group is giving away fishing nets to subsistence salmon harvesters in its member villages, but only if they sign an “acceptance statement” that defends its chinook salmon bycatch record in Bering Sea Pollock trawl fisheries. The statement also calls for a general reallocation of fish stocks among the six CDQ groups, which drew an extremely harsh response from another group. “For Coastal Villages to be doing this now, it’s very immature. It’s very shortsighted. It’s very mean-spirited. It’s very greedy,” said Larry Cotter, executive director of the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association of the reallocation proposal on July 11. Coastal Villages Region Fund, one of six CDQ groups along the Bering Sea coasts, launched the program at the request of the Association of Village Council Presidents after a Department of Fish and Game emergency order changed the river gillnet mesh size in response to low Chinook salmon returns. At about $100 each for....

Alaska seafood sets eyes on China, Brazil
Friday, July 13, 2012, 00:10 (GMT + 9)
Alaska’s seafood industry may soon expand its presence in two of the world's fastest-growing economies: China and Brazil. Alaska’s seafood exports rocketed by 35 per cent in value in 2011 to USD 2.5 billion, and this year the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) wants to sell even more seafood in Asia, Europe and South America, The Cordova Times reports..... //  //

Ninilchik king salmon anglers shut down
Alaska Dispatch | Jul 12, 2012
Another popular Southcentral river will be off-limits to king salmon anglers beginning Monday morning.....

Emergency order keeps Kasilof, Kenai, East Forelands closed to setnetters
Posted: July 12, 2012 - 8:22am
By Staff Report
A Wednesday emergency order from the Alaska Department of Fish and game closed today’s set gillnetting regular fishing period, from....

Alaskan Fishing Industry Aids Japanese Counterparts
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, July 12 2012
After last year’s triple disaster in Japan, a group of Alaskan fishermen started collecting funds to help rebuild the country’s decimated fishing industry. Earlier this month, the first of those donations made it to Japan.....

Report faults ferry captain for dock collision in Petersburg
Associated Press
Published: July 12th, 2012 04:13 PM
Last Modified: July 12th, 2012 04:13 PM
The captain of the Alaska state ferry Matanuska faces administrative action after the 408-foot ship slammed into a seafood company's dock in Petersburg, a report released Thursday says.... // // (Video of crash from passenger )

Jul 13, 2012 - 01:40 AM AKST
SOS: Fishing safety program to be cut in ‘13
The Coast Guard spent July 4 searching for a 63-year-old fisherman who fell overboard in the waters north of Juneau and according to the Associated Press, he was not wearing a personal floatation device. The search was suspended. The body was not recovered

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Jul 12, 2012
Coming up this week, the long-time boss at ASMI is fixin' to retire, while officials plan to fix the MV Excellence, its crew has been stranded in Unalaska, fishing on the Kusko is on hold, and salmon goes from...

Clinton pushes China on maritime pact
By Guy Taylor-The Washington Times Thursday, July 12, 2012
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that she hopes China will work diplomatically with its regional partners toward “finalizing a code of conduct” for resolving territorial disputes over the oil-rich South China Sea. “Nations of the region should work … diplomatically to resolve disputes...

EPA considering Shell permit change request
Posted: July 13, 2012 - 12:06am
By Becky Bohrer
JUNEAU — Shell Oil Co. is seeking to change the air permit for one of its drill ships after a spokesman said generator engines tested “slightly above” permit levels for ammonia and nitrous oxide. Curtis Smith said Shell is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency toward a....

Danger on the high skis: Fatalities bring renewed calls for personal watercraft safety
By Joshua Rhett Miller
Published July 12, 2012