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#07-14-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Fishing boat entering Kodiak harbor
Fishing boat entering Kodiak harbor (Photo credit: jkbrooks85)
Coastal Management Initiative Gets Airing in Kodiak
Maggie Wall/KMXT
Jul 13, 2012
Kodiak residents had a chance to speak out on the August ballot measure that would create a replacement for the coastal management program that was dismantled after the Alaska legislature failed to reauthorize the program. KMXT's Maggie Wall attended the Lieutenant governor's meeting and has this report.....

Researchers Find Evidence of Genetic Change in Salmon in Response to Warming Climate
Jul 13, 2012
Because the gradual increase in temperatures worldwide is still relatively new, researchers have had difficulty in finding examples of genetic changes in organisms that are adapting to the warmer temperatures. Instead they have seen examples of phenotypic plasticity, which is where animals make adaptive changes based on....

Greenpeace Alaska scrutiny questioned 
By Jennifer A. Dlouhy
Updated 11:26 p.m., Friday, July 13, 2012
WASHINGTON - With Greenpeace activists planning to shadow Shell's drillships in the Alaskan Arctic this summer, some lawmakers want to know why the environmentalists' vessels aren't getting as much scrutiny as the energy giant's fleet. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Washington, on Friday pressed the heads of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to detail their plans for monitoring Greenpeace's activities - and how they might affect marine life. "NOAA's and BSEE's analysis of planned oil and gas exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas has devoted extraordinary and unprecedented attention to the potential impacts of vessels and other activities," the two wrote. "Though the potential for impacts is similar, there has been no such analysis or permitting of the planned protest activities or the operation of the vessels participating in them." A NOAA spokesman acknowledged receiving the letter. BSEE officials did not respond immediately to a request for comment....  //

Murkowski, Begich press White House on Arctic strategy
By Ben Geman  - 07/13/12 11:05 AM ET
Alaska’s bipartisan Senate delegation says the White House doesn’t quite have the vision thing down yet when it comes to planning for development in the Arctic. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Mark Begich (D), in a cordial letter to the White House this week, applaud several administration actions but say an “overall national U.S. strategy” for the region is needed. “The United States is the only Arctic nation which lacks such a formal strategy which ties together all the individual agency policies and visions,” states the July 11 letter to President Obama, made public Thursday....

The Amazing Waterworld of the Wild Alaskan Salmon
JUL 13 2012, 10:02 AM ET
Every year, 40 million of these fish swim through the rivers and streams surrounding Bristol Bay. Will a new mine destroy this intricate ecosystem and its $400 million industry?... Barton Seaver, a chef and National Geographic fellow, tosses the remains of a sockeye salmon back into the water. (Photo: Mark Rutherford)....
On the king thing
An Outdoor View
Posted: July 13, 2012 - 9:44am
By Les Palmer
Since the early 1970s, when I first started fishing Kenai Peninsula waters, this is the first year I haven't fished for king salmon in a stream. It's also the first time I haven't cooked a first-king-of-the-year to celebrate the occasion. I'm not alone. The fish that put Soldotna on the map has let everyone down. King salmon returns to all Alaska streams are at record or near-record lows. Biologists say.....

Some king salmon counted on Chena, Salcha rivers
by Tim Mowry
Jul 12, 2012
FAIRBANKS - If you didn’t get a chance to fish for king salmon in the Gulkana River before it was shut down, now’s your chance to fish for kings in the Chena and Salcha rivers. Only time — or fish counts to be more accurate — will tell if the Chena and Salcha get shut down, too. The first Chena River king salmon were counted at the Moose Creek Dam on Sunday, and anglers have been reported fishing for kings below the dam and at the mouths of both the Chena and Salcha rivers. The Moose Creek Dam counting tower is 45 miles from....

Kodiak tribe eyes surplus Coast Guard land
The Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska — A tribe on Kodiak Island has unveiled a plan to take over surplus Coast Guard land in a move that tribal members say would allow for economic opportunities and a return to traditional food-gathering. The Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak unveiled its long-term plan this week. Board member Iver Malutin told The Kodiak Daily Mirror...

Alaska Airlines Reconsiders Adak Air Service
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, July 13 2012
Alaska Airlines is back in the running for Adak’s Essential Air Service contract. The airline currently flies a Boeing 737-Combi to Adak twice a week, but said...

July 13, 2012
Key fisheries lawyers push for NOAA changes
By Richard Gaines, Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times
Nationally prominent attorneys James P. “Bud” Walsh and Eldon C.V. Greenberg have petitioned the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to undertake a suite of reforms needed to make its federal fisheries law enforcement system “more fair and balanced.” A key element in the proposal would rein in enforcement attorneys who, wrote Walsh, a partner in the San Francisco firm Davis Wright Tremaine and a former deputy NOAA administrator, continue to “wield inordinate power.” The excessive liberties allowed NOAA lawyers and litigators was the first item in.....

Sarasota business brings wild Alaskan seafood to region
Published: July 14, 2012
LAKEWOOD RANCH -- Eric Donaldson understands today's consumer is more conscious about the food they put into their bodies. That's why Donaldson may have found a niche within the Manatee-Sarasota food market by importing wild Alaskan salmon and weathervane scallops. "A lot of consumers today realize there is a difference between wild fish and farmed fish," he said. "They don't want farm-raised fish because of what goes into it. It's orange because of the dye they put in the water. This fish is this color....