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#07-17-2012 - ComFish News Roundup (Antarctica on Google Street View - video)

One Dollar a Pound for Bristol Bay Sockeye 07/17/12
It looks like the base price of the sockeye caught in Bristol Bay this summer will remain unchanged from the dollar a pound that fishermen received last year. KDLG's Mike Mason reports. (0:52)...

Eating seafood with a Deadliest Catch star: How to dodge angry crabs, certain death and fish jokes
07.16.12 | 11:46 am
I'll never look at seafood the same way after chatting with legendary Alaskan king crab fisherman Edgar Hansen — engineer and deckhand of the acclaimed Northwestern fishing vessel and one of the stars of the documentary series Deadliest Catch, which is in the midst of its eighth season on the Discovery Channel. In town for a special appearance at the West Marine boating store in Kemah over the weekend, Hansen and his wife Louise joined me for lunch at Goode Company Seafood off Kirby where I'd hear more about one of the world's most dangerous jobs. Not too surprisingly, he opted for...

Hordes of red salmon rushing up Alaska's Kenai River
Alex DeMarban | Jul 16, 2012
Like clockwork, hordes of red salmon began rushing up the Kenai River this weekend, making life better for dipnetters -- as well as commercial and subsistence fishers. "The fish have arrived," said Jason Pawluk, assistant area management biologist for sport fishing in Soldotna....

The Deadline is Looming to Comment on the EPA's Draft "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" 07/16/12
The deadline to submit comments regarding the draft "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" is coming up on Monday July 23rd. KDLG's Mike Mason filed this report that includes some of the comments already given to the EPA. (5:23)....

More Restrictions on King Salmon Sportfishing
Jul, 16 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The shortage of king salmon this summer is forcing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to enact more restrictions on their catch in various parts of the state. Effective Sunday the Chignik River drainage sport fishery for kings 20 inches and greater is restricted to catch-and-release only and the use of bait is prohibited. The king salmon target range for escapement in the Chignik drainage is 1,300 to 2,700 fish, however the weir count as of July 11 was just 298, which is the lowest on record for the time period. Based on historical run timing, approximately 40 percent of the.....

Kodiak: Season 'Average' as Management Turns to Humpies
Jul 16, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Fish and Game officials switched their management scheme from sockeye to pink salmon around Kodiak Island late last week. The red harvest is currently at 1.2-million, with a catch of 105,584 on Saturday, while the pink salmon catch numbers are starting to increase. Saturday over 76,000 were caught for a total harvest of 282,000. The all-species total harvest is 1.88-million, about 300,000 less than the same time last season......

Shell denies witness' claim that drilling rig dragged for 2 hours
Anchorage Daily News
Published: July 16th, 2012 10:21 PM
Last Modified: July 16th, 2012 10:35 PM
For two hours before a big Shell drilling ship stopped near shore Saturday afternoon, a Dutch Harbor resident noticed it slowly moving in that direction, an observed time that contradicts with the much shorter period of uncontrolled drifting in Shell's account of the close call.....

Studies proposed to launch Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project
by Matt Buxton /
Jul 16, 2012
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Energy Authority has announced 58 proposed individual studies on such topics as wildlife, fish, subsistence and recreational issues to meet federal licensing requirements to build the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project.  The studies were detailed in a plan submitted Monday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the......

EPA could thwart mineral mother lode and sets dangerous precedent
By: Audrey Hudson
7/16/2012 08:45 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency is employing a disturbing strategy to evaluate a major new mine project by passing judgment on whether it will damage the environment before the company even determines how the venture will work. The Pebble Limited Partnership wants to mine a deposit in southwest Alaska that holds one of the largest concentrations of copper, gold and molybdenum in the world—at least 80 billion pounds of copper, 100 million ounces of gold, and five billion pounds of molybdenum. The mother lode of minerals is estimated to be worth $200 billion to $500 billion. Copper is....

Roadless Rule fix
The House voted for economic recovery in Alaska when it passed the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act recently. The act, amended by Congressman Don Young, exempts some mining activities in national forests from the 2001 Forest Service Roadless Rule. This is....

NASA builds menu for planned Mars mission in 2030s
Associated Press
HOUSTON — Through a labyrinth of hallways deep inside a 1950s-era building that has housed research that dates back to the origins of U.S. space travel, a group of scientists in white coats is stirring, mixing, measuring, brushing and, most important, tasting the end result of their cooking. Their mission: Build a menu for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s. The menu must sustain a group of six to eight astronauts, keep them healthy and happy and also offer a broad array of food. That's no simple feat considering it will likely take six months to get to the Red Planet, astronauts will have to stay there 18 months and then it will take another six months to return to Earth. Imagine having.....

Can algae and cotton be used to raise shrimp in the desert?
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 01:40 (GMT + 9)
Researchers at New Mexico State University (NMSU) are exploring whether a mix of algae and cottonseed meal can let farmers raise shrimp in the desert in an economically viable way. "If you want to have fresh shrimp in New Mexico, why not grow it here if you can?" said Wiebke Boeing, an associate professor in NMSU's Department of....

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