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#07-18-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Interest is Growing in the Nushagak District to Fish for Pink's 
07/17/12 Hundreds of commercial fishermen that might otherwise have quit fishing are hanging around the Nushagak District waiting to move away from sockeye to pink's. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:43)....

Fairbanks locals net prizes in Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby
by TimMowry_FDNM
Jul 17, 2012
Young anglers from Fairbanks represented well in the Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby on Saturday. While Theron Lee of Winfield, Alabama won the 14 to 16 age group and overall derby title with a record 7.92-pound pink salmon he caught at Allison Point, 12-year-old Kailey Fowlkes of North Pole caught the second-biggest fish of the derby — a 7.53 pounder — to win the 11 to 13 age....

Kenai and Kasilof River King Salmon Fishing to Close Thursday
By Chris Klint Channel 2 News 4:39 p.m. AKDT, July 17, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Kenai and Kasilof River king salmon fishing will close Thursday, with closures also affecting parts of Cook Inlet, in the latest and most drastic example of numerous fishing restrictions imposed by state officials this year to protect low salmon runs....,0,3244532.story

Kodiak: Island Trails Network Seeing Flood of Tsunami Debris
Jul 17, 2012 Brianna Gibbs/KMXT As many west coast news outlets have reported, remnants of the 2011 Japanese tsunami have already started showing up on the shores of the U.S. This sea-voyaging debris has littered both the headlines and beaches, and Kodiak is no exception. Andy Schroeder is the executive director and founder of Island Trails Network, a local organization that builds and maintains trails across the island, in addition cleaning up.........

Feds Offer Minimal Tsunami Debris Help Alaska
July 16, 2012 11:54 pm
......... But, according to the senator, that amount couldn’t even clean up a single beach. He told a Seward audience July 5th that he has requested $45 million in federal funding to monitor and respond to the three billion pounds of incoming tsunami debris. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB ) explained Tuesday that it still deliberating on the $45 million dollar request, however, and that the $250 thousand was just allocated to help those....

Shell’s Arctic drilling plan could go down to the wire By Ben Geman
07/17/12 04:39 PM ET
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday that a decision to grant Shell permits to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast this summer could arrive as late as Aug. 15, giving the oil giant a tight window for the project. Salazar spoke to The New York Times on Tuesday: Asked about the window of opportunity for Shell’s offshore oil drilling in the Arctic this summer, he said he would made [sic] a final decision on....

Prince of Wales road widening underway by Joe Viechnicki 
July 16, 2012 2:24 pm
A 30-million dollar road construction project on Prince of Wales Island is underway this summer. The work is a major upgrade to about 12 and half miles of road near the community of Naukati, an unincorporated community of 117 people on the western shore of Prince of Wales. Quentin Smith, roads program manager for the Forest Service.....

Kuskokwim Subsistence Fishermen Going To Trial For Fishing With Illegal Gear
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel |
July 16, 2012 - 5:21 pm
About two dozen Kuskokwim River subsistence fishermen will go to trial in the Bethel Court House after pleading not guilty to fishing with illegal gear. Federal and State wildlife managers closed the Kuskokwim to salmon fishing for an unprecedented 12 days this summer in order to protect the low Chinook salmon run.....

OSHA Investigates Ammonia Spill Aboard M/V Excellence
By Lauren Rosenthal Tuesday, July 17 2012
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has opened an investigation into an ammonia leak inside the processing vessel Excellence. Three workers were injured as a result of the leak, which started at the Kloosterboer cold storage dock earlier this month. Two of those workers were from the local shop Alpha Welding. They had come aboard to fix a broken ammonia line. The ammonia line....

Aleutian Herring Fishery Gets Underway 
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, July 17 2012
....... The total harvest for both gear types is 1,627 tons, or just over 3 million pounds....

DICK GRACHEK: NOAA doesn't seem to understand that fishing is a business
July 16, 2012 -- It appears that fisheries regulators don’t seem to understand that fishermen are in business. Last weekend’s Squid closure is a fine example of that suspicion. Trimester 2 of the Squid Fishery closed midnight on Monday July 9. The closure was not completely unexpected, catches had been good, and like last year the spring spawn run of Loligo Squid had been successful both for the fishermen and apparently for the Squid (the bottom was covered with eggs). Groundfishing has been devastated due to cock-eyed allocations of quota in the catch share management scheme, and closures in the Gulf of Maine fishery; consequently there were...

Anchorage: Plenty of fresh Alaska seafood available this week
By STEVE EDWARDS Daily News correspondent
Published: July 17th, 2012 10:23 PM Last Modified: July 17th, 2012 10:23 PM
It's been raining -- at least until the past couple days -- but the fish don't seem to mind.....

Sitka camp delivers science to young learners by Ed Ronco
July 17, 2012 11:16 am
A series of camps are taking place this summer at the Sitka Sound Science Center. They cover water, marine life, the forest and even flight – all parts of daily life in Southeast Alaska. The idea is to reinforce what the students have already learned in school and maybe......

Younger consumers driving US pouch demand to nearly $9bn by 2016
Consumer perceptions of the pouch as a more contemporary packaging form will help drive US demand to US$8.8bn (€7.2m) by 2016, predicts Freedonia.

UAF gets $20 million science grant
by Staff Report Jul 17, 2012
.... Alaska ACE research will focus on three regions. Research in Southcentral Alaska will examine the effects of land cover and precipitation changes on fisheries and tourism in the Kenai River watershed. Northern Alaska research will study how permafrost thaw and land cover change affect subsistence resources. In Southeast Alaska, the focus will be on glacial recession near Juneau.....

Govt launches genome project for foodborne pathogens 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 17:20 (GMT + 9) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is embarking on a five-year collaboration with public and private partners to create a public database of the gene sequences of 100,000 bacteria that have been responsible for outbreaks of foodborne illnesses around the world. Gene sequences are the ordered chemical building blocks that make up the bacteria's DNA......