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#07-19-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Kodiak: Harvest Tops 2-Million as Pink Salmon Surge
Jul 18, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak salmon harvest went over the 2-million mark Monday, with a catch of 203,060 among all species. Fish and Game says the total salmon harvest for the Kodiak Management Area through Monday is 2,185,647....

Larger Than Average Catches Recorded in the Togiak District
Now that the sockeye have dried up across much of Bristol Bay attention now shifts to the western most district of Togiak that features a much later and smaller sockeye run. KDLG's Mike Mason has this update. (3:09).....

Planners examine future of transportation
Keeping Juneau SE's transportation hub a topic of meeting
Posted: July 18, 2012 - 12:03am
The City and Borough of Juneau Planning Committee of the Whole heard transit-related updates to the municipality’s Comprehensive Plan, Tuesday. The committee commented on public access to Juneau’s ferry terminal and sole-proprietor status of Alaska Airlines at the Juneau International Airport. CBJ Planner Ben Lyman presented changes to the Plan that envisioned a healthier, denser....

Kenai River sockeye salmon help end the summer's blues
Tony Weaver
Published: July 18th, 2012 10:39 PM
Last Modified: July 18th, 2012 10:40 PM
After so many gloom-and-doom fishing reports -- especially after all the king closures -- I was starting to get a little negative. And then just like clockwork the Kenai sockeye show us why we live here: great fishing.....

Story last updated at 4:16 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Troopers watch for peninsula dipnet violators 
By Jerzy Shedlock
Morris News Service - Alaska
The Kenai River personal-use dipnet fishery opened July 10 to Alaska residents despite king restrictions and low numbers of other fish. Alaska Wildlife Troopers will be checking for violators as throngs of visitors from around the state visit both the Kenai and the Kasilof dipnet fisheries.....

Forecast is for Strong Summer Chum Harvest on Lower Yukon
By Margaret Bauman
A dreary Chinook forecast aside, fishermen on the Lower Yukon River are anticipating a robust run of oil-rich summer chum salmon to fill market orders both domestically and in Europe. “We have good markets,” said Jack Schultheis, sales manager for Kwik’Pak, at Emmonak, a subsidiary of the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association. The big question was how well buyers in England would respond to change, what with the state of Alaska embracing Global Trust over the Marine Stewardship Council to conduct third party certification of Alaska salmon fisheries.....

Community Makes Effort To Memorialize Southeast Fisherman
By Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines | July 16, 2012 - 5:17 pm
It’s been just over a week since the Haines commercial fishing fleet and community lost a longtime resident and fisherman. But already a unique effort to honor and memorialize him has taken hold in the community.....

Alaska Rural Ports Update
Investing in improvements
June 2012 Print Edition
Alaska has more miles of coastline than all other U.S. states combined. So it’s no surprise state and federal agencies spend millions of dollars each year investing in, improving and creating services for the boat-going public. The rural port projects slated for work this year range from the relatively small—$330,000 is planned for an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities project to install anodes on pilings in Petersburg to extend the life of the metal dock there—to projects that could change the path of maritime travel in Alaska.
Deep Draft Arctic Port
The State of Alaska and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District are jointly conducting a $3 million study to determine where to locate one large-scale project: a deep draft port that will serve possible increases in Arctic sea travel and accommodate resource extraction. “Deep draft” is a term used to describe ports that can accommodate large vessels, such as big cargo ships. Typically it describes ports with more than 30 feet of clearance, or draft, below the water. In 2010, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held meetings around the state to discuss what navigational projects...

ITN Gets More Money for Tsunami Clean Up Than State
Jul 18, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Kodiak residents should expect to see a lot more trails in the coming years, in addition to upkeep of old favorites. The Island Trails Network, a local organization that builds and maintains trails across the archipelago, scored $51,000 from the state legislature this year to put toward various trail projects. In addition to trail building and maintenance, ITN also works extensively on marine debris clean up. Andy Schroeder is the executive director and founder of ITN and said thanks to a federal grant, there will be many more clean ups ahead.....

Last Kenai cannery closes down
By Alan Boraas
The last of the early 20th century salmon canneries on the Southcentral Alaska road system is being torn down. The Libby and McNeil cannery at the mouth of the Kenai River started operation in 1912, was rebuilt after a 1921 fire and canned salmon until 1998, although in later years it shifted to freezing salmon. It is commonly held that the Gold Rush was the major transforming event in Alaska in the early 20th century. Not entirely. Gold mining certainly had an impact, particularly in the Interior, but economically, culturally and politically the Alaska canned salmon industry had more influence than mining. There are.......

Salmon closures, protests highlight Alaska food insecurity
Timothy Aqukkasuk Argetsinger | Jul 17, 2012
“We’ve got a situation where Inuit people are protesting in the streets in communities across the territory — it’s something that I don’t think anybody has ever seen.” -- Carolyn Bennett, Liberal MP for Toronto (St. Paul) In the past two months, the issue of food security in Alaskan and Canadian Indigenous communities has received a flurry of press attention. This attention is largely due to three events: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food’s 11 day fact-finding mission to Canada, his findings, and the Government of Canada’s apathetic response; Unprecedented Inuit protests of North West Co. owned grocery stores in Nunavut (the corporation that happens to own 33 Alaska Commercial Co., "AC," stores throughout rural Alaska) and the growing, Nunavut-based “Feeding My Family” Facebook group movement; and U.S. federal and state enforcement of a king salmon fishery closure on the Kuskokwim River, effectively denying Yupiit fishing of this species in one of the most expensive and impoverished jurisdictions in America....

July 18, 2012, 2:57 p.m. EDT
Hundreds of businesses nationwide support EPA action to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska's American jobs and fishing resources
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In a letter released today by the Save Bristol Bay campaign, more than 700 businesses across the United States called on President Obama and the EPA to protect Alaska's Bristol Bay, and the 14,000 jobs that depend on its unparalleled wild salmon fishery. The letter urges the Obama Administration to use a power under the Clean Water Act called Section 404 (c) authority to prevent the negative impacts of Pebble Mine or other inappropriate development in the productive, clean watershed....

Infected salmon will not be eaten by humans
CBC News Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:08 PM NT Last Updated: Jul 17, 2012 4:59 PM NT Read
Newfoundland and Labrador's Fisheries Minister said infected salmon ordered killed at an aquaculture site on the south coast will not go to market for human consumption. Darin King confirmed that 450,000 fish, located at Gray Aqua Group's....

Will transportation bill mean jobs lost at sea?
By JESSICA MEYERS | 7/18/12 4:09 PM EDT
At the height of a pitched battle over outsourcing, Congress and the president have agreed to ship thousands of jobs overseas. Literally. A decades-old law has ensured American-flag ships carry most of the food aid sent abroad. But a little-noticed provision in last month’s transportation bill eases that policy. It’s meant to save the government money but could come at a steep cost to America’s maritime workers — up to 2,000 jobs......

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