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#07-21-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Kodiak skipper recounts sinking of wooden seiner
Kodiak Daily Mirror
KODIAK, Alaska — One month ago, seine fisherman Luke Anderson had the toughest day of his life. On June 18, Anderson's boat, the Scandia, sank off Harvester Island at the end of a days-long fight against the ocean. Anderson and his crew safely abandoned ship in their 17-foot seine skiff, but the hardest decision of the day wasn't to leave the Scandia. It was leaving Anderson's terrified dog, Bo, onboard. "We tried and tried and tried, but there wasn't a guy on the skiff who wasn't bawling their eyes out," Anderson told the Kodiak Daily Mirror....
Team to research problem of disappearing king salmon
Many major rivers have been closed to chinook fishing.
Associated Press
Published: July 20th, 2012 11:47 PM
Last Modified: July 20th, 2012 11:52 PM
A team of top researchers and scientists is being formed to take a comprehensive look at why king salmon returns to Alaska's rivers are dismal again this summer, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Friday.... // Audio

Commercial Fishermen Rally For Change In Fishing Policies
By Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai | July 20, 2012 - 5:45 pm
Nearly 200 commercial set net fishermen from the east side of Cook Inlet gathered Friday with their families to rally support for a change in the policies that have allowed just three days of fishing so far this year.....

WSJ: Salmon, A Love Story
A version of this article appeared July 21, 2012, on page D3 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Salmon, ALoveStory.
A trio of ways to entertain this season with the coral-colored, flavorful fish
My brother Johnny was responsible, if inadvertently, for my love affair with salmon. As children, we didn't eat much fish at home, until my health-conscious mother realized it was good for you. From then on, she served something she insisted was flounder—previously frozen, overcooked and drowning in tomato sauce—at least once a week. Initially I cried, but soon became expert at pushing the mystery glop around with my fork, grateful that ours was not a clean-your-plate sort of household. A number of years later, however, when my younger brother introduced me to Alaskan salmon, I was forced to rethink my prejudices. Johnny has always been an avid.....

Desperate Alaska salmon shortage leads to culture clash
Jill Burke | Jul 20, 2012
This is not a new story. Elderly Alaska Native fisherman seeks food for family, finds himself at odds with laws made by outsiders to his home region in a state younger than he is. Some will say it’s a culture clash, the "old way" of living off the land grinding against the "new way," where modern state and federal government rules may conflict with survival. When fish are at the heart of the conflict, the problem becomes more complex the scarcer they become. And in two of Alaska’s top salmon fisheries, king salmon, in particular, have been mighty scarce....

July 20 Bristol Bay Fisheries Report 07/20/12....

Captain, O Captain
Posted 07/20/2012
by - Dick Shellhorn
Olaf Gildnes passed away last fall. He was a good man. I crewed on his seine boats for many years, starting in 1964. Captains come in many shapes, styles, and personalities. Olaf wasn’t much older than his crew, but always seemed wise beyond his years. Mellow, sense of humor, never raised his voice, great with gear, hard working, Norwegian to the core. The dynamic of four guys crammed into the small boats of that era, fishing five days a week, make today’s huge rigs, lined up waiting for their rare but often huge sets by hatcheries, seem like pleasure boats. I cooked and worked the deck, and remember stocking up with a case of eggs at the start of the season, storing them topside under the open flying bridge. By the end of August, it truly was green eggs and ham. A little oil cook stove; no microwave, refrigerator, freezer, shower, private quarters for the skipper, and no pump to suck the fish off. Sixteen to 20 sets a day, all over the Sound. For several years....

Canada orders 7 patrol ships, but are they the best for Arctic waters?
Mia Bennett | Eye on the Arctic | Jul 19, 2012
Analysis: Canada's Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) have been in the pipeline for five years. Now, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government has signed a CAN $9.3 million contract with the Nova Scotia-based Irving Shipbuilding to begin work on the vessels. It's an important first step, as for a while the number of AOPS that Canada would acquire was in flux.....

Alaska one of a few states with more jobs since before recession
by Christopher S. Rugaber
Jul 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - Three years since the recession ended, 43 states have yet to regain the jobs they lost in the downturn. The figure is a reminder of how weak the nation's job market remains. The states that are the furthest behind in job growth are those that were hit hardest by the housing bust: Arizona, Florida and Nevada.....

Oregon: Four county commissions share concerns over gillnet ban initiative
Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:19 pm | Updated: 5:26 pm, Thu Jul 19, 2012.
The County Commissions of Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington and Clatsop and Columbia Counties in Oregon share numerous concerns regarding Oregon Initiative Petition No. 21. This initiative will eliminate non-tribal gillnetting on the Columbia River and falsely claims to replace it with seine-netting. The initiative's negative impacts will be....

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