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#07-22-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of Kotzebue Sound, Alaska
Map of Kotzebue Sound, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chum salmon running strong in Kotzebue Sound
Tommy Wells | The Arctic Sounder | Jul 21, 2012
Fishermen in the Kotzebue Sound region may well feel like Christmas came in July this summer because the commercial salmon fishery in the area has been producing strong returns. The Kotzebue Sound fishery opened with several eight-hour windows for harvesting chum salmon. Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game expect more than 250,000 chum to be collected during the harvest, which was energized after Great Pacific Seafoods Inc. notified the state it planned to purchase salmon from Kotzebue Sound this year. Fishermen in the Kotzebue region aren't complaining. "Compared to last year, we doing really well," said Sally McClellan, a retired school teacher. "It has been a very healthy start to the season." Through Monday, Fish and Game had...

Slack tide's Alaskaepoedia: Salmon
Everything you've always wanted to know about the last frontier... and less
Posted: July 22, 2012 - 12:03am
By Geoff Kirsch
Salmon — the common name for several fish species in the family Salmonidae — is perhaps Alaska’s most abundant resource, next to T-shirt shops, as well as its most important, next to drive-thru espresso. In addition to its popularity as a sport fish, salmon forms the backbone of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry, eclipsed in its....

Frontline Examines the Pebble Mine Issue 07/21/12
This week one of the premier news programs on public television will investigate the issue of allowing a large mine to be developed in the Bristol Bay region. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:55)....

Mariculture on tap at Marine Science Center
Published: July 21st, 2012 10:00 PM
Last Modified: July 21st, 2012 10:01 PM
The Oceans Alaska Marine Science Center has barely opened its doors and tiny oysters are already growing at the new floating facility at George Inlet in Ketchikan. The 28-acre site was granted to the nonprofit by the state and the Ketchikan borough in 2006....

For Coast Guard patrol in Alaska Arctic, much to learn
The New York Times
Published: July 21st, 2012 11:36 PM
Last Modified: July 21st, 2012 11:37 PM
BARROW -- When the U.S. Coast Guard arrived in this remote corner of the Arctic this month to begin its biggest patrol presence in the waters north of Alaska, only one helicopter hangar was available for rent, and it was not, to put it mildly, the Ritz.... //

Experts disagree on significance of reovirus in BC fish
Friday, July 20, 2012, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
The piscine reovirus (PRV) has been identified in freshwater fish in British Columbia (BC). Simon Fraser University Professor Rick Routledge said he found the reovirus in 13 of 15 cutthroat trout taken from Cultus Lake east of Vancouver -- and he wants the province to pay attention. The virus is pervasive in Norwegian salmon farms and can kill 20 per cent of infected fish, he explained, yet it was easy to find fish infected with it once he....