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#07-26-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Coastal management initiative hearings to wrap up in Juneau
by Casey Kelly
July 25, 2012 4:00 pm
The coastal management roadshow comes to Juneau tomorrow (Thursday), as Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell’s office wraps up a month-long series of hearings on Ballot Measure 2. The citizen’s initiative on the August primary ballot would restore the Alaska Coastal Management Program. It’s the first measure to fall under a 2010 state law requiring at least eight public hearings — two in each judicial district — on citizen-sponsored legislation up to 30 days before Election Day.....

Large sockeye run triggers drift net fleet area expansion
Posted: July 25, 2012 - 5:18pm
By Rashah McChesney
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced that the final run of sockeye on the Kenai River is expected to exceed 4.6 million fish triggering changes in the way the drift fleet is fished for the last part of the season.
Normally, when the run exceeds what Fish and Game biologists believe to be needed for optimum escapement the drift fleet can fish...

Alaska’s Wild Salmon Harvest Climbs to 50 Million Fish
Alaska’s wild salmon harvest rose by more than 10 million fish from July 13 through July 20, to reach the 50 million fish mark, including nearly 31 million sockeye salmon. The bulk of the red salmon catch was harvested in the Bristol Bay watershed, including a cumulative total of more than 10 million reds in the Naknek-Kvichak district, now quiet as harvesters depart for other fisheries....

Kwik’Pak Looks to its Youth to Fill Workforce
By Margaret Bauman
On the Lower Yukon River, where wild salmon have for centuries been key to subsistence survival, teen-agers are learning how this nutritious fish can lead them into myriad employment opportunities and help grow the regional economy.....

INHOFE AND DEMINT: U.N. treaties mean LOST U.S. sovereignty
Liberals intent on imposing backdoor globalism
By Sen. James M. Inhofe and Sen. Jim DeMint Wednesday, July 25, 2012
For years, liberals and misguided State Department officials have pushed for the U.S. Senate to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). This treaty would convey ownership of the oceans to a United Nations agency and give international bureaucrats veto authority over U.S. naval operations and could force the United States to comply with international carbon emissions caps. Last week, we defeated LOST by securing commitments to ensure it cannot gain the 67 votes needed for ratification. However, no sooner had the 34th Republican senator signed a letter....

Salmon for School Lunches Project Begins Taste Tests
Salmon patties, salmon patties with sauce and sweet and sour salmon balls with brown rice will be rated by children visiting the Tanana Valley Fair in Fairbanks in early August, to help researchers determine future rural school lunch plans....

Proposal to Phase Out Bottom Trawling in Northeast Atlantic Draws Mixed Reactions
A proposal from the European Commission to phase out bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting for deep sea fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean is drawing mixed reactions among fisheries interests in Alaska. Word of the European Commission’s proposal came from the Pew Environment Group, which praised Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, for “the bold proposal to finally put an end to these unsustainable and destructive deep sea fishing methods....

National Geographic grows mission with chef fellow
ALEX DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press
Updated 11:48 a.m., Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Aviators, mountain climbers, deep sea divers and jungle trekkers are getting some company at National Geographic from an explorer known more for his skill with a paring knife than a machete.
Officials at the Washington, D.C.-based society that since its 1888 founding has sponsored expeditions to the South Pole, the bottom of the ocean and the deepest jungle, say the selection of chef and seafood sustainability advocate Barton Seaver as a National Geographic fellow fits perfectly with the organization's pledge to inspire people to care about the planet.
"We're looking for all kinds of different people and messengers here to help sort of inspire people to care....

Story last updated at 1:12 PM on Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Salmon Stock 2012
By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News
This year's Cook Inlet king salmon runs have the Kenai Peninsula worried, but that glum attitude will get a cheerful boost with Salmonstock 2012, a celebration of Alaska's wild salmon through art, education and music. Lots of music. Now in its sophomore year, Salmonstock 2012 is hosted by the Renewable Resources Foundation Aug. 3-5 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. The three-day art, music and...

British film crew hoping to tell story of bears and salmon
JAMES BROOKS  Kodiak Daily Mirror
July 25, 2012 - 4:06 pm EDT
KODIAK, Alaska — For years, British television presenter Johnny Kingdom has had an image in his mind: A bear, scooping down in an Alaska river to catch a salmon in its paws. In the past week, Kingdom and a film crew have been capturing that sight and others like it across the Kodiak archipelago and Katmai National Park. It is part of a BBC4 TV special scheduled to air across Britain around Christmas, according to the Kodiak Daily Mirror....

House GOP rejects Obama plan for offshore drilling
Posted: July 26, 2012 - 12:04am
WASHINGTON — In an election-year swipe at President Barack Obama’s energy policies, the Republican-led House on Wednesday voted to revoke Obama’s five-year plan for offshore drilling, replacing it with its own plan that calls for more ambitious oil and gas development off the U.S. coast. The legislation will likely go nowhere in the Senate and the White House has issued a veto....

Climate: Tropical plankton invades the Arctic
Posted on July 25, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A pulse of warm Atlantic water has carried tropical and subtropical species of marine protozoa north of the Arctic Circle for the first time ever, and while researchers said their find was not directly linked with overall global warming, it may foreshadow expected changes in ocean currents and the distribution of species.....

Indigenous people from all coasts of U.S. come together
July 25, 2012
(SitNews) - Hundreds of native leaders, witnesses and climate scientists joined policy-makers and non-government organizations last week for groundbreaking dialogue at a first-of-its-kind national event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. How climate change affects U.S. indigenous coastal cultures was the focus of the First Stewards symposium with the coastal treaty tribes of Washington state – the Hoh, Makah, Quileute tribes and the Quinault Indian Nation – hosting the event and.....

Are Alaska regulators ready to respond to an Arctic oil spill?
Alex DeMarban | Jul 25, 2012
From the hallways of Congress to Alaska's northern shores, the hype over offshore oil development in the U.S. Arctic continues as Royal Dutch Shell awaits federal permission to launch the first exploratory drilling there in more than a decade. Shell's summer plans to tap five exploratory wells remain delayed as the EPA, the U.S. Coast Guard and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar review permits and other aspects of the project. On Wednesday, Dow Jones cited unnamed sources to report that Shell officials approached the Obama administration about extending the company's summer drilling window in the Arctic, a period that shrinks daily in part because sea ice has been unusually slow to leave the region. Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said in an email Wednesday that Shell officials made no such request. Meantime, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski introduced legislation Wednesday....

Classic Alaska resource battle brewing over Wood-Tikchik hydropower
Craig Medred | Jul 25, 2012
Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources Dan Sullivan, a man known for touting energy development in Alaska, has blocked an Anchorage-based electric co-op from trying to tap hydropower in the largest state park in the United States. Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative Inc, a company with ties to the Calista Corp., wanted to explore development of Chikuminuk Lake in the northern portion of the 1.6-million-acre Wood-Tikchik State Park.....

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