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#07-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Going coastal: Alaskans to vote on shoreline policy
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:33 pm | Updated: 5:51 pm, Thu Jul 26, 2012.
Scott Christiansen
In January of 2003, former U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski was sworn into office as Alaska’s eighth governor. He quickly began a series of bold moves to put his stamp on state government, and almost as quickly became the least popular governor since statehood. Murkowski appointed his daughter to the U.S. Senate. He scrapped a social welfare program that gave cash directly to elderly Alaskans. He had the Department of Public Safety purchase a corporate jet that would be shared by his administration. It was used to fly the governor, his wife, and top officials to meetings and appearances around the state. As practical as the jet airplane may have been in a state with far-flung communities, it was touted as a symbol of extravagance by Murkowski’s political foes. It was, they said, an extravagant purchase by a governor who was out of touch with people who ride ferries, fly coach, or squeeze aboard a bush plane to get where they’re going. Alaska grants a lot of power to its governors. If Murkowski’s highest-profile moves were the only thing he accomplished, history might see him as a governor who took daring risks that blew-up in his face. But Murkowski was also a friend to big business who....

Alaska salmon goes wild on
Posted 07/27/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Copper River Seafoods has joined a growing number of purveyors of wild Alaska salmon products to hawk their wares on, with gift packages of smoked sockeye salmon fillets. CRS launched its gift smoked salmon product line for sale on Amazon on June 21. “We always want to make it easy for those seeking our product to purchase and receive it the way they like to.... // See store >

Jul 26, 2012 - 03:56 PM AKST
Board of Fisheries rejects setnetter appeals
The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted Thursday not to consider a half-dozen petitions from commercial setnetters aimed at allowing them to put their nets back in the water and participate in what is turning out to be a robust run of Kenai River red salmon. The move essentially shuts the door on the remainder of the season for setnetters. The majority of board members felt they had too little time to consider the petitions that were received late....

ADF&G management takes huge bite out of Mat-Su coho runs
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 8:58 pm
By Andy Couch Mat-Su Anglers Club Fishing Corner | 1 comment
On July 20, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued emergency order 2S-18-12 ( that allowed commercial drift gillnetting in a huge area of Upper Cook Inlet beyond the implied limits written in the Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan. In addition, the fishing period allowed by this emergency order was extended from the standard 12 hours to 14 hours. According to retired ADF&G sport fishery biologist, Larry Engel, “This opening could hardly have come at a....

On the mighty Yukon, Alaska chum salmon fuel an economic revival
Jill Burke | Jul 26, 2012
Along the banks of the Yukon River, halfway between the Bering Sea and Canada, sits a small Alaska village that has revived hope among its people by finding a way to put them to work. In Kaltag, selling and processing a long-overlooked species of salmon that marketers renamed to boost its appeal to Outside consumers, has produced a summer job boom. This year, there's so much work in Kaltag that villagers from neighboring communities are commuting to town. What's happening along Alaska’s mightiest river is a unique success story during a season that has seen other Yukon River salmon fisherman reduced to spectators as biologists try to protect a dwindling population of Alaska’s most prized salmon, the chinook or king, with fishing closures.  When jobs are hard to come by and living expenses are high, depression can hang over an entire community like a storm that refuses to move. It’s....

King Salmon Escapement to the Nushagak River Exceeds 100-Thousand 07/26/12
As king salmon runs across the state continue to lag there is at least one success story. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:01)..

Good Escapement Numbers for Coho and Pink Salmon to the Nushagak River 07/26/12
Hundreds of commercial fishermen have wrapped up their second opening targeting pink salmon in the Nushagak District. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:33)...

Seafood industry to lose foreign student workers
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:58 pm | Updated: 5:41 pm, Thu Jul 26, 2012.
Mary Lochner
Slender, bright young things file into the long, wooden hall at Peter Pan Seafoods in Dillingham, Alaska, to grab coffee and lunch on their break from working the line. They mill around and quickly fill in the empty seats along the rows of tables, or sit in a semi-circle outside smoking. It’s the scene locals jokingly refer to as the United Nations in Dillingham. The seafood processing....

Groups push for protection from mercury in seafood
Friday, July 27, 2012, 03:40 (GMT + 9)
Environmental and consumer organisations filed a lawsuit challenging the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) failure to implement stricter standards to protect the public from mercury in seafood. The lawsuit seeks a response to a 2011 petition for rules requiring seafood sellers to post signs about the danger of mercury in fish, improved health advisories for people most at-risk from mercury exposure and more stringent mercury limits for FDA-approved seafood. “We are filing suit because the government has failed to respond to reasonable precautions protecting Americans from mercury toxicity in seafood,” said....

SE Alaska: Powerline construction underway across the border
by Joe Viechnicki
July 26, 2012 9:20 am
Construction started up this year for a major powerline extension in British Columbia across the border from Southeast Alaska. The new line is scheduled to connect to a new hydro electric power plant on the Iskut River in two years.....

New road to help Kake's chances for hydropower
Posted: July 26, 2012 - 12:06am
By Pat Forgey
Kake may get a road to its neighbor Petersburg, at a cost of $40 million, but the real benefit to the 557 residents of Kake may come from lower power rates. Kake’s electric utility, Inside Passage Electric Co-op, wants to get the diesel-dependent city on Kupreanof Island onto hydropower. “So many people have left town, but we’re....

Juneau food co-op gains momentum, looks for founding members
by Casey Kelly
July 26, 2012 6:00 am
The Capital City Market Cooperative is moving into the planning and fundraising stage. As KTOO first reported two weeks ago, the co-op recently formed in an attempt to keep a full-service grocery store downtown, in the space currently occupied by the soon-to-be vacant Alaskan & Proud Market. Organizer Evelyn Rousso says the group is launching a......

Banning plastic grocery bags back on council table
by Randi Somers
Homer Tribune
Posted by Newsroom on Jul 25th, 2012
The Homer City Council was in a very assertive mood Monday night, approving every resolution and ordinance on the agenda, including introduction of an ordinance that bans plastic shopping bags. Ordinance 12-36, introduced by council members David Lewis and Beauregard Burgess, would “prohibit sellers from providing customers with disposable plastic shopping bags.” The public hearing and second reading are slated for Aug. 13. Among the other measures approved, in addition to those for the gasline (see above story), was appropriation of money for water/sewer repair and....

Murkowski: Interior should consider extending Shell’s Arctic drilling window
By Ben Geman - 07/26/12 02:10 PM ET
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday that Interior Department regulators should be open to extending the amount of time that Royal Dutch Shell is given to conduct planned exploratory drilling in Arctic waters this summer.....

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