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#07-28-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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The flag of the state of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Coastal management backers, foes present well-honed arguments
Voters will weigh community involvement and impact on industry
Posted: July 27, 2012 - 12:05am
By Pat Forgey
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell concluded a series of public hearings about the Ballot Measure 2 establishing an Alaska Coastal Management Program, with both sides of the issue seeking support from those in the middle. Supporters said passing the measure gives Alaskans the ability to stand up against the federal government, while the opponents said the were concerned it would be used to block development. The Coastal Management initiative is the first since new public involvement rules were adopted that call for hearings around the state to inform the public on the questions they were....

European Commission proposes phasing out bottom trawling
Posted 07/27/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
The European Commission on July 19 proposed phasing out bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting among deep sea fishing fleets in the northeast Atlantic Ocean, the Pew Environment Group said. The announcement from Brussels came with praise from the Pew Environment Group for 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. “Marine scientists have roundly concluded that deep-sea bottom trawling is the most direct and widespread threat to fragile deep-sea ecosystems,” Pew officials said. The European Union’s deep-sea fishing fleet is one of the largest in the world, and is....

Kodiak: Salmon Text For iPad Wins East More iPads
Jul 27, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
A Kodiak teacher earned some serious bragging rights in the technology community this summer when he won an eBook lesson plan contest. John Malloy is a 3rd and 4th grade teacher at East Elementary and on the technology committee for the school district. "Basically I submitted an eBook that dealt with the lifecycle of a salmon," he said. "It had some great songs from the internet, some great content from the Discovery Channel and from a lot of other places as well, and a lot of footage that I took just from a lot of the rivers around here, just using an underwater camera that I had. So spawning pink salmon, spawning red salmon. It was a lot of fun and it was neat because I got to go out with my kids and add a lot of content to it, so it was fun." The contest, 2012 Digital Lessons for Digital Learners, was sponsored by the Association of Alaska School Boards Consortium for Digital Learning. The intent of the contest was to encourage teachers to use new media publishing technologies, like eBooks, to create engaging classroom lessons.....

Wild salmon harvest climbs to 50 million fish
Posted 07/27/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Commercial catches of wild Alaska salmon rose to 50 million fish in the third week of July, keeping harvesters, processors and marketers very busy filling orders as some fisheries subsided and others picked up steam. In Prince William Sound alone, the catch rose to 14,259,000 salmon of all species, including some 8,045,000 pinks, 3,489,000 reds, 2,712,000 chum, 12,000 kings and about 1,000 silvers. In the Anchorage area, seafood shops like 10th and M Seafoods and New Sagaya were running price specials on whole sockeye salmon from Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound at about $5 a pound, while Fred Meyer stores had whole sockeyes for about $6 a pound. A spokesman for 10th and M Seafoods said customers were ordering an average of 15 pounds of red salmon. The Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle meanwhile was offering whole sockeyes for $59.94 per fish. The cumulative harvest as of July 18 from the Copper River was....

Fish Factor
Got bait?
July 27, 2012
(SitNews) -  Fish scientists need 305,000 pounds of semi brite chum salmon for this year’s halibut stock surveys. The bait is staged at more than 1,200 stations between Oregon and the Bering Sea for use by up to 15 survey boats each June through August. “We typically buy from sometimes up to 6-7 providers in any given year. We look for the best possible price and the best staging arrangements,” said Bruce Leaman, executive director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission which staffs the....

OPINION: From the Editor: Common ground found in quest for salmon
July 27th 8:26 pm | Carey Restino      
Today, for the first time in a week, I did not touch fish, pick scales off my cheek or inhale the pervasive smell of the ocean, listen to the seagulls squabble over ample supplies of fish eggs or slice through ruby flesh. On Sunday night, after a week on the beach, I had caught my fill - enough beautiful salmon to push the limits of my freezers and then some. But what a wonderful week! My children are young and last year was their first dipnetting experience on the Kenai River. I wondered how they would respond when the fish started running and I was dragging fish after fish onto the beach. I wondered if they...

Lobbying Results in Competition for Adak Air Service
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, July 27 2012
Earlier this year, it looked like Adak was going to lose jet service as part of cutbacks to the federal Essential Air Service program. It turns out they might keep it after all - at least for a little while. For almost a decade, Alaska Airlines has been flying a Boeing 737-Combi plane  to Adak twice a week. But in February, the company announced it wasn’t interested in renewing its contract after it expired on June 30. The Department of Transportation, which...

Is Adak's oil ship finally coming in?
July 27th 8:34 pm | Jim Paulin
It's looking like Adak might finally get the big economic development project the Aleut Corporation has been hoping for ever since the Navy pulled out in the late '90s. This time, it's offshore oil support, perhaps starting with Shell later this year, then accommodating other oil companies hoping to hit it big in the Arctic Ocean in coming years. Offshore Systems Inc. and Aleut Enterprises LLC are exploring a partnership for supporting the oil industry at the former Adak Naval Air Station, according to representatives of both companies. They emphasized Adak's extensive underutilized infrastructure and don't want to disrupt existing business relationships in the Aleutian Chain. Aleut Enterprises president Rudy Tsukada said Adak is not....

Alaska's season to clean up tsunami debris is short
Up to $50,000 is available to help clean up debris.
Associated Press
Published: July 27th, 2012 11:01 PM
Last Modified: July 27th, 2012 11:02 PM
JUNEAU -- West Coast states plan to seek small federal grants to clean up rubbish that washes ashore, including any debris from last year's devastating tsunami in Japan, though the window for using the money this year is starting to close in Alaska, with its remote, rugged beaches and early winter.....

Deck Watch goes to the buoy tender roundup
Posted by PA1 Sara Francis, Friday, July 27, 2012
Lt. Kerri Dunning, of the District 17 waterways management department, discusses this year’s buoy tender roundup July 23, 2012, in Juneau, Alaska. Deck Watch radio is a five min weekly radio show covering Coast Guard news and operations in Alaska.

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