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#07-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Collapsing King Salmon Runs Devastate Kenai Economy
Near-Record Sockeye Run May Be Saving Grace
July 29, 2012 | By Dan Fiorucci | Channel 2 News
KENAI PENINSULA, Alaska — On the Kenai Peninsula, businesses are suffering through their worst season in decades. The reason: The collapse of the King Salmon harvest this year. It's a collapse that's been felt statewide. But on the Kenai, there has been one saving grace: fellow Alaskans. Dip Netters have been driving down the peninsula -- from places like Anchorage and the Mat-Su. They're being drawn to the Kenai by a near-record Sockeye run Yes, even though the Kings have collapsed, the return of Sockeye is at near record levels. An estimated 4.6 million Sockeye are returning this year. And fishermen have permission to catch about 3 million of them....... http://articles.ktuu.com/2012-07-29/kenai-river_32927690

Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run strong but below average
Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Jul 29, 2012
The sockeye salmon season is basically over in Bristol Bay, and in the Nushagak district fishermen are shifting over into a pink salmon fishery, according to Tim Sands of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dillingham. The baywide sockeye harvest was 20.5 million on Sunday, and is unlikely to reach 21 million. The season's catch is down compared to.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/bristol-bay-sockeye-salmon-run-strong-below-average

PRESS RELEASE
July 30, 2012, 8:30 a.m. EDT
Northern Dynasty submits comments on draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment report
VANCOUVER, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Calls EPA study "scientifically flawed, inappropriately timed and politically motivated" Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. ("Northern Dynasty" or the "Company") has submitted a 635-page critique of the draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA) report - entitled An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska - in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) call for public comment. Calling the draft BBWA report "seriously flawed, and not grounded in sound scientific analysis," the Northern Dynasty critique calls upon EPA to cease action on the watershed assessment until such time as the Pebble Limited Partnership ("PLP" or the....... http://www.marketwatch.com/story/northern-dynasty-submits-comments-on-draft-bristol-bay-watershed-assessment-report-2012-07-30-8183300

Murkowski fights EPA to contain high Alaska food and fuel prices
Alex DeMarban | Jul 29, 2012
Imagine paying $17.25 for a bag of sugar. Or how about $20.49 for a bag of flour. Or $8.99 for a gallon of milk. Welcome to rural Alaska, where prices have always been through the roof. They're fixing to get worse there and everywhere else in Alaska, if a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency goes into effect on Wednesday, says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and others. The EPA plans to extend a rule to waters off Alaska requiring that large vessels such as oceangoing cruise ships and cargo tankers use fuel with less sulfur to reduce harmful emissions, according to Murkowski's office.   The state of Alaska and Murkowski are on the attack to stop the plans, saying the more expensive fuel will do little for cleaner air in Alaska but will boost the state's cost of living. The rule will force shipping companies to pay more for their fuel, and that will leave Alaska, already one of the nation's costliest places to live, paying.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/murkowski-fights-epa-contain-high-alaska-food-and-fuel-prices

North Dakota Overtakes Alaska in Oil Production
Posted July 30, 2012
While we’re in Alaska, we keep hearing the same joke that if Alaska were split in two, Texas would be the third largest state. It turns out that when it comes to oil production, there’s a new state that’s fallen to third place – Alaska. In March, North Dakota passed Alaska to be the second-largest oil producer. From the AP: North Dakota has passed Alaska to become the second-leading oil-producing state in the nation, trailing only Texas. Assistant State Mineral Resources Director Bruce Hicks says North Dakota oil drillers..... http://theenergycollective.com/jamescoan/97856/north-dakota-overtakes-alaska

This year's hypoxic zone is fourth-smallest recorded
UNITED STATES
Monday, July 30, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration- (NOAA) supported scientists have found the size of this year’s Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free ‘dead zone’ to be the fourth-smallest since mapping of the annual hypoxic, or oxygen-free area began in 1985. Measuring approximately 2,889 sqmi, the 2012 area is slightly larger than Delaware. The survey also found a.... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=54187&ndb=1&df=0

FDA approves fish oil supplement for hypertriglyceridemia patients
UNITED STATES
Monday, July 30, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Biopharmaceutical company Amarin Corporation plc has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its VascepaTM (icosapent ethyl) fish oil capsules as a supplement to reduce triglyceride levels in adult patients with severe hypertriglyceridemia. Vascepa is a purified marine-oil preparation consisting of "not less than 96 per cent" EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid. Amarin submitted the New Drug Application (NDA) for the use of Vascepa in September 2011. The company spent... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=54169&ndb=1&df=0

Canadian Fisherman working for Great Glacier Salmon fishing in Alaskan waters
Published on Jul 29, 2012 by livingoffphotographs
This is a Canadian Fisherman working for Great Glacier Salmon fishing OUTSIDE of the Canadian Fishing Boundaries and into U.S Alaskan waters on the Lower Stikine River.