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#08-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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American Seafoods Contesting Fine Over Fish-Weighing Infractions
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Thursday, August 23 2012
Measuring fish aboard a factory trawler isn’t a simple task.
"If you put a land scale out at sea, the motion of the vessel – or the motion in the ocean – would keep the scale from reading correctly, and you wouldn’t be able to settle on a weight," says Jennifer Waston, who works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Watson specializes in catch accounting, and she says that keeping track of all the fish that’s caught and processed on the Bering Sea involves sensitive machinery that’s recalibrated constantly. The flow scales look like fancy conveyor belts, and are able to weigh.........

Seafood buyers talk certification, mining with ASMI
Posted 08/24/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A customer advisory panel of major buyers of wild seafood has told the state’s key seafood marketing entity that they trust the Alaska brand, but are concerned about certification issues and fear the Pebble mine could devalue Alaska seafood. The comments from some major buyers of Alaska seafood, as well as processors, came during a customer advisory panel session hosted by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Aug. 15-16 in Girdwood. The event was initially scheduled for Kodiak, but when weather conditions prevented flights carrying most of the group from reaching the island in time, they reconvened at Girdwood. Scott Miller of the.....

Aug 23, 2012 - 01:05 AM AKST
Both sides of Pebble find fault with EPA study
Scientists and attorneys on both sides of the Pebble mine controversy are voicing starkly different opinions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Bristol Bay watershed study. A panel of 12 independent scientists concluded three days of meetings on the study in Anchorage Aug. 7. A report to EPA by the group will be made late this fall, the scientists said. Bill Riley, a retired EPA mining specialist asked by Bristol Bay Native Corp. to review the agency’s assessment, said that a key challenge facing Pebble is a very large flow of wastewater, many times the volume of other Alaska mines. “There will be no opportunity for......

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Aug 23, 2012
Coming up this week: radiation is still being found in high levels in fish around the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan; environmentalists are asking NOAA to protect more coral gardens in Alaska waters, and why you rarely hear the word "fisher" on this radio show about people fishing. We had help this week from KDLL's Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham, and Fish Radio's Stephanie Mangini in Kodiak.....

Editorial: Sink the Susitna
Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:33 pm
Far be it from us to root for arson or natural disasters, but it occurs to us in reporting the latest iteration of the saga of the M/V Susitna that maybe we should........ So say the boat sinks to the bottom of Ward’s Cove. The borough gets $60 million. Subtract the $12 million it pays to the feds and there’s $48 million profit. You could buy a couple of elementary schools or two-thirds of a high school for that.
So, like we said at the start, far be it for us to wish for an errant tidal wave, however....

Taryn Kiekow’s Blog
Alaska to EPA: Stay away from Pebble Mine (but please help us clean up this other mine)
Alaska is sending EPA mixed messages.  On the one hand, Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty has told EPA to steer clear of Pebble Mine.  On the other hand, he just asked EPA to clean up the Red Devil mine. Does Alaska want EPA’s help, or not? When it comes to Pebble Mine, the answer is definitely not.  Pebble Mine is a gigantic gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska.  Because the mine (and its 10 billion tons of toxic waste) would threaten salmon (which are the lifeblood of the region), Alaska Native Tribes, the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, commercial fishermen and.......

2 Scientific Reviews of Mining in Bristol Bay
The issue of allowing large scale mineral developments in the Bristol Bay region has prompted a lot of discussion and even some scientific reviews. KDLG's Mike Mason explains. (8:03)....

The Last Fishery of the Season in Bristol Bay is the Pink and Coho Fishery in the Togiak District
The final commercial fishery of the season in the near-shore environment of Bristol Bay is the fishery targeting pinks and coho in the Togiak District. KDLG's Mike Mason has this update on how things are going. (2:07)....

Set Netting Family Copes With Seven-Day Season
Disaster for those who depend on set netting income
By Heather Hintze
Story Created: Aug 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM AKDT
Story Updated: Aug 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM AKDT
SALAMATOF BEACH - Set netters on the upper Cook Inlet only caught 95,000 red salmon this year, compared to 1.8 million last year.
Fish and Game closed all but seven days for set netting due to concerns over the low king salmon return....

Kodiak: Salmon Catch Winding Down
Aug 23, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The daily pink salmon harvest has been slowly, but steadily, declining over the past two weeks, after a peak catch of nearly 1-million on August 10th. On Wednesday, 116,755 pinks were hauled in by the fleet, bringing the season total, according to Fish and Game records, to 15.8-million fish....

Russia pushes forward on Northern Sea Route
Mia Bennett | Eye on the Arctic | Aug 23, 2012
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's administration is trying to get a leg up on development of the Northern Sea Route. Last week, Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev stated to RIA Novosti that the amount of state supervision and control over the Northern Sea Route was "not acceptable," especially in the eastern part. Most of the resources put into the route's infrastructure are funneled into the Murmansk-Dudinka-Krasnoyarsk transport corridors. Murmansk is the..... High-quality canned seafood can be a cool, healthy feast
August 23, 2012|By Joy Manning, For The Inquire
As the heat of summer wears on and even the backyard grill has been abandoned, I find myself turning to an unexpected ally for nourishment and delight: my can opener. In recent years, good options for canned seafood have multiplied and a well-stocked pantry means a cool, omega-3-packed feast can be always close at hand....

Selling Alaska Natural Gas to Hawaii: What Would It Take?
August 23, 2012|by Rhonda McBride
Anchorage, AK. — Alaska has natural gas.  Plenty of it.  And Hawaii needs it. What’s so complicated about that?  A lot more than you might think. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, was hoping to get a clearer understanding of what it would take for the two states to do business at a forum he held in Anchorage on Thursday.....

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