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#08-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

English: A Chinook or King salmon.
A Chinook or King salmon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hatchery gets 'seeds' for future salmon returns
Posted: August 7, 2012 - 12:01am
AFOGNAK — Creating salmon life isn’t easy — there’s an exact science to it, and a lot of physical labor is required. On Friday, 13 volunteers and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association employees worked on an assembly line at Afognak Lake to collect and fertilize sockeye salmon eggs for Pillar Creek Hatchery. Egg takes like these happen at different places across the Kodiak archipelago, but the ultimate goal is the same: create fish for fishermen. Estimates released last year stated that roughly one-quarter of the salmon caught around Kodiak come from KRAA hatcheries. Whether those fish come from the giant hatchery at Kitoi Bay or....

ASMI Helps Market Alaska Salmon Across the Globe 08/06/12
The world's largest sockeye salmon run is basically over and the vast majority of Bristol Bay's commercial fishermen have called it a season. While the harvesting aspect of the fishery is over the process to market the Bay's famous sockeye is just starting. KDLG's Mike Mason has this update. (5:42).....

Fishermen Still Catching Pinks and Silvers in the Nushagak District 08/06/12
It looks like well over 100 drift and setnet operators in the Nushagak District are still fishing for pinks and coho's and ADF&G just announced additional fishing time this week. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:12)...

Pebble Mine opponents strike gold with state judge's residency ruling
Eric Christopher Adams | Aug 06, 2012
Just before the Environmental Protection Agency is set to hold hearings in Anchorage, Alaska, over its draft environmental assessment evaluating Pebble Mine's impact on the Bristol Bay watershed, a state judge has issued a ruling likely to become yet another public-relations tool for well-funded opponents of the massive and controversial project. At issue is whether or not certain individuals can claim residency in order to vote in municipal elections of the Lake and Peninsula Borough, home of the Pebble Mine prospect. Last fall, a ballot initiative called Save Our Salmon was up for vote in Lake and Pen. The initiative, which passed by a slim margin, would ban open-pit mining in waters that feed Bristol Bay's watershed, effectively killing Pebble Mine's chances of ever being built. The state of Alaska, however, is challenging the constitutionality of the Save Our Salmon initiative. Pebble is....

Papua New Guinea's seabed to be mined for gold and copper
Government approves world's first commercial deep-sea mining project despite vehement objections over threat to marine life
Oliver Milman, Monday 6 August 2012 07.16 EDT
A "new frontier" in mining is set to be opened up by the underwater extraction of resources from the seabed off the coast of Papua New Guinea, despite vehement objections from environmentalists and local activists. Canadian firm Nautilus Minerals has been granted a 20-year licence by the PNG government to commence the Solwara 1 project, the world's first commercial deep sea mining operation. Nautilus will mine an area 1.6km beneath the Bismarck Sea, 50km off the coast of the PNG island of New Britain. The ore extracted contains high-grade copper and gold. The project is being carefully watched by other mining companies keen to exploit opportunities beneath the waves. The Deep Sea Mining (DSM) campaign, a coalition of groups opposing the PNG drilling, estimates that 1 million sq km of sea floor in the Asia-Pacific region is under exploration licence. Nautilus alone has around 524,000 sq km under licence, or pending licence, in PNG, Tonga, New Zealand and Fiji. "PNG is the guinea pig for deep-sea mining," says Helen Rosenbaum, the campaign's co-ordinator. "The mining companies are....

Canadians fret as Yukon River king salmon fail to show up
Jill Burke | Aug 06, 2012
The stress people feel as a result of declining king salmon runs in the mighty Yukon River is a shared burden along the entire river system, a lifeline that pulses across international boundaries. When times are tough, as it is this year, both Alaskans and Canadians take a hit. As the 2012 king salmon run nears its close, Canadians are confronting what Alaskans have dealt with most of the summer: poor runs, leaving fewer fish to harvest. By the start of August, only 28,000 kings had reached the sonar counter in Eagle, Alaska, a village in Alaska along the Yukon River near the Canadian border. An international agreement between users in both countries calls for at least 42,500 Chinook salmon to cross into Canada. Failure to meet that goal won't result in formal sanctions. The Yukon River Salmon Agreement is a component of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, but the treaty does not specify how Yukon River salmon should be managed nor lay out penalties for failing to do so. Instead, the treaty authorizes the two countries to work cooperatively on managing the fish, which cross the international border twice in their lifetime -- if they survive all the perils salmon face. An international group of U.S. and Canadian stakeholders implement the....

Top Chef Reality Show Visits Juneau
By Matt Miller, KTOO - Juneau | August 6, 2012 - 11:39 am
A reality television crew arrived in Juneau last week, producing a segment for a cooking show that is expected to air early next year. The show is expected to highlight Alaska seafood. It was all supposed to be very hush-hush. But with mini-convoys of box trucks full of production equipment heading into town, pre-production and filming underway at various locations, and stars of the show hitting the local bars and restaurants, it would’ve been impossible to keep the whole Top Chef production under wraps in a town like Juneau. “It was The Mission Productions from LA,” CBJ Harbormaster Dwight Tajon said. Tajon says he gave production company representatives at least three different options when he....

Coast Guard prepares for an expanded role in Arctic
Commandant declares he has faith in Shell's oil spill preparations.
Associated Press
Published: August 6th, 2012 09:32 PM
Last Modified: August 6th, 2012 09:32 PM
The Coast Guard is ready for expanded activity in Arctic waters, including petroleum exploration and drilling, even though the nearest Coast Guard base is more than 750 miles southwest of the Bering Strait on Kodiak Island, Commandant Robert Papp told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Monday.......

Coast Guard Foundation Honors Alaska's Coast Guard Heroes
press releaseMonday, August 06, 2012
Non-Profit Organization’s Dinner and Tribute to Take Place on August Eighth. The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its Alaska Awards Dinner in tribute to the United States Coast Guard will take place on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, Alaska. Honoring the courageous efforts of the guardians who......