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#08-05-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Jury still out on wild Alaska salmon prices
Posted 08/05/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Frozen fillets of wild sockeye salmon are selling online for up to $24.95 a pound, but seafood processors and economists alike are still waiting to see what most domestic and overseas markets will pay for this famed Alaska seafood. While many processors remain concerned over the large quantities of Chilean and Norwegian farmed salmon competing with Alaska’s wild salmon, there isn’t enough information yet on a variety of data to draw any conclusions, said Gunnar Knapp, an economics professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage Institute of Social and Economic Research. “There’s a lot of stuff going on, but I don’t feel comfortable until I see some hard wholesale price......

The hunt for Susitna reds
Fish and Game test fishery gathers data on northern-bound sockeye stocks
Posted: August 4, 2012 - 10:14pm  |  Updated: August 4, 2012 - 10:31pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion (For a slideshow of photos illustrating this story, click here.  )
An experimental fishery wrapped up its first season of gathering genetic sockeye salmon data during July in upper Cook Inlet. In an effort to determine where sockeye salmon bound for northern Cook Inlet waters split from others during their annual run, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game contracted with Roland Maw, longtime commercial fisherman....

How about a tube?
Ketchikan has had its eye on a bridge since the airport opened in 1973. Almost 40 years later, still no bridge. It's time to look at new technologies and maybe even revisit earlier-dismissed possibilities. The State Department of Transportation, through the past two decades at least, laid out a selection of ideas ranging from ferries, which the community operates to access the airport, to a variety of one-span and two-span bridges, and a tunnel. It appeared during the Palin administration that the community had come to an agreement on a two-span high bridge — it seemed to be the least opposed by special interest groups. Then-Gov. Sarah Palin moved....

Kodiak: Sen. Mary Landrieu heads to Alaska for subcommittee meeting
Published: Saturday, August 04, 2012, 8:00 PM
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is heading to Alaska next week (tomorrow... for a hearing of her Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee....

Survey: Kodiak fishermen happy but concerned
Fisheries By LAINE WELCH
Published: August 4th, 2012 09:56 PM
Last Modified: August 4th, 2012 09:57 PM
Kodiak fishermen are a happy lot but they're also anxious about the future of their industry.Those are early findings of a survey that focuses on the social and cultural perceptions of the fishing life in Kodiak and how things have changed over two decades. The survey is part of a multi-year project titled Social Transitions and Wellbeing in Kodiak Fisheries and Communities by Courtney Carothers, an assistant professor at UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Carothers lived for more than a year in Kodiak villages to research people's experiences and perceptions; extensive....

Sitka fellows' projects include sustainability
Daily Sitka Sentinel
........... Like Southeast Alaska, Chiloe has one of the earth's few temperate rainforests. Apart from 99 parallels that separate Sitka from Chiloe on a globe, Chiloe also has a big salmon industry, Thorndike said. She is hoping to find a way to apply the lessons learned from areas like Sitka and the western lands of the lower 48 states to a developing Chiloe. Such a process involves running a lot of ideas through a lot of filters. This, Thorndike said, is where the other Sitka Fellows become helpful. The program was designed to include an array of disciplines, and she says this has proved valuable to her in her project............

Taste-testing booths promote area salmon, veggies at Tanana Valley State Fair
by Jeff RIchardson
Aug 05, 2012
FAIRBANKS — Getting free food at the fair sounds like a good deal under any circumstances, but visitors to the Kiwanis Agriculture Hall on Saturday got to sample in the name of science. Participants got a chance to munch on samples of fresh veggies and three salmon dishes Saturday, then provide their feedback about their favorites. The results, organizers hope, will boost local foods as a nutritious option in Alaska schools and homes. The program is part of a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It will work to build on research showing that...

Pack your knives! You’re headed to Juneau
by Matt Miller
August 3, 2012 11:52 am
Box trucks were parked behind the Marine Park Parking Garage and those that appeared to be television production crewmembers were observed on Thursday setting up equipment around Tracy’s Crab Shack, a waterfront eatery known for its award-winning bisque. A spokesperson for the television production, Jennifer Thompson of Thompson and Co., declined to answer questions and wouldn’t even reveal the identity of her client because she was worried it could spoil the outcome of the show. She would only say that Alaskans would see it in the first quarter next year and it would be “big.”....

Alaska Charts Dangerously Outdated According To NOAA
“Much of Alaska’s coastal area has never had full bottom surveys to measure water depths,” according to Cmdr. James Crocker, commanding officer of the NOAA Ship Fairweather upon embarking on a 30-day survey mission to the Arctic this week. “A tanker, carrying millions of gallons of oil, should not be asked to rely...  ////

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