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#08-10-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Little Susitna River closed to silver fishing
Posted: August 10, 2012 - 12:07am
By Mary Pemberton
ANCHORAGE — Silver salmon fishing is being shut down on the Little Susitna River because of another year of weak returns. The silver salmon fishery on the 110-mile river in Southcentral Alaska historically has been second only to the Kenai River on the Kenai Peninsula, but the situation has changed since 2009 with consecutive years of weak returns....

Troopers cite homeless Ship Creek salmon snaggers
Alaska Dispatch | Aug 09, 2012
If you're going to break the fish and wildlife laws in Alaska, do it right as Alaska State Troopers say two Anchorage men did this week. Troopers have cited 56-year-old Martin Cothren and 46-year-old William Abfalter for attempting to snag salmon in Anchorage's downtown Ship Creek using...

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Aug 09, 2012
Coming up this week, East side Cook Inlet Setnetters get a day or two fishing in after all; clean up and salvage is expected to begin soon on the sunken Evening Star; and Trident's president passes away suddenly while in Alaska. All that, and the first review of the CDQ program is underway.....

Illegal High Seas Driftnetter Crew Awaiting Fate
Aug 09, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter has chased an illegal high-seas driftnetter across the Pacific Ocean and is now awaiting orders on what to do with the ship and crew. The Hawaii-based cutter Rush was patrolling Alaska waters when it came across the stateless vessel last week. Coast Guard Admiral Robert Papp says crew from the 378-foot cutter Rush are onboard.......

Kenai River Sonar System Uses New Technology to Count Kings (great video!)
By Rhonda McBride
Channel 2 News
1:42 a.m. AKDT, August 9, 2012
KENAI, Alaska — To fish or not to fish.  That has been the big question this summer on the Kenai Peninsula. And the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s new DIDSON sonar system has played a deciding role in that. DIDSON stands for “Dual-frequency IDentification SONar.” It was developed for military uses such as harbor surveillance and mine identification, but Alaska is the first to use it to count fish. The Department has two sonar stations on the Kenai river, one for counting kings and another for sockeyes. The king counting sonar has been the most controversial this summer, due to one of the lowest runs on record. The sonar site is about eight miles......,0,843416.story

The Processors are Done Buying Pink and Coho Salmon Out of the Nushagak District 
All of the processors that were buying pinks and coho's out of the Nushagak District have decided to call it a season leading the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to allow continuous fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason explains. (2:43)...

Atka Hydroelectric Plant Nears Completion
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, August 09 2012
It’s been 15 years since Atka first started working on a new hydroelectric power plant. Now, the facility is almost done. Atka city manager Julie Dirks says the plant should go online by the end of the month, and will start generating electricity right away. Eventually, hydroelectric power will replace diesel as the....

Akutan Annexes Surrounding Areas
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, August 09 2012
The state has signed off on a proposal from the City of Akutan to annex nearby lands. The new city boundaries encompass....

Mine Discharge in Alaska Doesn't Warrant Review
Friday, August 10, 2012Last Update: 4:19 AM PT
(CN) - A mine operator with a "checkered compliance history" can discharge wastewater, the 9th Circuit ruled, rejecting objections from Native Alaskan villagers and environmentalists. Teck Alaska operates Red Dog Mine as a partner of Nana Regional, a corporation controlled by Native Alaskans of Inupiat descent. Though mining zinc and lead out of the open pit in northwestern Alaska produces wastewater contaminated with metals, the Environmental Protection Agency found that discharge of the pollutants would comply with the Clean Water Act and state standards. In 2010, the agency issued...

Fish Trawling Priority Fought in 9th Circuit
(CN) - Hook-and-line fishermen urged the 9th Circuit to overturn new federal regulations that give 90 percent of the Pacific groundfish catch to large-scale companies. U.S. fishing quotas are governed by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which uses a system of eight councils to develop region-specific fishery management plans. The nation's second largest region, the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, extends over a quarter-million square miles off the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington. Largely responding to overfishing and economic turmoil in the 1980s, the National Marine Fisheries Service last year amended the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to create an individual quota system. Amendments 20 and 21 allow for the allocation of fixed shares of the total allowable catch for long-term exclusive use by trawl permit holders. The statute aims...

Thu, 9 August, 2012
Inmarsat’s Maritime Customers Aren’t Hanging Up Over Rate Hikes
By Peter B. de Selding
PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat said it has secured a 10 percent share of the hand-held satellite telephone market, with 65,000 active subscribers as of June 30, and has seen no negative impact to its core maritime customer base from the company’s decision to raise prices on certain services. London-based Inmarsat specifically refuted allegations by competitors Iridium Communications and KVH Industries that Inmarsat customers are quitting the service because of price hikes and because a new Inmarsat L- and Ku-band product is not winning market favor. In an Aug. 3 report on its financial performance through June 30, Inmarsat also said it has secured what appears to be....

Globalstar Announces Results for Second Quarter 2012 (next-gen update)
Thursday, August 9th 2012.....

Canadian fishermen boiling mad over Maine lobsters
Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 2:28 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 4:59 pm
PORTLAND, Maine -- Tensions between lobstermen in Maine and Canada are boiling over in a dispute caused not by too few lobsters, but by too many.....

Canadian court OKs injunction on lobster blockades
Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 1:08 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 4:29 pm
TORONTO -- A New Brunswick judge granted a 10-day injunction Thursday to stop lobster fishermen in the Canadian province from blockading fish processing plants in a protest over cheap lobster from Maine....

First Nation resorts to Supreme Court to protect wild salmon
Friday, August 10, 2012, 00:10 (GMT + 9)
The Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish First Nation (KAFN) of the Broughton Archipelago are resorting to the Supreme Court of Canada to protect the wild salmon in their territory. The KAFN announced that they have applied for leave to appeal the 3 May 2012 decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal (BCCA) regarding the environmental impacts of open net-pen salmon farms on wild salmon.....

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