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#08-13-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

English: A salmon seiner in southeast Alaska. ...
A salmon seiner in southeast Alaska. Most pink salmon are harvested in the ocean by purse seines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Humpy catch leaps by nearly 17 million fish
Posted 08/12/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Here come the humpies!
Commercial fishermen boosted their catch of pink salmon to 39 million fish in the first 10 days of August, a jump up from the 22,405,000 mark a week earlier. The sockeye harvest edged up to 34,686,000 fish, after reaching 34,305,000 fish by Aug. 3. Also increased were the chum harvest, at 14,866,000 fish, up from 13,512,000 fish; the silver run, up from 881,000 fish to 1,152,000 fish; and the Chinook harvest, which reached 210,000 fish, up from 204,000 kings a week ago. The big leap in the humpy harvest came predictably from Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, Kodiak and Cook Inlet. In Southeast Alaska, the....

Pink catch growing as salmon fisheries hits mid-August
Posted 08/13/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
It’s that time of the year when pink salmon harvests are hitting their stride, and stand to boost Alaska’s overall salmon harvest, but with the catch standing at 71.3 million fish, there’s still a way to go to reach the forecast of 132.1 million fish. Depending on how the pink salmon come in at Prince William Sound, Kodiak and Southeast Alaska, that is still a possibility though. Even with the forecast of the pink salmon harvest below the...

Congressman Young Blasts the EPA over the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment"
Alaska's lone Congressman is blasting the EPA's Region 10 administrator over comments made about the agencies "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment". KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:45)....

Alaska voters to decide coastal zone initiative
Posted: August 13, 2012 - 12:00am
By Becky Bohrer
JUNEAU — The most expensive campaign in Alaska this year is being waged over a proposal to re-establish a coastal management program in the state. More than $918,000 has been raised so far — the bulk of that coming from resource development and industry groups seeking to defeat Ballot Measure 2. Opponents say they’re not against the state having a coastal management program. It’s just....

Napolitano gets it right on cargo screening
August 13, 2012 | 12:00 am
The bill adopting key recommendations of the 9/11 Commission had just passed the House. Rushing to the floor, Speaker Nancy Pelosi uttered a brief platitude about bipartisanship, then promptly claimed the bill's passage was due solely to the fact that Democrats had "taken power ... doing in six months what the three previous Congresses could not do in nearly six years." It was a new high (or low) in using homeland security for political grandstanding. And since then, Congress has had a hard time treating the issue as anything more than a partisan volley ball. Following the 9/11 attacks, Reps. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., and Jim Turner, D-Texas, led the House Homeland Security Committee, while....

Mat-Su seeks solution to cut ferry losses
As bills mount, Assembly seeks proposals to beach or dry-dock high-tech Susitna.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: August 12th, 2012 10:00 PM
Last Modified: August 12th, 2012 10:00 PM
The Mat-Su Borough Assembly, trying to cut its losses on a high-tech ferry that was supposed to provide a quick connection between the Valley and Anchorage, is seeking proposals to beach it for cheap or somehow dry-dock it at the borough port.....

Does Ballot Measure 81 apply only to Oregon gillnetters, not Washington? 
PolitiFact Oregon
Published: Thursday, August 09, 2012, 10:11 AM     Updated: Thursday, August 09, 2012, 10:59 AM
Oregon Ballot Measure 81 would prohibit the use of gillnets by nontribal commercial fishermen in the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Advocates of the ban say the outdated nets kill all sorts of fish, including protected native salmon......

Scientists find coral deeper than ever in Mexican Gulf
Monday, August 13, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
A team of federal and university scientists on a 10-day expedition in the Gulf of Mexico has discovered Lophelia coral growing deeper than previously seen anywhere in the Gulf. Newly available information on Lophelia’s growth rate and conditions will inform future environmental review and decision-making for the protection of deep-water coral habitats. The overall goal of the mission, which left Freeport, Texas, on 14 July and returned to Pensacola, Florida, on 24 July, was to examine coral ecosystems and related habitats that developed over several decades on or near actively producing deep-ocean oil and gas production platforms. Undersea structures supporting energy.....