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#08-16-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Humpies Boost Wild Salmon Harvest to Nearly 90 Million Fish
Alaska’s wild salmon harvest for the 2012 season stood at 89.9 million fish by Aug. 10, a leap of nearly 40 million fish since July 27. The harvest of humpies alone rose from13 million on July 27 to 22.4 million by Aug. 3 and up to 39 million on Aug. 10, according to preliminary harvest reports from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Harvest totals compiled by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game through Aug. 10 showed a total of 34,686,000 sockeyes, 39,008,000 pink, 14,866,000 chum, 1,152,000 coho and 210,000 Chinook salmon delivered to processors. The biggest jump came in pink salmon...

Silver salmon news just gets worse with more Mat-Su closures
Alaska Dispatch | Aug 15, 2012
A dire shortage of returning silver salmon prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday to shutter Knik Management Area fisheries to angling, including catch and release. The stocked Eklutna Tailrace fishery is the exception. Among the lousy returns that sparked the action....

Fairground Is Venue for Salmon In School Lunches Test
Nutritionists seeking the public’s opinion on how to include wild Alaska salmon in school lunches are weighing the results of a state fair taste test of three fish entrees that could eventually be served up to students in rural Alaska. More than 300 men, women and children attending the Tanana Valley Fair in Fairbanks in early August sampled salmon patties, salmon patties with sauce and sweet and sour salmon balls with...

Murkowski: Consider Asia for Alaska natural gas
Associated Press
Published: August 15th, 2012 03:52 PM
Last Modified: August 15th, 2012 04:47 PM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Alaska for years has envisioned a multi-billion dollar pipeline that could carry North Slope natural gas through Canada to Lower 48 customers, but the best hope for a market may be Japan or other Asia countries, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Wednesday....

No "SuperCenter" in Walmart's Kodiak Plans #PitBull
Aug 15, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Two and a half weeks ago when Walmart brought singer Pitbull to Kodiak, some thought it might have been a good time to drop some more news on the town - the expansion of the local store into what the corporation calls a "Super Center."However Sarah Spencer, the director of Corporate Communications for Walmart in Arkansas, told KMXT in an e-mail that the corporation does not have plans...

Kitzhaber seeks peace in Columbia gillnetting wars
AP Environmental Writer
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 - 11:48 am
Trying to head off a ballot measure to ban gillnetting for salmon on the Oregon side of the lower Columbia River, Gov. John Kitzhaber has told state fisheries managers to come up with...

Commercial Fishermen's Festival to feature several TV stars
Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 2:25 pm, Tue Aug 14, 2012.
ASTORIA – The Commercial Fishermen’s Festival is now in its fifth year of bringing commercial fishermen and industry leaders together with the public for a fast-paced, fun-filled day that celebrates the men and women who risk their lives to bring seafood to our tables. The Festival takes place September 8-9 and features competitions, seafood cooking demonstrations, gear displays, Coast Guard rescue demonstrations and more. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under (kids age five and under are free). The....

Getting it right with gill-netters
Published: Monday, August 13, 2012, 6:04 PM  
Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 10:10 AM
By The Oregonian Editorial Board
The folks trying to ban gill-netting for salmon on the Columbia River may have unwittingly done Oregon a favor by amassing enough signatures to put the question to voters on November's ballot. They've prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to correctly shunt the emotion-charged question away from an uninformed public and demand that state fishery managers map a path forward that promotes both fish and the jobs associated with their harvest. But in the doing, he has asked that gill-netters -- a fourth- and fifth-generation commercial fishing crowed...

Today's Catch: Getting the Message
While addressing communications and navigational electronics in this issue of Fishermen’s News, we noted that one of the most important uses of communications equipment in the fishing industry is for safety – calling a medical team to diagnose an injury or illness, contacting a fellow fisherman for weather information or the ultimate safety call: sending a mayday to the US Coast Guard. No matter how advanced your equipment, if there’s no one to answer the call at the other end, you’re in trouble. Fortunately, the US Coast Guard is always ready (semper paratus) to respond to life threatening situations. Late on the night of June 29th, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a distress call...

ACLU to FBI: Tell the public how you interpret GPS tracking ruling
Org wants to see the two memos the FBI created after Jones tracking decision.
by Cyrus Farivar - Aug 15 2012, 1:30pm ADT
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a formal legal complaint against the FBI in an attempt to compel the agency to release two GPS tracking-related memos. In July, the ACLU requested two memos under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that the FBI wrote in February. The memos came as a result of the Supreme Court decision in the Jones v. United States case, which established that the government had no right to place a GPS tracking device without a warrant on a suspect’s car. However, other types of high-tech surveillance and monitoring continues by law enforcement on a nearly daily basis around the country. Cops are using everything from tap and trace, ping data, license plate surveillance, and other techniques as a way to keep tabs on suspects and innocent...

Tsunami debris from Japan prompts bill in Congress
Clearing tsunami flotsam likely to cost more than governments can afford.
Los Angeles Times
Published: August 15th, 2012 10:32 PM
Last Modified: August 15th, 2012 10:33 PM
WASHINGTON -- The prospect of more debris from last year's Japanese tsunami washing up on the Pacific Coast has triggered a move on Capitol Hill to speed federal aid to states for costly cleanup.....

Holland America to buy Maine lobster
By Associated Press, Published: August 14
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine officials have convinced Holland America cruise line to purchase locally caught lobsters for its cruise ships when they visit Bar Harbor several times this season.....

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