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#08-19-2012 - ComFish News Roundup


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Wasilla: Murkowski talks fish, oil, politics
Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012 7:34 pm
By ANDREW WELLNER Frontiersman.com | 1 comment
WASILLA — Lisa Murkowski said she’s concerned about salmon fishing in the Mat-Su Borough, but also throughout the state. And she’s not just concerned about the fish returns being dismally low this year. “My concern is that this is not just a bad fish year, it might be a bad fish decade,” she said Friday at a meeting with the Frontiersman’s editorial board. Fish mean different things to people in different parts of the state. In Mat-Su, it means a good living for guides. In the Yukon-Kuskokwim region, though, it means food. “Fish equals life, really,” Murkowski said.
She said she believes the problem is not that one area is getting all the fish and another isn’t. She said she thinks something is going on in the ocean...... http://www.frontiersman.com/news/murkowski-talks-fish-oil-politics/article_c6a8b69a-e9ae-11e1-9987-0019bb2963f4.html

B.C. sockeye salmon fishery likely closed again
CBC News Posted: Aug 16, 2012 6:16 AM PT
British Columbia's lucrative commercial and recreational sockeye salmon fishery is not likely to open this year, as Fisheries and Oceans Canada says there are simply not enough fish coming back. Although there has been enough returning fish to fill the spawning grounds and open an aboriginal fishery, numbers have actually started to decrease. In order for a commercial fishery to operate, the number of summer run sockeye salmon would have had to be roughly double last week's count. "Returns to some of the populations this year have been fairly good,” said Barry Rosenberger, co-chair of the Pacific Salmon Commission's Fraser River Panel. “But overall, we haven't achieved... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2012/08/15/bc-sockeye-salmon-fishery.html

Man without arms or legs swims frigid Bering Strait
By Yereth Rosen
ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:15pm EDT
(Reuters) - A French swimmer who lacks legs and arms has successfully swum the frigid waters separating Alaska and Russia with the aid of paddle-like prosthetics, expedition representatives said Saturday. Philippe Croizon, whose limbs were amputated after a 1994 electrical accident at age 26, completed his swim late Friday from Alaska's Little Diomede Island to the Russian maritime border near Big Diomede Island. Croizon's website said the expected direct distance of the swim was to be about 2.5 miles. Croizon had intended to swim all the way to the shoreline of Big Diomede, but regional Russian authorities denied him permission to enter the..... http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/19/us-usa-alaska-swimmer-idUSBRE87I00V20120819