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#08-21-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Commercial harvest of humpies jumps by 15.8 million fish
Posted 08/20/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Commercial harvests picked up steam again for the week ending Aug. 17, as the humpy catch rose to nearly 54.8 million fish, boosting the statewide harvest to more than 107 million salmon of all species. The cumulative total was a jump over 17,166,000 fish over the previous week, with harvests of 15,758,000 pinks, 870,000 chum, 277,000 coho, 253,000 sockeye and 7,000 kings, according to the statewide preliminary salmon catch blue sheet. The preseason statewide forecast was for 132.1 million salmon of all species. In Prince William Sound, the overall harvest rose to nearly 30 million salmon of all species, including 22,597,000 pink, 3,705,000 reds, 3,641,000 chum, 15,000 silver and 12,000 king salmon. The Prince William Sound general seine harvest rose over.....

Same old story
Added by Editor on August 20, 2012.
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Supporters of Ballot Measure 2 and their media pals have settled on a meme for the remaining days of their campaign to return Alaska to the economic Dark Ages: Evil industry and development interests are spending excessively to defeat the salvation of our state. You do not believe us? Try this headline in the Anchorage Daily News: “Industry spending bulk of $1 million to end decades of local oversight.” Never mind that the “industry” fighting Ballot Measure 2 in the Aug. 28 primary election would.....

Endangered status sought for state's coral species
Posted: August 21, 2012 - 12:04am
ANCHORAGE - The non-profit Center for Biological Diversity announced Monday that it has filed a petition with the federal government to list 43 of Alaska’s coral species on the Endangered Species Act....

Pebble Mine opponent running for mayor of Lake and Pen
Alaska Dispatch | Aug 20, 2012
.......... This fall, borough residents will pick a new mayor. Current and longtime Lake and Pen mayor, Glen Alsworth, has been accused by mine opponents of supporting Pebble over salmon, though he hasn't endorsed or opposed the project. Alsworth will face a well-known mine opponent in the race.....

D-O-T Prepares for a Large Project in Dillingham That is Still Years Away 
Drivers in Dillingham likely have noticed surveyors working alongside many of the major roads in town. As KDLG's Mike Mason reports... the surveyors are gathering data for a large road repair project that could still be a couple of years away. (1:59)........

Halibut Charters Exceed Expectations Due to Rough Salmon Season
Even on a half-day fishing trip there’s no shortage of halibut
By Heather Hintze
Story Created: Aug 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM AKDT
Story Updated: Aug 17, 2012 at 8:10 PM AKDT
HOMER - Even on a half-day fishing trip there’s no shortage of halibut. “I love to feel them bite, then the work begins when they bite. Like that right there – see,” screams Homer resident Rosie Burgess as she reels in a big one. The Martin family has owned.....

Sometimes fisheries must change with the times
Posted: August 20, 2012 - 8:39am
By Jim Johnson
Our recent highly unstable Kenai and Kasilof rivers king and red salmon fishing season produced many upset anglers, angry setnet fishermen, and plenty of frustrated local business owners. Do we have to accept a highly unstable salmon industry? Can we learn anything from history or biological science to keep our local salmon industry healthy? I believe we can pursue a path of common sense and reason, that would.....

Glacier Bay boat hits rocks after trying to get view of bears
72 passengers rescued Sunday after vessel took on some water.
Associated Press
Published: August 20th, 2012 10:38 PM
Last Modified: August 20th, 2012 10:39 PM
JUNEAU -- The captain of a sightseeing vessel that apparently struck a rock in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve had been trying to get the vessel nearer shore to see brown bears, an official with the boat's owner said Monday..... //

My turn: Is an operating mine needed to clean up the Tulsequah Chief site?
Posted: August 20, 2012 - 7:09am
When Chieftain Metals began operating a water treatment plant at its Tulsequah Chief site some observers thought that the acid mine drainage problem was solved, while others noted concerns about the company’s finances and ability to operate the plant effectively. Unfortunately those concerns have been realized. The Tulsequah Chief mine was operated by Cominco in the 1950’s. The mine site is on the.....

Workshop to examine cargo airship feasibility in Alaska
August 20, 2012
(SitNews) - NASA and the University of Alaska Fairbanks will gather roughly 100 business executives, researchers, and government officials in Anchorage this week for the second annual Cargo Airships for Northern Operations Workshop. The workshop, which will run Aug. 22-24 at University of Alaska Anchorage, will examine how airships could transform Alaska’s commercial transportation system. “Airship technologies have the potential to move fuel, construction equipment, and supplies to villages and projects in rural Alaska when ice roads, river ships and....

Report warns against offshore drilling in Bristol Bay
Posted 08/20/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
A new report from an Alaska conservation group calls for putting the seafood rich waters of Bristol Bay permanently off limits to offshore drilling for oil and gas. “After more than 35 years of ongoing controversy and debate, the time has come to provide this global gem the permanent protection from offshore drilling it deserves,” the Alaska Marine Conservation Council concludes in “National Treasure at Risk: Protecting Alaska’s Bristol Bay from Offshore Drilling.”....

Georgian seafood milestone
TUESDAY, 21 AUGUST 2012 10:47
AN Atlanta-based business is celebrating the first anniversary of its receipt of an MSC chain of custody award. Halperns’ Purveyors of Steak and Seafood, a family-owned business with locations throughout the Southeast United States, will celebrate the landmark at their second annual Food, Wine & Spirits show, which takes place in Atlanta today.....

Record Low Lobster Prices Prompt Maine To Launch $3 Million Marketing Campaign
Posted: 08/20/2012 6:17 pm Updated: 08/20/2012 6:21 pm
Low lobster prices may sound like a good thing, but Maine and its lobster industry thinks otherwise. They want higher prices for their product -- which are at a 30 year low -- so the Maine Lobster Advisory Council has announced a new $3 million marketing plan to be rolled out over the course of three years. The council hopes that an increase in demand might encourage higher prices, in turn making the industry more profitable on the whole. They plan to raise the funds with increased fees for lobster harvesters, dealers and processors. The Kennebec Journal spoke with lobsterman Peter Miller, who supported the measure....

Govt raises awareness of seafood tracing need
Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
Government bodies are asking the catering industry to verify that the seafood they purchase can be traced to a legal source. The goal is to keep the sector from buying unsafe, poor quality or illegal seafood. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Food Standards Agency (FSA) together with the British Hospitality Association are working to raise awareness of the laws around purchasing of fish and shellfish products. In addition, these entities....

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