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#08-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Tiny chum salmon bycatch shocks Bering Sea commercial pollock fishery
Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Aug 26, 2012
The Bering Sea pollock season keeps rolling along, at a faster pace, and with far fewer chum salmon bycatch than last year. "We really haven't had a chum bycatch issue this year. We were shocked," said Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats, representing pollock boats delivering to shore plants and motherships. Trawlers caught just 7,060 non-chinook salmon, mainly chums, through Aug. 17, compared to 114,324 last year, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Salmon bycatch is a hot issue in western Alaska, with commercial and subsistence salmon fishermen criticizing the pollock fleet when salmon harvests decline. That's led to rules that could cause pollock fishing to....

Research About Permit Retention in Bristol Bay
The Bristol Bay region has lost hundreds of commercial fishing permits since limited entry went into effect back in the mid 70's. A masters student at the University of Washington recently examined the issue and presented her findings in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (8:40)....

We should never trade wild Alaskan Salmon for dirty coal
Posted: August 27, 2012 - 1:36am
Governor Parnell has said several times he will never trade one resource for another. PacRim Coal, a Delaware corporation, is actively....

Today's 'Alaska Syndicate' fighting dirty against coastal management initiative
Rick Sinnott | Aug 26, 2012
One hundred years ago Alaska was at a crossroads. It was a ward of the federal government. Rich and powerful businessmen who lived outside the region were calling the shots economically and politically. Business was good. For the fat cats and their stockholders. But not necessarily for Alaskans. Ultimately, Alaskans tired of the abuse and wrested control from the wealthy financiers and corporations. When becoming a territory of the United States had little effect, the territory became a state. Only then.....

Arctic Imperative Summit Shows Investors Why To Choose Alaska (video)
Reporter: Mallory Peebles Photographer: Phil
Ch. 2 News
3:35 p.m. AKDT, August 25, 2012
The Arctic Imperative Summit is back in Alaska for the second year and people from around the state are working to show world investors and businesses why Alaska is a great place to be. For years the Arctic was untouchable tundra but times are changing and the name fits more than ever… The Last Frontier. Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell says, “The Arctic is newly accessible. Now in this generation, in our ...,0,1171013.story

Oregon: Coast Guard warns fishermen to 'Make Way'
by Wayne Havrelly
Posted on August 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM
Updated yesterday at 8:15 PM
PORTLAND -- Salmon fisherman like deep water on the Columbia because that's where the Chinook  run.  Large commercial ships also use the same deep water because they transport goods up and down the river.  It can be a very dangerous combination.....