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#09-07-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Kodiak memorial held for lost fisherman
by James Brooks / Kodiak Daily Mirror
Sep 06, 2012
KODIAK, Alaska - As mourners prepared to release balloons into the air above Kodiak on Wednesday, the clouds parted and the rain stopped. Then, incredibly, a rainbow appeared. It was a perfect ending to the memorial service for Jaime Gallegos, 31, who disappeared at sea after the fishing vessel Advantage sank on Friday. Three other men were rescued from the Advantage, but one, boat captain Leif Bolan, died after the rescue. The family of Leif Bolan announced that a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Kodiak.....

Sep 6, 2012 - 12:21 PM AKST
Pending Gulf rockfish lawsuit has major policy implications
Motions for summary judgment have been filed in a lawsuit over the new rockfish catch share program in the Gulf of Alaska. Four companies with processing operations in Kodiak sued the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, in the U.S. Western District of Washington in January to overturn the new Gulf of Alaska rockfish catch share program, which took effect in May. In their July 20 motion for summary judgment, the processors also requested an opportunity for oral argument Oct. 5.....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Sep 6, 2012
Coming up this week, Southeast Dungies finish up a few pounds less than last year; could endangered coral become a stumbling block to fishing in the future? And the problem with other critters eating or displacing targeted fisheries. We had help this week from KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg, Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak, KCAW's Ed Ronco in Sitka, and KRBD's Sarah Cuiksa in Ketchikan....

Keystone Center to review Pebble EBD
Pebble Limited Partnership's Environmental Baseline Study is soon to come under the scrutiny of a panel of outside experts. The Keystone Center is facilitating the peer review of that extensive study, and the panels are scheduled for October. KDLG's Dave Bendinger reports: (7:10)...

Fish to school
Posted 09/07/2012
by - Diane Jeantet
Jennifer Gibbins/The Cordova Times. Every day between 5:30 and 6:00 in the morning, Sandie Ponte can be found in the school's kitchen preparing enough sourdough bread for about 270 students. Yes, in Cordova, the bread is made from scratch for the school kids. For years students have enjoyed this wonderful life, eating fresh products cooked by Sandie Ponte, the schools' food service manager, and three part-time cooks working with her....

Summer seining wrapped-up
by Matt Lichtenstein
September 6, 2012 9:00 am
Southeast seine crews have been swapping their nets for bait sheds as they shift from summer salmon fishing to fall longlining for halibut and blackcod. The fleet’s total pink salmon catch was less than half of last years but somewhat higher than projections. It was a good year for summer chum and prices remained high for both species. Matt Lichtenstein checked in with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for a seine season summary....

Copper Valley Telecom tests wind generation in Prince William Sound
Posted 09/07/2012
by - Diane Jeantet
In an effort to cut operational costs and improve its carbon footprint, Copper Valley Telecom is testing wind power on two locations in Prince William Sound. The company, based in Valdez, has been using solar power for almost 20 years and is now looking into the possibility of cutting down its propane consumption by wind-generated power.....

Bidding Opens for Airline to Serve New Akutan Airport
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, September 06 2012
With PenAir slated to end service to Akutan sometime this fall, the community is searching for a new airline to take its place. After serving Akutan for more than a decade, last month PenAir asked the federal Department of Transportation to release the company from its contract to provide Essential Air Service to the....

Experimental ferry M/V Susitna up for sale
Expensive ice-breaker never went into service, never had a dock
Posted: September 6, 2012 - 7:23am
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
PALMER — The Mat-Su Borough Assembly made moves toward disentangling the borough from its experimental ice-breaking car ferry Tuesday when members voted to insure the vessel and put it up for sale. “As difficult as it is to spend this money, I think we’re doing the best we can with what we have,” Assemblyman Ron Arvin said at the meeting, which took less than a half hour....

Oregon: 3 groups backpedal on gillnet measure
By The Associated Press
Published: September 06. 2012 4:00AM PST
PORTLAND — Three groups that had backed a November ballot measure to remove gillnets from the Oregon side of the lower Columbia River are now urging a no vote, saying Gov. John Kitzhaber has a better idea. After Measure 81 made the ballot, Kitzhaber proposed limiting gillnet fishermen to work in off-channel areas, where they could catch hatchery salmon without accidentally catching endangered, wild fish. The three groups are the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and the Northwest Guides and Anglers Association....

The Whole Foods Hustle
By DANIEL J. FLYNN on 9.7.12 @ 6:08AM
Free-ranging chicken McNuggets will keep you healthy and solvent, assuming you widen your appreciation of genuine organic food. There is no discernible nutritional difference between food from the farmer's market and food from the supermarket, scientists report. But there is a dramatic price variation, and that status separation was the point all along.....

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