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#09-08-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Independent Reviewers Shred Steller Sea Lion BiOp
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, September 07 2012
An independent panel tasked with evaluating the scientific merits of a federal assessment of the endangered Western population of Steller sea lion has released its finding. The general consensus: the government’s science doesn’t pass muster.....

Review questions science in federal plan to protect sea lions
Review finds flawed science used by feds to restrict fisheries.
Associated Press
Published: September 8th, 2012 12:31 AM
Last Modified: September 8th, 2012 12:32 AM
A panel of independent reviewers has concluded that the federal government's decision to restrict commercial fishing in Alaska's Aleutian Islands is not supported by sound science.......

Feds won’t take over Chatham fisheries, at least for now
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
September 7, 2012 7:49 pm
Angoon’s village Native corporation sent the federal government an unusual request in May of 2010. Kootznoowoo Inc. filed a petition asking for extraterritorial jurisdiction. That would allow the feds to stop or limit salmon fishing in state-managed waters near Angoon on western Admiralty Island..... The petition said commercial seiners in the Chatham Strait area were taking too many sockeye salmon, reducing the run of fish in an important subsistence harvest. The corporation claimed the state had failed to manage for the subsistence priority required under federal law. The feds recently said “no,” to the petition. Instead, they deferred action for three years to allow for a negotiated solution.....

Senator Stevens Still Optimistic About Coalition's Survival
Sep 7, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Last week’s primary election held limited interest for many folks in Kodiak, with no contested legislative races here, but there was one resident who watched closely. Kodiak’s Gary Stevens, who heads the coalition majority in the state senate, said there were some surprises for members of the Bi-Partisan Working Group, when two of its Republican members were defeated in the primary. “That was a pretty interesting development. Micciche won against Wagoner and Linda Minard lost her race as well. You know it doesn’t really change....

Proposals due Sept. 19 for salmon fishing grants
Posted 09/07/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Proposals are due by Sept. 19 for funding from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund for conservation of salmon or steelhead populations or their habitat, and for maintenance of these fish populations necessary for subsistence fishing......

Research indicates record salmon returns in Columbia River basin
Conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest are paying off as record numbers of sockeye salmon are returning to the Columbia River.
So far this year, nearly 300,000 Okanagan sockeye salmon have swum up the fish ladder at Bonneville Lock and Dam, while chinook, coho, chums, pinks and steelhead are also expected to return in large numbers. Records show fewer than 9,000 of the above named species returned to the Columbia Basin in 1995, and the Okanagan sockeye - a type particularly difficult to rear in hatcheries - were quickly dwindling.
Although some of the fish population's increase can be attributed to natural factors such as favorable ocean conditions, biologists say habitat improvements made at many hydroelectric facilities have also been a significant ingredient in the fish resurgence. Not only have utilities and hydropower plant owners begun providing more natural spawning areas in their facilities' designs, but also they have developed flow schedules that give roe a better chance of surviving. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which owns and operates the 1,076.6-MW Bonneville project, currently is undertaking fish ladder improvements to address lamprey passage at the dam.....

In Defense of Whole Foods
By AARON GOLDSTEIN on 9.7.12 @ 4:57PM
Daniel Flynn isn't a fan of the Whole Foods grocery chain, the products it carries (organic food in particular) nor its high prices. All of which is fair enough. Of course, he (nor anyone else) is under any obligation to patronize Whole Foods. But I like Whole Foods and have no problem saying so. When I lived in the Fenway, I did most of my shopping at the Whole Foods near Symphony Hall. From time to time, I will pop in there if I'm in the neighborhood. That particular Whole Foods is on the ground floor of a parking lot so it.....

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