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#09-25-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Wild Alaska salmon harvests at nearly 121 million fish
Posted 09/25/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A persistent commercial fleet caught nearly another two and a half million wild Alaska salmon in the second week of September, boosting the preliminary season harvest total to nearly 121 million fish. While short of the 132 million fish forecast, it still ranks as a substantial harvest, including 65,660,000 humpies, 35,317,000 sockeye, 17,042,000 chum, 2,624,000 coho and 290,000 king salmon. Fish aficionados in the Anchorage area still....

Fishery Disaster Declaration Requested for Nelson Lagoon 
The Borough Assembly for the Aleutians East Borough has officially requested both a state and federal fishery disaster declaration for the Nelson Lagoon area. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:21).....

Panelists to review science surrounding Pebble mine
Distrust colors both sides' view of what the other is doing on the project.
Associated Press
Published: September 24th, 2012 10:05 PM
Last Modified: September 24th, 2012 10:06 PM
JUNEAU -- The heated battle over the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska is shifting to science, with panels weighing in on different reports and in the process adding more fuel to the fight........

Unalaska Has Loud Voice on Arctic Policy Commission
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Monday, September 24 2012
As the closest deepwater port to the Arctic, Unalaska is set to play a major role in the region’s economic development. Now, the city is positioning itself to influence Arctic politics, too. The State Legislature announced its appointments to the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, and three of the 13 civilian members have lived in Unalaska at one point or another. City Manager Chris Hladick was appointed to......

Alaska Fishing Industry Sends Help to Japan Fishing Fleets
Alaska seafood industry group funds ten projects to help fleets return to fishing after 2011 Tsunami
September 24, 2012
(SitNews) - The Alaska Fishing Industry Relief Mission (AFIRM) has identified and funded ten requests from Northern Japan fishing fleets affected by last year’s tsunamis, to deliver over $375,000 in donations from Alaska seafood processors and fishermen. AFIRM initiated the relief fund shortly after the March 2011 tsunami devastated the fishing communities of Northern Japan. Seattle-based Unisea, American Seafoods, and Glacier Fish Company inspired donations from their vessel, plant and office employees and then matched them, effectively doubling the industry’s grassroots fundraising efforts.  The Bering Sea crab and groundfish fleets responded with major donations collected from vessels and skippers, including a fundraiser in Hawaii featuring fishermen from the Discovery Channel’s popular Deadliest Catch TV series.......

Regulation, Mandates, and Free Enterprise
Posted September 24, 2012
When I was vacationing in Alaska in July, I saw a man wearing a T shirt that trumpeted freedom and the defeat of tyranny while displaying the international symbol for forbidden over the words regulation and mandates. The wearer of the shirt seemed a pretty ordinary Alaskan in his conversation: he worked in fishing-related businesses and profited from the summer tourist trade. What would it take to get him to appreciate the real relationship between regulation and mandates on one hand and the victory of freedom over tyranny on the other?  And what would it take for him to recognize that the job he loves and depends on wouldn’t exist without regulation and mandates? In Alaska, the whole economy of the coast depends on salmon....

US consumers continue to eat familiar fish
Published:  24 September, 2012
From Canned Tuna to Cod the top ten most consumed seafood items by Americans are a very familiar group that feeds a growing market. The federal government recently reported that the overall seafood volume was 4,650,000,000 pounds.  The data also showed American seafood companies exported a record 3.3 billion pounds valued at $5.4 billion. “This data shows the importance of the U.S. seafood market, which is now....

Fire Island Powers Up
By Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage | September 24, 2012 - 5:03 pm
All 11 wind turbines on Fire Island are now generating power for Southcentral Alaska. Officials at Cook Inlet Region Incorporated say they’ve been testing the turbines and transmission lines for nearly a month now. And today it became official – all of them are feeding into the grid. If the wind is blowing, from now on when you look out across Cook Inlet from Anchorage, you might be able to see them spinning, all 11 of them. The wind turbines on Fire Island are providing....

"Green Roof" for new USCG HQ in DC
h/t USCG Flickr (click image for full)

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