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#10-24-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Scientists offer tips for Alaska king salmon study
Posted: October 24, 2012 - 12:00am
By Dan Joling
ANCHORAGE — State researchers looking for answers to Alaska’s diminishing king salmon returns were urged Tuesday to take a look at the critical days after smolt leave fresh water and to closely examine how humans may affect salmon in marine waters. “The two leading hypotheses for things that might cause declines of chinook salmon in the.....

Was Alaska's king salmon crash a 'black swan' nightmare or sign of the times?
Suzanna Caldwell | Oct 23, 2012
The phrase “black swan” come up again and again during the second day of the Alaska Chinook Salmon Symposium in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday. Are the depressing chinook salmon runs that plagued Alaska this summer merely a blip in the overall picture? Is it a “black swan event,” a theory often used in philosophy that describes a surprise event that, in hindsight, might have been prevented? Many think that no matter what happened to harm Alaska’s biggest and most-prized salmon, odds are it happened in the ocean. Does it have to do with food? Distribution of fish? Global warming? All of the above? “A bunch of bad things all came together that usually don't happen at the same time,” said Dr. Phil Mundy, director of the NOAA Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute in Juneau. “We weren't there, we weren't........

Harbor rates could rise in Petersburg
by Joe Viechnicki
October 23, 2012 5:40 pm
Harbor users in Petersburg could see moorage fees and other charges increase soon. The city’s harbor master says the department needs to make up a budget shortfall and come up with additional funds for replacing North Harbor. Petersburg’s city council and harbor advisory board took a look at that project and funding possibilities during a work session last week......