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#11-02-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Upper Cook Inlet Task Force announces members, meetings
Posted: November 1, 2012 - 12:04pm  |  Updated: November 1, 2012 - 9:05pm
English: South Central Alaska showing Matanusk...
English: South Central Alaska showing
Matanuska and Susitna rivers.
© 2004 Matthew Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
Several local fishermen have been named to serve on an Upper Cook Inlet Task Force appointed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries to look into issues around the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan. The 11-member task force is designed to represent a cross-section of fisheries in the upper Cook Inlet and includes drift and set gillnet fishermen, two sport fishermen, one guided sport fisherman, a personal use fisherman and a marine recreation fisherman. The task force is co-chaired by Board of Fish members Vince Webster, of King Salmon, and Tom Kluberton, of Talkeetna. The group will meet in Kenai during....

Togiak Herring Ex-Vessel Value Could Approach $4-Million Dollars
The massive Togiak Herring Fishery was the subject of discussion during the ongoing Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (7:26)....

Begich Renews Call for Oversight Hearing on Federal Subsistence Management
By Amy Miller | Office of Senator Begich 23 hours 21 minutes ago
Following on momentum built during the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention last week, Sen. Mark Begich today issued a letter to Sen. Daniel Akaka, chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, renewing his call for an Alaska-based field hearing of the committee to address food security and subsistence rights for Alaska Natives. Begich has been pressing the committee and its chair for a hearing on the matter for more than a year. His first letter to Akaka was issued in February 2011. “I’m hopeful that AFN resolution 12-18 and recent commitments by Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young to pursue a hearing mean it will happen soon,” Begich said.....

Herron Seeks to Balance Subsistence, Commercial Fishing Needs
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, November 01 2012
Election Day is fast approaching, and Unalaskans will have the chance to cast their ballots in a number of state races on November 6. This week, KUCB is airing.....

Time to consider 2013 Mat-Su king salmon regulations
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 10:49 pm
By Andy Couch Mat-Su Anglers Club Fishing Corner
At the Oct. 9 and 10 Alaska Board of Fisheries work session in Anchorage, I found an opportunity to talk with Charles Swanton, director of Sport Fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).  The related questions Swanton and I discussed included how would ADF&G forecast the 2013 Mat-Su king salmon fishery, and what would the fishing regulations likely be? This past fishing season, ADF&G issued an emergency order on May 1 and effective May 15 reducing the king salmon sport fishing annual bag limit from five to two fish on the entire Susitna River drainage.  Fishing gear was restricted to one unbaited, single-hook artificial lure on all of the Susitna River drainage, except the Deshka River.  In Unit 2 of the drainage, (Susitna River and tributary streams upstream of Deshka River to the mouth of the...

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Nov 01, 2012
Coming up this week, the salmon season near Juneau is shorter than it used to be; It’s a long time until herring season, but the forecast is out for Togiak; and trouble between China and Norway could turn into more salmon sales for Alaska. All that, and what is your scariest fishing story. We had help this week from KTOO’s Kelsey Gobroski in Juneau, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska, and Fish Radio’s Stephanie Mangini in Kodiak.....

Big Green's corporate takeover strategy
November 1, 2012 | 8:00 pm
.........In 1997, WWF and Unilever established the Marine Stewardship Council "to assure the long-term sustainability of global fish stocks." The MSC has had a substantial and controversial impact on global fisheries, facing allegations that its alarmist science is self-serving propaganda. When the Seattle-based Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute recently took its group out of MSC, it got a rude surprise. Executive Director Ray Riutta told me the group ran into pushback from stores fearful of retaliation from MSC....

Nov 1, 2012 - 01:58 PM AKST
State takeover of wastewater discharge complete
Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation is now responsible for all wastewater discharge permitting and compliance in state waters. The state announced Nov. 1 that the department, or DEC, had assumed permitting authority for.......

Akutan: Air service resumes to pricey new Aleutian Islands airport
Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Nov 01, 2012
The mail got through to Akutan last week, after a brief suspension when Peninsula Airways suddenly stopped flying the amphibious Grumman Goose. A few days later, Grant Aviation carried the mail and passengers on a charter flight to the new airport on Akun Island on Oct. 25. The Goose made its last water landing in Akutan on Oct. 21, at the community identified on maps as "Akutan SPB," for seaplane base. In September, the remote Aleutian Island community's first airport opened, though the mail still has to go to a dock to get to the post office. And while a famous though unofficial post office motto claims that tough.....

Day-by-Day Overview of the 2012 Sockeye Run to the Nushagak District
The 2012 sockeye run to the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District was outlined in detail during a 2 day fish and game advisory committee meeting that got started Thursday in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (3:40)...

Fish Out of Water: Sierra Anderson
by STEPHANIE RICHARDS on Nov 1, 2012 • 10:58 am
Any woman who works 18-22 hour days is bound to be a major stress-case, a workaholic and a bore, right? What if this woman worked those kinds of hours along side her mother, father and sister? Would you still think her a bit of a nutter? What if the job was deep-sea fishing in Alaska, on...