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#11-25-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Adapted from Wikipedia's AK borough maps by Se...
Adapted from Wikipedia's AK borough maps by Seth Ilys. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alaska biologists pledge to improve fish counting in 2013; Cook Inlet locals want it sooner
November 24, 2012 - 6:19 pm EST
WASILLA, Alaska — Wildlife biologists promise their efforts to revive the sinking number of king salmon will improve with planned updates to their fish counts, but area fishermen want information sooner than that. The decline in king salmon has continued unabated for several years in western Cook Inlet and Matanuska-Susitna area rivers. The Alaska Journal of Commerce reports ( the poor returns have a dual impact: Fishermen and businesses catering to them are hurt financially, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game loses revenue from its tags issued for king salmon. "We need some better information to understand why production is...

Scientists call for more data on Pebble proposal
November 24th 1:25 pm | Carey Restino      
The Peer Review Report of the EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment was released two weeks ago, offering an unusual chance to read what objective scientists think about the potential biological impacts of a large mine in the region. The peer review was set up to critically examine the results of a process started in 2011 at the request of various stakeholders in the Bristol Bay region including fishing and Native groups concerned about the proposed Pebble Mine near Lake Iliamna. Proponents to the EPA's actions have touted it as forward-thinking and essential, while opponents say the EPA is overstepping its bounds and taking premature action since there is no mine plan yet and the Pebble Partnership hasn't filed any permit requests to date. This week, the Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman will look at....

Grounded barge still full of fuel, seafood
November 24th 1:02 pm | Jim Paulin
Coast Guard rescuers reported no injuries to crew members of a tug and a barge that ran aground near Cold Bay last week. Efforts are getting underway to plug the leaks, and perhaps save the 1.4 million pounds of frozen seafood inside shipping containers, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The tug Polar Wind and barge Unimak Trader grounded on the south side of Ukolnoi Island, about 200 miles east-northeast of Dutch Harbor and 40 miles east of Cold Bay, at approximately 9 p.m. Nov. 13. The grounding was...

Laine Welch: Industry's jobs boost Alaska, but fleet is growing older
Published: November 24, 2012 Updated 8 hours ago
By Laine welch — Fisheries
The "graying of the fleet" continues as fewer young fishermen obtain permits for various Alaska fisheries. Data from 2011 show that 45 percent of all Alaska permit holders were between the ages 45 and 60, with an average of 47. That was roughly twice as many permit holders as there were between the ages of 30 and 44. Crew members were much younger, averaging about 21.......

Petersburg: Proposed Borough: Candidates
November 22, 2012

Paul Jenkins: Iliamna seals just the latest silly argument against Pebble
Published: November 24, 2012
By Paul Jenkins
Unable to scrounge up a proper mollusk, mouse or mold to hang their hats on, greenies aiming to save Alaska from Pebble mine have seized upon a handful of Pacific harbor seals lollygagging in Lake Iliamna. The Center for Biological Diversity is seeking federal endangered species protection for the seals to shield them from the ravages of the evil mine......