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#01-01-2013 - ComFish News Roundup (Happy New Year)

Curry will head UFA
Posted 01/01/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Julianne Curry, a former top administrator of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association, will take the helm as executive director of United Fishermen of Alaska in 2013, UFA officials announced Dec. 31. She succeeds Mark Vinsel, who has served in the executive post since 2004, and is transitioning back to an administrative role. UFA also announced that Arni Thomson has stepped down after....
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O'Reilly: Magnitude of U.S. debt even swamps Alaska
December 31, 2012 6:10 PM By WILLIAM F. B. O'REILLY
Sell Alaska to reduce U.S. debt.
What an inspired idea -- the best one to come out of Washington in years.
It didn't come from the president or Congress; it came from Washington Post energy correspondent Steven Mufson. He should win a public relations prize for the effort, the same one the Taco Bell public-relations folks should have gotten in 2001 for promising a free taco to everyone on Earth if the falling Russian Mir space station hit a floating target in the South Pacific. The 40-foot-square Taco Bell float featured a giant bullseye over the words "FREE TACO HERE." Utter brilliance. We're not going to sell Alaska, of course. At least not yet. But....

The State of Our Salmon Special Convention to Air Statewide on 360North
by MIKE MARTZ on DECEMBER 31, 2012
The AVCP Special Convention:  The State of Our Salmon will air statewide on KTOO’s 360North channel on Thursday January 10th and Friday January 11th from 8am to 4:30PM. Tune in to this gavel to gavel presentation of a special convention organized in March 2012 by the Association of Village Presidents in response to the... (Date and time here >

Bristol Bay Salmon Escapement Goals Could Change in a Couple of Years 12/31/12
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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is planning on changing the sockeye escapement goals in Bristol Bay. However, that won’t happen for a couple of years. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains. (6:57)....

Central Valley's wild salmon -- gone by 2100?
December 31, 2012 4:47 PM
That's what a couple dozen experts surveyed by an Oregon State graduate student said, according to this report. The conclusions are strikingly more pessimistic than anything anyone likes to talk about publicly:
The key takeaways:
Any action that will have a significantly positive effect on the recovery of wild salmon will be costly and politically controversial. Dramatic changes in hatchery practices would be needed to restore...

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