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#04-26-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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Should Alaska’s largest salmon fleet look into downsizing? (Bristol Bay permit buyback?)
Fish Radio
April 26, 2013
Should  Alaska’s largest salmon fleet look into downsizing?   That’s the question fishermen are posing in an informal buyback poll mailed to Bristol Bay’s 18-hundred plus driftnet permit holders..... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/should-alaskas-largest-salmon-fleet-look-into-downsizing/

Restrictions issued for commercial king fishery
Posted: April 24, 2013 - 10:07pm  |  Updated: April 25, 2013 - 8:36am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
The first commercial fishing announcement of the season in the Upper Cook Inlet restricts commercial king salmon fishing in the Northern part of the inlet. The setnet fishery, which has had an average of 53 permit holders during the last ten years, is comprised of fishermen on both the East and.... http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-04-24

Southeast herring returns appear mixed
Published: April 25, 2013 Updated 21 hours ago
The Associated Press
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA — The herring spawn is over and returns look mixed this year for the southern area of Southeast Alaska.... http://www.adn.com/2013/04/25/2879066/southeast-herring-returns-appear.html

Sea mammals awaiting herring at Juneau
Posted 04/26/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
State fisheries biologists haven't spotted herring or herring spawn yet this year in the Juneau area, but the sea lions and whales apparently known they're coming. Aerial surveys of Seymour Canal, Tenakee Inlet and the Lynn Canal were conducted April 23 by.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1317sea-mammals-awaiting-herring-at-juneau

2:06 PM THU APRIL 25, 2013
ADF&G Will Fly a Togiak Herring Survey Flight on Sunday
By MIKE MASON
For the last month or so the speculation has been that the annual Togiak sac-roe herring fishery might get underway later than normal, somewhere between May 7th and the 14th. However, the recent weather and ice conditions might change that timeline. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story..... http://www.kdlg.org/post/adfg-will-fly-togiak-herring-survey-flight-sunday

Students At Alaska Pacific University Research Big Fisheries Questions
By Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage | April 25, 2013 - 5:28 pm
There are more questions than answers about the problems facing fisheries in Cook Inlet. And scientists working on those problems are chronically short on time and funding. But a new fisheries program at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage has students tackling some important research questions. And it isn’t just graduate students doing the work, undergrads are getting their feet wet doing real science too.... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/04/25/students-at-alaska-pacific-university-research-big-fisheries-questions/

Oil tax cut doesn't stop funding for Alaska's Susitna dam megaproject
Jerzy Shedlock
April 24, 2013
Fresh funding will allow a state agency to continue moving forward with plans to build what would be the second-tallest dam in the country, just behind California's 770-foot Oroville dam..... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130424/oil-tax-cut-doesnt-stop-funding-alaskas-susitna-dam-megaproject

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Sitka carrier eyeing Wrangell on word of merger
April 25, 2013 | Vol. 111, No. 17
A possible merger between two Southeast freight carriers has a Sitka-based firm looking to move to Wrangell. Samson Tug and Barge a family-owned marine freight transportation company has released a statement saying they plan to “expand their current service in Southeast Alaska pending a planned purchase of Northland Services, Inc. by Lynden, Inc.” Lynden has entered into a purchase agreement to buy Northland Services, a tug and barge carrier that provides.... http://www.wrangellsentinel.com/story/2013/04/25/news/sitka-carrier-eyeing-wrangell-on-word-of-merger/1098.html
Prince of Wales-Ketchikan ferry loses state subsidy
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm
Southeast’s Inter-Island Ferry Authority will soon be short on cash. The authority sails between Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. Officials say what’s known as the IFA has only about four-fifths of the money it needs for the next budget year, which begins in July. General Manager Dennis Watson says that’s because the authority did not get an appropriation from the Legislature. “Generally, in one form or another, we get some assistance from them every year. It’s a very.... http://www.ktoo.org/2013/04/25/prince-of-wales-ketchikan-ferry-loses-state-subsidy/

KMXT's Alaska Fisheries Report
Apr 25, 2013
Coming up this week, Bristol Bay fishermen will be surveyed about how they feel about a permit buy-back, Alaska salmon is getting a good reception on the world stage, and an State Representative returns from Canada’s smallest province after asking them to.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4636










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