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#05-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

First Catch of Copper River Salmon Will Be Caught By Matt McCallister and Scott Romano,
Served at FT33 and Nick & Sam’s Grille on Next Day
By Mike Hiller
Chefs Matt McCallister (FT33) and Scott Romano (Nick & Sam’s, Nick & Sam’s Grille) are headed to Cordova, Alaska in mid-May to do a little Copper River salmon fishing. “Both chefs will travel to Cordova, Alaska to experience one of the first Copper River Salmon openers in May, where they will board a commercial fishing vessel to fish for Copper River sockeye themselves,” says Beth Poole of the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association, who is sponsoring their trip....

May 8, 2013
Fish panels all back Magnuson flexibility
By Richard Gaines
Staff writer
All eight of the nation’s regional fishery management councils, the grassroots panels that work with NOAA in fishery management and on regulatory rules, put themselves on record Tuesday in favor of Congress’ writing flexibility for rebuilding timelines for overfished stocks in the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The positioning of the councils on what has become a climactic issue with Magnuson, the overarching federal law guiding NOAA’s administration of America’s fisheries, was....

Pebble Review Panel Finds Flaws With Baseline Studies
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | May 7, 2013 - 5:21 pm
With two big studies out on the proposed Pebble Mine, there’s been a fight over whether work by the Pebble Partnership or the Environmental Protection Agency is more credible. Now, members of a science panel sponsored by the Pebble Partnership are criticizing the Partnership’s own research. The Keystone Center’s science panel met in Anchorage this week to review the Pebble Partnership’s baseline environmental studies for the mine it hopes to build in Southwest Alaska. The studies are...

Seymour herring on notice
by Matt Lichtenstein
May 7, 2013 2:26 pm
Southeast gillnetters headed to southern Admiralty Island this week for the upcoming Seymour Canal herring fishery. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game put Seymour on two-hour notice as of nine pm Monday. That means an...

New fuel barges deliver energy savings to rural Alaska
Laurel Andrews
May 6, 2013
An electric cooperative looking to combat high energy prices in rural Alaska villages has reduced the costs of transporting fuel by building its own barges and shipping its own fuel to remote locales across the state. The Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC), a member-owned electric utility that powers 55 villages from Old Harbor to Kivalina, reported Monday that its two new barges...

New research: All fisheries important to food security on peninsula
Posted: May 7, 2013 - 5:55pm
By Cristy Fry
The Kenai River Sportfishing Association has used elements of a recently released study about food security on the Kenai Peninsula to assert that commercial fishing should be curtailed in favor of sport and personal-use fishing. Not so fast, according to the one of the authors of the study, Philip Loring. In a post on its website titled “Food security — how Alaska’s sport, personal use and subsistence fisheries put essential food on the table for Alaskan families,” KRSA states that the study “highlights the fundamental importance for the well-being and health of Alaskan households to have public....

Alaska salmon roe forecasts and price info
May 7, 2013
Salmon roe might not be an American favorite, but it’s a highly valued delicacy elsewhere. The main sources of salmon roe are pink, chum and sockeye, in that order. This year roe production is projected to total 27 million pounds, a big increase from the five-year average of 23 million pounds. Pink salmon  usually provide more than  half of Alaska’s  total salmon roe haul and this summer nearly 15 million pounds of pink roe is projected , 54 percent of the total....

Scientists warn carbon dioxide emissions speeding up Arctic Ocean acidification
Alaska Dispatch
May 6, 2013
A new set of findings from a Norwegian research group says that the Arctic Ocean is growing increasingly acidic, in large part due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide resulting from climate change. In a set of key findings, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) noted that the increase in acidity is not universal across Arctic waters, but changes in pH levels have been observed from the waters off the Scandinavian countries to Russia and Alaska's Bering Strait.....

Senior Republican presses Interior for ‘certainty’ on Arctic drilling
By Ben Geman - 05/07/13 03:59 PM ET
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is putting public pressure on the Interior Department to move ahead with planned regulations that will govern drilling in Arctic waters off Alaska’s northern coast. “It is important that we have those regulations that are clearly defined in advance — well in advance, hopefully — of the [drilling] season, so that level of certainty moving forward is there,” Murkowski told top Interior Department officials at an Appropriations Committee hearing Tuesday. Murkowski is the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as well as the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees Interior’s budget........

Alaska conducts Cook Inlet petroleum lease sale
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas will open bids on Cook Inlet oil and gas tracts at the agency's annual area lease sale.....

Unalaska Resident Lobbying For Plastic Bag Ban
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, May 07 2013
A petition asking the city council to ban retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags is making the rounds in Unalaska.....

Group takes first step to reduce plastic use
May 2, 2013
Tessa Polasek didn’t realize she was helping to make history as she sliced up the T-shirt that she had selected into pieces and braided the bottom end to make it into a cloth bag. Six-year-old Tessa decorated her bag with ribbons and Seward’s newest conservation logo, “Seward’s Choice: Choose to reduce, bring my own.” The logo was printed from a stencil designed by Seward High School sophomore Hunter Doan in his digital art class. It features a defiant fist holding a cloth bag with an aluminum water bottle in it, a bold symbol of someone who chooses to bring their own reusable bag and water container......

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