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#05-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Cutting back
Sunset view of Cook Inlet and Ship Creek Delta...
Sunset view of Cook Inlet and Ship Creek Delta, Susitna in background. Photo by Mikhail Siskoff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Closure fresh in memory, setnetters innovate for king conservation
Posted: May 11, 2013 - 9:09pm  |  Updated: May 11, 2013 - 9:47pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
Gary Hollier has a king salmon problem.
The commercial setnetter has had it for a few years and he’s far from the only one.  Most of the east side setnet fishery in the Cook Inlet was largely shut out of their fishing season last year after seeing their fishing time drastically reduced in 2011 in the name of king salmon conservation. With last season’s federally-declared economic disaster hanging over his head, and the threat of being largely shut out of another season in 2013....

Compass: New federal ocean policy bodes ill for Alaska
Published: May 11, 2013
Alaskans today have tremendous potential opportunities that can provide lasting benefits for decades to come. Plentiful energy and mineral resources, new Arctic shipping lanes, vibrant fisheries, and a bustling tourism industry are but a few of the areas that could all combine to usher in a new era of unprecedented economic and societal prosperity for the people of Alaska and beyond. Unfortunately, prospects for this bright future could potentially be delayed if not derailed as a result of President Obama's issuance of the July 2010 National Ocean Policy Executive Order and the recently-released National Ocean Policy Final Implementation Plan..... (paywall)

2:49 PM SAT MAY 11, 2013
Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery is Open
Alaska's largest herring fishery is underway. ADF&G opened the fishery at noon Saturday. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

Cooper Landing boat launch closed temporarily
Posted: May 11, 2013 - 9:09pm
By Dan Schwartz
Peninsula Clarion
The Cooper Landing boat launch will be closed until June 10 for maintenance. The Kenai and Prince William Sound Division of Parks & Outdoor will use the time to repair an edge of the ramp where gravel has eroded....

Researcher shares Antarctic experience
May 9, 2013
Last week Dr. Jo-Ann Mellish shared her fantastic experiences studying thermoregulations in seals in Antarctica. Mellish, an associate research professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a longtime scientist with the Alaska SeaLife Center, was in Antarctica for two three-month winter field seasons in 2011 and 2012 as part of a six-member team. She presented the team’s experiences with Waddell seals over a talk and slide show at ASLC. Mellish was part of Team B470, the event number given them by the National Science Foundation, the agency that funded their.....

Dead in the water
Oil Rig and Packraft on Cook Inlet
Oil Rig and Packraft on Cook Inlet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
After 8 months, Apache's seismic work still stalled by permit delays
Posted: May 11, 2013 - 9:09pm  |  Updated: May 11, 2013 - 9:51pm
By Brian Smith
Peninsula Clarion
After launching one of the largest and fastest 3D seismic data gathering campaigns in Cook Inlet’s history, Apache Oil Corporation’s work in the area has paused — victim to slow permitting processes in key areas. The company made headlines when the work it planned to complete halted in mid-September 2012. Previously, Apache had gathered more...
Sunset on Wrangell Harbor, Alaska
Sunset on Wrangell Harbor, Alaska (Photo credit: brewbooks)

Rededication spurs economic boon across town
By Greg Knight
During the rededication of Chief Shakes Tribal House, Wrangell saw an uptick in retail sales and money spent by nearly 1,000 visitors on lodging, food and services, providing a much needed boost to the local economy. Ernie Christian, who is both a member of Wrangell Cooperative Association’s Tribal government and manager of Ottesen’s True Value in downtown said that.......

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