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#05-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Copper River opener yields 82,000 reds, 700 kings
Oblique-East aerial photograph of (FAA: CDV) i...
Oblique-East aerial photograph of (FAA: CDV) in Cordova, Alaska, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted 05/17/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Some 330 harvesters, undaunted by nasty weather, with strong winds, whipping up to 40 knots and more, delivered about 82,000 sockeyes and 700 kings as the famed Copper River salmon fishery got under way May 17. The Chinook harvest was less than half of what was anticipated, while the red salmon harvest was more than double of what was expected, said Jeremy Botz, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at Cordova. Kings were.....
Bristol Bay fisheries can benefit from industry cluster model
Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 17th 4:15 pm | Izetta Chambers
An interesting thing has been happening in the Bristol Bay region, and something that I have had the privilege to participate in first-hand over the past eight years or so. The east side of the Bristol Bay region (Naknek, King Salmon) is witnessing a flourishing of small seafood processors. Since about 2007, there have been a proliferation of small mom-and-pop type operations forming over there, some of them owned by direct market fishermen, some owned by locals, and some of them set up to provide industry....

Tax cap on large vessels floated in Dillingham
Aerial view of Dillingham, Alaska.
Aerial view of Dillingham, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 17th 4:30 pm | Carey Restino
Dillingham's location as well as its long ice-free season make it an attractive place for large vessels to haul out for the winter. But thus far, two things have stood in the way of large barges and other vessels wintering over in town - the lack of large vessel haul out equipment and the lack of a tax cap. "Dillingham is situated in a strategically beneficial location for storing large marine vessels such as tugs and barges, landing craft, tenders, ice barges and the like," said Yeganeh Ataian, president and CEO of Bristol Alliance Fuels, one of the major fuel suppliers in the Bristol Bay region, in a statement read to the Dillingham City Council last week. Ataian cited the areas regular tides, its proximity to primary shipping channels, and a longer ice-free season as...

OPINION: Stardust unnecessary addition to releases on important Alaska issues
May 17th 3:53 pm | Carey Restino
Bristol Bay (near Ugashik Bay), Alaska
Bristol Bay (near Ugashik Bay), Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the course of any given week, thousands of emails come through the news office, many of them press releases promoting this event or that. It's how we get a good portion of our story ideas, and I'm certainly going to be the last one to find fault in the service the PR engine provides to news agencies. The squeaky wheel gets grease, after all. But once in a while, it feels like the engine has gone into hyperdrive. Such was the case when a press release came across from the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association that headlined "Deadliest Catch Captain Joins the Call to Protect the World's Most Valuable Wild Salmon Fishery - Bristol Bay, Alaska."....

Whaler Band performs in Washington, D.C.
May 17th 3:27 pm | Ronnie Stanford
Barrow High School, Barrow Alaska (in the dark...
Barrow High School, Barrow Alaska (in the dark of winter) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last spring, after receiving a superior rating and selected as the top overall band at the Dallas Heritage Music Festival, the Barrow High School Band received a special invitation to play at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Playing on stage at the Kennedy Center is extremely rare as it is one of the finest concert halls in the world and typically reserved for professional musicians. This was an opportunity of a lifetime. On April 15, the Barrow High School Band, under the direction of Ronnie Stanford, took the stage at the Kennedy Center as part of Heritage Music Festival of Gold. To be invited to this prestigious music festival; bands, choirs and orchestras were selected based on ratings at previous national...

Aquaculture - workers harvest catfish from the...
Aquaculture - workers harvest
catfish from the Delta Pride Catfish farms
in Mississippi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
House Committee votes to repeal USDA catfish inspections
Friday, May 17, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The House Agriculture Committee this week voted to repeal a catfish inspection programme at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which could mean the programme may soon be scrapped. This programme was mandated by the 2008 farm bill to help protect US catfish farmers from cheap imports by keeping domestic fish competitive. A year ago, the Senate moved to repeal it, but the House of Representatives version had sought to renew the programme, even though both the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the White House deemed it wasteful and duplicative and....

17 May 2013
The Moscow Times
U.S. satellite phone company Iridium has re-entered the Russian market after a 13-year hiatus, Vedomosti reported Thursday
The operator received all the necessary licenses from the authorities, Iridium Russia CEO Viktor Glushko said. Iridium plans to invest tens of millions of dollars in Russia....
English: Iridium satellite, constructed entire...
Iridium satellite, constructed entirely from spares and donated by Motorola to the National Air and Space Museum. Română: Satelit Iridium, construit exclusiv din materiale reutilizate şi donat de Motorola unui muzeu. Македонски: Сателитот Иридиум, составен од резервни делови и дониран на музеј од Моторола (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Russia to test drones to track wildlife, poachers
Moscow, May 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti): In a bid to track its wildlife and hunt down poachers, Russia is all set to test unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a nature reserve on the country's Pacific coast this summer. The drones in question, weigh about two kilogramme each and have a range of 60 km. They would.....

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