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#05-23-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Anchorage defendant takes stand in final day of Kuskokwim king fishing trial
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Craig Medred
May 22, 2013
BETHEL -- As the last of the trials from last June’s Rumble on the River wound to a close here Wednesday, with defense attorneys gone back to the comfort of Anchorage and some defendants missing as well, things got a little weird. The final defendant turned out to be from a village far, far away. Court began at 9 a.m., with black-haired Tom Carl from Tuluksak, population 373, left to sit alone at the defense table in handcuffs and a blue prison jumpsuit while the....

Coast Guard lays out its Arctic vision for the next decade
Jill Burke
May 22, 2013
Earlier this week, the U.S. Coast Guard revealed its Arctic Strategy, a document that describes how the agency intends to contribute to the National Strategy for the Arctic Region signed by President Barack Obama earlier this month. Soon after the Coast Guard released its plan, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, announced his own contribution to the...

Copper River: Commercial salmon opener likely on May 27
Posted 05/22/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say the next commercial opening of the Copper River District for wild salmon harvests is anticipated to be on Monday, May 27, with the time and area to be announced on Saturday, May 25.....

4:27 PM WED MAY 22, 2013
Small Seafood Processors Thriving on the East Side of Bristol Bay
A women involved in the seafood processing industry is trying to shed some light on why one area of Bristol Bay has a thriving small seafood processing industry while another area has no small processors at all. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Many Factors Will Affect 2013 Wild Salmon Prices
About this time every year, the big question on the minds of commercial harvesters is what price per pound they will get for their investment of time and effort in Alaska’s commercial wild salmon fishery. The only certainty is that in 2013, as in other years, the price will depend on the exchange rate on the Japanese yen and the Euro, the harvest of other wild fish producers, particularly in Russia and Japan, and the shape of farmed salmon markets.  People need to be aware of what’s happening with farmed salmon prices, how much canned salmon is...

Wells Denied Bail in ComSta Shootings
May 22, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A federal judge in Anchorage has denied bail to the accused killer of two men at Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak last year. Presiding Judge John D. Roberts said Monday afternoon he was not convinced that bail for Jim Wells was appropriate. Wells’ public defender Richard Curtner argued their client has been a suspect for some time and did not attempt to flee the island before his arrest. “As we filed this motion we’ve pointed out to the court that Mr. Wells was identified as a suspect – his vehicles were published in the newspapers in Kodiak from the very beginning of the investigation, yet the FBI would tell the community of Kodiak that there was not a risk....

Offshore orcas surprise whale researcher
Posted: May 22, 2013 - 5:47pm
By Staff report
A rare subspecies of killer whales, also known as orcas, that prey on sharks was seen on Monday in Kachemak Bay. Dave Lyon of Ashore Water Taxi first reported the pod of about 25 whales, and....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Cusack is Icicle Seafoods’ New Sales and Marketing Executive
Michael Cusack is Icicle Seafoods’ new executive vice president for sales and marketing, the company has announced. Cusack most recently served as vice president of sales and marketing for Nissui USA FW Bryce Inc., where he oversaw commodity seafood sales for North America.....

Did Shell's Kulluk cross Gulf of Alaska too hastily?
Suzanna Caldwell
May 21, 2013
A window of good weather and a bid to ensure Royal Dutch Shell had more time to prepare for the 2013 drilling season was the major reason an ill-fated drilling rig was moved across the Gulf of Alaska in midwinter, the company testified Tuesday. Norman “Buddy” Custard, Shell Alaska's emergency response team leader, testified before the Coast Guard's marine casualty investigation hearing that while there was...

5/23: Son Josh signs 'Captain Phil Harris' in Scottsdale
'Deadliest Catch's' Capt. Phil remembered in book
By Kevin Downey
The Republic |
Wed May 22, 2013 5:12 PM
For seven seasons on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” Josh Harris has experienced some of life’s highest highs — fame and money — in front of millions of people. And since the death of his father and co-star in February 2010, he has experienced some of the lowest lows. Now, Josh Harris, 30, is on a book tour for the biography “The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad: Captain Phil Harris.” He co-wrote the book with his younger brother, Jake, and Steve Springer and Blake Chavez. This book tour is a first for Harris, who, like his dad, fishes for crab in ....

Wednesday May 22, 2013
Trevor Taylor on aquaculture
Former Fisheries Minister Trevor Taylor has some words of advice for fisheries critic Jim Bennettt... stick to the facts.  You're doing a disservice to the aquaculture industry when you throw around words like 'Frankenfish".  Speaking of aquaculture... the industry's fees have gone up.  Some by 400 perecent.....

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