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#05-24-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska subsistence salmon case draws to a weird close in Bethel courtroom
Bethel, Alaska
Bethel, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Craig Medred
May 23, 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 attorney defending him dialed in on her cellphone from somewhere to the south. But at least Carl, prosecutors and acting District Court Judge Bruce Ward were in a courtroom lit dimly enough to leave....

Copper River harvests doubles on second opener
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 (N792AS) in
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 (N792AS) in "Wild Salmon" colors. Taken at Seattle Tacoma Airport on the way home to Anchorage, May 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted 05/24/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Commercial harvesters in the famed Copper River salmon fishery boosted their catch by 190,000 reds, 1,400 kings and 2,300 chums in the second 12-hour opener May 20, about double that of the inclement weather endured for the May 16 opener. Choppy waters, with winds in some areas of the fishery in excess of 40 knots, and eight-foot waves compelled some fishermen to sit out...

Togiak Herring Update.... Good Gillnet Fishing Wednesday
3:27 PM THU MAY 23, 2013
The ongoing Togiak Sac-Roe herring fishery is down to just one gear group but as KDLG’s Mike Mason reports… the gillnetters had a good day of fishing on Wednesday.....

ADFG, Mat-Su officials begin work on fisheries research
Taken during a trip to Talkeetna, Montana Cree...
Taken during a trip to Talkeetna, Montana Creek, and Houston, Alaska in July 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WASILLA — Cook Inlet salmon research and management was at the heart of a May 15 meeting in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission met with Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials and other interested parties to discuss plans for future research, and what that could mean for fisheries management in Cook Inlet. ADFG and the borough received a combined $7 million of the....

Join the fight
Posted 05/24/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Concerned fishermen and citizens have until May 31 to comment for the last time on the EPA's Watershed Assessment for Bristol Bay....

Attacks on fisheries observers more than double
Posted 05/24/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Officials of the Association for Professional Observers and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility say attacks against independent monitors of U.S. fishing fleets more than doubled between 2007 and 2011. In the vast majority of cases, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took no...

A history of CDFU-CAMA
Posted 05/24/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
The origin of any original fishermen's group in Cordova is not documented in the records now available at the Labor Hall. However, a sketch of pre-CDFU history was extracted from conservations with Pierre and Jack deVille, Art Nyberg and Norman Swanson. It appeared that the PWS fishermen formed a union during the 1918-1919 period and were affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. The organization was probably called Copper River and Prince William Sound Fishermen's Union because we find reference to such an organization in early CDFU records. I am told that they went on the A F of L inactive list to hold their charter and....

Picnics and politics
Posted 05/24/2013
by - Jennifer Gibbins
Emily Anderson of the Wild Salmon Center chats with fishermen concerned about the proposed Pebble Mine. Jennifer Gibbins/The Cordova Times
Picnics are a universal sign of summer. Warm weather, friends and a hot grill. Here in Cordova, when people talk about picnics, it is likely a reference to the beginning of the commercial fishing season when seafood processors put out the welcome mat to fisherman and processor staff. A ritual filled with hope, expectation and excitement - regardless of the weather. And so, over the past several weeks, fisherman have reunited after the winter season at the various invitations of Trident Seafoods, Copper River Seafoods, Ocean Beauty, Peter Pan and so on. The processors typically open their doors to the entire fleet with the understanding that the courtesy is extended in the interest of cultivating fish deliveries throughout the summer. Free food goes a long way to packing any event in Cordova and the processor managers float through the....

New shuttle ferry design moving ahead
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
May 23, 2013 10:40 AM
There’s more information on the new shuttle ferries slated to be built at Ketchikan’s Alaska Ship and Drydock. Naval architects working on the design have recommend against uncovered car decks. Marine highway officials earlier said a partially open deck could save construction and.....

3:50 PM THU MAY 23, 2013
Flights Resume in Southwest Alaska
Shifting winds pushed the Pavlof volcano’s ash cloud out of flight paths Wednesday, allowing airlines to resume service. Pen Air’s planes went to Sand Point, Cold Bay, and Unalaska Wednesday after being grounded for two days. CEO Danny Seybert said that ash levels have come down to about 10,000 feet.......

AK vessels help with buoys, ocean chemistry tests; pollock dodges acid bullet?
Fish Radio
May 24, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … New buoys and Alaska fishermen will track ocean chemistry. And some good news for pollock....

KMXT's Alaska Fisheries Report
May 23, 2013....

Numbers Offer Possibility of More Promising Salmon Season
June 1, 2013
Cautious optimism again best describes the attitude of commercial salmon fishermen in the wake of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC)’s adopted ocean salmon seasons for 2013. PFMC recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.....

Posted: 11:49 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013
Plate and Cork: Crowning season for king salmon
Prized chinook are flavorful and nutrient-rich
PB Catch Chef Aaron Black holds a whole king salmon caught in Sitka Sound, Alaska......

A penny for Penny Pritzker’s thoughts
Posted by Joel Connelly on May 23, 2013 at 7:04 pm
U.S. Secretary of Commerce-designate Penny Pritzker is a billionaire Chicago hotel and real estate mogul, and lynchpin of the Windy City’s “Ladies who lunch” group that fostered Barack Obama’s political career.  She was Obama’s national finance chair during the 2008 campaign. Up before the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday for a confirmation hearing, Pritzker was given an easy ride even by such ungentlemanly lawmakers as Texas’ Sen. Ted Cruz.  Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, got off the day’s best line when she told the Cabinet nominee:  “It’s obvious you’re not here for a paycheck.”....

Washington state adopts seafood fraud bill
Friday, May 24, 2013, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law House Bill (HB 1200) to fight seafood fraud in the state. Environmental group Oceana has commended the governor for his initiative, following the group’s recent seafood fraud testing which found that 18 per cent of fish sampled and sold in Seattle was mislabelled, not to mention that seafood fraud has become a US-wide epidemic.....

Fish Earbones Provide a Rare Glimpse into the Past and Future of Fisheries
Post on May 23, 2013 by Cathy Britt, Community Contributor for QUEST Northwest
From salmon steaks and sushi, to fish nuggets and crab cakes, the world’s fisheries provide three billion people with nearly 15 percent of their average animal protein intake. The numerous fish, crab, shrimp, and shellfish that live in these cold, productive waters make Alaska and the Pacific Northwest essentially the biggest seafood market in the world. Pollock from the Bering Sea is a staple, found in fish sticks and fillets for fast-food sandwiches. To ensure that future generations will continue to enjoy the benefits of these fisheries, they must be sustainably managed. This is where science and management come into play.....

Oil and gas group sues over bearded seal listing
Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:18 pm
Associated Press | 0 comments
JUNEAU, Alaska - The Alaska Oil and Gas Association is suing over a federal decision to list certain populations of Arctic bearded seals as threatened. The trade association says there is no scientific evidence linking climate change to adverse effects on the seals. It also says that scientific data indicates the populations currently appear to be healthy.....