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#05-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska king salmon dilemma that played out in Bethel defies easy solutions
English: This is a picture of the Kuskokwim ri...
English: This is a picture of the Kuskokwim river shore at Aniak, Alaska I shot in September of 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Craig Medred
May 29, 2013
BETHEL -- More than a few people out here in the windswept, far Western corner of the state wanted the trials last week of Kuskokwim River fishermen to be a moratorium on the bycatch of Chinook salmon even farther west in the Bering Sea. There is no arguing the fact that some Kuskokwim kings, as they are often called in Alaska, end up dead in the nets of the $1 billion dollar trawl fishery that operates far away and out of sight over the horizon. The $1 billion question is how many. Myron Naneng is president of the Association of Village Council Presidents, a political power in this region. The way he sees it, "the trawlers and managers of salmon have tried to minimize the impacts by saying only a certain percentage goes into this river or this stream. "(But) since about 68 percent of their Chinook salmon are bound for the.....
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  • King Bycatch Decision Due Next Week
    Map of the Kuskokwim River watershed.
    Map of the Kuskokwim River watershed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
    May 29, 2013
    Jay Barrett/KMXT
    One of the hot-button items on the agenda next week for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s meeting in Juneau will be king salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska, specifically in the non-pollock trawl fisheries. A couple of the Kodiak fishermen who will be at the meeting were on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock this week discussing the issue. Terry Haines says he understands the emotions people in Western Alaska and Cook Inlet have over declining chinook stocks.....

    Photographer Uses Kickstarter to Fund New Bristol Bay Book
    Kickstarter 1 Year Anniversary Party
    Kickstarter 1 Year Anniversary Party (Photo credit: Scott Beale)
    4:38 PM WED MAY 29, 2013
    By late next year, freelance photographer Carl Johnson intends to publish a photo essay book depicting the beauty, resources, and way of life in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and he’s hoping others will help him accomplish that task. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports on Johnson’s use of the crowdfunding website to fund his telling of this region’s story.
    Nets ready to hit the water in some salmon fisheries
    Prince William Sound fishery openings have begun. Commercial gillnet openings are on the way in the Port Chalmers Subdistrict of the Montague District and the Eshamy District. Each fishery opens May 30 for an 84-hour period, according to an update from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG. In the Port Chalmers Subdistrict of the Montague District, 634,000 hatchery chum are expected to return between June 1 and July 27. About 1.13 million sockeyes are....

    Kodiak Salmon Season Excitement
    May 29, 2013 by ladyfish
    As the June 9th Kodiak salmon season nears, the St. Paul Harbor is loaded with seiners. Fishermen share their excitement as they prepare for the summer months.
    “About the same as last year. But value wise it will be worth more to the fleet because the prices should creep up a little.”....

    Port captain testifies in Shell rig grounding
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    Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:22 pm
    Associated Press
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Coast Guard captain for the port for western Alaska testified Wednesday that conversations with representatives of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and its contractors gave him confidence that the companies could successfully tow a circular drill rig through Gulf of Alaska waters to Seattle.....

    Helicopter crash survivor taken off promotion list
    Associated Press
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- The sole survivor of a deadly 2010 Coast Guard helicopter crash has been removed from the promotion list, a decision his attorney said could end Lt. Lance Leone's military career. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last week agreed with the findings of a special board in removing Leone from the list. Leone attorney John Smith told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Leone would try to get on the list again this summer and appeal a derogatory report in his personnel file cited as....

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    Alaska's Senators and Beer Brewers Support the "Small Brew Act" #FoodSecurity
    4:02 PM WED MAY 29, 2013
    More and more members of Congress are signing up as supporters of legislation intended to help the craft brewing industry. Among those lawmakers are both of Alaska’s Senators. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....