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#06-03-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

King salmon closures hurt, but we violate them at our own peril
Mark Richards
June 2, 2013
For the past 30-plus years my wife and I -- both non-Native -- have lived a subsistence lifestyle in the remote bush of the Upper Yukon country, over 100 river miles from the nearest village. We raised our three children out here on moose, caribou, black bear, hare, grouse, salmon, beaver, grayling and whitefish, alongside several generations of beloved sled dogs, clothed in winter garb taken and made from the trapline. Much of the knowledge that allowed us to make a life in the sub-Arctic wilderness was derived from the Han and Gwich’in Athabascans in the villages -- Eagle, Circle, Fort Yukon -- we came to know and respect over the years, some of whom have told us that we “live more Native” than they now do....

12:00 AM MON JUNE 3, 2013
Map of Alaska highlighting Bristol Bay Borough
Map of Alaska highlighting
Bristol Bay Borough (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Eastside Districts Open Monday Morning (today)
The 2013 commercial salmon fishery in Bristol Bay officially opens up this morning at 9am in the eastside districts. Commercial fishermen are free to fish in the Naknek-Kvichak, Egegik and Ugashik Districts beginning this morning at 9, as all 3 districts go onto a weekly fishing schedule to start the season. While fishermen can fish, it’s unlikely there are....
Politico: In Alaska, planned mine pits salmon against gold
An Alaska mining proposal that hasn’t even gotten off the drawing board is inspiring a ferocious lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill. Both sides in the Pebble Mine fight have brought in the big guns. The companies backing the proposal have spent 10 years and more than $2 million lobbying for it, with former House Speaker Bob Livingston serving as one of the lobbyists, while opponents have coordinated around 100 visits to lawmakers from Native Alaskan children, commercial fishermen and so-called hook and bullet big-money Republicans....

Newly released emails show EPA director’s extensive use of fictional alter ego
Former chief’s alias lauded for good job
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Sunday, June 2, 2013
Richard Windsor never existed at the EPA, but the agency awarded the fictional staffer’s email account certificates proving he had mastered all of the agency’s technology training — including declaring him a “scholar of ethical behavior,” according to documents disclosed late last week. was the controversial email alias used by former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, who resigned earlier this year amid questions about whether her agency was complying with open-records laws.......

Sunday, June 2, 2013
Screwy start to the (Copper River) season
Its been a crazy start to the season.  The season opened with 50 knots of wind and 15 foot seas.  A lot of guys sat it out and I don't blame them.  I got to go out on the second opener.  The weather was about as nice as it gets out there.  I even got photos to prove it.  The third opener was cancelled because not enough fish were going up the...

Ketchikan man charged with vandalizing boats
Published 9:12 pm, Sunday, June 2, 2013
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 33-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with vandalizing boats....

California Shipping Lanes Moved in Attempt to Avoid Killing Whales
BY NADIA DRAKE05.31.135:59 PM
Whales near California’s largest ports are about to gain a bit more protection from the cargo ships with which they share their marine homes. In recent years, a record number of the seafaring giants have been hit and killed by ships sailing along the California coast, at levels that are unsustainable for already endangered populations. Changes to the mile-wide shipping lanes that funnel maritime traffic into the San Francisco Bay and to the ports in the Los Angeles area go into effect on June 1, and some of the modifications have been...

June 3, 2013
NE Fishermen's petition: Pull all local NOAA funds
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
More than 150 members or allies of the fishing industry governed by the Northeast Regional Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have petitioned the Senate Appropriations Committee to stop all funding for the Gloucester headquarters and to reallocate “any salvaged” money for relief of the “disaster” that has befallen the industry as officially recognized more than eight months ago.....

Russian pollock MSC decision edges closer after Friday London hearing
MSC ecolabel
MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 31, 2013, 4:26 pm
Tom Seaman
A yes or no on whether the Sea of Okhotsk Russian pollock fishery meets the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard is expected in the next two weeks, after the adjudication hearing in London Friday. The hearing, which finished.....

Whole Foods Market® is ranked #1 in Greenpeace’s just-released 2013 Seafood Sustainability Scorecard
By David Pilat, June 1, 2013....

Pacific Andes buys Nissui German frozen fish venture
June 3, 2013, 3:26 am
Tom Seaman
Nippon Suisan Kaisha (Nissui) has agreed to sell its German frozen fish processing venture to Pacific Andes International Holdings and a consortium of investors, the company announced Monday.....

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