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#06-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Two More Co-Conspirators Sentenced in Trident Embezzlement
Trident Seafoods Packer
Trident Seafoods Packer (Photo credit: gillfoto)
Jay Barrett/KMXT
June 4 2013
Two more sentences have been handed down in the Kodiak-based Trident Seafoods embezzlement scheme. A 31-year-old Kodiak man and a 35-year-old Texas woman were sentenced today (Tuesday) by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline for their role in embezzling over a half-million dollars from the seafood company.....

Slow Copper River run prompts sellers to look elsewhere
June 5, 2013, 7:51 am
Undercurrent News
Weather conditions have meant the closure of the Copper River salmon run while fishers wait until the salmon make it upstream to spawn, reported Anchorage Daily News. In the meantime, salmon sellers have had to look elsewhere for their fresh sockeye, said the news website. The Copper River District’s commercial fishery was closed as of noon Tuesday, and there was a 12-hour subsistence fishing opening Monday. The sonar count through Sunday was 73,130 fish, far short of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s anticipated count of more than 211,000 fish.....

Northern Dynasty calls EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment process 'biased and 
English: The headquarters of the United States...
Headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013 - 5:41 am
VANCOUVER, June 4, 2013 -- /PRNewswire/ - Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. ("Northern Dynasty" or the "Company") (TSX: NDM; NYSE MKT: NAK) has filed a 205-page submission with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to its call for public comments on the revised draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment (BBWA), calling the draft report and process to complete it 'biased, manipulative and contrary to EPA's own guidelines.'....

Alaska-Hawaii Delegations Continue Tradition of Working Together for Native Peoples
By Devon Kearns, Matthew Felling, Xochitl Hinojosa, Nathan Click 12 hours 7 minutes ago
U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) today continued the long legacy of two states working together and working for their native populations. The Senators were joined by roughly 100 Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian business, policy....

Board of Fisheries denies Advisory Committee request for additional early-run king salmon harvest
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries denied an emergency petition to allow additional harvest opportunity on the Kenai River. The Kenai Soldotna Advisory Committee asked the board to authorize a revision to the early-run king salmon optimal escapement goal in the Kenai and additional harvest opportunity.....

Now funded, work begins to clean tsunami trash from remote Alaska beaches
Sunny Day
Sunny Day (Photo credit: jkbrooks85)
Pat Forgey
June 4, 2013
Trash from Japan's huge 2011 earthquake and tsunami is littering coastal beaches, including Alaska, but only limited cleanup efforts are gearing up during the favorable summer weather season. "We're already behind the curve on that," said Chris Pallister, co-founder of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, which is using a $1 million state grant to clean up marine debris, much of which is from the tsunami, in an area around Prince William Sound. Sharing in that grant will be the Island Trails Network out of Kodiak, and Airborne Technologies Inc., working in Southeast. "We don't get the money until sometime in July, and by the end of August you are already pushing your luck on the Gulf," he said.....

Fish contaminated with Fukushima radiation basically harmless: study
Wednesday, June 05, 2013, 03:30 (GMT + 9)
Scientists are claiming to have found out that radiation contamination from Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi power plants poses only minimal health risks to humans and fish. After reporting in 2012 the existence of radioactivity from the damaged power plants due to the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami in Pacific bluefin tuna caught off California, Nicholas Fisher, a distinguished professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University, Zosia Baumann from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, together with colleagues at Stanford and the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) performed new research.....

Alaska ferry Tustumena now out of service till July 23...

Scientists Track Migration of Fish Stocks Towards Poles Through Caught Fish Temperatures
2:14 PM TUE JUNE 4, 2013
Rising ocean temperatures are thought to be a factor in the large scale movement of fish stocks.  Using actual temperatures of harvested fish, scientists have now tracked the shift of warm weather species towards the poles. Because fish are cold blooded, they are totally dependent on surrounding temperatures to stay alive.  And as they’re highly mobile, fish species will move to where the temperatures are most comfortable.  That’s the idea behind a study led by scientists from the University of British Colombia. Dr. William Chueng and the team began by assigning 968 species of fish a....
Using radio telemetry to track Indiana bats.
Using radio telemetry to track Indiana bats. (Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region)

New science could benefit sockeye
Published: June 5, 2013
A radio telemetry study is providing data that could help biologists figure out new ways to aid the endangered salmon......

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