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#06-07-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

June 6, 2013, 5:46 pm
Seattle Sunday
Seattle Sunday (Photo credit: Michael @ NW Lens)
Undercurrent News
Editorial comment, by John Sackton, publisher of
Ouch. The allegations that American Seafoods used flow scales that understated the weight of its pollock catch on multiple vessels in 2011 is a black-eye for the Alaska pollock fishery. It is unfortunate that it comes at the same time the American industry is raising questions about the capability of the Russian pollock fleet to monitor and control catches. Some European buyers have flown into a panic, with one saying to Undercurrent News: “If it.....

King salmon starting to show, with millions of sockeye headed for Kenai River
Kenai River Boat Swarm
Kenai River Boat Swarm (Photo credit: stinkenroboter)
Sean Doogan
June 6, 2013
Anxious Alaska anglers fighting the effects of a late break-up and a truly horrific king salmon forecast finally saw a glimmer of hope this week. Kings are finally being caught, and a looming rush of red salmon are poised to enter Southcentral Alaska rivers like invading lemmings.....

Strong Sockeye Return Prompts Slightly Early Opening to Kodiak Salmon Season
June 6, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
As we mentioned this week, the sockeye salmon run is coming back pretty strong in several river systems around the Kodiak Archipelago, and as a result, Fish and Game is opening commercial fishing a couple days early, according to James Jackson, the area management biologist. He said other systems are performing strongly for this early in the season...
bullet Strong Sockeye Escapement Opens Up More Waters for Subsistence, Commercial Fishing

The Alaska Fisheries Report
June 6, 2013
Coming up this week, herring fishing continues up the west coast, we get an update about what’s going on out in Adak, and Senator Murkowski breaks her silence on Arne Fuglvog’s new career, and some good king crab new. We had help from KDLG’s Mike Mason and Ben Matheson in Dillingham, and KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce in Unalaska.....

Ketchikan shipyard business grows
English: KETCHIKAN, Alaska (Aug. 07, 2009) The...
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (Aug. 07, 2009) The Office of Naval Research E-Craft, an experimental high-speed transformable hull form vessel, is under construction at Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan, Alaska. The E-Craft is scheduled for delivery in April 2010 and will provide the Navy with valuable data on the performance of this unique hull form in a challenging environment while serving as a ferry connecting Anchorage, Alaska, to the remote area of Port Mackenzie. (U.S. Navy photo/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
KETCHIKAN — The development of Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan has been more than 30 years in the works. “What we’re doing today is what they proposed clear back in 1981,” company Shipyard Development Director Doug Ward said. Ward has been with Alaska Ship and Drydock, or ASD, since its inception in 1994 and also serves as the resident site historian. In 1981, the State of Alaska released its site development plan for what is now ASD on the northern edge of Ketchikan.  At the time, the state Department of Transportation was in search of a hub for year-round maintenance of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries, Ward said. As a result, $54 million was appropriated to develop....

Pebble shares progress
Partnership VP pushes responsible development
Posted: June 5, 2013 - 10:23pm  |  Updated: June 6, 2013 - 8:21am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
Business leaders from the central Kenai Peninsula heard from the Pebble Ltd. Partnership during a joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday. Vice President of Business Development Matthew Fagnani spoke for about an hour about the proposed mining project, its benefits and what detractors say on the potential harm of natural resource extraction. As the proposed copper, gold and molybdenum mine in the Bristol Bay region has yet to enter.....

Using salmon genome to adapt fish to warmer water
Researchers are studying precociously mature dwarf males for ways to selectively breed farmed salmon that better withstand higher ocean temperatures. Warmer ocean temperatures resulting from climate change may lead to earlier sexual maturation in salmon – which could spell problems for the aquaculture industry. Now......

Exxon Mobil refocuses algae biofuels scheme
Algal Greenhouse Opening
Algal Greenhouse Opening (Photo credit: jurvetson)
Friday, June 07, 2013, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
Exxon Mobil Corp has announced it is restructuring its algae research with partner California-based Synthetic Genomics Inc, which after an investment of more than USD 100 million, is an indication that it has become discouraged by the short-term prospects for the endeavor.....

NOAA To Revive Essential Weather Satellite on Thursday
Andrew (AP)
Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:37 a.m.
An important weather satellite that went out of service on May 22 is expected to be brought back online Thursday, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The satellite shut itself down after suffering from an unknown, sudden disturbance that caused it to change its orientation relative to the Earth, and engineers have worked to troubleshoot the source of the error and restart the spacecraft. The return to service comes just as a tropical storm may be brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. The satellite, known as GOES-13, is a geostationary weather satellite. It is.......

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