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#06-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

4:12 PM MON JUNE 10, 2013
Nushagak Moose
Nushagak Moose (Photo credit: toddraden)
No King Count Yet from the Nushagak Sonar
1.6-thousand fish have been counted as escapement to the Nushagak River. However, we currently don’t know the species of those fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.....

4:57 PM MON JUNE 10, 2013
New Subsistence Schedule for Dillingham Beaches
New schedule from July 2-17 includes a full 24-hour period on the weekend.
DILLINGHAM:  During the peak of the commercial salmon fishing season this summer, a recent change from the Alaska Board of Fish meeting should give subsistence fishermen on Dillingham beaches a more user-friendly schedule to work with.......

Kake Man Drowns in Eastern Gulf Coast near Cordova
By Neil Torquiano
Channel 2 News
5:24 p.m. AKDT, June 10, 2013
A Kake man drowned Monday morning in the Eastern Gulf Coast near Cordova, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers said Cornell Perry Bean Jr, 40, died in the drowning and his family was notified.....,0,6255620.story

Salmon Returns Improving on Copper River
June 10, 2013|By Dan Carpenter | Channel 2 News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Commercial Fishermen are on the Copper River once again after close to two weeks of closures by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. On....

Fisheries Council 'kicks the can' on Bering Sea Conservation (no paywall as of today)
OKs motion for more research on conserving Bering Sea Canyons
Posted: June 11, 2013 - 12:17am
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council moved forward Monday with what it called a “progressive step” in the issue of preserving the Bering Sea Canyons. The council heard public testimony that ended....

Alaska mine developer battles EPA with lobby visit
By Zack Colman  - 06/10/13 12:50 PM ET
The developer for a proposed Alaska mine is meeting with lawmakers and White House officials this week to push for approval of the project. The Pebble Mine, slated for a watershed for southwestern Alaska’s Bristol Bay, has been generating more Capitol Hill buzz in recent weeks. And Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively is looking to build on that as he heads to congressional and administration offices Tuesday through Friday. “The decibel level is rising,” Peter Robertson, senior vice president for corporate affairs with the Pebble Partnership, told The Hill. “It’s gaining more....

Scientists want protections for salmon in Tongass
Map of Tongas National Forest, taken from offi...
Map of Tongas National Forest, taken from official US Forest Service web site. Henryhartley 16:06, Apr 13, 2005 (UTC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 3:50 pm
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska - More than 200 scientists have signed onto a letter asking Congress to enact legislation protecting 1.9 million acres of salmon habitat in this country's largest national forest. The proposal is billed at the "Tongass 77," referring to the number of watersheds in the Tongass National Forest that would be protected from activities like logging, mine development and road-building. There is currently no such bill pending in Congress but the roughly 230 scientists who signed the letter, dated Monday, as well as other activists, hope the plan will be picked up and...

The Togiak Herring Fishery is Worth over $2.8-Million Dollars
2:10  PM MON JUNE 10, 2013
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the season summary for the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery that came to an end on May 28th. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked it over for this report.....

AKDOT Unable to Find Tustumena Stand-In
By Lauren Rosenthal
Monday, June 10 2013
An open call for vessels that could fill in for the Tustumena ferry has ended, and the state came up empty-handed.....

Coast Guard transports injured crewman
A Coast Guard helicopter has flown a fishing boat crewman with a crushed finger more than 100 miles to a clinic in Bethel, Alaska.
Published: June 10, 2013 at 8:39 p.m. PDT....

New commander takes over cutter Alex Haley
Updated 1:51 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A new commander is in charge of the Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley.
Cmdr. Stephen White took over during a change-of-command ceremony Friday, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported ( ). White previously served as the chief of international planning at the Coast Guard's Atlantic Area Commend in Portsmouth, Va. He replaces Cmdr. Kevin Riddle, who is headed to the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., for additional.....

Ocean Science and Exploration Are Capitol Hill Focus for Explorer and Filmmaker James Cameron and WHOI President & Director Susan Avery
James Cameron’s Avatar
James Cameron’s Avatar (Photo credit: jurvetson)
UPDATED 6/10/13 9 P.M.—Please note new locations for events at 9:30 & 12:30 p.m., new start time for Senate hearing (3 p.m.), and additional sponsor.
WASHINGTON -- Explorer and director James Cameron will be on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 11, with Dr. Susan Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for a series of public events and a Senate hearing. Central to their visit is the display of the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the only human-occupied vehicle currently able to access the deepest parts the ocean. Cameron developed the vehicle over seven years and used it in March 2012 to dive to the deepest spot in the ocean, Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. One year later, Cameron donated the vehicle to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, as part of a newly established partnership to foster advancement of deep-ocean exploration. The display of the sub on Capitol Hill is sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Senate Ocean Caucus co-chairs Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and honorary co-chairs Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska),and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and House Oceans Caucus co-chairs Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who will lend their voices in support of Cameron and Avery’s message about the importance of investing in ocean research, observations, exploration and education.....

Algae oil agreement signed for renewable fuel
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Neste Oil, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel (NExBTL), has signed a contingent commercial off-take agreement with Cellana, an algae biomass developer based in the US. The agreement will enable Neste Oil to purchase Cellana’s algae oil for use as a feedstock in the future for producing renewable fuel.....

NEWS: Around the Arctic June 03, 2013 - 2:03 pm
Inuit must consent to UN Law of the Sea treaty: ICC
"Inuit need a mechanism to ensure that our rights are included in these crucial processes"
Inuit and other Arctic indigenous peoples need to be more involved in the United Nations Law of the Sea negotiations. That was the message that Inupiaq academic and indigenous rights expert Dalee Sambo Dorough, also on the Inuit Circumpolar Council advisory committee on UN Issues, presented May 30 at.....