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#06-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

1:30 PM TUE JUNE 11, 2013
New Windmill Grill Opens In Dillingham
The new Windmill Grill is opening this week. When you walk into the restaurant, you’re sure to meet Bob Mirenda, the owner of the new Windmill Grill.  Or to be more specific, its full title: "Mama Mia's Pizza and Pasta,  located at the new Windmill Grill," said Mirenda. Mirenda worked at Peter Pan for the past....

2:05 PM TUE JUNE 11, 2013
The Port Moller Test Fishery Gets Started
The Port Moller Test Fishery got started on Monday. It’s run by the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute with assistance from ADF&G. It’s intended to give fishermen a sense of the sockeye resource that is roughly a week away from the in-shore districts. The test fishery will run for the next 30 days. The vessel conducting the test....

KODIAK: Buskin River Sockeye Bag Limit Boosted
Jun 11, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
More good news for anglers looking to fight some salmon this summer – the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is increasing the bag and possession limit in the Buskin River Drainage for sockeye. The Department had already increased the bag limit on the Afognak...

Sitka Barge Line Plans Southeast Expansion
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau | June 11, 2013 - 4:33 pm
A Sitka-based barge line hopes to return to serving Southeast by the end of the year. It depends on a shipping-industry shuffle, where a much larger company is trying to absorb its chief competitor. Samson Tug and Barge used to do a lot of business with loggers and mills around Southeast Alaska. But as the timber industry shrunk, the line’s service area moved farther west. The Sitka-based company now carries cargo to and from Seattle, Prince William Sound, the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, King Cove and Dutch Harbor. The list could expand – later this year. “We started in Southeast, we still have....

Council Will Hear Pier III and Baranof Park Plans
Jun 11, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak City Council is holding a work session tonight, which looks like it’ll be dominated by a presentation on replacing Pier 3, the cargo dock. PND Engineers of Anchorage has a 25-page report based on its geo-technical findings and offers some preliminary design recommendations. The executive summary of the report says a pile-supported dock will be needed based on newly-gathered data. Previously, PND had recommended an “Open Cell” pier, which would......

Bering Sea Canyons May Become New Marine Wildlife Preserve
By Sophie Evan, KYUK - Bethel | June 11, 2013 - 9:57 am The Federal agency responsible for commercial fisheries in the Bering Sea have made, what some consider, a landmark decision Monday, June 3rd. The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, or NPFMC, has decided to consider classifying the Bering Sea Canyons as a wildlife preserve. The NPFMC is conducting its meetings in Juneau this week. The Federal agency is comprised of 15 members from Alaska, Washington State and Oregon. Alaska’s Governor nominates five candidates to serve on the Federal fisheries council. Marine biologist, John Hocevar, is the Ocean’s Campaign Director for Greenpeace. Hocevar is in Juneau and says the NPFMC’s decision to consider naming the Bering Sea a wildlife preserve took a lot of time. “And after 10 years or so....

Buccaneer considers subsea production system
Posted: June 11, 2013 - 10:27pm
By TIM BRADNER Morris News Service-Alaska
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Independent oil and gas explorer Buccaneer Energy says it would prefer a subsea production system for the development of Cosmopolitan, an oil and gas deposit the company is now testing in Cook Inlet. It would be the first subsea development in the inlet, where conventional platforms have operated since the 1960s. Buccaneer is one of...

229 Parks chef invited to cook for Sen. Murkowski event in Cordova
June 12, 2013 12:00 am
Kris Capps
HEALY — Laura Cole, owner and chef at 229 Parks Restaurant, will cook for a different audience next weekend. She has been invited to be a celebrity chef at an event Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is hosting in Cordova for the Prince William Sound Science and Learning Center.....

Chicago-based organization joins anadromous stream fight
Posted: June 11, 2013 - 10:28pm
Peninsula Clarion
Mail found in boxes around the borough last week included a national lobbyist take on the upcoming anadromous stream ordinance public hearing. The borough mayor’s office said much of what is posed on the mailer is simply not true. The National Association of Realtors mailed copies of a post card with several claims that officials with the organization were unable to define or explain as fact based regarding the proposal to amend local law governing salmon bearing waters throughout the borough. The borough assembly will hold public hearings on a pair of measures that would address the contentious anadromous stream habitat protection Ordinance 2011-12. Ordinance 2013-12......

Senate Begins Immigration Debate, Alaska’s Senators in the Middle
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | June 11, 2013 - 2:24 pm
Majority Leader Harry Reid said he wants the Senate to pass its bill by the Fourth of July recess. He promised an open amendment process, complete with votes on all sorts of tweaks to the bill. Rest assured, many of those amendments will be laced with politics. Texas Senator John Cornyn, the number two Republican in the chamber, introduced an amendment that infuriated some Republicans and Democrats who wrote the bill. It would...................Both Murkowski and Begich said a major concern is making sure fish processors have the workforce they need. Murkowski said people in the state remain divided over the J-1 visas – the work permits for foreigners who fill the processing plants. “Well you’ve got folks in Kodiak for instance, that look at this and they want these local jobs for their folks,” she said after the second vote Tuesday. “So for them some of the seasonal workers coming in are more of a concern.”....

The EPA Has Joined the IRS and the DOJ
By David Smith
June 12, 2013
The figurative cauldron containing recently revealed federal government shenanigans just might be overflowing. Indeed, some significant transgressions are now going essentially unreported. You of course have heard about the IRS's targeting of conservative groups for what I'll euphemistically call special attention. Ditto the Justice Department's violations of journalists' privacy. And regardless of your political persuasion, you likely were taken aback last week by...

Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Why Bristol Bay matters
Alaska and Washington, children of a common ancestor.
Long before Alaska gained statehood in 1959, Washington was economically and politically hitched to the last wilderness. When Sen. Warren Magnuson was defeated in 1980, the joke was given expression: Alaska had just lost its third senator, folks said.....

Fish Oil Lowers Stress Response
Last Modified 2:40 PM, June 11, 2013
June 11, 2013 — Fish oil supplements may protect the heart in stressful situations, according to a recent research study. Jason Carter, a researcher at Michigan Technological University, conducted the study with 67 healthy volunteers who were either given nine grams of fish oil pills or nine grams of olive oil as a placebo, over a two-month period. They were screened for heart rate, blood pressure and other related metrics before and after the study. At the end of the test period, both groups took a mental arithmetic test that involved adding and subtracting numbers in their head. Their stress....

West Coast wild salmon test negative for three fish diseases
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 12 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Jun. 12 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
he Canadian Food Inspection Agency has tested more than 4,000 samples from wild salmon on the West Coast without getting any positive results for three fish diseases that have raised alarms in British Columbia. In a statement Tuesday, the CFIA said all the samples collected in B.C., as part of a major new disease-surveillance project, have tested negative for infectious salmon anemia (ISA).....

Study: Alaska a hotspot for killer whale strandings
Ben Anderson
June 11, 2013
A new study that surveyed records of killer whales stranded on coastlines around the Pacific Ocean between 1925 and 2011 has determined that Alaska accounted for about a third of all reported orca strandings. The recent study, published in Marine Mammal Science and part of a broad data collection effort that hopes to identify major threats to Pacific orca populations, was just the....

World Oceans Month Brings Mixed News for Oysters
June 11, 2013
(SitNews) - In World Oceans Month, there's mixed news for the Pacific Northwest oyster industry. For the past several years, it has struggled with significant losses due to ocean acidification. Oyster larvae have had mortality rates high enough to render production no longer economically feasible. Now a new study documents why oysters appear so sensitive to increasing acidity, but also offers some hope for the future. It isn't necessarily a case of acidic water dissolving the oysters' shells, scientists say. It's water high in carbon dioxide altering shell formation rates, energy usage.......

Experts warning against farmed salmon consumption draws concern
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 04:30 (GMT + 9)
Following a debate regarding the health dangers of eating farmed salmon due to its high level of toxins, it has been revealed that Norwegian authorities have lobbied in the European Union (EU) to allow farmed salmon to contain higher toxin levels. This comes as Norwegian doctors and international experts are recommending that women, children and adolescents should avoid eating farmed salmon because of their high toxin content. According to a report of the newspaper Aftenposten, Norway has been trying for.....

The Fresh Market, New England Aquarium link up for sustainable seafood
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 05:30 (GMT + 9)
The New England Aquarium and grocer The Fresh Market have announced their new national partnership to promote sustainable fishing and responsible aquaculture practices. The partnership will use the New England Aquarium’s knowledge of marine life along with The Fresh Market’s connections with US fisheries to support sustainable seafood. The parties were inspired to collaborate by The Fresh Market’s intent to ensure it.....

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