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#06-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Congressional Delegation Split On Taking Meetings With Fuglvog
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | June 12, 2013 - 5:36 pm
Fuglvog lobbies for four different fishing companies. This spring, he got in touch with Sen. Mark Begich’s office on behalf of his clients, and staff talked with him. It’ll be the only contact he gets. From here on out, Begich says that his office won’t be taking Fuglvog’s calls........

NMFS Looks to Stop Fishy Shenanigans on High Seas
Jun 12, 2013
Stephanie Joyce/KUCB
In the wake of several high-profile cases of alleged scale-tampering by Bering Sea groundfish vessels, the National Marine Fisheries Service is revising its regulations for weighing fish at-sea. As KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce reports, the new measures are aimed at making it more difficult for vessels to underreport their catch.....

Crab fisheries open mid June
Jun 12th, 2013
Amid the salmon fisheries starting up all across the state, several Alaska crab seasons also get underway each summer.  In mid June, the summer Dungeness crab fishery opens in the panhandle, as does red king crab at Norton Sound. Those are followed in August by golden kings along the far flung Aleutian Islands, which might soon take the title as Alaska’s largest king crab fishery. Unlike other Bering Sea crab stocks, surveys on golden kings have been limited due to distance and high costs. The deep water stocks have sustained a fishery for 30 years, but managers aren’t sure about what’s really going on down there. The golden crab catch has been limited with a conservative six million pound cap....

2:53 PM WED JUNE 12, 2013
Togiak Herring Prices Still in Doubt
The price associated with Alaska’s largest herring fishery is apparently still in doubt. Earlier this week posted a story about the price negotiations for the herring harvested in the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery. Editor John Sackton reported that the price negotiations between the processors and the Japanese buyer are...

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.......

11:52 AM WED JUNE 12, 2013
Nushagak River King Run a Little Ahead of Schedule
The king salmon run to the Nushagak River is starting to trickle in and escapement is a little ahead of where it normally would be at this time of the season. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details....

Kodiak: Sockeye Salmon Continue Strong Return
Jun 12, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Two fisheries in the Kodiak Management Area continue to see a lot of sockeye salmon harvest, less than a week into the season. Cape Igvak and Wide Bay had over 93,000 reds caught through Tuesday, while the Karluk, Northwest Kodiak and Southwest Afognak area has registered nearly 86,000. On Tuesday, 23,682 sockeye were harvested in the KMA, bringing the season total to....

Sockeye's hot on the Russian and Kenai
Posted: June 12, 2013 - 7:59pm
By Dan Schwartz
Peninsula Clarion
Sockeye salmon fishing is booming on the Kenai River, said Brian Miller, Trustworthy Hardware & Tackle owner and manager. “I imagine the Russian River is going to take off pretty fast and furious,” Miller said. He noticed the sockeye flooding into the lower Kenai River last week, and he expects they are still moving up. Since sockeye salmon fishing opened Tuesday on the Russian and Kenai rivers and their confluences, fishing has been productive from....

Surge of salmon heading for Chitina
Mount Blackburn and the Copper River
Mount Blackburn and the Copper River (Photo credit: musubk)
Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 am
FAIRBANKS — Evidently, rumors of a late Copper River sockeye salmon run appear to have been greatly exaggerated. While experts were predicting a dismal dip net opening at Chitina earlier this week based on low sonar counts and high water, the opposite turned out to be true. Dip netting at Chitina was “phenomenal” for the Monday opener and has remained strong throughout the week, said Mark Hem of Hem Charters. “We have not have had a customer leave....

Fish and Game Restricts Southcentral Alaska King, Sport Fishing
Anchorage and Cook Inlet, Alaska, are seen in ...
Anchorage and Cook Inlet, Alaska, are seen in this 30 by 30 km (19 by 19 miles) sub-image, acquired May 12, 2000, by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
June 12, 2013|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will restrict fishing on several south central Alaska streams and part of Cook Inlet in the coming weeks, as part of a continuing bid to protect poor king salmon stocks. According to Fish and Game spokesperson Ryan Ragan, emergency orders released Wednesday will see parts of the Anchor River, Ninilchik River, Deep Creek and Stariski Creek closed to all sport fishing through July 15. An indefinite closure, taking effect at 6 a.m. Friday, will....

Change of Command Friday at Fisheries Training Center
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A change of command ceremony is planned this week for the Coast Guard's North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak. The Coast Guard says Lt. Steve Hulse will relieve Lt. Conor Sullivan as commanding.....

Homer: Public hearing on stream protections set
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune Jun 12th, 2013
After years of debate, discussion and analysis, an ordinance poised to increase protections for salmon stream and lakes in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and increase restrictions for some property owners along them, will go to a public hearing on June 18. The proposed streams ordinance, coming before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly next week for public hearing, has been hotly debated for several years now. Many affected residents say the process was flawed because affected landowners were not notified of the potential change when the ordinance was being considered. A task force was established last year to work through the issues brought up by concerned citizens, resulting in....

6:13 PM WED JUNE 12, 2013
B&C Fiberglass Offers Flush Decks For Rawsons and Wegleys
Using a grant from BBRSDA, company developed a flush deck mold, making for easy upgrades on smaller, older boats in the fleet.....

PR: New Digital Salt Meters from ATAGO Offer Easier Way for Seafood Processors to Maintain Consistent Quality
ATAGO's series of safe, cost-effective digital salt meters, including the ES-421 and PAL-ES2, have provided a fantastic alternative to traditional titration, 3rd party testing, and reagent strips in the seafood processing industry. Domestic fish roe processors have found the units particularly useful.....

Fisheries regulators take steps toward conservation of Bering Sea Canyons
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau
Posted on June 12, 2013 at 7:33 am
................... North Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings can be dry affairs. They happen in hotels or conference halls. They involve lots of acronyms and hours upon hours of testimony. Lawyers and scientists will sometimes outnumber fishermen. So, it’s a little odd to see activists holding up a hand-painted banner the length of a swimming pool at one of these things, and even weirder to have a large blimp make an appearance for the meeting. “It’s green, with rainbow colors, and it has a 75-foot banner of a sperm whale in huge lettering that says, ‘Protect my home.’”.....

Sealaska land bill moves to House floor
Posted: June 12, 2013 - 4:40pm  |  Updated: June 13, 2013 - 12:31am
A House bill regarding land ownership entitled to Sealaska underwent a markup Wednesday before the House Committee on Natural Resources. The Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act, or H.R. 740, championed by Rep. Don Young, was approved by the committee and now goes before to the full Congress. The bill has an amendment offered by Young that would make technical clarifications requested by .....

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