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#06-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Seine Fishing at Pt Marsden, Hawk Inlet
Seine Fishing at Pt Marsden, Hawk Inlet (Photo credit: gillfoto)
Positive outlook for SE commercial net fisheries
By Lisa Phu
Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:36 am
Traditional commercial net fisheries in Southeast Alaska will kick off the season Sunday. Bill Davidson is Fish and Game’s regional coordinator for commercial fisheries in Southeast. He says he’s looking forward to a productive year for both gillnetters and seiners. “It should be a high value fishery for the fleet and the industry participating in the fisheries if runs come in as expected and prices hold up as strong as they’ve been recently,” he says.....

FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
McCune takes UFA helm....

On Alaska's Copper River, sockeye return shifts from famine to feast
Craig Medred
June 14, 2013
Sockeye salmon returns to Alaska's famed Copper River have swung as crazily as the 49th state's weather. Goodbye dearth of winter. Hello bounty of summer. Less than two weeks ago the river's sockeye salmon fishery looked like a bust. Only 46 salmon had been counted up the river -- about 119,000 less than desired. The commercial salmon...

Sealaska, Sitka Tribe sign Redoubt Falls agreement
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
June 14, 2013 5:26 pm
Sealaska and the Sitka Tribe have reached an agreement on the management of Redoubt Lake Falls — when, and if, the property is ever conveyed by the federal government. Representatives from both organizations met in a signing ceremony Friday afternoon (6-14-13) in Sitka. Redoubt Falls lies about 17 miles southeast of Sitka. It’s home to the largest subsistence dipnet salmon fishery in the area. Sealaska selected the few acres around the falls 38 years ago, under rules spelled out in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, or ANCSA. Former state Sen. Albert Kookesh is chairman of the Sealaska board. “This is a process set up by the United States government to allow us to get control of our sacred sites. It doesn’t work very well.” Still, there has been...

5:10 PM FRI JUNE 14, 2013
English: Sternfull@Bristol Bay. Sockeye. F/V M...
Sockeye. F/V Mecca. Captain: Turk. Deckhand: Marco Casagrande. 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Friday, June 14
Friday's Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery and a report about last week's annual meeting of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.   We also check in on how things are going in the Egegik District and hear a report about the Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Program.   The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report is hosted by KDLG News Director Mike Mason....

Chatting with Rep. Alan Austerman
Posted 06/14/2013
by - Jennifer Gibbins
With the 2013 legislative session officially wrapped up, Rep. Alan Austerman, took time earlier this week to chat with The Cordova Times. Speaking from his office in Kodiak, Austerman reflected on his first legislative session as co-chair of the House Finance Committee.
CT: This was your first session as co-chair of the Finance Committee. As a seasoned legislator, what was that experience like?
Austerman: It was rewarding and it gave me a better knowledge of what the budget process entails but I did not expect to have as much [direct] responsibility. I have served on the.....

Casting Off
Adak, Alaska (U.S. COAST GUARD) - Casting Off (Photo credit: Doug van Kampen)
Alaska Air bidding for more Adak service
June 14th 5:21 pm | Jim Paulin
Alaska Airlines wants to keep flying to Adak. The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a request for a proposal for Essential Air Service funding, and the airline has made an offer. Now, it's just a matter of waiting for a response from the federal agency, Alaska spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said Monday from Seattle. Alaska Airlines, the current EAS provider, is under contract to provide service until Sept. 30 at the former Adak.... Press Release
MAPPS President Testifies Before Congress on Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Reauthorization
In testimony before the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, of the House Committee on Natural Resources, MAPPS President Dick McDonald, CP, PLS (T3 Global Strategies, Bridgeville, PA), commended Congress on its leadership in creating the hydrographic survey contracting program in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), through the Hydrographic Services Improvement (HSIA) Act of 1998, but said that it needs to go further to benefit taxpayers and reduce duplication between NOAA and the private sector. McDonald was testifying on................. MAPPS urged the Subcommittee to add H.R. 1382, the "Digital Coast Act of 2013", a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) which would develop a coordinated and comprehensive national mapping effort for coastal, State and territorial waters of the United States, as an amendment to H.R. 1399.....

Alaska Journal of Commerce / June-Issue-3 2013
The Norton Sound winter commercial red king crab fishery broke records this winter.
Crabbers took 22,639 Norton Sound red king crabs through the ice, or about 62,179 pounds, more than double the prior record of 9,625 crabs in 1977, or the 2011-12 winter season, when 9,157 crabs were caught. Fishermen received an average of $6.74 per pound, up from $6.47 in 2011-12. The Norton Sound red king crab winter commercial fishery is prosecuted through the ice. Fishermen usually snowmachine out onto the Bering Sea, drill through the ice, and set.....

Federal Regulators Crack Down on Fish Fraud
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, June 14 2013
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. The new measures are aimed at making it more difficult for vessels to underreport their catch. The Bering Sea’s large catcher-processors weigh their harvest as it.....

Salmon Prices Are Tough To Track
June 14, 2013 by ladyfish
Call salmon buyers around the state for fish prices and you’ll get widely different responses – if any at all. Prices paid to Alaska salmon fishermen depend on the region, the types of fishing gear and markets. Prices also reflect bonuses for iced fish, dock deliveries and other agreements between a buyer and seller.  But finding any information during the fishing season is a challenge - So now you are kind of in the dark — you have to call around and talk to fishermen; sometimes.....

High Water Threatens to Wipe out Gulkana Salmon Hatchery
By Tim Mowry - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner /
Story Created: Jun 14, 2013 at 6:44 AM AKDT
FAIRBANKS — It remains to be seen whether the Gulkana Hatchery, the world’s largest producer of sockeye salmon fry and a key contributor to the Copper River’s famed sockeye run, will be in any shape to operate later this summer when thousands of salmon return to spawn. Floodwaters from the East Fork Gulkana River, produced by late-season snow melt in Summit Lake, are threatening to wash away the hatchery......

Debris inspires horror, wonder
By Heidi Zemach
June 13, 2013
An international team of scientists, artists and writers set sail from Seward on Friday for a week long expedition aboard the Research Vessel Norseman to study the global problem of marine debris. The Gyre project is a collaboration between Alaska SeaLife Center and Anchorage Museum, in partnership with several national and Alaska-based organizations. The Norseman headed 450 nautical miles west from Resurrection Bay along the Kenai Peninsula coast, then across.....

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Murkowski speaks on Arctic opportunities
Bering sea at Nome, Alaska
Bering sea at Nome, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
June 14th 5:47 pm | Carey Restino
Sen. Lisa Murkowski knows she lives in an Arctic nation. Convincing some of her colleagues in Washington of that is another story, she said.
While some in the state may disagree with her politics on national issues, few can say Murkowski ignores the state's northern issues. Almost weekly, a release comes out of her office touting her calls for more U.S. Coast Guard resources, funding for studies of infrastructure needs, and her thoughts from her latest trip to the Arctic Council. "We in Alaska recognize we are an Arctic nation," Murkowski said in an interview last week. "But it's tough to get that recognition from some of our colleagues in other states. The senators from Iowa don't necessarily think that .......

AK: Studying Sea Ice
By Molly Rettig, APRN Contributor | June 14, 2013 - 11:33 am
Everyone’s heard about the rapidly retreating sea ice in the Arctic. But if you’re a scientist, how do you actually study what is happening out on a frozen, moving ice cover? The next generation of sea ice scientists learned the basics in Barrow last month. They worked with top polar scientists and an Inupiat whaling captain to learn both cutting edge and traditional techniques for measuring sea ice. One student, Oliver Dammann, is.....

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