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#06-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Adak Residents Hold Out For Return of Fish Plant
Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA).
Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, June 17 2013
It’s been a rocky 12 years since Adak was incorporated as a city. The community has survived power crises, crushing debt, and twice, the closure of its biggest business -- the fish processing plant.
Now, Adak is facing a new setback. On Tuesday, the processing plant’s equipment will be auctioned off, and as KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce reports, if it leaves the island, Adak will be left without its economic engine. It’s dark inside the plant, and our footfalls echo off the dormant processing lines as Richard Lewis, Icicle Seafoods’ last remaining.... http://kucb.org/news/article/adak-residents-hold-out-for-return-of-fish-plant/

Mainers Weigh In on Magnuson-Stevens Revisions
The law that underpins federal fishing policy in the U.S. is currently in the process of being revised by Congress. The Magnuson-Stevens Act was passed in 1976 with the aim of protecting U.S. federal waters from foreign competition. The goal has been to try and improve the sustainable management of fisheries through the introduction of science-based catch limits. Tom Porter takes a look at what.... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/news-events/top-news/1502-mainers-weigh-in-on-magnuson-stevens-revisions

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
A new approach on the Yukon
......... What's really interesting about this opener is that fishermen can use only beach seines and dipnets, rather than the usual gillnets.... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-new-approach-on-yukon.html


Gulkana Hatchery still standing after river floods
Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:00 am
By TIM MOWRY
FAIRBANKS — The Gulkana Hatchery is still standing.
Floodwaters that threatened to wash away the small Richardson Highway hatchery south of Summit Lake last week have subsided and the manager is optimistic the facility will be.... http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/gulkana-hatchery-still-standing-after-river-floods/article_f560fdc0-d7de-11e2-ba16-001a4bcf6878.html

Blast-induced landslide takes out hatchery pipes
Ketchikan
Ketchikan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Leila Kheiry
June 17, 2013 3:55 PM
Construction-related blasting up at Ketchikan’s Whitman Lake hydroelectric dam site triggered a landslide Saturday, taking out two pipes that supply water for the Whitman hatchery. To keep you from worrying: The fish are OK. But, it was touch and go there for a while. “Worst-case scenario for a hatchery. We lost both pipelines,” said Bill Gass, the production manager up at the Whitman Lake hatchery. He said the accident ended up cutting off all the water for the hatchery, and as one might imagine, water is kind of important to the business. “Water is everything to a fish,” he said. “Our normal operating capacity at this time.... http://www.krbd.org/2013/06/17/blast-induced-landslide-takes-out-hatchery-pipes/

State, Federal Governments Investigate Deepwater Port Possibilities
By Deanna Haecker, KNOM - Nome and Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage | June 17, 2013 - 5:15 pm
The state and U.S. government are partnering together to investigate building a deep port at Nome or Port Clarence. They’re in the early stages of the study. Officials from the Alaska Department of Transportation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineer visited Nome, Brevig Mission and Teller last week to collect public input about marine infrastructure and to hear about local concerns over natural resource impacts..... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/06/17/state-federal-governments-investigate-deepwater-port-possibilities/

Copper River sockeye harvest jumps to 837,000 fish
Posted 06/17/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Some 843,000 sockeyes and 7,200 king salmon have been harvested to date in the Copper River District and a 36-hour commercial opener was under way June 17, on the heels of an abundant catch this past week.
For the 36-hour commercial opener that began June 13, the preliminary harvest estimate was 1,000 Chinook and 137,000 sockeye salmon, with an estimated 746 deliveries reported. This.....  http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1325copper-river-sockeye-harvest-jumps-to-837000

'Today' Is International Sushi Day 2013: Which Fish Species Are The Most Eco-Friendly To Eat?
By Philip Ross on June 17, 2013 1:31 PM EDT
Tomorrow is International Sushi Day 2013, a sacred, nontraditional (it started over social media in 2009) holiday for fish enthusiasts the world over. If you'll be celebrating the centuries-old Japanese fare (which, technically, doesn't have anything to do with raw fish -- sushi refers to the vinegar-seasoned riced used as the base for anything from raw fish to raw meat) know the impact of your fish choices on the environment..... http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/5428/20130617/international-sushi-day-2013-seafood-sustainability-fish.htm

Update: Sealaska bill passes Senate committee
by CoastAlaska News
June 17, 2013 4:30 pm
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s version of the Sealaska lands bill has passed out of its only committee of referral. The legislation, co-sponsored by Alaska Senator Mark Begich, was one of a dozen measures marked up this morning during an Energy and Natural Resources... http://www.kcaw.org/2013/06/17/sealaska-bill-before-senate-panel/

Where Does Alaska Stand in the Global Cod Market?
June 17, 2013 by ladyfish
What may be good for the cod resource globally, might not be so good for Alaska’s Pacific cod market. Harvest levels for 2013 in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska are around 320,000 metric tons and will most likely be around the same for the upcoming year. Unlike the European markets, namely Russia, Iceland, and Norway their cod quotas are...... http://www.alaskafishradio.com/where-does-alaska-stand-in-the-global-cod-market/

Federal Regulators Crack Down on Fish Fraud
By Stephanie Joyce, KUCB - Unalaska | June 17, 2013 - 10:43 am
In the wake of several high-profile cases of alleged scale-tamperingby 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 under-report their catch. The Bering Sea’s large catcher-processors weigh their harvest as it heads to the processing line on what’s known as a flow-scale – a section of conveyor belt that takes dozens of.... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2013/06/17/federal-regulators-crack-down-on-fish-fraud/

Ketchikan hatchery seeks grants to expand
KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- (no paywall)
A Ketchikan nonprofit hatchery is seeking local and state grants to expand oyster and geoduck (GOO'-ee-duk) seed production..... http://news.silobreaker.com/ketchikan-hatchery-seeks-grants-to-expand-5_2266897358170095724

Storis for sale
By Jay Barrett, KMXT
Posted on June 17, 2013 at 5:06 pm
The historic Coast Guard Cutter Storis — which spent most of its post-World War II career sailing Alaska waters — is on the auction block. The Storis was decommissioned in 2007, and Alaska’s Congressional delegation managed to stave off disposal until now. Heather Handyside is press secretary for.... http://www.ktoo.org/2013/06/17/storis-on-the-auction-block/