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#06-19-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

5:01 PM TUE JUNE 18, 2013
Map of Alaska highlighting Lake and Peninsula ...
Map of Alaska highlighting Lake and Peninsula Borough (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A Large Driftnet Fleet is Ready to Fish in the Egegik District (FAA webcam)
All indications are that the Egegik District is the 1 district in Bristol Bay that is seeing a substantial amount of sockeye and the district apparently features a very large fleet ready to fish. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....

10:24 AM TUE JUNE 18, 2013
Escapement Counts in the Nushagak District
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that another 421 king salmon were counted as escapement on Monday to the Nushagak River. That pushes the season total up to 8,355. The...

Overboard or not? Do Kenai Peninsula salmon need more protection?
Jenny NeymanRedoubt Reporter
June 18, 2013
Across Europe, the East Coast and much of the West Coast, wild salmon runs are gone altogether, or struggling in the few places where wild fish do return to their natal streams to spawn. Alaska — particularly, the Kenai Peninsula — stands out as one of the few remaining places that boasts sustaining, wild salmon populations. It’s also home to the concept of being an ownership state, with residents protective of their rights and leery of governmental intrusion.....

More Subsistence Waters Open at Mouth of Buskin River
Jun 18, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have opened up more water at the mouth of the Buskin River in an attempt to limit sockeye salmon escapement into Buskin Lake. A release from the Kodiak office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says, “In....

ASMI Sends Alaska Seafood Worldwide
Jun 19, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
This week a number of representatives from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, also known as ASMI, are in town for an annual meeting to discuss how to better market Alaska seafood around the world. ASMI has a presence in about 21 countries worldwide, with representatives on the ground promoting the state’s bounty. A handful of those individuals spoke on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock yesterday and explained exactly what their job entails, and what seafood varieties are favored in different countries. Ksenia Gorovaia represents Russia and said despite sharing the same waters....,.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
Halt the hatcheries?

With king salmon returns slowing to a trickle, Alaska managers roll out closures
Suzanna Caldwell
June 18, 2013
Abysmal king salmon returns to the Kenai River already have fisheries managers curtailing fishing in one of Alaska's most popular fisheries -- and wondering what's next.....

NYT: Spoils of the Sea Elude Many in an Alaska Antipoverty Plan
Published: June 18, 2013
AKIAK, Alaska — The humble pollock, great cash fish of the north, conquered the world through the flaky bland hegemony of a fish stick. At more than $1 billion a year, there is no bigger fishery for human consumption on the planet. But pollock was also meant to be a savior, part of a Washington-backed antipoverty plan aimed at residents here on Alaska’s mostly undeveloped west coast. A generation ago, organizers envisioned federally guaranteed shares of the pollock catch that would create a rising tide of funds to lift up poor, isolated villages where jobs and hope are scarce. Pollock did succeed, wildly. The dollars that flowed into the Community Development Quota Program, as the catch-share system was called, created a hydra-headed nonprofit money machine. Six nonprofit groups arose on the Bering Sea shore, and they have invested mightily in ships, real.....

2:56 PM TUE JUNE 18, 2013
Researchers Suggest Creating New, Small, Commercial Fisheries to Supply Local Food Markets #FoodSecurity
A small handful of researchers with the University of Alaska recently published a study that tries to shed some light on why some Alaskan’s can’t get enough locally caught seafood to make themselves “Food Secure”. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....

Will Anchorage plant get another waiver to dump waste into Cook Inlet?
Sean Doogan
June 18, 2013
In Alaska's largest city, federal regulators are considering whether the town's water treatment plant will need upgrades, in part to comply with the endangered listing of the Cook Inlet beluga whale population.....

Assembly OKs first read of OceansAlaska grant
by Leila Kheiry
June 18, 2013 4:55 PM
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly introduced an ordinance Monday to provide nearly $400,000 to help OceansAlaska, a local shellfish hatchery, continue operations for the next couple of years. Tom Henderson of OceansAlaska addressed the Assembly before the vote. He said that, worldwide, the mariculture industry is an emerging economy, and needs a little boost from governments to get going. He said that OceansAlaska provides a key component to that industry, “One of the biggest things the farmers need right now to make this work is a source of seed,” he said. “There is no seed available anywhere else right now. Even this spring, what we’ve been doing at OceansAlaska has been to buy larva. For a month....

Halibut surveys to expand by 30%; Vessels needed to help
June 18, 2013 by ladyfish
Halibut scientists plan to expand the yearly stock assessments by 30% next summer,  adding 390 survey stations to the existing 1,300. The stations are located coast wide from Oregon to the Bering Sea. Since 1998 the halibut surveys have been done in a depth range of 20 to 275 fathoms where most of the fishing was taking place. But that’s been ....

Sealaska Lands Bill Passes Senate Committee
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska - Juneau | June 18, 2013 - 5:18 pm
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski’s version of the Sealaska lands bill has passed out of its only committee of referral. That’s a major step toward a Senate floor vote.....

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