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#06-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

4:55 PM FRI JUNE 21, 2013
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for June 21
The June 21st Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes an update on the large movement of fish into and through the Nushagak District. We also get the first genetic data of the season from the Port Moller Test Fishery and hear about how the fisheries are doing down in the Chigniks......
12:55 PM FRI JUNE 21, 2013
Over 1.3-Million Sockeye Harvested in Bristol Bay Through Thursday
Over 404,000-sockeye were harvested in the Bristol Bay commercial sockeye fishery on Thursday to push the season total to over 1.3-million fish. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is only reporting part of the total catch so the actual harvest is likely bigger than what is being reported through Thursday. That’s because ADF&G can’t release catch information for the....

Anti-Pebble Operative Launches Campaign Against Oil Tax Referendum
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | June 21, 2013 - 6:00 pm
Earlier this week, activists fighting a tax cut on oil companies requested a meeting with police. They said their opponents were harassing people circulating referendum petitions, and that if this kept up, it could make it harder for the repeal proposition to get on the ballot. Now, it’s come out that the person behind the opposition effort is actually a well-known political operative who’s been promoting an initiative of his own.....
English: This is a picture of the Kuskokwim ri...
English: This is a picture of the Kuskokwim river shore at Aniak, Alaska I shot in September of 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yup'ik fishermen appeal fishing convictions
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nearly half of the subsistence fishermen who were found guilty of illegal fishing on the Kuskokwim River are appealing their convictions. Their attorney, James J. Davis Jr., filed....

Salmon season picks up in Southwest
June 21st 6:16 pm | Hannah Heimbuch
Now well past the mid-June mark, Southwest salmon fisheries have begun to ramp up. Still a few weeks out from peak fishing, set and subsistence nets have begun to pull in steady pounds from early-run fish, as have commercial crews in various fisheries along the peninsula and in Bristol Bay. Chinook numbers have been closely watched in river and stream habitats across the state, and that includes Bristol Bay's Nushagak District. As of Monday 8,355 kings had made their way toward their Nushagak home - or 8.7 percent of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's escapement goal for that salmon species. The run is actually one of...

AK Beat: Bumper crop of Kenai red salmon double some bag limits
Alaska Dispatch
June 21, 2013
Salmon limits boosted: A bounty of red salmon returning to the Kenai River has allowed biologists at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to double the bag limit in the Russian River, a popular tributary, as well as the upper Kenai. Beginning Saturday, anglers can keep six sockeyes a day -- and have 12 in possession. Already, 24,000 reds have passed the weir in the river at Lower....

Bringing the J1 Workers Back
By Heidi Zemach for SCN
Alaska’s Seafood Processors may soon be able to breathe a sigh of relief when looking toward the future. Processors statewide, including those here in Seward, are currently suffering from the effects of having fewer workers available to work the “slime lines” due to the exclusion beginning this summer of the J-1 Visa foreign workforce. It’s a group of workers that......
Unalaska City Council approves budget for $33 million in revenue
June 21st 6:15 pm | Jim Paulin
The Unalaska City Council last month approved a budget for the coming fiscal year based on $33 million in revenues, with fishery taxes playing a big role for paying for everything from road maintenance by the public works department, to road running races sponsored by the parks, culture and recreation department. The raw seafood tax totals $5.3 million, the Alaska fisheries business tax is $4.4 million, and the Alaska fisheries landing tax is $4.9 million. The other big sources of local revenues are substantially fisheries based as well reflecting....

, member of the United States Senate from Alaska.
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Gustavus looks to Murkowski, Young to help keep Glacier Bay Lodge open
June 21, 2013 - 2:53 pm EDT
JUNEAU, Alaska — The community of Gustavus has reached out to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young to help keep the Glacier Bay Lodge open after the National Park Service received no bids for concession services for the lodge, not even from the current concessionaires. The closure of the lodge would be....

New Container Weighing System Sees Global Use #SupplyChain
MarineLink.comFriday, June 21, 2013
Since its recent launch, Strainstall’s Container weighing system has already become established in the Intermodel/Ports industry. It is currently being used at numerous key U.K. Ports in the U.K. including Port of Felixstowe and Tilbury – as well as being considered for integration throughout ports and terminals within Europe, Chile, U.S. and Canada.....

June 22, 2013
Senate winner will inherit fishing crisis
From Wire and Staff Reports
Gloucester Daily Times
BOSTON — The winner of Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate will face a number of issues, but perhaps none tougher than representing a diminished and dispirited Massachusetts fishing fleet in the midst of an industry crisis and a federally recognized “economic disaster.” Republican businessman Gabriel Gomez and Democrat U.S. Rep. Edward Markey both say they’ll be the better friend to....