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#06-23-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

For Alaska's prized king salmon, the good-old days morph into not-so-hot present
Craig Medred
June 22, 2013
CHITINA -- A cheer went up along the Copper River Monday as a dipnetter struggling in the churning, brown waist-deep water finally dragged ashore what is becoming an increasingly precious catch -- a blush-colored king salmon of more than 30 pounds. It was one of two kings seen caught by a couple dozen fishermen hard at work, swinging or drifting long-handled nets in the murky glacial water on a dusty day beneath a 90-degree sun. It would also be among the last kings landed in.....

1:35 PM SAT JUNE 22, 2013
Over 1.8-Million Sockeye Harvested So Far in Bristol Bay
The commercial sockeye harvest in Bristol Bay has topped 1.8-million with another 417-thousand fish added to the total on Friday. The Egegik District boasts the most impressive harvest thus far with another 195-thousand sockeye taken on Friday to push the district total to just over 1-million fish. Next up is the Naknek-Kvichak District where fishermen....

2:18 PM SAT JUNE 22, 2013
Port Moller Test Fishery Update... Continued High Index Numbers
As noted earlier the Port Moller Test Fishery continues to post very large index numbers and the cumulative traditional index number is the highest on record. The crew of the test boat didn’t fish stations 2 and 10 on Friday but they still hauled in 243-sockeye. 84-fish were taken at station 6 and 81-fish were taken at station 4. That catch at station 8 was.......

5:13 PM SAT JUNE 22, 2013
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday June 22
This edition of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report includes a report on the latest stock composition summary for the catch as part of the Port Moller Test Fishery and updates on how things look in the Egegik and Nushagak Districts. The report also includes a....

Russian river fisheries take off
River revelry
Posted: June 20, 2013 - 8:03pm  |  Updated: June 21, 2013 - 8:49am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
The salmon appeared momentarily at the surface, its muscles pushing hard against the turbulent water before disappearing into a mass of sockeye balled up at the base of a stair-step shaped feature at the Russian River Falls. Buffeted on all sides by the noise and swift current, salmon leapt, flashing silver against the white foam. At times, they successfully navigated upriver to the next feature, others ...............As of Wednesday a weir at the outlet of the lower Russian Lake, more than 70 miles from the mouth of the Kenai River, showed more than 21,500 passing, just shy of the early run sockeye escapement goal range of 22,000-42,000 fish........
Tustumena in Juneu 2002
Tustumena in Juneu 2002 (Photo credit: gillfoto)

Seward: Tusty set to make big splash next week
By Wolfgang Kurtz
June 20, 2013
The long delayed refloating of the refurbished Alaska Marine Highway ferry M/V Tustumena is scheduled to take place in the next week. Upon drydocking...

Stevedore practices draw criticism
June 21st 6:20 pm | Carey Restino
Mark Horne is a man on a mission. Or two. He wants to eliminate the use of foreign crewmembers loading and unloading material from vessels in Alaska - work that is guaranteed to American workers by the federal government. And he wants to see longshoremen get more work. If his new company, Sundance Stevedoring LLC succeeds, that's a bonus, Horne said. Sundance Stevedoring LLC's main goal, Horne said, is to end the practice of stevedore companies turning down work - work longshoremen would gladly take but companies turn down because they don't make enough profit from them. The work has to be offered to all contracting stevedoring companies, labor organizations recognized as exclusive.......

Looking back in time at the world’s oceans
UAF Geophysical Institute and IARC
UAF Geophysical Institute and IARC (Photo credit: musubk)
Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 1:29 am
Molly Rettig | 0 comments
FAIRBANKS — A time capsule of satellite imagery of the Earth will become available to scientists this month. On June 28, digital imagery from more than three decades ago will be released by the Alaska Satellite Facility at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, NASA’s processor and distributor for this type of data. The images reveal an unprecedented view of sea ice, waves, forests, glaciers and more. “It was awesome because I was resurrecting........... “It took a lot of creative problem solving to figure out the best way to get the raw data to be correct.” The images will be available at the Alaska Satellite website at Since the late 1970s, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute has provided this column free in cooperation with the UAF research community.

APU octopuses help professor and students get their arms around species
Published: June 22, 2013
The giant Pacific octopuses that live on the third floor of Alaska Pacific University's Grant Hall are named Khaleesi and Dean. They pulse gently in 1,000-gallon saltwater tanks, tenderly ministered to by a rotating crew of graduate students who feed them manila clams purchased at New Sagaya and occasionally offer a Mr. Potato Head doll for exploring tentacles. They appear to be the same: Both have a dusky rose hue, the smell of sea and musk.....