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#06-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

3:35 PM MON JUNE 24, 2013
English: Erin McKittrick, Ground Truth Trekkin...
Nushagak River, draining into Bristol Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Over 1-Million Sockeye Harvested in Bristol Bay on Sunday
The daily harvest of sockeye in the massive Bristol Bay commercial fishery topped 1-million fish on Sunday. Through Sunday the total catch Bay-wide is over 3.2-million sockeye. The district that’s still leading the way is the Egegik District where fishermen hauled in another 276-thousand fish on Sunday to push the season total to 1.4-million sockeye. Fishermen in the Naknek-Kvichak District hauled in 200-thousand sockeye on Sunday to push the district total to 775-thousand fish. Another District that has featured good...
Man medevacked after Sitka ammonia leak
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
June 24, 2013 4:15 pm
A man was medevacked from Sitka to Seattle on Monday after sustaining injuries in an ammonia leak aboard a processing vessel. The boat was tied to the dock at Sitka Sound Seafoods at the time, causing the evacuation of more than 150 employees at the seafood processor, and a voluntary evacuation from the rest Sitka’s waterfront......

Alaska Seafood Sales to Brazil Double
 Jay Barrett/KMXT June 25, 2013 Alaska seafood is now being imported directly into the worlds’ fifth-largest country. Brazilian supplier Noronha Pescados this month started importing Alaska salmon, pollock and cod directly to Walmart and several other Brazilian retail stores. Michael Cerne, the executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute said the Brazilian market is growing rapidly because of ASMI’s marketing efforts. ASMI’s Brazilian marketer, Jose Madeira, said his countrymen are fast developing a taste for seafood. “The Brazilian program for ASMI is relatively new. We just started about a year and a...

Investor firms voice concern over Pebble mine
Posted 06/24/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Investment firms Trillium Asset Management, LLC., and Calvert Investments, Inc. are leading a group of investors representing millions of dollars in assets in urging a Clean Water Act review of the proposed Pebble mine project. Trillium is the nation's oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable....

Woman gets jail for embezzling from seafood plant
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former bookkeeper who embezzled about $500,000 from a Kodiak seafood plant will serve 46 months in a federal prison and make restitution.....

Copper River dipnetters are pigs -- and nobody is cleaning up after them
Chitina River
Chitina River (Photo credit: Travis S.)
Craig Medred
June 24, 2013
CHITINA -- Copper River dipnetters are pigs. As a dipnetter myself, this is a sad observation to be forced to make, but there is no denying it. Dipnetters seem to tend toward the piggish. Witness the mouth of the Kenai River where city fathers have for years wrestled with waste left by these salmon fishermen. Kenai, fortunately, manages the madness. The city stations a dozen....

Op-ed: Fish and Game science not helping kings
Posted: June 24, 2013 - 12:36pm
By Doug Blossom Sr.
In response to the Voices of the Peninsula column by Alaska Depaertment of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell (Clarion, June 12), I would disagree that the department is using “sound fisheries science” with respect to the Kenai River Chinook Salmon stocks. While I certainly understand the technological hurdles that need to be overcome in order to make this.....

F/V Alaska Juris Crewman Struck in Head By Frozen Fish
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, June 24 2013
The Coast Guard hoisted a 43-year-old crewman with multiple injuries off the F/V Alaska Juris Friday afternoon. According to the Coast Guard, the crewman had been struck in the head with a box of frozen fish....

Jun 24 2013
Begich to Customs: Don’t Make Waves with Canadian Boaters
Senator Mark Begich worked with the U.S. Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure it maintains the current policy that permits Canadian boats registered in the State of Alaska to continue to travel between U.S. ports without special restrictions In early May, CBP announced to Canadians with boats docked in Skagway that beginning with the 2013 season, they would need to check in with CBP at each U.S. port of call.  A round trip from Skagway to....

Effects of BP oil spill studied on oysters
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt headed...
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill. McNutt headed the Flow Rate Technical Group who determined the extent of the spill. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 05:40 (GMT + 9)
Scientists are still researching the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to determine its impact on fauna and flora throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Jerome La Peyre, who specializes in oyster diseases in the Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter School of Animal Sciences, is examining the effect of the oil by looking at biomarkers used to gauge oyster health. His three-year research project is part of a multi-national consortium studying the......