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#06-26-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Bait ban in place for late-run Kenai River king salmon
Published: June 25, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
Kuluk Bowl in Adak, Alaska (August 2007)
Kuluk Bowl in Adak, Alaska (August 2007) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Adak's gamble
We told you in the spring how Icicle Seafoods Inc. was closing its seafood plant on the distant Aleutian island of Adak, and how the processing equipment would be put up for auction.....

Atlantic Salmon Invade Alaska Waters
June 25, 2013 by ladyfish Leave a Comment
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Far fewer Atlantic salmon are showing up in Alaska waters. Some invasive species updates after this –....

SEARHC hosts Aleut, Lower 48 Natives for foods meeting
June 20, 2013
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium partnered with the Center for Disease Control this week to hold a meeting on traditional foods – and showcased a variety of options available to Natives and others for healthy eating. The meeting was held at the James and Elsie Nolan Center starting on Monday, June 17 and is a required component of the....

Begich, Murkowski vote with majority to confirm Pritzker as US Commerce secretary
First Posted: June 25, 2013 - 7:01 pm
Last Updated: June 25, 2013 - 7:04 pm
UNEAU, Alaska — Alaska's U.S. senators voted with the majority to confirm Penny Pritzker as the U.S. Commerce secretary. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she met with Pritzker recently and was pleased Pritzker was willing to engage on a number of Alaska concerns, including.....

Activists team up on issue of oil industry taxes
By Jenny Neyman
Jun 25th, 2013
Special to the Tribune
To those who follow the central Kenai Peninsula political scene, the following could sound like the setup for a bit of local humor, or at the very least be cause of a wryly raised eyebrow: Dick Waisanen, Tom Wagoner, George Pierce and Bob Shavelson walk up to a bar, or stand in front of Safeway, or meet up at the post office, and … . The humor is predicated on the premise that while these folks share a reputation of outspoken political involvement, they do so from often widely divergent points on the political spectrum. Waisanen, of Soldotna, has twice run as a Democrat for a Kenai-Soldotna seat in the Alaska House of Representatives, supportive of many party platforms, such as wanting to increase state spending on education and development of alternative.....

Opinion: Proposed Pebble mine would make a great joke
Three foreign mining executives walk into a bar and say to anyone who’ll listen, 'We want to dig one of the largest open pit mines on Earth in the middle of Alaska’s world class wild salmon fishery. We promise not to hurt the fishery or interfere with the 22,000 jobs and $1.5 billion it generates each year. And one more thing: We’re going to leave 10 billion tons of contaminated waste in a pond held by earthen dams taller than the.......

Economics of Pebble Mine could aid U.S., Whatcom economies
Published: June 26, 2013
A recent study by IHS Global Insight estimates that the Pebble Project will have the following national economic benefits:
15,000 jobs during construction;
2,900 operational jobs with 915 on site;
$109,500 average salary of mine workers;
$2.7 billion added to U.S. GDP annually;
$8.5 billion to $9.9 billion in taxes during production.
Fishermen were paid around $1 per pound for sockeye from Bristol Bay in recent years, whereas the Alaska Fish Radio on May 20, 2013 reported that fishermen in Alaska's.....

Florida port protects fishing industry
PORT CANAVERAL — The local commercial fishing industry will receive added protection as part of a plan approved Tuesday by port commissioners. The commission gave its unanimous support to proposed changes in the port charter recognizing the importance of the commercial fishing industry and assuring that such operations there would not be......

A Storm of Snow Crabs?
Christi Turner
June 24, 2013
The blizzard of snow crabs in the Barents Sea is heading toward the fragile ecosystems of Svalbard, and there may not be time to react.....