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#07-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

1:27 PM MON JULY 8, 2013
Outbound! King Salmon Airport Busy Monday as Eastside Districts Wind Down
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Egegik was opened to more fishing Monday, but Naknek-Kvichak and Ugashik have remained closed. Listen to Mike Mason describe the scene at the King Salmon Airport Monday morning, as the hundreds of outbound travelers seemed to indicate the season may be winding down quickly....
Big Salmon Surge Over Weekend in Kodiak Management Area
July 08, 2013
About 55,000 salmon were netted on Saturday in the Kodiak Management Area, and another 156,000 on Sunday, bringing the season all-species harvest total to nearly 1.8-million fish. Thirty-one thousand reds were caught Saturday and about 61,000 more on Sunday....

Fishermen, families gather for blessings
Posted: July 7, 2013 - 6:35pm  |  Updated: July 8, 2013 - 8:18am
Peninsula Clarion
Fishermen and their families were the focus of the Nikiski Church of the Nazarene’s Fisherman’s Blessing service Sunday, as church and community members gathered to support each other. Jason Evoy, lead pastor of the church, said that the special service is geared toward the many in...
English: Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator
English: Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Murkowski: Pebble should provide more specifics
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski called on the companies seeking to develop a massive copper and gold prospect near the headwaters of a premier salmon fishery to release a mine plan soon, saying they are contributing to uncertainty surrounding the proposed Pebble Mine. Murkowski, in a letter to officials from Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., Anglo American plc and the Pebble Limited Partnership, said clarity over how the parties plan to proceed is in the best interest of everyone involved. The Pebble project is a joint venture between Northern Dynasty and....

Bristol Bay: NRDC's Reynolds Discusses EPA's Watershed Assessment
Joel Reynolds
Western Director and Senior attorney, NRDC, Los Angeles
Posted: 07/08/2013 8:03 pm
Aired: Monday, July 8, 2013
My interview with E&E News just aired today, where we discussed the Pebble Mine -- a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of the greatest wild salmon fishery in the world. EPA just concluded a 60-day public comment period, and the vast majority of people asked EPA to protect Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. NRDC members and activists alone sent over 267,000 petitions to the agency. I discussed this and more in the interview with E&E..... / video >

Retention of kings prohibited in dipnet fishery
Posted: July 8, 2013 - 10:10pm
Clarion staff report
Dipnetters participating in the personal-use fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River will be prohibited from retaining king salmon when the fishery opens Wednesday......

9 Rescued After Tour Boat Runs Aground Near Auke Bay
By Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS - Haines | July 8, 2013 - 11:43 pm
Nine passengers were rescued from a boat that ran aground near Juneau on Monday evening. The 36-foot motor vessel Islander ran aground at Shelter Island just outside Auke Bay. Coast Guard Petty Officer Sara Mooers said there were no injuries and all passengers were transported off the boat by Good Samaritan vessels in the area.  No fuel or oil was spotted....

New salmon sculpture honors original artist

by Sean Carlson
July 8, 2013 4:34 PM
One of the many local events celebrating July 4th was the unveiling of the replacement salmon sculpture at the foot of the fish ladder on Ketchikan Creek. The original cedar sculpture of a king salmon, carved in the mid-1960s, was removed in 2011 due to extreme deterioration. Through a call for art last year, Terry....
Jul 08 2013
Begich Holds Second Listening Session on Magnuson-Stevens
U.S. Senator Mark Begich discussed issues including by-catch, changes in ocean temperature, tribal involvement in fisheries management decisions and the Salmon Treaty with Canada during a Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) listening session held last week in Fairbanks and focused upon subsistence fishing issues.  As chairman of the Senate Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard subcommittee, Sen. Begich is beginning work on the reauthorization of the MSA and wants to make sure Alaskans have an opportunity to submit their comments.....

Jul 08 2013
Begich Comments on USDA Tongass Memorandum
U.S. Senator Mark Begich today commented on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack’s memorandum specifying direction for the transition in the Tongass National Forest to timber harvest consisting solely of young growth trees. “I’m pleased that Secretary Vilsack recognizes the need to stabilize the timber industry by adopting a collaborative approach in which the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will coordinate with the State of Alaska, regional and village Native corporations, and others on a transition strategy,” said Sen. Begich.  “However, just a few days ago I voiced support for the Big Thorne timber sale decision as it seemed to indicate that the USFS was trying to provide a multi-year supply of timber to mills in Southeast Alaska.....

ISA lab delisted after issuing incorrect results
Tuesday, July 09, 2013, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a statement clarifying its role in the decision to delist the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) as a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory. The delisting has scientists worried that other labs may now be hesitant to report  infectious salmon anaemia (ISA). In Canada, all suspected cases of ISA must be immediately reported to the CFIA for...

April 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM
Fishery council adopts new ecosystem plan
Posted by Letters Coordinator
Protect the Bering Sea canyons
The Pacific Fishery Management Council ‘s Fishery Ecosystem Plan is historic and will result in greater sustainability for fishing regions [“Fishery council approves West Coast ecosystem plan,” online, April 9].In June, the.....

When it comes to Columbia River commercial fishing, Gordon Holland has seen it all
13 hours ago  •  By Natalie St. John / The Daily News
When Gordon Holland was a boy, the fishing in the Pacific Northwest was so good that it didn’t make sense for him to stay in school. At 15, the Puget Island native left the classroom and “jumped right in,” learning how to fish from his father. “I couldn’t see going to high school. I couldn’t learn nothing about fishing!” Holland, now 90, recalled Monday. More than seven decades later, the once-booming Columbia River commercial fishing industry is struggling for survival in the midst of extended political and environmental disputes, but Holland is......... (Alaska mentioned)

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