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#07-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Seldovia marks ‘turning point’ with new venture
Officials break ground for value-added processing plant, Seldovia Wild Seafood
Posted: July 10, 2013 - 2:11pm  |  Updated: July 10, 2013 - 2:33pm
By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer
The Fourth of July wasn’t the only crowd-drawing attraction in Seldovia on Thursday. An impressive line-up of dignitaries turned shovels of dirt, marking the beginning of construction at an old cannery site of a 100-by-60-foot steel frame structure planned to house Seldovia Wild Seafood.  The construction and future business venture raise hope for economic growth in the once-thriving city on the south side of Kachemak Bay. “This marks a turning point for Seldovia,” said.....

Kwik’pak Fisheries Traceability Program Ahead Of The Curve
By Kyle Clayton, KYUK - Bethel | July 10, 2013 - 5:31 pm
Kwik’pak Fisheries Yukon River salmon buyers across the country can validate their purchases and track their fish from the river to the shelf thanks to a traceability program that serves as a worldwide model. Kwik’pak is a relatively small fishery located in far removed rural Alaska in the native village of Emmonak. It buys it’s stock from small-scale Yup’ik commercial fishermen. Its fish travel long distances to get to buyers. And Kwik’pak tracks that trip—like an itinerary. “The fish has a story,” Robert Burmeister says. Burmeister works for Trace Register, a company Kwik’pak uses to track data that tells that fishes story. “Maybe 25 Chum Salmon out of a particular area of 334-12,” Burmeister says. “That area....

State files cross-appeal in fishing case
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The state is responding to subsistence fishermen who are appealing their convictions of illegal fishing on the Kuskokwim River. Assistant Attorney General Laura Fox says 13 fishermen are appealing....

A subpar season in Bristol Bay
Well, we're now well past the traditional season peak at Bristol Bay, and the catch stands at a fairly dreadful 13.7 million salmon.....

Wild salmon catch nears 39 million fish
Posted 07/10/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Wild salmon harvests were reaching toward 39 million fish by the second week of July, with harvests slowed in the Copper River and Bristol Bay, and retail prices remaining steady as salmon harvests elsewhere statewide continued to increase. At Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, whole fresh Copper River king salmon were still prices at $25.99 a pound and whole fresh Copper River sockeyes at $54.95 per fish, Fresh Copper River king salmon fillets were fetching $39.99 a pound at Pike Place, and fresh....

Study Attempts To Pinpoint Salmon As They Hit Rivers
By Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai | July 10, 2013 - 5:33 pm
King salmon runs to the rivers of Cook Inlet are down again this year. After last year’s disastrous fishing season, the Parnell administration launched a 5-year, $30 million effort to find out more about salmon life cycles in the ocean. One of the studies under way is....

M/V Tustumena Repairs Hit Additional Roadblock
By Stephanie Joyce
Wednesday, July 10 2013
07/10 6pm: This story has been updated to reflect the cancellation of the July 23 and August 6 sailings. The ferry Tustumena is delayed in shipyard yet again. The ship was scheduled to be back in the water on Monday, but a Coast Guard inspection revealed problems with some of the welding work on the ship’s hull. Lieutenant Commander Dan Buchsbaum says Seward Ship’s Drydock will need to fix the deficiencies, and have the ferry....

Inter-Island Ferry budget woes shrink
Inter-Island Ferry Authority, runs to Hollis o...
Inter-Island Ferry Authority, runs to Hollis on Prince of Wales Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on July 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm
The financial picture is improving for the Inter-Island Ferry Authority, which connects Prince of Wales Island and Ketchikan. But the southern Southeast system still needs more money to maintain a full schedule all year. Prince of Wales Island counts on the daily sailings of the Stikine, run by the Inter-Island Ferry Authority. “It gives us daily, year-round access for business and travel and recreation to the rest of the world,” says Sharon Brosamle, who works with the island’s chamber of commerce. One example, she says, is some people she knows who run a fish-processing operation. “It’s just because of daily ferry service that they were able to continue to operate and stay in business because they could get their product over to Ketchikan for shipping,” she says. The Inter-Island Ferry Authority is separate from the Alaska Marine Highway System. But it’s....

Crowley acquires Alaska fuel company
JULY 10, 2013 — Crowley's petroleum distribution group (CPD Alaska LLC) has acquired Anderes Oil, a longtime, well-respected fuel company in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Anderes family, after 50 years of serving Ketchikan, is leaving the oil business to pursue other interests. "Congratulations to the entire team on reaching this....

Pebble Mine film opens Thursday at KBC
Posted: July 10, 2013 - 5:42pm
“We Can’t Eat Gold,” a film about the proposed Pebble mine and its potential impact on Bristol Bay salmon runs and the people of the region, premieres in Homer at 3 p.m. today at Pioneer Hall, Kachemak Bay Campus. Created by Alaska filmmakers Joshua Tucker and Giovanna....

Bristling over 'federal overreach,' Alaska officials plan to fight back
Alex DeMarban
July 9, 2013
Two Alaska lawmakers are organizing a "federal overreach summit" to give residents a chance to detail perceived abuses suffered at the hands of the Federales. The forum, proposed for two days in August, is another example of how state politicians are taking up arms against Washington, D.C., in a long-running feud that's heating up again on several fronts. Some $10 billion a year flows from the nation's capital to Alaska, making it nearly as important as the almighty oil industry that pays for most state services. Yet the federal government often comes under attack, in part because....

Young Scientists Seek Answers on Blue King Crab Decline
Jul 10, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Schools out for summer, which means most teenagers are relishing the three months of freedom before they’ll have to hit the books again come fall. But for three high school students from St. George Island in the Pribilofs, the learning hasn’t stopped.....

Octopus hatchlings struggle to grow past infancy at Seward SeaLife Center
Jerzy Shedlock
July 10, 2013
Thousands of octopus eggs, laid more than a year ago at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, began hatching this spring, but none of the babies have made it past their species' version of childhood. The newborns face a future with the odds overwhelmingly stacked against life. Only once has a giant Pacific octopus been successfully reared from egg to maturity in an aquarium. It would also be rare, but less so, for the center to raise a Steller sea lion from birth to maturity. As thousands of tiny octopuses battle long odds, a sea lion born there in June is gaining weight rapidly. The center’s attempts at making history by raising to maturity one of thousands of giant Pacific octopuses born there recently, so far, have been unsuccessful, but aquarists in Seward are learning more about the....

Oregon lawmakers back Columbia River gillnetting bill (ban)
By Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press Published: Jul 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM PDT
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber's effort to move commercial gillnet fishers off the Columbia River took a big step forward in the final hours of Oregon's legislative session this week. Recreational fishers will find higher prices for licenses to catch salmon and steelhead, along with an exclusion zone at a popular fishing spot near Astoria. Lawmakers approved a surcharge of up to $9.75 per year to raise money for fisheries enhancement. They also authorized an exclusion zone at the mouth of Youngs Bay, a popular fishing spot near Astoria. The measure lifts a decades-old ban on seine nets for commercial fishing and allocates $500,000 to mitigate the economic impacts of ending gillnet fishing on the main stem of the Columbia beginning in.....

A catch-22: commercial fishing and the evolution of fish
Evolving catches can help or hurt bottom line, depending on how fishing is done.
by Scott K. Johnson - July 10 2013, 7:15am ADT
Few things illustrate the concept of sustainability as clearly as overfishing. When fish are harvested from an area more quickly than they reproduce, the population necessarily shrinks, and the catch shrinks along with it. But fish may actually be evolving in response to the pressure of fishing, reaching reproductive maturity more quickly. That adaptation comes at a cost, however. Fish that spawn earlier might be less fertile, grow less after they’ve reached sexual maturity, and could become more susceptible to....

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