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#07-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Salmon catch at 41M, Bristol Bay unlikely to meet forecast
Published: 2013.07.11 04:06 PM
Statewide, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that about 41.3 million salmon have been caught by commercial fishermen this year. Prince William Sound has the largest share of that, with an estimated catch of about 14 million fish, including 8.9 million pinks, 3 million chums and nearly 2 million....

CDQ changes would need unanimous support
Posted 07/12/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Alaska's six community development quota fisheries groups, most of whom are satisfied with the status quo, have been advised by the state's congressional delegation that they must be united in requesting any allocation revisions. That advise from Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, came in a recent letter from the congressional delegation to the six CDQ groups. "The 2006 amendments to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act stabilized allocations between the groups and created the Western Alaska Community Development Association," the delegation said. "These two steps have ensured that the CDQ....

Commercial-charter halibut split released for comment
Published: 2013.07.11 04:07 PM
A controversial halibut catch sharing plan is once again up for public comment. The National Marine Fisheries Service published the proposed halibut catch sharing plan June 28, with 45 days for public comments. The plan creates a combined catch limit for the commercial and charter sectors, with each receiving a percentage of the allowed harvest, beginning in 2014. The exact charter-commercial split will be different in areas 2C, or Southeast, and 3A, the central Gulf of Alaska. Under the proposed plan, the International Pacific Halibut Commission would continue to set the overall catch limit each year, and the charter sector would receive a percentage of.....

Project aim is survival of released halibut
Posted 07/12/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
A new collaborative project involving the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, the charter fishing industry and Alaska Sea Grant aims to increase the survival rate of Pacific halibut caught and released in sport fisheries. The idea came from some of the charter boat operators we work with, said Kelly Harrell, executive director of AMCC, a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the long-term health of.....

Gulkana Hatchery prepares for egg take
Posted 07/12/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Major efforts to restore millions of yards of gravel and rock to the hatchery site and Richardson Highway are still in the works, but the Gulkana Hatchery's staff is ready to begin its annual egg take when the sockeye salmon arrive. Most of the hatchery's 136 incubators are cleaned up and staff at the state-owned hatchery, which is leased to the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp., are ready to load them up with sockeye....

Testing the water
Researchers keep an eye on Kenai River
Posted: July 10, 2013 - 9:39pm  |  Updated: July 11, 2013 - 4:52pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
A mass of seagulls, salmon and now dipnetters at the mouth of the Kenai River are attracting enough bacteria to exceed state and federal water quality standards for certain kinds of bacteria. By Tuesday measurements on the river showed elevated levels of fecal coliform and enterococci bacteria in the water and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is warning dipnetters — whose season opened Wednesday — to wash their fish and avoid.....

Sitka Salmon Shares Brings Fresh Fish to the Midwest
Salmon from the community supported fishery receive better treatment for a better taste
Jul 11, 2013
Living smack-dab in the middle of the country has its virtues and its vices. Among the former? We’re nicer, they say. There’s less congestion. Our work ethic is strong. And then there are those awesome accents. But when it comes to fresh fish, specifically those species we can’t find in one of Wisconsin’s 15,000 lakes, it gets trickier. Even with overnight flights and priority....

AK salmon prices at first wholesale: Ups and downs/Jan-April 2013; Roe = Wow!
English: A salmon seiner in southeast Alaska. ...
A salmon seiner in southeast Alaska. Most pink salmon are harvested in the ocean by purse seines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
July 11, 2013 by Laine Welch
Alaska’s salmon is marketed in several forms – such as fresh or frozen, fillets, roe and canned.  The State tracks sales by product, price  and region and reports on it three times a year.  Here’s a snapshot of the January through April sales at first wholesale compared to the same time....

Sealaska, ASMI plan second Oyster Fest in Juneau with southeast Alaska products
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Native regional corporation for southeast Alaska is sponsoring a Juneau weekend festival that promotes the oyster industry. Sealaska Corp. will host the second Oyster Fest on Saturday in the corporation's parking lot. Shawn Blumenshine of Sealaska subsidiary Haa Aani (HAH AH'-nee) tells KINY-radio....

11:54 AM THU JULY 11, 2013
Sea Ice Scientist Calls for Improvements in Sea Ice Research
Kenai Lake, partly frozen, April 2007
Kenai Lake, partly frozen, April 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
480 vessels from all around the world passed through the Bering Strait last year, and more are expected this summer.  Among the vessels are Suez-max supertankers making the northern sea route over Russia. The short shipping season is entirely dependent on the sea ice....

Leaders must come together to maintain #foodsecurity
By Nick P. Andrew
Tribal Administrator, Marshall Traditional Council
July 11, 2013
In a remote region where hunting, fishing and gathering is essential for survival, a valued Yup’ik Eskimo traditional and customary food staple that have sustained our people since time beyond beginning is in decline. Food security is now a seasonal uncertainty. As our ancestors did, we too anxiously await the return of valued oil laden king salmon (chinook). According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Subsistence 2010 Survey, in Marshall 46 out of 85 households indicated that 23 percent of their diet was king salmon next to 17 percent being moose. As the mission statement of the Division of Subsistence states, “To scientifically quantify, evaluate, and report information about customary and traditional.....

Former State Biologist Suggests Voluntarily Not Fishing To Boost Chinook Escapement
By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage | July 11, 2013 - 5:53 pm
Chinook salmon runs are poor all over the state, but especially so in the Matanuska Susitna Borough, where sports fishing restrictions have been in place most of the season. Now a former state fisheries biologist says fishermen could help boost Chinook escapement by voluntarily not fishing at all....

Elusive Amphibians Chronicled Along Stikine
By Robbie Feinberg, KFSK - Petersburg | July 11, 2013 - 5:40 pm
With its temperate rainforest climate, Southeast Alaska is a prime location for amphibians like frogs and salamanders. But scientists in the state have barely explored the creatures. One University of Alaska graduate student, with the help of a Petersburg resident, is trying to change that....

Adak fuel company facing criminal charges for big 2010 diesel spill in Aleutians
Sean Doogan
July 11, 2013
The state of Alaska is pursuing criminal charges against an Aleutian Island fuel company over a 2010 diesel spill. According to court records, some 47,291 gallons of diesel fuel #2, which is used by ships and burned in power generation, spilled when Adak Petroleum workers overfilled an underground storage tank on Adak, a....

Mucking up management
Thursday, 11 July 2013
It is striking how much influence recreational fishing groups can have over local decision-making when they put their minds to it. Today, commercial fishermen in Oregon are reeling from another move to eliminate gillnetting on the main stem of the Columbia River. Gov. John Kitzhaber is likely to sign legislation that would ask the Fish and Wildlife Commission to establish an exclusion zone at....

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