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#07-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

New multi-year fisheries study launched for Gulf of Alaska

By TOM HESSE  Daily Sitka Sentinel
July 14, 2013 - 6:14 am EDT
SITKA, Alaska — The Gulf of Alaska houses some of the most successful fisheries on the planet and more than 40 scientists are working on a multi-year study to help maintain that success. The project is called the Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem Research Project. "That ending there, the IERP," research fisheries biologist Wyatt Fournier explained, "means that instead of the traditional method of going out and having a single species survey or a single species direction of study, we're going to go out on this vessel and conduct full fisheries studies and oceanography surveys." The project's focus is on the survival rates of pollock, Pacific cod, black cod, rockfish and the arrowtooth flounder, but Fournier, who....

ADN: Our View: Murkowski right to press Pebble for a plan
Published: July 13, 2013 Updated 5 hours ago
Sen. Lisa Murkowski wrote to the Pebble partnership last week urging release of a specific plan for its gold and copper prospect in the headwaters of Bristol Bay salmon streams.
Without it, the senator wrote, the Pebble Limited Partnership is contributing to uncertainty, anxiety and frustration among Alaskans.
She's right.
The Pebble project is a joint venture of Northern Dynasty Minerals LTD and Anglo American PLC. The partnership, headed by former Alaska natural resources commissioner John Shively, was set up to design, seek permits, build and run the operation......

5:04 PM SAT JULY 13, 2013
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, July 13
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, July 13th includes the latest on the price for sockeye this season and an update on the response to the sunken fishing tender....

Kings curbed: Individuals can't keep them, but commercial boats fish on
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:00 am
Michael Kramer
Community perspective
For many Alaskans, chinook salmon are our most precious resource. They are the official state fish of Alaska. We own them, and our government has a responsibility to manage them for our sustainable harvest.....

Step up, operators
The Deer Mountain Fish Hatchery is a community treasure.
Located in City Park, not far from the Totem Heritage Museum, it attracts tourists and other visitors as well as locals interested in Ketchikan Creek's salmon. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Ketchikan every year, most of them from cruise ships, and many trek over to the hatchery. The hatchery helps to explain to them the life cycle and....

Filleting salmon on Russian River gets trout in the mood for scavenging
By GREG SKINNER  Peninsula Clarion
First Posted: July 13, 2013 - 6:21 am
Last Updated: July 13, 2013 - 6:23 am
KENAI, Alaska — One of the best things about all the red filleting that goes on along the banks of the Russian River is that the "waste" gets the trout riled and in the mood for a salmon dinner. "Match the hatch," said Colin Lowe, of Kenai Cache, an outfitter and guide service in Cooper Landing. While fleshy salmon scraps aren't exactly part of the insect life-cycle, they can be matched with some dyed rabbit fur on the appropriately legal hook. It's probable that some fisherman will take a break from the.....

Kodiak: Chamber of Commerce Puts Pressure on Ferry System
Jul 12, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Local business leaders have been working with Kodiak’s legislative delegation over concerns about the ferry Tustumena’s repeated delays in returning to service this summer. The Alaska Marine Highway System announced this week that the Tusty will miss its scheduled July 23rd return to service because of shoddy work done on welds to watertight....

Improved designs and technologies welcome a 'new era of airships'
Ben Popken NBC News
16 hours ago
Whether you call them blimps, zeppelins, dirigibles or airships, new breakthrough designs offer tantalizing possibilities for achieving the long-held dream of viable lighter-than-air travel and transport. At a conference this week in Alaska, sponsored by NASA and the state's Department of Transportation, politicians, entrepreneurs, aviation enthusiasts, mining companies, Native American member....

Soldotna eyes $1 million river-front property
Posted: July 11, 2013 - 8:26pm
By Dan Schwartz
Peninsula Clarion
The city of Soldotna is taking steps toward buying a $1.1 million property abutting Soldotna Creek Park. At its Wednesday meeting, the Soldotna city council voted to move $1,124,000 from the city’s general fund — or city savings — to buy tract B-2, Terra Edge Subdivision Part Three....