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#07-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Tidal energy company discuses concepts with HEA board
Homer Tribune
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
Anyone who has spent time on the waters near Homer can tell you that there’s no question that there is a lot of tidal energy in the Cook Inlet. Since 2011, the Homer Electric Association has been eyeing that energy as a possible source of power for the area, partnering with Ocean Renewable Power Company to explore the idea. At last week’s HEA board meeting, attendees got their first taste of what the project might look at when investor Doug Johnson presented on the company’s pilot project, a tidal turbine generator unit in Eastport, Maine, which was deployed last summer. Board member Jim Levine, who said his interest in tidal energy preceded his election to the board, said the turbine generator resembles a large handpush lawnmower, though it turns.... http://homertribune.com/2013/07/tidal-energy-company-discuses-concepts-with-hea-board/

Herring Fishery Off to Strong Start in Aleutian Waters
By Audrey Carlsen
Wednesday, July 17 2013
One of the Aleutians’ smallest fisheries, the Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Herring Fishery, opened on Monday. Three seiners are... http://kucb.org/news/article/herring-fishery-off-to-strong-start-in-aleutian-waters/

3:30 PM WED JULY 17, 2013
Another 66-Thousand Sockeye Added to the Bristol Bay Total on Tuesday http://kdlg.org/post/another-66-thousand-sockeye-added-bristol-bay-total-tuesday

It’s time to get your pink on at the Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am
Staff Report | 0 comments
FAIRBANKS — The sixth annual Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby will be held Saturday. The one-day fishing tournament is open to kids age 5 to 16 and there is no registration fee. There are four age divisions with first, second and third-place prizes in each. To participate, all kids need to do is go fishing and weigh in their fish at... http://www.newsminer.com/features/outdoors/it-s-time-to-get-your-pink-on-at-the/article_849c7e22-ef7e-11e2-824a-0019bb30f31a.html

A boom year for Redoubt sockeye
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
July 17, 2013 11:10 am
Redoubt Lake near Sitka is having a banner year for sockeye.
The US Forest Service, which manages the weir at Redoubt, reports almost 22,000 fish have returned to freshwater so far, and the run is not expected to peak for another week or two. Biologists project that the total run this year could reach 80,000. Two commercial seine openings have been held, and more are likely...... http://www.kcaw.org/2013/07/17/a-boom-year-for-redoubt-sockeye/
Food Informants: A Week In The Life Of Izetta Chambers, Alaska Salmon Fisherman
Posted: 07/17/2013 8:43 am EDT
Company founder and managing member Izetta Chambers is the driving force behind Naknek Family Fisheries. She organized the LLC in October 2006 and has been managing it seasonally since that time. Izetta is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate in 2008. Izetta serves as the MAP Agent/Assistant Professor for the Marine Advisory Program, an extension partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Sea Grant program...... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/17/food-informants-izetta-chambers_n_3562289.html

The new boss?
Added by Editor on July 16, 2013.
Saved under Editorial
We are confused. Why is a sitting U.S. senator telling a private consortium how to run its affairs? One would think that is a little out of the realm of her senatorial duties. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was far out of bounds when, in a letter to Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., Anglo American PLC and the Pebble Limited Partnership, she called for a plan soon on
.... http://www.anchoragedailyplanet.com/33497/the-new-boss/

EPA’s clean water act may prohibit mining
Pebble and other mining companies could be affected
By Jenny Neyman
Special to the Homer Tribune
Kenai’s Phil North’s first impression of Bristol Bay was only a hint of the place.  It wouldn’t be until he was nearing the end of his 20-plus-year career with the Environmental Protection Agency in Alaska that he realized the scope of the place. Not just lots of salmon, but the healthiest wild salmon runs left in the world. Not just ample biodiversity, but one of the few remaining intact, untampered-with watershed systems. A fishery that not only helped pay his summer wage, but that generates $1.5 billion annually in output or sales value across the United St...... http://homertribune.com/2013/07/epas-clean-water-act-may-prohibit-mining/

DEC rep defends wastewater law
by Sean Carlson
July 17, 2013 4:46 PM
A representative from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation visited Ketchikan today. In a talk with local business leaders, she outlined how this year’s changes to cruise ship wastewater dumping rules were not as harmful as some had feared..... http://www.krbd.org/2013/07/17/dec-rep-defends-wastewater-laws/

More Spills and Still No One Listens
By GW Rastopsoff | Alaska Native News 18 hours 4 minutes ago
It was August 21st, 2009, that the Timor Sea blowout occurred, and carried on for approximately 74 days before mud could be pumped into the well and the wellbore could be cemented and capped. The first four attempts to plug the well head failed. In that time the spill extended all the way to Indonesia. Jim contacted the Australian government; they replied but showed no interest. No oil was recovered from the Montara Timor Sea incident. Dispersants were used to sink the oil into the water column. The spill affected the livelihoods of at least 18,000.... http://alaska-native-news.com/alaska-native-news-at-sea/8907-more-spills-and-no-one-listens.html

B.C. conservationists say Alaska fishermen contributing to record low Skeena River sockeye run
CP JULY 17, 2013
VANCOUVER — A near record-low sockeye salmon run for Skeena River fisheries has cut off the catch in B.C., but conservation groups say Alaskan fishermen are not pulling in their nets, making the problem worse. "This is probably one of the lowest (runs) we've seen in about 50 years," said Mel Kotyk, North Coast area director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Only 453,000 sockeye are expected to.... http://www.theprovince.com/business/conservationists+Alaska+fishermen+contributing+record+Skeena+River/8672827/story.html