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#07-19-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Answers sought on NPS policy on serving seafood
National Park Service ranger vehicle in Mesa V...
National Park Service ranger vehicle in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted 07/19/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is taking issue with a new National Park Service policy to sell only fish deemed sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council at park concessions, including Alaska's popular Denali National Park. MSC ( , which has its own certification program for sustainability, does not recognized Alaska's fisheries as sustainable unless they are individually certified by MSC......

Fish To School
Posted 07/19/2013
by Barbara Bunte - for the Cordova Times
Once again it is time to start putting salmon in the freezer for the coming winter and Cordova School District Food Manager, Sandie Ponte, is happy to see wild caught sockeye filets in the school freezer, thanks to the local fishermen who generously donated to the Fish To School project on July 1. This is the second year for the Fish To School project in Cordova. It has become a very popular program because it helps.......

Dinner events spread support Bristol Bay fishery
Posted 07/19/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
As the Bristol Bay salmon fishery winds down, 80 top restaurants across the country are hosting a rolling wave of dinner events featuring Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, in a partnership with the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. The chefs are showcasing their creativity and commitment to Bristol Bay with events ranging from.....

Prices up for roe, H&G salmon
Posted 07/19/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Alaska seafood processors saw a substantial rise in average wholesale prices for pink, chum and coho salmon roe prices in the first four months of 2013, a state Department of Revenue report confirms.
The most dramatic jump was the average price of $11.93 a pound for 336,566 pounds of pink.....

Upset sockeye setnetters sue Alaska for not offering 'extra' openings
Craig Medred
July 18, 2013
Commercial fishermen who lost millions of dollars when the state of Alaska shut them down to protect weak runs of Kenai River king salmon last year are mad as hell, and they're not going to take it anymore.....

Kenai River sockeye count hits 246,396 in a single day
Published: 2013.07.18 11:06 AM
The Kenai River sockeye run hit 246,396 fish July 16, more than have been counted in a single day in the past several years. That brought the cumulative total for the river this year to 489,937 sockeyes. Elsewhere in the state, sockeye and chum salmon runs are strong, but king returns throughout the state are persistently low, although better than 2012 levels. The statewide commercial salmon catch hit 56.6 million July 15, including 24.5 million sockeyes. In Cook Inlet, the Kasilof hit a season high....

Researchers keep an eye on Kenai River water quality
Published: 2013.07.18 11:05 AM
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 getting the water in their mouths. “Probably the people who are most susceptible are the kids that are out there wading around and they’re getting water in....

4:45 PM THU JULY 18, 2013
The BB-RSDA Hires Someone to Market Bristol Bay's Sockeye

Fishery Disaster Funds Included In Early Appropriations Bill
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | July 18, 2013 - 5:24 pm
Relief funds for last summer’s King salmon fisheries disasters on the Kuskokwim and Yukon Rivers has taken one step closer to reaching fishermen in the region.....

Smaller sockeye, smaller crowd
Kasilof River personal use fishery still appeals to many
Posted: July 17, 2013 - 8:28pm  |  Updated: July 18, 2013 - 9:03am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
Cyprus Dunyon put his head in the sand, pushed hard with his toes and tumbled head over heels toward the mouth of the Kasilof River. With each tumble, his feet slid closer to the shoreline where a nest of camp chairs and coolers sat waiting for the more than 150 people....

Halibut release program underway
July 18, 2013
A new collaborative project in Alaska aims to increase the survival rate of Pacific halibut caught and released in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska sport fisheries. Project leaders will use local knowledge and scientific expertise to develop best practices for careful handling and release of sport-caught halibut. The Alaska Marine Conservation Council, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and the charter industry are partners........

Lessons learned early: respect for ocean, for seals and the beauty of the water
Laureli Kinneen
July 18, 2013
..........His first job was as a commercial fisherman – following my dad out on the ocean as soon as he was able to walk. In sixth and seventh grade, he was the youngest fisherman in Unalakleet, taking Dad’s boat out in the ocean when he was just 12 years old to check the net and deliver salmon – by himself. I ask him, laughing, if that was legal. He just laughs and doesn’t know or care if it was. Papa Ralph was so proud of him. Today Fred Jay works as the senior crew leader for the regional CDQ, the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation. He enjoys it. He doesn’t spend his energy thinking about politics and the controversy of the program. With his paycheck, he’ll buy gasoline. His kids’ braces, basketball....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Jul 18, 2013
Coming up this week, chum bycatch is high early in the Bering sea; In Bristol Bay, even though the run didn’t meet expectations, prices are up for sockeye; a whole bunch of scientists put their minds to work on the Gulf of Alaska, and a commentary – yes, we have....

Humpback whale fully entangled in gillnet fishing gear released by fisherman
July 18, 2013
(SitNews) Haines, Alaska - A humpback whale fully entangled in gillnet fishing gear south of Haines was reported by a fisherman at about 7 a.m. Wednesday to the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region.  NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard partnered on the response, with NOAA deploying....

1:57 PM THU JULY 18, 2013
Sockeye Harvest Drops to just 53-Thousand on Wednesday
Commercial fishermen in Bristol Bay hauled in another 53-thousand sockeye on Wednesday to push the season total to above 15.5-million fish. The District leading all others in harvest this season is the Naknek-Kvichak District where fishermen hauled in....