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#07-24-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

10:37 AM TUE JULY 23, 2013
Alaska's Senators Ask for Pebble Mine Plan
Alaska’s congressional delegation has been cautious about supporting the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.  That document in part will guide the agency’s decision making about whether it allows the development of the proposed Pebble Mine.  Both of Alaska’s senators are calling for the Pebble Limited Partnership to be more forthcoming about their future plans. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story....

Decision delayed on Cook Inlet setnetters' bid for more sockeyes amid low Kenai king run
Craig Medred
July 23, 2013
With the Alaska Department of Fish and Game cautiously monitoring a weak return of late-run Kenai River king salmon, and with sport fishing groups increasingly suggesting fishing closures might be in order to protect the spawning stock, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi has postponed for a week a hearing on a lawsuit from commercial fishermen who want more fish. Commercial setnet fishermen who work the beaches near the mouth of the Kenai say they haven't been given the extra fishing time promised this year, and it's costing them millions of dollars. They say their fishing for red salmon shouldn't be restricted just to help protect kings. In a 19-page lawsuit, the Cook Inlet Fishermen's Fund accuses the Alaska Department of Fish and Game of violating orders from the state Board of Fisheries to give setnetters an extra 51 hours of fishing time over and above their traditional, two-days-per week openings. The board, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alaska Legislature, sets fishery policy. Fish and Game, a state agency, carries out those policies. Matt Mead, an attorney for the setnet fishermen who constitute .......

Compass: Act now, or we'll lose Kenai River kings
Published: July 23, 2013
The world famous Kenai River king salmon are facing a major crisis, with historic low returns of this special salmon to their spawning grounds. I say this as a former chairman of the Alaska Board of Fisheries and a concerned citizen still involved in fishery issues. As an attorney, I represent the Kenai King Conservation Alliance. The late run of Kenai kings has been in decline. Late-run fish enter the river from late June........

Warm weather kills hatchery Chinook near Petersburg
by Joe Viechnicki
July 23, 2013 5:00 pm
Over a thousand hatchery king salmon died at Blind River rapids sometime last week and are a total loss. The Chinook were returning to the Crystal Lake Hatchery on southern Mitkof Island, south of Petersburg.....

Where’s the mush? No reports in Alaska halibut so far this year
July 23, 2013 by Laine Welch
Reports of mushy halibut were wide spread among sport fishermen for the past two years, especially in parts of the Central Gulf.  The fish have large areas of body muscle that is opaque and jelly-like.  It’s been spotted in halibut since the late 1980s, but the high numbers last year were unique.........

Nushugak King Run Finding Success
By Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham | July 23, 2013 - 5:27 pm
It’s been another year of low king salmon numbers to many of the major river systems in Alaska. However, one of the biggest king runs in the state is doing quite well.......

2:47 PM TUE JULY 23, 2013
Togiak District Update... Don't Go Without a Market
The vast majority of the commercial fishermen who ply their trade each summer in Bristol Bay have called it a season. However, there is still fishing pressure being applied in the western-most fishing district in the Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains......

Sitka Salmon Shares adds jumbo freezers
The Register-Mail
Posted Jul 23, 2013 @ 09:31 PM
Sitka Salmon Shares, located at the Sustainable Business Center in Galesburg, has embarked on an expansion that will more than triple the size of its facility. Two industrial size freezers were recently installed, along with an increase in summer staff and the addition of a business development professional for the restaurant sector. “We’re excited about the expansion,” Sitka Salmon founder Nic Mink said in a news.....

From poverty fighter in rural Alaskan villages to mining CEO
Manuel Quinones, E&E reporter
Greenwire: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
The man spearheading a massive copper-and-gold mining venture in southwestern Alaska portrays his project as a big economic boost for Native Alaskans. Pebble LP CEO John Shively says he knows firsthand what Native Alaskans need from his 1960s work in rural villages as a young poverty fighter."I have some understanding of rural Alaska," Shively said in a recent interview. "And I spent much of my career....

July 24, 2013
Bill targets truth in seafood labeling
BY Alan Burke
Staff Writer
When it comes to seafood, Cape Ann and other Massachusetts restaurants and marketers will be facing new truth-in-labeling mandates if a bill filed by a nearby North Shore lawmaker takes hold. State Rep. Ted Speliotis, D-Danvers, is co-sponsoring legislation that would require restaurants to clearly label what they’re selling. At the same time, it would put a.....

Hot and leaky: Fukushima two years later
Steam, radioactive groundwater continue to raise concerns.
by John Timmer - July 23 2013, 8:41am AKDT.....

“Stable” parts of Antarctic ice may have retreated in the past
by Scott K. Johnson - July 23 2013, 7:30am AKDT
Ice in one region retreated hundreds of kilometers when CO2 was last this high....

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