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#07-31-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Years of Work Go Into Every King Salmon
KRAA @Flickr

Jul 30, 2012
Brianna Gibbs /KMXT
For about ten years, the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have worked together to provide greater access to king salmon fishing on Kodiak through the road system king salmon enhancement project. Only the Karluk and Ayakulik Rivers have native king salmon stocks on Kodiak, both of....

Feds blasted for extending comment period on controversial halibut plan just 14 days
Michael Armstrong
Homer News
July 30, 2013
In response to requests by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and the Alaska Charter Association, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced it had extended the comment period on its controversial halibut Catch Sharing Plan -- but only by 14 days. The new comment period ends Aug. 26. “I think it’s absolutely silly,” said chamber Executive Director Monte Davis. “We asked for enough time so that people in their busiest time of year would have time to comment.” Begich also expressed disappointment. “Giving Alaskans just two weeks more during the busy summer fishing season to comment on a ....

‘Stupid robots’ to replace fishery observers
By Laine Welch
Jul 30th, 2013
If a picture is worth a thousand words, get ready for millions of undersea images; all brought to you by a handmade, high-definition undersea camera. “Alaska Cam Sled is a towed imaging system that takes a lot of high-resolution pictures of the bottom of the ocean,” said Gregg Rosenkranz, a state scallop biometrician based in Kodiak. Rosenkranz and his colleague, Rick Shepherd, built the cam sled, which lets them experience a live stream of the sea floor while onboard a research vessel. They...

AK wholesale salmon prices for 2012; Sockeye prices turning around already this year
July 30, 2013 by Laine Welch
The 2012 Alaska Salmon Price Report is out, which shows market prices for salmon by species,   region and product.  Here’s a snapshot of wholesale prices and some telling comparisons......

6:47 PM TUE JULY 30, 2013
Using Strontium and Otoliths to Track Salmon Migration
Imagine if you could harvest a salmon and know exactly where that fish has been and where it’s headed. That may sound far-fetched but the ability to do just that might be here sooner than later. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

Chuitna Coal Battle Heats Up
By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage | July 30, 2013 - 5:17 pm
The state has turned down a petition that would have designated some state lands within the Chuitna River watershed as unsuitable for coal mining. Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan on Friday reaffirmed his decision to reject the petition, filed by Trustees For Alaska on behalf of the Chuitna Citizens Coalition and Cook Inletkeeper. Mine opponents say the Chuitna River and its tributaries are salmon streams and will be....

Mill Creek Selected for State-of-the-Art Fisheries Improvement Work
Posted by SiteJudge on Jul 30th, 2013
............. What is being proposed for Mill Creek is a series of best-practices pioneered in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest to restore streams and support the salmon fisheries. One example is the “engineered logjam.” This involves taking a series of 60’ long trees (including the root wad) and keying them deeply into the stream bank. These structures are permanently anchored. The end result is an engineered structure that protects the bank, creates pool habitat for diverse aquatic species and is self-sustaining.....

Gutting it out on the gut line — Chinese cannery workers faced tough conditions

JULY 31, 2013 · 9:52 AM
By Dr. Alan Boraas
For the Redoubt Reporter
As boys growing up in the 1930s, Herman Lindgren and Herman Hermanson hung out at the canneries, particularly the Libby Cannery across the river from Kenai. Young Lindgren and Hermanson were told by their fathers and uncles to never go near the Chinese barracks. That, of course, was a challenge to any self-respecting, rambunctious boy. As Hermanson later told the story at a Kasilof Historical Society meeting, during.....

July 31, 2013
'We've been left with nothing'
Fishermen put boats up for sale
By Marjorie Nesin
Staff Writer
A few years back, when the feds advised Joe Orlando to increase his number of fishing permits, he invested some $400,000, continuing to follow all the rules and expecting to see the industry bounce back as promised. He still signs checks to pay off those permits — permits he says are now all but worthless since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sliced quotas and landing limits by up to 78 percent this......