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#08-01-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

6:35 PM WED JULY 31, 2013
Fritz Johnson Selected to Serve on the Alaska Board of Fisheries
Commercial driftnet fishermen Fritz Johnson from Dillingham has been selected by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to fill a vacancy on the Alaska Board of Fisheries. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....

3:55 PM WED JULY 31, 2013
Draft MSC Recertification Report Released... Public Comment Period is Open
The effort to get Alaska’s commercially caught salmon recertified under the Marine Stewardship Council’s label of sustainability took a major step forward Wednesday with the release of a draft report. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....

Yukon River king salmon run called "dismal"
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:57 pm | Updated: 11:59 pm, Wed Jul 31, 2013.
FAIRBANKS — Even with tight restrictions placed on Yukon River subsistence fishermen this summer, it doesn’t look like enough king salmon will make it to their Canadian spawning grounds to satisfy an international treaty. As of Tuesday, only about 20,000 kings had been counted past a sonar located 16 miles from....

Court rules against Pebble in document case
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:43 am
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A California appeals court panel has ruled that developers of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska do not deserve special protections for buying insider documents about project opponents and using those records to pursue a case with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The decision on Tuesday allows a 2011 lawsuit filed in California to proceed against the Pebble...

Boat captain arrested for assault, driving drunk
Published: July 31, 2013 Updated 9 hours ago
A fishing captain was arrested in Kodiak after he drove his boat drunk and attacked his crewmen, who abandoned ship, according to Alaska State Troopers. Nevada resident Michael A. Clemens, captain of the Oceana Kaylani, was "highly intoxicated" Monday night while piloting the 48-foot salmon seiner in the waters off of Cape Chiniak, troopers said in a written statement. Clemens, 56, also....

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Alaska Salmon Harvest Edges Toward 100 Million Fish
Commercial harvests of wild salmon from Alaskan waters through July 30 reached more than 98,700,000 fish, the latest preliminary report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows. The catch includes 55,618,000 pink, 28,001,000 sockeye, 13,601,000 chum, 1,248,000 silver and 294,000 kings.....

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Future Fishermen
At press time, the country is enveloped in a heat wave that’s reaching all the way to Alaska, where the youngest Philips learned all about picking fish from a gillnet on Bristol Bay this season. She reports a couple of 80-plus degree days in Egegik, and several very busy days, but lots of slow days as well. At 14, she hasn’t yet decided what she wants to do with her life, and she’ll most likely not make a career of fishing, but we’re glad she had the opportunity to....

Southeast History: Port Beauclerc's first cannery
By Pat Roppel | Capital City Weekly
Tucked away in a bay on the east coast of Kuiu Island, a small cannery was built by Out-of-Territory businessmen. A fire burned the main cannery building with its equipment and the company went out of business. This salmon plant was one of 22 new canneries that began operations in 1912 in Southeast Alaska. This was the largest increase in the industry since its beginnings in 1875. Not all were new operators. Many canning men who sold an operation planned to leave the industry. The draw was still there and soon another company was built at....

‘Local’ May Not Be What You Think It Is When It Comes To Seafood
August 1, 2013 4:59 AM
By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - When it comes to dining out down the shore, was your fresh seafood caught locally — or did it come from someplace else? Samuels & Son Seafood out of Philadelphia primarily distributes fish to restaurants in a 300 mile radius of the city — including the Jersey Shore. “I would say about 25 percent of the products....

Dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is not as large as expected
Thursday, August 01, 2013, 04:40 (GMT + 9)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)-backed scientists have recently discovered a hypoxic or oxygen-deprived zone in the Gulf of Mexico, which despite being large is smaller than expected. One of the researchers who led the 21-28 July survey cruise, Nancy Rabalais, PhD Executive director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), commented: “A near-record area was expected because of wet spring conditions in the Mississippi watershed and the resultant high river flows which deliver large....