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#08-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

US, Canada conduct spill drill in the Bering Strait
By Tim Bradner, The Associated Press on August 4, 2013.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In a signal of increasing concerns over Arctic shipping, U.S. and Canadian coast guard vessels have conducted their first joint Arctic offshore oil spill drill near the Bering Strait. Two days of test of vessels and equipment were scheduled at Port Clarence, a protected bay near the strait, although poor weather limited actual deployment of spill gear to one day, said Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow. Port Clarence has been designated by the Coast Guard as a port of refuge for....

10:54 AM FRI AUGUST 2, 2013
Chef Kathy Gunst Brings Recipes From Alaska (great slideshow)

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst traveled to Alaska to learn about the cuisine of our northernmost state from chef Kirsten Dixon at Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge in Alaska. The state has a short, intense growing season — only 100 days or so — but during those hundred days there is almost continual sunlight, which makes for large, bountiful produce. Kathy sampled the famed Alaskan salmon, which is popular not only with people, but also Alaska’s bear population. She shares five recipes — three of Kirsten Dixon’s and two of her own....

Leschper: Hail to the kings: Theories swirl around Alaskan salmon controversy
Posted: August 4, 2013 - 12:34am
SOLDOTNA, Alaska — The kings are dead. Long live the kings.
But are they, really? The chilly reaches of the famed Kenai River were made famous by the hulking specimens of one salmon species, but its smaller cousin has assumed the throne as economic monarch of this world-class fishery, bringing out hordes hoping to score a tasty or lucrative bounty each July and leaving biologists and sport and commercial anglers wondering if the good-old days of monstrous fish are gone. There is controversy, of course. This is Alaska, where the robber baron mentality is alive and well. When the fish are....

Alaska Native villages report low walrus harvest
Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 11:45 am
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Two native villages on Alaska's remote St. Lawrence Island are reporting their smallest harvests of walrus in memory. People are hurting not just in the lack of walrus meat but also in the lack of walrus tusks, according to residents of Gambell and Savoonga.....

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