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#08-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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The offices of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sensible decision: Walmart agrees to sell Alaska salmon after all
Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:00 am
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
A controversy about labeling Alaska salmon appears to be headed toward a resolution with a sensible decision by Walmart to not reject the sustainable fish supply from the 49th state.....

4:59 PM WED AUGUST 7, 2013
Commerical Fishing for Nushagak Coho to Open Thursday
Commercial Fishing for coho salmon in the Nushagak district is set to open at 9 a.m. Thursday and Togiak Seafoods will be buying. General Manager Voita Novak says one tender, the Sea Trek II left Togiak at about 4 a.m Wednesday, headed to the Nushagak. Novak is asking fisherman to contact the tender Thursday morning on Channel 72. "They need to first call the tender, let them know they're fishing.  We need to know how many boats will fish so we know we can manage the fishery and everyone will be....

NOAA to hold teleconference on halibut plan
Posted: August 7, 2013 - 6:18pm
Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and the Homer Chamber of Conference and Visitor Center hold an informational teleconference on the halibut Catch Sharing Plan from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office. Seating is limited to 20 participants, so those interested should e-mail Jim Lavrakas at....
Inmates to work the slime lines
AUGUST 7, 2013 10:21 AM
Heidi Zemach for SCN
Some 15-16 eligible male inmates from Point Mckenzie Correctional Institute, the state’s minimum security correctional center, and Wildwood Correctional Center, the state’s prison in Kenai for long-term medium-and minimum security custody inmates, have qualified for a new work-re-entry program to work at Icicle Seafoods/Seward Fisheries....

.......... Southeast trollers are looking to score big on coho salmon.....

Enough Regulations, Fishermen Want Data
Posted: August 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm
Todd Smith is one of the new board members for the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, but prior to his appointment, Smith was part of an independent group submitting proposals for the 2014 Board of Fish meetings…...

Kenai to Debate Beach Bacteria Study Funds
Posted: August 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm
The Kenai City Council, tonight, will debate appropriating additional funds from the State of Alaska for Bacteria Level Monitoring on the City’s Beaches During the 2013 Personal Use Fishery.....

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Crab Certification Audit Complete, as Crabbers Await Stock Survey Results
Prices are down a bit, but demand remains strong, as harvesters of Alaska’s deadliest catch, albeit multi-million dollar crab fishery await stock survey results that will determine quotas for the 2013-2014 fishery. Online marketers in Alaska like FishEx, in Anchorage, were asking nearly $36 a pound in early August for frozen giant king crab legs, nearly $49 a pound for Alaska king crab meat and $29.21 a pound for split Alaska red king crab legs.  Alaska snow crab, also known as opilio, was selling...

12:59 PM WED AUGUST 7, 2013
Slight Increase in the Value of a Bristol Bay Driftnet Permit
The value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit increased slightly last month while the value of a setnet permit dropped. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....

New Board of Fisheries Member ‘Careful,’ ‘Reasonable’
Posted: August 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm
While local fishermen are getting their first look at the 2014 Board of Fisheries  proposals (you can view the entire packet here: 2014 Board of Fish Proposals), they’ll also be seeing Board Member Fritz Johnson for the first time since his appointment last month.....

NOAA wants input on electronic monitoring
August 7, 2013 by Laine Welch
NOAA news release, July 7, 2013
Consider your smartphone, tablet, or computer for a moment. More than just the way to do business around the office, these emerging technologies are fast becoming the latest tools we use to gather fisheries data in the field.....

Warm Waters May Be Culprit In Higher Salmon Mortality
Aug 07, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Back in July KMXT told you about the effects Kodiak’s unusually sunny summer may have on salmon. The weather has since turned to the wet downpour islanders are used to, but repercussions from the sunny stretches are still visible, most recently on Afognak Island. Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association crews conducted their annual egg take of sockeye salmon in Afognak Lake this week and noticed higher than normal mortality rates....

Salmonstock raises money to protect wild salmon habitat 
Home Tribune

By Ed Kobak
Special to the Tribune
A blend of salmon, music, food, art and beer spread three days over the weekend at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds, where the gray, threatening skies weren’t enough to dampen the vibrant mood of the third annual Salmonstock festival.
Salmonstock blends a small-town country atmosphere with the flavor of an established music festival in what amounted to three days of fun celebrating and educating “wild salmon warriors” on the protection of Alaska salmon and the threats posed by the proposed Pebble Mine in the....

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Nav/Com: What's New in Bridge Electronics
Suppliers of marine electronics, communication services and navigation software continue to advance technologies that make fishing more productive and efficient while keeping the end-user experience as easy as possible. Furuno introduced the GP1670F and GP1870F, part of the 5.7” and 7” Chart Plotter series, last spring. Jeff Kauzlaric, Advertising and Communications Manager, reports that both of these units can be used for small to mid-sized commercial vessels and have the Furuno Fish Finder built-in.......

NOAA Proving Grant For Sea Lion Mercury Testing
Posted: August 7, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Alaska is included in a series of grants from the National Marine Fisheries Service aimed at supporting the recovery of threatened and endangered species…...

Ketchikan borough assembly endorses ferry option
Updated 7:04 pm, Wednesday, August 7, 2013
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Ketchikan city and borough leaders are supporting increased ferry service between Ketchikan and Gravina Island over a project that has been derisively labeled a "bridge to nowhere." The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday backed off its long-standing support of a bridge, voting 5-2 to direct Borough Manager Dan Bockhorst to submit comments to Alaska's transportation department, endorsing what is known as Alternative G4, KRBD reported....

Petersburg assembly not happy with state’s response for herbicide use
by Joe Viechnicki
August 7, 2013 9:17 am
Petersburg’s borough assembly is not happy with the state’s response about its plans for spraying herbicides along state roadways in the area. The assembly Monday decided to draft a second letter voicing opposition to herbicide use by the Alaska Department of Transportation for keeping roadsides and airport land free of trees and shrubs.....

Sparse sockeye run is an echo of 2009
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 08 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Aug. 08 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
Four years after a salmon run so disastrous it sparked a federal inquiry, fisheries managers are watching with concern as sockeye trickle into the Fraser in lower numbers and later in the season than anticipated. Uncertain how many more fish might be coming and worried about warm water in the river, fisheries managers have allowed no commercial or sport harvest of sockeye in the Fraser so far this season. First Nations have been greatly limited in their catches......

Senators urge Obama to update seafood report for pregnant women
Thursday, August 08, 2013, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
For the third time, a bipartisan group of senators have written to American President, Barack Obama, urging him to help the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regards to the issue of the debated safety of seafood consumption during pregnancy.....