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#08-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Record-Setting Pink Run Hits Southeast
By Joe Viechnicki, KFSK - Petersburg | August 8, 2013 - 5:12 pm
A huge and record-setting run of pink salmon is hitting Southeast Alaska this summer. The region’s purse seine fleet has been netting around 8 million pinks per opening in late July and early August. The overall catch for all of last season was around 21 million.....
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35,000 Sockeye Caught In 1st 6 hours Of Snettisham Fishery
By Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau | August 8, 2013 - 5:10 pm
Fifty-thousand sockeye salmon is the early catch estimate for a 3-day gillnet opening at Port Snettisham and the Speel Arm near Juneau, with 35,000 of those fish caught in the first six hours. The fishery is targeting sockeye salmon from the Snettisham Hatchery.....

AJOC EDITORIAL: Continuing the debate over the halibut split 
Published: 2013.08.08 12:04 PM
I didn’t think my commentary last week would go unnoticed by the halibut charter industry, and it certainly wasn’t. This week the debate continues with fresh submissions from both the Halibut Coalition, a consortium of various commercial fishing organizations, and the Alaska Charter Association, a group mainly representing Southcentral guides. We make our commentary pages available to all perspectives and I don’t mind taking a few shots like you’ll read from Rex Murphy of the ACA. If you can’t take it in this business, you better not dish it out.....

Johnson: F&G don’t hatch sockeye in inlet
Posted: August 8, 2013 - 8:54am  |  Updated: August 8, 2013 - 9:12am
By Brent Johnson
Clam Gulch
Dear Editor:
A recent letter claims “our” Fish and Game (F&G) hatches “millions” of sockeye salmon and “dumps” them in the ocean. The writer said out-migrating sockeye compete with out-migrating kings for baby crabs to eat and the kings are starving. Fact is, F&G don’t hatch any sockeye in Cook Inlet and haven’t done so for many years. After statehood Alaska focused on rebuilding salmon....

New documentary makes waves at music festival

By Joseph Miller
Aug 7th, 2013
Special to the Tribune
At the Ninilchick State Fairgrounds this weekend, hundreds of music enthusiasts and salmon sympathizers gathered for the third annual Salmonstock, a three-day music festival that promotes awareness about the importance of salmon in Alaska culture and supports sustainable and responsible methods of coexistence with Alaska’s salmon runs. Among the 56 musical performances of the weekend, journalist and new filmmaker Joshua Tucker held two screenings of his new film, “We Can’t Eat Gold“. The film centers of the lives of the Bristol Bay Natives and their symbiotic relationship with the annual salmon runs that have fed and sustained their communities for 350 generations.....
Gunner Knapp Chosen as the ISER Director
4:21 PM THU AUGUST 8, 2013
A man who is well known to commercial fishery stakeholders across the state of Alaska has been chosen to head the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. Gunner Knapp is a professor of economics and is....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Aug 8, 2013
Coming up this week, another example of how sunshine and salmon don’t mix, Fritz Johnson has been appointed to the Alaska Board of Fisheries to replace Vince Webber, and then there’s this: “No one’s coming up with a world-changing idea over halibut. No way.” Why does Dominoes hate halibut? We had stories this week from KDLG in Dillingham, thanks to Mike Mason, and from KYUK in Bethel, thanks to Angela Denning-Barnes.....

Fishing safety program survives cuts
Published: 2013.08.08 12:05 PM
Despite technological advances, fatalities in commercial fishing have not changed significantly in the last few years. From 2000 to 2009, 131 commercial fishermen died on the job. Half died due to drowning after vessel disasters, and another 31 percent resulted from falls overboard, according to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s Alaska Pacific Office. Alaska Pacific Office Director Jennifer Lincoln said the magnitude of fatalities hasn’t....

Study: Stronger regs needed to protect against ‘seafood fraud’
By Julian Hattem - 08/08/13 04:16 PM ET...

Thursday, August 08, 2013
Habitat Designation Proposed for Rockfish
WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Marine Fisheries Service announced a proposal to designate 1700 square miles of critical habitat for three species of threatened or endangered rockfish in Puget Sound, just weeks after the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a notice of intent to sue the agency for failing to protect the fishes' habitat. The NMFS designated the Puget Sound distinct population segments (DPSs) of yelloweye rockfish and canary rockfish as threatened, and the bocaccio rockfish...