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#08-16-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Pink harvest could be record number
Juneau Empire
Posted 08/16/2013
by Margaret Bauman - for the Cordova Times
Alaska's preliminary commercial salmon harvest reached 186,202,000 fish on Aug. 13, leaving the preseason forecast of 178.8 million salmon in the dust, as the humpy catch alone soared to over 139 million and appeared heading for a record. The overall harvest to date also includes 28.7 million sockeye, 15.4 million chum, 2.2 million coho, and 299,000 Chinook, compared to a forecast of 117.8 million pink, 34.2 million dog fish, 22.7 red , 3.9 million silver and 110,000 king salmon. According to Geron Bruce, assistant director of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Commercial Fisheries, it looks like

Setnetters to miss final fishing period
Posted: August 14, 2013 - 9:33pm  |  Updated: August 15, 2013 - 8:36am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
Nets remain dry in the East Side Setnet fishery where fishermen learned Wednesday that the fishery will be closed for the last regularly scheduled fishing period of the season. After nearly two weeks of waiting for late run....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Aug 15, 2013
Coming up this week, two boats go down in Southeast in separate incidents just hours apart this week; Skagway is seeing a good king run, but that doesn’t help the Canadians, and pink salmon just keep rolling in. We aired stories this week from KTOO’s Matt Miller in Juneau, KUAC’s Dan Bross in Fairbanks, KHNS’ Margaret Friedenauer in Haines, KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg and KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham....

Petersburg: Where did the North Boat Harbor boats go?
By Ron Loesch
August 15, 2013
How do you relocate 147 boats and the moorings they’re tied to? Harbormaster Glo Wollen found the way. As Petersburg’s North Boat Harbor took on the appearance of an old west ghost town, it was evident that...

Banana Point dock project canceled
By Kyle Clayton
The Banana Point floating dock project has been canceled after conflicting interpretations within the U.S. Forest Service concerning the use of grant funds. The Wrangell, Petersburg and Kake Resource Advisory Committee, or RAC organized the project that was two years in the making. RACs fall under the authority of The Secure Rural Schools Act, which is....

Alaskan Representatives Say More Dumb Things About Pebble Mine
Submitted by Chad Shmukler on Thu, 08/15/2013 - 10:52
As we all remain waiting, hopeful that the EPA will choose to exercise its well established power to veto large-scale open-pit mining in the Bristol Bay region, Alaskan representatives continue to spout nonsense in regards to the Pebble Mine project. Senator Lisa Murkowski, who recently received some accolades for urging Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively to move forward with formally presenting a mining plan that can be scrutinized by the public and state and federal agencies, was quoted this week indicating that she has confidence that humans now have the technology to safely construct and maintain a....

1:35 PM THU AUGUST 15, 2013
Deadline Approaching to Submit Comments on Protecting Iliamna Lake Seals
The deadline to submit comments to the federal government about protecting Iliamna Lake harbor seals is Friday at 8 p.m.  The National Marine Fisheries Service is determining whether the seals are a distinct population segment of pacific harbor seals.  If so, they could be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The process started last November when the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned....

EMS easy to use; AK fishermen will shape the new program
August 15, 2013 by Laine Welch
The basic package is two cameras – a hydraulic sensor, a magnetic sensor – we have motion detection in the cameras so we have a variety of ways to determine what is happening. We also have a GPS sensor, an external device, and then there is a server and a monitor so that the fishermen.......

Van Peer's newest creation launched
By TONY REED / Staff Writer
Updated:   08/15/2013 07:53:11 AM PDT
A crowd of about 50 people gathered along Highway 20 at Van Peer Boatworks Tuesday morning to watch the 56-foot boat, Anita, eased down South Harbor Drive to the boat ramp. According to the boat's owner, Jay Gillman, the boat was constructed in about 11 months and will be used to fish in Washington and Alaska. "It's a blackcod/halibut boat and it will also do dungeness crab in Washington," he said. "We'll start fishing in December for crab and then in March, we'll go up......

Environmental groups decry loss of bycatch salmon in northern pink fishery
Environmental groups say tens of thousands of non-target salmon are being wasted in the pink fishery on the B.C. north coast. The groups state that fisheries targeting abundant pink salmon runs must release chum, sockeye, and other salmon because of concerns for their low abundance in the Nass, Skeena, and other rivers. But poor fishing practices on seine boats, including keeping salmon on board too long before their release back into the water, are resulting in the needless death of bycatch fish, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Skeena Wild Conservation Trust, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, asserted in a news release and video Thursday.