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#08-24-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Kodiak: Pink Run May Be Showing Signs of Slowing
Aug 23, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak salmon season is showing signs of slowing down. Daily harvest counts declined every day this week, though are still in the high-six digits....

Eldred Rock Weather Sensors Down
By Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO - Juneau | August 23, 2013 - 4:11 pm
Eldred Rock wind speed and wind direction sensors have not been working for a couple of weeks, frustrating both the Lynn Canal gillnet fleet and National Weather Service............
............ The information is not available online, however, for Lincoln Rock in Clarence Strait, which has been down for quite a while. “Wind speed, wind direction, matter of fact the whole sensor is not reporting,” Curtis says. “That’s been off and on a big problem this summer.”.....

Begich holds fisheries meeting
Posted: August 22, 2013 - 8:11pm  |  Updated: August 23, 2013 - 8:20am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
During his third stop in a series of meetings on the re-authorization of the federal marine fisheries management act, U.S. Senator Mark Begich, D-Alaska, spoke about Alaskans being unified in their approach when negotiating at the federal level. Nearly 30 people attended the third of Begich’s listening sessions in Kenai; He has also held meetings with the subsistence community in Fairbanks and commercial fishermen in Kodiak.....

August 22, 2013.
It is good news that recently confirmed Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy will be visiting Alaska next week and plans to visit the proposed Pebble Mine site in Southwest Alaska as she decides whether to block the massive project to protect one of the world’s last, big, wild salmon fisheries. Too often, decision-makers decide the fate of Alaska projects without ever bothering to set foot in the state. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The National Petroleum Reserve. Offshore....
4:37 PM FRI AUGUST 23, 2013
Knik Construction is Apparently Digging in the Water Table at Their Gravel Pit in Dillingham
The audio version of this story includes additional information and quotes not included in the short version posted online.
The operator of a large and growing gravel pit in Dillingham has apparently admitted that they have broken into the water table. For several weeks now residents near the large gravel pit along the Aleknagik Lake Road in Dillingham have been raising concerns about....

10:55 AM FRI AUGUST 23, 2013
BLM to Draft Resource Management Plan for 10 Million Acres in Southwest Alaska
The Bureau of Land Management is beginning a 4 year planning process to set a strategy for over 10 million acres of BLM land across a vast section of southwest Alaska....

Catch share or Catch 22?
Individual fishing quotas can leave some boats with just a few pounds of certain fish a year and the possibility of a "disaster tow:" A trawler pulls in more than his quota of canary rockfish, for example, and he's done for the year....

Fish trading fraudster pleads guilty
Friday, August 23, 2013, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
A fisherman and his fish dealer company will have to pay hefty fines after pleading guilty of wire fraud and falsifying federal records. Charles Wertz, owner of C&C Ocean Fishery, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and two counts of falsifying federal records and agreed to pay a fine between USD 480,000 and USD 516,000.....

DFO targets salmon poachers on Fraser River
CBC News Posted: Aug 23, 2013 7:41 AM PT
The Sal
Conservation officials are warning poachers to get their nets out of the Fraser River.
This year's disastrous sockeye salmon runs have prompted the closure of all commercial and recreational fisheries. But enforcement officials say they've pulled up 50 nets and seized eight vessels in the last week alone.....

Russia battles poachers with seafood certificates
August 23, 2013 Kseniya Pisareva, Kommersant
The Russian government has authorised the Federal Fisheries Agency to issue certificates for living marine resources being exported from Russia to China and Japan. Business and the expert community welcome the efforts to tackle poaching but point out that in order to achieve specific results, it is necessary to first of all deal with one's own regulators......