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#09-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Fisherman Picket Anchorage Walmart Before Big Meeting
By Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage | September 4, 2013 - 5:59 pm
Protestors converged on a Walmart in South Anchorage on Wednesday to demand the megastore carry Alaska Salmon. The protest comes on the eve of a big meeting between Walmart and state officials. The company doesn’t carry frozen salmon labeled from Alaska because it doesn’t meet their certification standard. Inside the South Anchorage Walmart there’s no salmon labeled from Alaska in the freezer section. In the parking lot, Forrest Dunbar holds big yellow sign that reads, “Alaska Salmon Equal Alaska Jobs.” The former fisherman from Cordova, who now lives in Anchorage, is protesting with....

4:20 PM WED SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Glenn Haight Named Executive Director of the Alaska Board of Fisheries
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has a new executive director. Glenn Haight will take over for Monica Wellard. Haight has a bachelor’s degree in administration from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in international management from.....

Tribes to Gov. Murkowski: EPA did not 'self-initiate' Pebble mine Bristol Bay survey
Juneau Empire

Luki Akelkok Sr., Herman Nelson Sr., Tom Tilden, Wassillie Andrew Sr., Ida Apokedak
September 4, 2013
As the elected Tribal leaders from the villages of Ekwok, Koliganek, Dillingham, New Stuyahok, and Levelock who petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to exercise their authority under the Clean Water Act, we are thankful that EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy took the time to listen to the people of Bristol Bay. We take exception to former Gov. Frank Murkowski’s statement that EPA “self-initiated” the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. That is an insult to the hard work of the Tribes to research and understand the issues and submit our request to EPA. We requested EPA take action under the Clean Water Act Section 404c, since we believe that Bristol Bay is a unique place with....

As Stream Levels Drop, Salmon Die Before Spawning
By Robert Woolsey, KCAW - Sitka | September 4, 2013 - 5:50 pm
Some rainfall over the weekend may have eased a looming crisis for pink salmon stocks in Southeast Alaska. The summer’s fine weather and record salmon runs have both made headlines – but they’re a recipe for trouble without enough water in rivers and streams for fish to spawn.....

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Demand, Prices Up for Succulent Yukon River Chums
Autumn has set in on Alaska’s Lower Yukon River, where the fall harvest of those oil-rich Yukon chum salmon is in progress, a fishery that feeds the regional economy with seafood sales in markets domestic and European......

King Conservation Lawyer Cited for Using King Salmon as Bait
Posted: September 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm
One of the partners in a law firm which represented the Kenai King Salmon Conservation Alliance last July has been cited for using King Salmon as bait. 67-year-old Dan K Coffey is also a former Anchorage legislator and Chair of the Board of Fisheries......

Changes to Alaska marine weather forecasts begin October 1
September 4, 2013 by Laine Welch
Mariners plan their working lives around the weather and changes to forecasts are set to start in October.  The National Weather Service has modified several forecasts in the Western Gulf of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and Bristol Bay.  James Nelson with the Weather Service Office in Anchorage says they aim to tighten up the wording.....

Low Mat-Su Salmon Returns Linked To Rapid Borough Development
By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage | September 4, 2013 - 10:45 am
Causes for the Matanuska Valley’s poor salmon runs – usually blamed on Cook Inlet commercial harvesters – are getting another look. New evidence links the diminishing runs to habitat degradation caused by rapid development within the Matanuska Susitna Borough. There were a dozen or so new ordinances heard at a.....

Thanks for all the fish
Crosscut delves into the vital, sprawling, oft-forgotten heart of Seattle's economy and character: commercial fishing.
By Eric Scigliano
SEPTEMBER 04, 2013
Few readers likely blinked when Jon Talton, The Seattle Times’  usually incisive business writer, launched a June 8th column with this blithe summary of Seattle’s economic evolution: “We built this city on rock ’n’ roll, and logs, airplanes, software and IPOs.” Some readers may have wondered why he didn’t mention retail. Seattle-born Costco, Amazon and Starbucks, not to mention Nordstrom, REI and Eddie Bauer have changed the way stuff is sold nationwide and worldwide. Fewer likely thought of the $5 billion economic engine that revved before all those other enterprises were even founded, without which they likely never would have come to be, which has helped define and sustain this city from its founding: the perilous, messy, sprawling, highly profitable and increasingly high-tech business of commercial fishing.....

Bottom trawling may be good for fish, Dutch study suggests
By Jamie Baker, CBC News Posted: Sep 5, 2013 7:38 AM NT
A new study conducted by Dutch scientists in the North Sea suggests there may actually be some unexpected benefits from bottom trawling. The report, entitled "When does fishing lead to more fish? Community consequences of bottom trawl fisheries in demersal food webs," was commissioned by the Wageningen Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies (IMARES) in the Netherlands. The findings were published Wednesday by the Royal Society in England.....

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