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#11-01-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Morris presents ‘The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon’
Published: 2013.10.31 01:46 PM
For many years we have watched the ebb and flow of salmon in Alaska’s waters; in particular, the great king salmon and the world’s greatest salmon fishery, the Kenai River. Salmon of all types play a major role in the life and wellbeing of our state. They provide food, subsistence, income, commercial activity and sport. Fortunately, in general, salmon are a prolific species. They reproduce in large numbers in the rivers and streams of our state. They remain in those rivers and streams for an early part of their lives and then they return to the same rivers and streams where they were...

Kings in cycle: Salmon follow boom and bust pattern
Dena’ina tradition holds that each spring when the Golden Crown Sparrow warbles its distinctive three-note song the first of the five Pacific salmon runs to the Cook Inlet have arrived. Legend has it that a man waiting on the bank of the river heard the bird sing, hurried down to the river with a dipnet, jumped into the water and caught a king salmon, according to ethnographer Peter Kalifornsky’s book. The king, or chinook, salmon are the largest of the...

Residents Concerned About How Susitna-Watana Dam May Affect Lifestyle, Habitat
By Anne Hillman, APRN - Anchorage | October 31, 2013 - 10:00 am
As Alaska’s natural gas prices continue to rise, the Alaska Energy Authority is working on a large-scale project aimed at steadying Railbelt energy costs and moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels. But critics say the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam could cost the lifestyles and livelihoods of Alaskans who rely on the river....

Shutdown Forces Subsistence Comment Extension
Oct 31, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
The government shutdown earlier this month threw a wrench into many federal proceedings, including statewide subsistence criteria hearings. Back in September Federal Subsistence Board members held a public hearing in Kodiak to get input on how communities should be classified as rural or non rural. Basically, those living in rural areas are allowed access to federal lands for subsistence purposes, people in non rural places aren’t. The deciding factor has long been....

Judge sides with Park Service on hovercraft decision
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:21 am
By Tim Mowry
FAIRBANKS — A federal judge has upheld the National Park Service’s authority to enforce federal regulations on state-owned lands in Alaska national parks. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland on Wednesday shot down a lawsuit from an Anchorage moose hunter who was challenging the National Park Service for banishing his hovercraft from the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve northeast of Fairbanks six years ago. In doing so, Holland also ruled against the state of Alaska, which had joined the suit in hopes of winning a ruling that potentially could have limited the federal government’s authority on state-owned, navigable waters in national parks, an issue that Gov. Sean Parnell and other political leaders in Alaska have been pressing for years.....

Delta Clearwater coho run meets spawning goal, but not by much
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:00 am
Tim Mowry
FAIRBANKS — Enough silver salmon showed up in the Delta Clearwater River to meet the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s spawning objective, but the number wasn’t high enough for the department to lift the catch-and-release-only restrictions it imposed earlier this month.
Sport fish biologists counted approximately 6,200 coho in...

Shell Considers 2014 Return to Arctic
Posted less than an hour ago
Shell Oil says it may return to the Arctic next year for exploratory drilling, after major problems in 2012 caused the company to put the brakes on drilling this year. Alaska's Outer Continental Shelf holds an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil, and Shell is making big investments to bring it to market.....

Washington state ready to be done with GMO labeling vote
By JENNY HOPKINSON | 10/31/13 12:11 PM EDT
Nov. 6 can’t get here soon enough for some Washington state residents.
That’s the day after the state holds its election to decide, among other issues, whether it will adopt ballot initiative 522 and become the first in the nation to require — with no strings attached— the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients or the site of yet another victory by the food and biotechnology industries against GMO labeling efforts......

Fish processors adapt as industry faces era of gillnet ban, other threats
Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:00 am
ASTORIA — Fish processors continue to adapt as new threats squeeze the industry and create uncertainty for the future. Mike Josephson carries on the tradition his grandfather started in 1920. He still cold smokes salmon in the smokehouse Anton Josephson built at the iconic shop on Marine Drive more than 70 years ago......

Port of New Bedford makes it a baker's dozen
October 31, 2013 12:00 AM
NEW BEDFORD — For the 13th consecutive year, New Bedford is first in the nation in the commercial value of fish landed here, NOAA Fisheries announced Wednesday. Dutch Harbor, Alaska, was the top port in terms of volume in 2012, but New Bedford's dollar value, $411 million, was nearly double that of Dutch Harbor's $214 million. Eighty percent of New Bedford's catch is scallops; for Dutch Harbor it is wall-eyed pollock. The dollar value in New Bedford represents an increase over 2011....

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