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#11-10-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Columbia River Treaty: Review of landmark deal could have big implications for county
Pact between Canada, U.S. manages flood control, power
By Eric Florip, Columbian transportation & environment reporter
Published: November 10, 2013, 6:00 AM
When a major flood swelled the Columbia River and inundated parts of Vancouver in early 1996, it wasn't just local barriers and sandbags that kept a bad situation from becoming worse. It was also Canada. Hundreds of miles upstream in British Columbia, Hugh Keenleyside Dam held back additional water before it could make its way down through Washington and Oregon. Canadian managers had been put on notice by their U.S. counterparts that they needed help; the two countries worked together to contain one of biggest Northwest flooding events of the last century. "That's not something people see," said Amy Echols, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland. "There's a lot that can happen in this big system." Keenleyside is one of three Canadian dams, along with...............................Focus on ecosystem, power Ask the average Clark County resident what the Columbia River Treaty means to him or her, and you might get a puzzled response. Ask Scott Corwin, and he'll tell you that anyone who pays a utility bill or lives in a flood plain should pay attention. "You should care because it will impact your monthly power bill, and it could be significant," said Corwin, executive director of the Portland-based Public Power Council. The push to rewrite the treaty has expanded the conversation beyond floods and electricity, beyond dollars and cents. Talks have also included how the river's ecosystem functions, lives and breathes — topics that weren't addressed in the original agreement. Both nations highlighted ecological issues and climate change in....

Commercial Fisheries Education Hits the High Seas
on the F/V Sustainability
By Katie Sechrist
November 2013
Who would have thought the Alaska Department of Fish and Game would be running our very own commercial fishing vessel? Yep, that’s right - the Division of Commercial Fisheries (CF) is the proud owner of the F/V Sustainability (FVS), a 1:4 scale model of a Bristol Bay drift gillnetter. The idea arose November 2012 while division staff was attending Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. The 8-foot replica boat was built by Armstrong Marine and on display at their booth. Crowds of Expo goers were drawn to the display like a fish to a shiny lure, impressed by the life-like details of the little boat. Immediately CF staff began....

Sikuliaq takes long way home

By Wolfgang Kurtz
November 7, 2013
Just over a year ago, the research vessel Sikuliaq was launched into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan. Commissioned by the National Science Foundation and due to be handed over to a University of Alaska Fairbanks management team next month, the icebreaker will be operated from Seward as its home port. With new offices being finished in downtown Seward's Orca Building, a facility acquired from Chugachmuit by UAF this year, administrators, technicians and crew will start being seen in the community as the stage is set for NSF and UAF to take possession of the vessel for acceptance trials on Dec. 9. Over half a dozen 40-foot containers of equipment and...

The Fingerprint of a Fish
King Salmon Reveal Their Secrets
By Ryan Ragan
November 2013
It was easy to spot the small school of tomato-red kings against the muted colors of the creek bed. Hovering fifty feet above a scattering of spruce, alder brush and gravel, the pilot began to ease the helo down. Though it was a short trip from take-off to landing, when I exited the small aircraft, the land presented itself exponentially and without human intrusion as if only bears, water and salmon defined the limitlessness of open space. Our purpose was to collect DNA samples from king salmon. It was late summer and the creek ran low and cold, spilling some distance.....

Dallas: Jonesing for Copper River salmon? You’re in luck at TJ’s Seafood Market this weekend
By Kim Pierce
9:18 am on November 9, 2013
“Fall cohos are the last of the great Copper River salmon harvest,” says Jon Alexis, co-owner of TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market, “and something we rarely see in Dallas.” While they last, TJ’s is selling the fall Copper River salmon at both locations today and tomorrow for about $20 a pound, and....

Alaska should not make the DMV enforce U.S. immigration laws
Jeff Landfield
November 9, 2013
Determining an individual’s immigration status is a function of the federal government, not the states. The Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles should not have a role in determining the immigration status of individuals, but that's exactly what some want to see happen. The Alaska DMV's website is clear about what the division should concern itself with. The....

Thank a veteran (Roger that)
Military service is nothing to be viewed lightly. War surrounds us, and members of the armed services take the brunt of it. Their families do, too. With all of the fighting around the world, we wonder when we see the next generation starting to walk, winning awards in elementary school, going out on their first date or choosing a career, what their future holds. Whether they will live their young adult lives in a peaceful time or one that requires their service or the service of their loved ones in the military. We pray for the former, but are all too aware that the result might be the latter. Because one war or another has touched every generation's livespan for decades upon decades. Grandfathers fought....

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