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#12-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Bigger red salmon run forecast for Alaska's Cook Inlet next summer
Cordova Times
December 14, 2013
State fisheries research biologists forecast a run of 6.1 million sockeye salmon into Upper Cook Inlet in next summer, with a harvest of 4.3 million reds. That's good news for commercial and sport fishermen, who landed 3.5 million sockeyes this year, compared to the preseason harvest forecast of 4.9 million fish. And the forecasted harvest is 600,000 fish above the 20-year average harvest of 3.7 million reds.......

Coast Guard coordinates, monitors response to gasoline spill in Southeast Alaska
News Release
Date: Dec. 14, 2013
U.S. Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is monitoring and coordinating response efforts to a gasoline spill in Kake, Saturday.

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city of Kake first responders worked together to mitigate the reported spill of 7,000 gallons of gasoline in the local harbor. All vessels were removed from the harbor and local police secured access to the area and holding tank. The local fire department also assisted by using vapor mist to aid in clean up and drive away the fumes.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a report of approximately 7,000 gallons of unleaded gasoline spilled due to a rupture in a tank’s pipeline in the harbor. The pipeline ran beneath a floating pier and was severed by the pier during tidal changes overnight.

“The Coast Guard is providing oversight and coordination of the cleanup to ensure the mitigation of any potential environmental harm,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Chad Mountcastle, a Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center supervisor. “The coordination between the Coast Guard, city of Kake and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation resulted in faster dissipation of the spill for the safety of all residents.”

The weather at the time of the incident was reportedly winds at 20 mph that blew the fumes away from the city.

Stopping to consider Alaska's import-export ebb and flow
Erin McKittrick
December 14, 2013
TACOMA, Wash. -- The ocean fits in giant boxes here -- great rectangular harbors carved to fit the bulk of a container ship. I look out across an empty slip, listening as a pneumatic hammer starts up, then another, their staccato sounds joined by the beeps of reversing trucks and the dull grumble of engines. We return to the van, aimlessly circling the purposeful buzz of trucks and machinery in the sprawling Port of Tacoma. Gas flares from the top of a refinery. Claw-like cranes feed a mountain of logs into a great debarking machine. We drive past vast parking lots -- here a row of....

Museum of the Aleutians reopens
Jim PaulinDutch Harbor Fisherman
December 14, 2013
Following a major overhaul and four-month closure to install new exhibits, the Museum of the Aleutians held a grand reopening last weekend. The interior landscape has changed dramatically at the Salmon Way institution in Unalaska. The ceremonial event took place over a two-day period, on Friday and Saturday. The weekend kicked off with an invitation-only opening Friday for various dignitaries and higher-level financial supporters of the nonprofit organization. The new permanent exhibit is a far cry from the former collection of glass cases and posters and more effectively engages the imagination, with exhibits....

Thursday December 12, 2013
New group has been formed to represent independent fishermen across Canada (audio)
Small fish-processors say they are facing a dismal future and they're calling for government help...