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Summary for July 6, 2009 - July 10, 2009:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Search for missing Bering Sea fisherman is suspended

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man missing from a commercial fishing ship in the Bering Sea.

– Anchorage Daily News

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Poor salmon run threatens treaty

FAIRBANKS‚ even with major cuts in subsistence fishing up and down the Yukon River, the number of king salmon that reach the Canadian border might not satisfy a treaty agreement between Alaska and Canada.

– Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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Researchers probe distribution patterns of king crab

Researchers from the University of Southampton have drawn together 200 years' worth of oceanographic knowledge to investigate the distribution of a notorious deep-sea giant - the king crab. The results, published this week in the Journal of Biogeography, reveal temperature as a driving force behind the divergence of a major seafloor predator; globally, and over tens of millions of years of Earth's history.

– Science Daily

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False reporting leads to a hefty fine for Alaskan vessel

A hired master, vessel owners and permit holders of the Alaskan fishing
vessel Trident have agreed to pay more than $18,000 in penalties and
$241,000 worth of sanctions for falsely reporting areas fished by the vessel
on five trips during 2006 and 2007.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Another man falls overboard in Alaska waters

The Coast Guard is searching for a man who reportedly fell overboard from the F/V Alaska Warrior as it passed through Amukta Pass Monday, about 218 miles west of Unalaska.


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Study: Hatchery fish inhibit survival of wild-born offspring

Hatchery-raised steelhead trout pass on genetic defects that hamper survival of even their wild-born offspring, according to a study that biologists say could lead to a radical shift in the way salmon breeding programs operate on the West Coast.

-- San Francisco Chronicle


Fraser River season looks promising

Fishermen of all stripes are gearing up for what's predicted to be a big run of Fraser River
salmon this summer.

Richmond Review

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Alaska Marine Conservation Council theft has devastating effects

Anchorage police are seeking a former employee suspected of stealing $100,000 from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council . The theft was disastrous for the Anchorage-based nonprofit organization, forcing staff furloughs and job losses, detectives say.

-- Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his new blog, deckboss.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Egegik tops list in hefty Bristol Bay sockeye catch 

Bristol Bay has done it again, yielding a colossal catch of sockeye salmon.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his new blog: deckboss

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Coast Guard calls off search for missing crewman

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who reportedly fell overboard from the Seattle-based commercial fishing trawler Alaska Warrior in the Bering Sea.

Seattle Times

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Dead sardines cause a stir on California beach

A torn fishing net was the source of the thousands of dead sardines that washed up on Rio del Mar State Beach over the weekend, according to a commercial fisherman.

San Jose Mercury News

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Yakama Nation, biologists work to restore sockeye run

The Yakama Nation Indian Tribe released sockeye salmon into a lake on the east slope of the Cascades Tuesday, marking yet another effort by Pacific Northwest tribes to restore fish in areas where they have long been extinct.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Exxon to pay out next installment

Federal Judge H. Russel Holland of Anchorage has approved an application from lawyers in the Exxon Valdez case to pay out another $4 million in punitive damages.

People in seven plaintiff categories will divide the money.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Wesley Loy, writing in his new blog: deckboss

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Emergency dredging for Ninilchik Harbor

After a storm surge late last month clogged up the entrance to the Ninilchik harbor so badly that the town's fleet of more than 75 commercial fishing vessels were having a hard time getting in or out, Icicle Seafoods' Homer facility manager Duff Hoyt knew he had a problem.

– Homer News

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Weather tough on Columbia River buoys

Every winter, it seems, the weather buoys at the mouth of the Columbia River break down when they're needed the most: as big seas and stormy weather threaten the safety of vessels crossing the bar.

– Pacific Fishing columnist Cassandra Marie Profita, writing in the Daily Astorian

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Gov. Palin tweets up a storm

After a few days off the grid, salmon fishing with her family and entertaining network TV correspondents in her waders in remote Dillingham, Alaska, soon-to-be-ex-Gov. Sarah Palin is tweeting up a storm.

– Christian Science Monitor

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Vessel hits rock off Kodiak Island

The Coast Guard assisted a 50-foot fishing vessel on the northwest side of Kodiak Island in Spiridon Bay after it began sinking Monday.

The Coast Guard Command Center in Anchorage received a call from the fishing vessel Lady Ashley at noon reporting the F/V Luna, a Kodiak-based boat, was in need of assistance after it struck a rock.

– Kodiak Daily Mirror

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Chum fishing begins on Yukon

Commercial fishing for chum salmon opened last week on the lower Yukon River, providing economic hope in a bleak summer.

Tundra Drums

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What’s Sarah Palin’s political future?

The response to Sarah Palin’s announcement last week that she would quit as governor of Alaska at the end of July quickly turned from shock to irritation, even among some conservative commentators. Among Republican party ranks, there’s been division over whether she’ll have a role leading the party once out of office.

New York Times

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Stimulus funds to help Copper River spawning habitat

The Copper River Watershed Project and its community partners have been awarded $973,886 in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding for salmon spawning habitat restoration at Eyak Lake in Cordova.

Cordova Times

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B.C. hake are no-shows

"We are still waiting for the hake to show up," said Ucluelet Harbour Seafoods' general manager Jack Helps. "They will come, but in the meantime we are unloading and freezing sardines (pilchard)."

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Bristol Bay escapement close to goals

The cumulative escapement to the Naknek River through 6 a.m. Thursday was 960,000 sockeye; the historic average through July 9 is 825,000. The cumulative escapement for the Kvichak River through 6 a.m. Thursday was nearly 1.7 million. The historic average is 1.6 million sockeye. 


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