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#RadioChatter #04-22-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Halibut bycatch comes center stage at workshop
Laine Welch
Published: April 21st, 2012 10:52 PM
Last Modified: April 21st, 2012 10:52 PM
Brainstorming about halibut bycatch is the theme of a two-day workshop this week in Seattle. Topping the discussions: the methods used to collect bycatch numbers and the accuracy of the data......

Feds win $2.1 million in 112-ton crab seizure
Updated 11:17 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2012
A seafood processor accused of illegally importing and selling 112 tons of Russian king crab has agreed to forfeit $2.1 million gained in the sale to the government, the Department of Justice announced Friday.
Federal investigators came to believe New York-based Harbor Seafood, Inc., purchased crab illegally taken from Russian waters. The crab was ultimately sold for $2.5 million; under a settlement agreement, the processor retained $300,000 of the proceeds and did not admit any wrongdoing......

Importer forfeits $2.1 million in crab-poaching case
A New York seafood importer has agreed to forfeit $2.1 million after federal prosecutors allege it bought 112 tons of king crab that had been illegally harvested from Russian waters.
Originally published Friday, April 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM
By Craig Welch
Seattle Times environment reporter
A New York seafood importer has agreed to forfeit $2.1 million after federal prosecutors allege it bought 112 tons of king crab that had been illegally harvested from Russian waters. The crab was imported into the U.S. through Seattle using false or misleading documents. "International trade involving illegal seafood products is a widespread problem that threatens the integrity of our food supply and undermines....

Originally published April 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM | Page modified April 21, 2012 at 11:40 PM
China's demand for geoducks sends prices, profits soaring in NW
Fueled by demand from China, prices for Northwest geoduck clams are soaring. Geoduck growers and legal harvesters are making big profits, while regulators worry that poaching is on the rise.
By Craig Welch
Seattle Times environment reporter
Water laps against the Ichiban's stern as Joe Seymour and Darren Ford, dive suits peeled to their waists, stack crazy-shaped clams into crates.
It's hard to watch this careful arranging of fresh bivalves and not add up all the cash it represents. A single pair of these gleaming mollusks sold at a Puget Sound dock could pay for an upscale Seattle dinner for two. A half-dozen sold in a Hong Kong grocery could fetch nearly enough cash to make a four-figure mortgage payment. Three milk crates of these shellfish purchased at a Shanghai restaurant could pay for a year of undergraduate tuition at the University of Washington....

Risk versus regulation is a dangerous game to play
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 4:00 AM
By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune
There's risk in everything.
As the horror that became the Deepwater Horizon began two years ago, that was the constant and almost instant refrain from the oil industry when Louisiana began to suffer the consequences of an offshore accident. And it was parroted on cue by the energy's paid lobbyists in Congress -- the delegation from Oilyana, aka Louisiana -- when others tried to push through tighter regulations to better protect the public's resources and health....

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2012
Charter-boat fishing bounces back after Deepwater Horizon explosion
LONG BEACH -- The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster forced marine closures throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico, including the popular Chandeleur Island chain and the Mississippi Sound, through the summer of 2010 before they were reopened in the fall. Those closures stifled the seafood industry and the charter fishing industry. Now, things are improving, but the pain is still there, especially for captains in the charter industry.....