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#RadioChatter #04-28-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Apr 25, 2012 - 10:59 AM AKST
Fed-up Congress takes another axe to NOAA budget priorities
Frustrated senators from coastal states are wielding the power of the purse to rein in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and refocus the agency’s priorities on its core missions. During recent appropriations subcommittee hearings April 17, Sen. Lisa Murkowski ensured no funds would be provided in fiscal year 2013 for coastal marine spatial planning, a key component of President Barack Obama’s National Ocean Policy. Murkowski also pushed for an additional $3 million for regional fishery management councils and secured $15 million for the Pacific Salmon Treaty that was in line to be cut by NOAA’s proposed budget (for $65 million total)....

33-year-old drift card ends float at Sealion Cove
Daily Sitka Sentinel
Published: April 27th, 2012 09:25 AM
Last Modified: April 27th, 2012 09:25 AM
SITKA, Alaska - The red plastic drift card was released near Kodiak in May 1979.
It was one of thousands NOAA sent into the waters around Alaska in the late 1970s and '80s. NOAA was studying ocean currents as part of a project to determine what might happen if there were an oil spill in Alaska. This particular drift card, stamped with a serial number, was released in Shelikov Strait, between mainland Alaska and Kodiak Island, on May 5, 1979, as a NOAA vessel sailed from Anchorage to the Bering Sea.......

Bristol Bay fisheries advocates speak with London-based mining firms
Posted 04/27/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A contingent of Alaskans concerned that development of the Pebble copper, gold and molybdenum prospect in Southwest Alaska would adversely affect fisheries met in London recently with Anglo American PLC, a major partner in the venture. They were also on hand when the chief executive officer of Rio Tinto, another London-based mining firm with stock in Anglo American, spoke out against development of the Pebble prospect as an open pit mine, said Bob Waldrop, director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. The group was in London for the annual general meetings of both mining industry giants....

Originally published April 26, 2012 at 8:54 PM | Page modified April 27, 2012 at 8:13 AM
Oregon seeks to kill cormorants to protect endangered salmon
The largest cormorant nesting colony in the West is now on East Sand Island, at the mouth of the Columbia River, where more than 27,000 birds are blamed for eating 22.6 million young salmon last year.
By Jeff Barnard
The Associated Press
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Oregon officials were successful in getting permission to kill sea lions that feed on protected salmon trying to swim upriver to spawn. Now they want federal approval to shoot a type of seabird that eats millions of baby salmon trying to reach the ocean. In an April 5 letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Wildlife Chief Ron Anglin said harassment has "proved insufficient" in controlling double-crested cormorants. He said officials want the option of killing some of the birds to protect endangered wild fish as well as hatchery fish vital to sports and commercial fishing........

Sustain, Gotham Steak, City Hall and More: Misleading Salmon Descriptions
By Emily Codik Fri., Apr. 27 2012 at 9:15 AM Comments (10)
Categories: Buyer Beware
Sustain Restaurant + Bar has developed a brand synonymous with greener eating. Deconstructed branches line its walls and lamps in natural shapes light up its vast open space, all contributing to a signature earthy feel. The menu lists ingredients with sources and location, and the restaurant strongly promotes its dedication to local food. This feeling of sustainability all comes at a high price. Main entrees for dinner range anywhere from $18 to $30, a hefty cost for peace of mind. But there's one item on the detailed menu that stirs up concern: the misleading salmon description. The dish described as the "Grilled Organic Irish Salmon" at Sustain lures diners to pay the $25 for the entree, because it's organic. The truth is, though, it actually isn't organic, at least in the United States. The USDA does not have established standards for organic seafood and the description of "organic" salmon is an unregulated term in this country.......

Mixed signals over Sound salmon
Published April 27, 2012
On one hand, we’re told that salmon are one of the world’s healthiest foods, a great source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, protein and omega-3 fats, which are good for heart, eye, brain and joint health. On the other hand, the state Department of Health has fish consumption advisories in place that tell us not to eat more than one meal per week of Puget Sound chinook salmon, or, if....

Govt orders Cooke Aquaculture to destroy remaining fish
Friday, April 27, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has ordered Cooke Aquaculture to kill all the fish at one of its fish farms in Shelburne, Nova Scotia due to the presence of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus. In February, the company destroyed two cages of fish at this farm after tests indicated the possibility of ISA infection. The company killed more fish after the presence of the virus was confirmed. Now, as more cases have been confirmed, the CFIA wants.....

Gorton's Seafood Sponsors Celiac Disease Foundation Annual Education Conference and Food Faire
Published 01:15 a.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012
Press Release
Gloucester, Mass. (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
Gorton’s Seafood is proud to support consumers nationwide who are following a gluten free diet by sponsoring the Celiac Disease Foundation and the CDF’s Annual Education Conference and Food Faire, which will take place in Los Angeles, Saturday, April 28. Representatives of Gorton’s will be at the event to share the news regarding its gluten free products with consumers, as well gather suggestions for additional ways the company can support those living a gluten free lifestyle. In addition to offering a delicious and nutritious meal option with their line of Grilled Fish products, Gorton’s also offers gluten free...

120426-G-EK967-MEXUS 2012 0018 MEXUS 2012 0018 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – Rear Adm. Roy Nash, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, and Vice Adm. Arturo D. L. Sofan, naval commander of the zone one for the Mexican Navy, swap documents after signing an update to the 2012 MEXUSGULF Annex during the MEXUS 2012 exercise at the Isla Grand Beach Resort, Apr. 26, 2012. The annual MEXUS exercise involves hundreds of participants from Gulf Coast states and Mexico, in which a major oil spill threatens both Mexican and U.S. coastal areas. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm.

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