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Comfish News Roundup #05-22-2012

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 (N792AS) in "W...
Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 (N792AS) in "Wild Salmon" colors. Taken at Seattle Tacoma Airport on the way home to Anchorage, May 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mixed Results for State of Fish Stocks in Alaska
May 21, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The National Marine Fisheries Service released its report to Congress last week on the state of U.S. Fisheries, noting that many stocks have rebounded, though some remain overfished - especially in New England waters. The report showed six more U.S. fish species once considered overfished rebounded to healthy levels in 2011. That brings the number of rebuilt fish stocks in the past 11 years to 27....

An Entrepreneur Bankrolls a Genetically Engineered Salmon
By: Andrew Pollack
Published: Tuesday, 22 May 2012 | 2:19 AM ET
NY Times
If Americans ever eat genetically engineered fast-growing salmon, it might be because of a Soviet biologist turned oligarch turned government minister turned fish farming entrepreneur. That man, Kakha Bendukidze, holds the key to either extinction or survival for AquaBounty Technologies [ABTX-GB  7.75     0.375  (+5.08%)], the American company that is hoping for federal approval of a type of salmon that would be the first genetically engineered animal in the human food supply. But 20 months since the Food and Drug Administration tentatively concluded that the fish would be safe to eat and for the environment, there has been no approval. And AquaBounty is running out of money....

Families sue over Cook Inlet clam digger deaths
By KYLE HOPKINS — Anchorage Daily News
Posted: 7:37pm on May 21, 2012; Modified: 12:01am on May 22, 2012
The families of five clam-diggers who died in a boat accident last year in Cook Inlet are now suing the seafood company the men worked for. The wrongful death suit was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court. It claims Pacific Alaska Shellfish failed to train the men to pilot their aluminum skiff and neglected to provide proper safety equipment such as survival suits and two-way radios....

Opinion: BS - The war against terror
Posted 05/21/2012
by - Bob Smith
Well sport fishing season is finally upon us. All the tourists are here from Homer and points south to rejuvenate our economy. Many of them have brought with them helpful advice as to what I should be doing now, and what I should have been doing all winter. Especially in regards to how all the snow should have been removed. So thanks to all the snowbirds. Call me in January next time so I’ll know what to do. In this “piece” I have to talk about the war against terror. And how one of the recent casualties in the war against terror will affect commercial fishing, particularly gillnetting. Commercial fishing still exists, even though it has been eclipsed in recent years by the visitor industry. As you walk through Cordova today you will be amazed by the change this town has....

Forced labor in the seafood industry
Patrick Winn | | May 21, 2012
SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand, and PREY VENG, Cambodia — The laundering begins in a sub-zero chamber floating far from civilization. It is filled with heaps of fish, and men dressed like eskimos. This is the fridge room on a vessel known as a “mothership.” These hulking vessels serve as deep-sea resupply stations for trawlers seeking fuel, meat, medicine, spare parts and even laborers to replace men lost at sea. The ship’s most important function, however, is receiving wild catch into its icy bowels and ferrying it to onshore fishmongers. Some motherships...

PR: SacBee: Alaska Airlines Offers Customers Self Bag-Tagging Option at Sea-Tac Airport
Convenient alternative helps expedite travelers through check-in
By Alaska Airlines
Published: Tuesday, May. 22, 2012 - 5:13 am
SEATTLE, May 22, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines is debuting self-bag tagging for customers traveling out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The process allows customers to print and attach their own luggage tags from...