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Comfish News Roundup #05-28-2012

MAY 25, 2012 12:00 A.M.
Obama’s Land of the LOST
The Law of the Treaty is a huge attack on American sovereignty.
By Michelle Malkin
What’s green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama’s new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that “no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth’s surface over to the Third World.” According...

Rural Alaska
Bristol Bay girl combines passions for fish and pastry
Hannah Heimbuch | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | May 27, 2012
For Heidi Kritz, few things are more important than the shimmering flesh of a wild Alaska salmon. It means food, tradition, family and countless other things stirring at the heart of her Yupik heritage. Kritz is one of several youth from the Bristol Bay area recently recognized for outstanding service to their community through the Spirit of Youth Award Program. Kritz, who will be a senior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School next fall, was nominated in the science and environment category for her efforts....

SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012
The red-hot Copper River
We've seen three 12-hour openers so far at the Copper River, and gillnetters sure have made the most of their time....

Coast Guard rescues 4 from skiff adrift since Friday
Egg-gathering crew in an 18-foot skiff ran out of fuel in Bristol Bay.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: May 27th, 2012 11:17 PM
Last Modified: May 27th, 2012 11:18 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people from the village of Platinum on Sunday who had been drifting with an ice floe in Bristol Bay for days after their skiff ran out of gas.....

May 25, 2012
Tierney targets NOAA criminalization tactics
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Congressman John Tierney has asked the federal Commerce Department Inspector General to investigate whether the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration "may be proactively pursuing the criminal prosecution of fishermen under seldom-invoked laws." Tierney's Wednesday letter to Inspector General Todd Zinser was accompanied by a copies of criminal indictments or bills of particulars for alleged violations that according to a redacted message from an attorney have previously been handled as civil cases under the provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the overriding statute for the nation's fisheries. In his letter to Zinser, Tierney wrote that the spate of criminal cases for fishing violations seemed to reflect a change in....

Dillingham Students Have Improved Test Scores
At last week's School Board meeting the administration of the Dillingham City School District outlined how students did on the most recent standardized tests. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (4:51)....

Young’s Seafood consolidates its manufacturing footprint
Monday, May 28, 2012, 05:30 (GMT + 9)
Young’s Seafood Limited announced the consolidation of its manufacturing footprint following a period of consultation. Fish and seafood processing volume from the former Cumbrian Seafoods sites in Seaham and Whitehaven (now known as Ocean Pure Limited), along with shellfish processing volume from Cromer, will be transferred into Young’s Seafood Limited’s factories in Grimsby.....

The Economist(blog): Salmon, sushi and airlines
Fish tales
May 27th 2012, 9:19 by N.B. | WASHINGTON, D.C

The Seattle Post Intelligencer had a human-interest story (or fish-interest story, if you will) a few weeks ago on the arrival of the first Copper River salmon of the season.........  ......This salmon story brings to mind Sasha Issenberg's The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy, which explains how Japan Airlines' Akira Okazaki changed both the sushi business and the airline industry forever. (Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward reviews the book here.....

Goodbye, Alaska Milk
THE tender to buy out the remaining stockholders of Alaska Milk Corp. (AMC) has been extended to June 6. Its original offer period was from April 25 to May 23. In its latest filing, which was posted yesterday on the website of the Philippine Stock Exchange, FrieslandCampina said it has gotten the approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission of its request for the extension of the tender period. The shares sold during the tender period will be traded through cross sale on May June 14 at the same price which is P25 per share. Despite this extension, there’s..... random ping on this blog ...