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Comfish News Roundup #05-29-2012

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Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Closed... Comes Up Short of Quota
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down one part of the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery Monday night. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (0:54)....

ASMI approves $21.3 million budget; clarifies position on MSC salmon
Posted 05/28/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Board members of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute have approved a budget of $21.3 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, a boost from the current $19.8 million, with plans to spend more on advertising to promote the Alaska brand. “When we built the budget, we built it with a reserve to be decided at this meeting by the board,” said Ray Riutta, executive director, in an interview following the mid-May meeting in Anchorage. “We wanted to get through Boston and Brussels (international seafood shows) to see what the reaction would be to the announcement from the major processors that they were withdrawing from Marine Stewardship Council certification for salmon, and what if anything we would need to....

Jack Hayes, National Weather Service director, retires
By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 5/28/12 8:39 AM EDT Updated: 5/29/12 8:09 AM EDT
The director of the National Weather Service has stepped down after an internal investigation found that the organization’s financial unit was misappropriating funds from program accounts and shifting them to weather offices around the country. Jack Hayes retired on Friday. MSNBC first reported Hayes’s departure on Sunday.....

Eastern Russia-Alaska Air Service To Resume In Summer
5/29/2012 3:30 AM ET
(RTTNews) - Air passenger and cargo service between the Far Eastern Russian city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Anchorage, Alaska, will resume in summer after a gap of seven years. Russia's Yakutia Airlines had early this month announced that final approval had been received from the U.S. and Russian governments to operate direct flights in this route, where a new demand for convenient air transportation....