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Comfish News Roundup #06-01-2012


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ADF&G Flies Final Survey of Togiak Herring
05/31/12
On Thursday morning, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game flew their final survey flight of the Togiak herring fishery for this season. KDLG's Dave Bendinger filed this. (3:22).... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1939

May 31, 2012 - 04:45 PM AKST
Processors affirm plans to drop eco-label, MSC fires back
BOB TKACZ, FOR THE JOURNAL
A public statement by seafood processors handling the vast majority of Alaska’s salmon harvest supporting the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s responsible fishery management certification has been met with a new attack by the eco-labeling organization struggling to keep the fishery as one of its marquee species. In an “open letter to the editor” released May 18, the heads of 27 seafood companies that handle upwards of 80 percent of the annual Alaska salmon harvest said they will stick with ASMI’s responsible fishery management, or RFM, certification of the salmon fishery after their participation in the Marine Stewardship Council eco-label program expires this October. The letter was a response to the MSC’s announcement in April that the Seattle-based Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association would become the latest client for its Alaska salmon fishery certification. “The announcement by PSVOA and the speculative statements that followed have created some.. http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/June-Issue-1-2012/Processors-affirm-plans-to-drop-eco-label-MSC-fires-back/

'Micro Algae' Technique Results in Greater Blue King Hatchery Survival
May 31, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Scientists in Seward working on techniques for hatchery rearing king crab have developed a method to boost survival rates among blue kings. Ben Daly, an Alaska Sea Grant research biologist, says he wasn't entirely surprised that micro algae worked so well..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3850

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
May 31, 2012
Coming up this week, outlook, outlook, outlook, recap. Also, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is headed towards Kodiak, and a Fairbanks professor wants... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3851

1,500 stakeholders call for cut in Gulf of Alaska halibut bycatch
Posted 05/31/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
More than 1,500 fish harvesters and other halibut stakeholders are asking federal fisheries managers to take final action in June to reduce halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska groundfish fishery by at least 15 percent. While viewed as a low reduction compared to cuts taken in the directed halibut commercial and sport fisheries, 15 percent is the maximum reduction being considered at this time by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council said in... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/12221500-stakeholders-call-for-cut-in-gulf-of

Where to get Copper River salmon in Dallas
By Teresa Gubbins
Pegasus News
May 25, 2012 >> http://copperrivermarketing.org/news/press-clips/where-to-get-copper-river-salmon-in-dallas

PickFish Tales
Adventures of a Woman Commercial Fishing in Alaska
Friday, June 1, 2012
All fisherman are liars
East coast fisherman Linda Greenlaw had it right when she stated, “All fisherman are liars.“  I tell you, fishermen are physically incapable of telling the truth, the whole truth and nothin’ but the truth, so help us cod. It’s in our DNA. Fisherman does two things.   We lie about the amount of fish we catch, the amount of fish we don’t catch.  We lie about where we caught them and when and how we caught them. We lie about how big it was…or wasn’t. We catch fish and we lie.  So when asked if this blog is true, true to form, I answered, “as true as... http://pickfishtales.blogspot.com/2012/06/all-fisherman-are-liars.html

Pebble project must have its day in scientific review process
COMPASS: Other points of view
By CARL PORTMAN
Published: May 31st, 2012 09:25 PM
Last Modified: May 31st, 2012 09:26 PM
The EPA's 338-page Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment had only been out several hours before anti-development groups called for a preemptive veto of the Pebble project -- before it has applied for a single permit under the Clean Water Act..... http://www.adn.com/2012/05/31/2487133/pebble-project-must-have-its-day.html

Washington fishermen oppose Pebble mine
The Associated Press
Published: May 31st, 2012 09:50 PM
Last Modified: May 31st, 2012 09:51 PM
SEATTLE -- Washington fishermen who oppose a proposed mine in Alaska had their say at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Thursday in Seattle..... http://www.adn.com/2012/05/31/2487156/washington-fishermen-oppose-pebble.html

May 31, 2012 - 04:45 PM AKST
Fuel regs will raise costs, but by how much?
TIM BRADNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/June-Issue-1-2012/Fuel-regs-will-raise-costs-but-by-how-much/

Economy
New data suggests continued growth of Alaska oil jobs
Alex DeMarban | May 31, 2012
A new manufacturing directory says Alaska's oil-and-gas workforce expanded 5 percent over the last year to 9,062 employees, a sign that new tax incentives for exploration continue to work some magic. The growth helped boost overall industrial employment in Alaska by 2 percent, with 927 companies adding 634 employees. That boosted payrolls to 34,125 employees, according to a press release announcing the 2012 Alaska Manufacturer's Directory.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/new-data-suggests-continued-growth-alaska-oil-jobs

Fishermen not affected by ecolabels: study
NORWAY
Friday, June 01, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
There are many different ecolabels for wild-caught and farmed fish. However, the requirements for using eco-labels on seafood have little impact on Norwegian fishers, according to a study published by Nofima Mat, the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research. The harvesting patterns in Norwegian fisheries are controlled to a large extent by the migration patterns of the fish. The fishery takes place during periods of the year when the fish is easily accessible – near the coast and in large amounts. This adaptation involves the fishery being concentrated on certain areas in certain periods. Eco-labelling of seafood has become widespread in many sale outlets and in many cases the customers are conscious that the seafood they are buying comes from sustainable fisheries. The demands for certification vary between the various eco-labels, and... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=52721&ndb=1&df=0

Earth's carbon dioxide levels hit 'troubling milestone' in Arctic
Levels hit 400 parts per million for first time in recorded history.
By SETH BORENSTEIN
Associated Press
Published: May 31st, 2012 11:01 PM
Last Modified: May 31st, 2012 11:01 PM
WASHINGTON -- The world's air has reached what scientists call a troubling new milestone for carbon dioxide, the main global warming pollutant..... http://www.adn.com/2012/05/31/2487198/warming-levels-hit-troubling-milestone.html

Barents Crabs Suffer From Soviet Legacy, Russian Reality
30 May 2012
By Anya Zalota.... http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/barents-crabs-suffer-from-soviet-legacy-russian-reality/459567.html

05/30/12
New Service in View for Alaska Villages
By Jeremy Thacker
High-speed Internet is entering new territory across Alaska! HughesNet recently introduced faster broadband service for many areas across the state through its new “Ka-band” satellite coverage..... http://www.connectak.org/blog/post/new-service-view-alaska-villages

SPORTSMONEY | 5/31/2012 @ 7:34AM |4,947 views
Fukushima Radiation May Actually Save Bluefin Tuna.... http://www.forbes.com/sites/monteburke/2012/05/31/could-the-fukushima-radiation-found-in-bluefin-tuna-actually-help-save-the-imperiled-species/

Boston transplants now dresses like an Alaskan
By MARY PEMBERTON, Associated Press
Friday, June 1, 2012... http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/06/01/national/a005740D11.DTL

Poll says residents of Alaska’s largest city are the worst-dressed in the nation
By Associated Press, Published: May 31 | Updated: Friday, June 1, 7:15 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage residents are apparently not dressing to impress.
That’s the upshot of Travel and Leisure Magazine’s reader poll, which put the residents of Alaska’s largest city at the bottom when it comes to being on the top of style.... http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/poll-says-residents-of-alaskas-largest-city-are-the-worst-dressed-in-the-nation/2012/06/01/gJQAk2EF6U_story.html

IBM partners with Honeywell to create mobile shopping app
by Dara Kerr   May 31, 2012 9:00 PM PDT
New retail technology by IBM lets shoppers scan items to purchase with a smartphone and then head directly to a self-checkout station to pay.... http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57445120-94/ibm-partners-with-honeywell-to-create-mobile-shopping-app/