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#09-18-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Methods for selective salmon harvest should be explored
Posted: September 17, 2012 - 8:55am
By Brent Johnson
Clam Gulch
Several parts of Alaska have experienced a multi-year decline in king salmon. In Cook Inlet the Department of Fish and Game responded in several ways. In 2012 that response including long closures for east-side setnetters. Due to these closures, east-side setnetters had their worst season in 70 to 100 years. Since no one knows when king salmon stocks might rebound it would be appropriate for Fish and Game managers and politicians to consider....

Seafood Summit Wraps Up In Hong Kong
By Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage | September 17, 2012 - 5:19 pm
The 10th annual Seafood Summit wrapped up last week in Hong Kong, Alaskan freelance reporter and publisher of the newsletter Laws of the Sea, Bob Tkacz was there. Tkacz says he spent four days touring aquaculture facilities, both for fin fish and shrimp. He says as demand grows from......

Adak relieved Alaska Airlines will continue flying to Aleutian outpost
Carey Restino | Bristol Bay Times | Sep 16, 2012
Concerns that Adak’s connection to the rest of Alaska and the Lower 48 were laid to rest this past week when the Department of Transportation reselected Alaska Airlines as the community’s provider under the Essential Air Service carrier program. While the announcement was expected by many, Adak City Manager Layton Lockett said no one wanted to assume anything until the final decision was made.....

Editorial: Clarity in food labeling warranted
Article by: EDITORIAL BOARD Updated: September 17, 2012 - 8:26 PM
Congress and state legislatures across the country are facing growing initiatives to require greater transparency in the labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. Californians will even vote on the matter come November. Nearly 50 countries around the world already require such labeling. But in the United States, foods from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are given a pass, while the use of nearly 3,000 other ingredients, from high-fructose corn syrup to tricalcium phosphate, must be identified on labels. California's "right to know" initiative is a reasonable demand from the growing numbers of health-conscious consumers, who simply want to make informed choices about their food. Without the labeling, Americans who don't wish to eat GMO products have no sure way to...

Food Labeling Law: Healthy for Consumers or Trial Lawyers?
Way out West, on the nation's Left coast, a battle joining trial lawyers, liberals and "natural healthers" determined to pass a controversial ballot proposition this November is underway. California ballot Proposition 37 would mandate the labeling of certain foods -- containing genetically-modified (GM) ingredients and, opponents say that due to poor legal drafting, potentially even some processed foods that are GM-free -- as GM foods or foods that "may" contain GM ingredients. Critics charge that it would also be a boon to trial lawyers, who could sue grocery stores for any alleged mistakes in labeling, and that it ignores broad scientific consensus that labeling...

Oregon voters should say no to Measure 81 and allow regulators to decide on gill nets
Published: Saturday, September 15, 2012, 2:07 PM
By The Oregonian Editorial Board
In November, Oregon voters will be asked to approve a measure that bans commercial gill-net fishing in the mainstem of the lower Columbia River. The idea behind Measure 81 is that gill nets are indiscriminate killers of marine life and hammer the wild runs of salmon we annually spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to save. The truth or falsehood of both assertions have nothing to do with why we're urging a No vote on Measure 81. Neither do we argue against it because the measure's sponsors last week withdrew their own support for it and...