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#09-19-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Casting about for answers — Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association to host town hall-style meeting with Fish and Game commissioner
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
The nets are back in storage, the boats are hauled ashore for winter and the sockeye salmon have pushed into the Kenai and Kasilof rivers to spawn. The 2012 Cook Inlet commercial sockeye fishing season is finished, yet east-side commercial sockeye set-net fishermen, and others affected by restrictions and closures of the Upper Cook Inlet salmon fisheries this summer, still have active questions regarding management of the fisheries, as well as what assistance might come from a federal disaster declaration of Alaska fisheries issued Sept. 13. The Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association is hosting a meeting Friday in hope of getting answers to those questions. “This is for the community as a whole so anybody that has questions about.......... The meeting will be held at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church gym on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The Fish and Game discussion will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Questions will be moderated.........

Collaboration keeps contract in Kake
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
September 18, 2012 5:42 pm
Luther Coby lives in Kake, a village of about 600 on the northwest coast of Southeast’s Kupreanof Island. His business, CSC Tree Service, was recently awarded a contract for some small Forest Service projects about 15 miles from town. But he has to wait. “The moose season started and there’s going to be a lot of people driving back and forth. So I’m just waiting for the big bang starting out, everybody’s all excited about hunting, and give them a few days to calm down and there won’t be as many people out there,” Coby says. What’s called the Little John Stewardship Project will replace or repair some deteriorating culverts and bridges. Coby says he and two other residents will work on the project....

Better communication needed during fishing closures
Posted: September 18, 2012 - 8:24am
By Molly Dischner
Morris News Service-Alaska, Alaska Journal of Commerce
Kenai and Ketchikan might be more than a thousand miles apart, but charter fishing operators are finding a stronger tie than the map might indicate. When a river in one place in Alaska closes, guides throughout the state feel the hit. “Bad news anywhere in the state translates to a dropoff everywhere,” said Heath Hilyard, executive director of Southeast Alaska Guides....

Taku River Tlingit withdraws all support for Tulsequah mine
Posted: September 17, 2012 - 9:43pm  |  Updated: September 18, 2012 - 12:05am
After recently withdrawing its representatives from the environmental review process for Chieftain Metal’s road project, the Taku River Tlingit First Nations this month withdrew support for all government approval for the Tulsequah Chief Mine. The Taku Tlingit said in a Sept. 10 release there will be no support for the mine project until......

BBC: Alaska and the mysterious disappearing king salmon
By Lynsea Garrison
BBC News, Kenia Peninsula, Alaska
Crooked Creek has no big-box grocery stores or roads to other towns. But in good times, the Kuskokwim River promises king salmon to the villages along its 702 miles (1,130km). But good times are fading into memory for villagers like Evelyn Thomas, who has lived in Crooked Creek her entire life. "In my language, fish is called 'the food'," says Thomas, a half Yupik, half Athabascan native Alaskan who says she has little money to buy food to replace the salmon. "When we don't get 'the food', a staple of our diet is missing." Over the past five years, Alaska's king salmon have begun to disappear from the state's rivers, and no-one is sure why......

Whole Foods CEO: Organic Food Is Worth It
Posted: 09/19/2012 9:03 am
On the heels of a Stanford University study that found little evidence supporting the claim that organic food was healthier, Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb is defending the decision to eat organic. Yahoo!'s Daily Ticker blog spoke with Robb, who disagreed with the study's findings: "I've been an organic gardener all my life…and I can see..the vitality of the food from my own experience of raising vegetables."...

Economically Motivated Adulteration: Is Your Brand At Risk?
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 8:34am
By Don Hsieh, Director of Commercial and Industrial Marketing, Tyco Integrated Security
Economically motivated adulteration (EMA) is estimated to cost the global food and consumer products industry $10-15 billion a year, with the cost of one adulteration incident averaging between 2-15 percent of yearly revenues(1). Clearly, with such a significant economic impact, EMA deserves attention. Economically motivated adulteration defined. The FDA defines EMA as the “fraudulent, intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product for the purpose of increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of its production.” EMA is a food defense issue because, by definition, it is an intentional act. It is perpetrated by individuals who defraud the public for economic gain, making it a criminal act. Since there is a distinct possibility of....

Atlantic halibut farming gets a boost in Nova Scotia
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), has announced funding to further develop innovative and sustainable halibut aquaculture in Nova Scotia. “By investing in this kind of sustainable aquaculture project, we are ensuring many economic benefits and creating a variety of challenging career choices for people living in rural or coastal communities,” said Ashfield. Through this latest round of funding through Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquaculture Innovation and Market Access Programme, Scotian Halibut Ltd received....

September 19, 2012
EDF makes media push for catch shares
Melissa Wood
His name is a familiar one in the seafood industry, yet Slade Gorton III turned away from the family business to make a name for himself in a distinguished military and political career highlighted by three terms in the U.S. Senate. “When I was 12 years old I was unloading trucks in Chicago,” remembered the 84-year-old former Republican senator from Washington state whose father founded Slade Gorton & Co. in Boston. “It’s one of the reasons that persuaded me to do something else.” But Gorton, who is participating in a media campaign promoting catch-share management, never fully left the industry behind. He joked that when he decided to leave New England he probably went 500 miles too far; in Seattle, the importance of....

Japan launches new nuclear safety agency
Updated: 7:23 am | Published: 9/18 8:49 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Cabinet on Wednesday stopped short of committing to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel's recommendations in the face of opposition from pro-nuclear businesses and groups. The decision came the same day Japan launched a new regulatory body to replace....

New pier for Gig Harbor’s commercial fishing fleet
Posted on September 18, 2012 by Index Staff
The City of Gig Harbor will officially cut the ribbon on its new Maritime Pier on Mon., Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. The ribbon-cutting marks a....

Appreciating Alaska
Recent events in Libya and Egypt have prompted cruise lines to cancel port calls in Egypt and Tunisia, highlighting once again the volatile world in which the cruise lines operate. Holland America Line, Cunard and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines are rerouting vessels away from North Africa to ports such Sardinia, Italy; and Valletta, Malta. Other cruise lines are watching the situation closely......

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