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#09-20-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Freezer Longliner Vessel Replacement Issues Face Final Action
Final action is scheduled at the October meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage on options to allow larger freezer longliners to harvest Pacific cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Kenny Down, executive director of the Freezer Longline Coalition in Seattle, said in an interview Sept. 17 that he is hopeful that one of these options will pass the council with little objection. “It is long overdue… for safety reasons alone,” said Down, noting that some of the.....

Legal settlement with state could affect Pebble mine
Critic says the decision 'borders on scandalous,' but state official disagrees.
Associated Press
Published: September 19th, 2012 11:01 PM
Last Modified: September 19th, 2012 11:02 PM
JUNEAU -- The state's natural resources department will have to justify its rationale for how it re- designated land use in the Bristol Bay region nearly a decade ago, a process that could have ramifications for the proposed Pebble prospect.....

BBNC Leaders Push For Salmon Fishery Protections In DC
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | September 19, 2012 - 4:45 pm
Leaders from the Bristol Bay Native Corporation are in Washington, D.C. pushing members of Congress to support the forthcoming EPA watershed assessment and to increase protections for the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. Listen for the full story......

Strong Fall Chum Salmon Harvest Welcomed On Lower Yukon
A strong harvest of succulent fall chum salmon is cheering Lower Yukon River commercial fishermen, easing the economic pain of a restricted summer chum harvest required for escapement of king salmon to Canada. “It’s as good or better than last year, which was a record year for us,” said Jack Schultheis, sales manager for Kwik’Pak Fisheries, a subsidiary of the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development....

Delaware: Wild-caught salmon, fresh produce and freezing demo at Milton Farmers Market Sept. 28
Sep 19, 2012
At the Sept. 28 Milton Farmers Market, a special Fourth Friday event will showcase wild salmon from Alaskawild Seafood. Owner Jon Clucas, a third-generation Alaska commercial fisherman, and his wife Rita fish the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula coastline during the summer and bring that product freshly vacuum-packed to the Milton market, along with other cold-water fish.....

Part 1 on Tiglax’s work: A ship for made for marine research
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
The M/V Tiglax left its Homer harbor for the second and last time of the season on peaceful tinfoil waters leaving Kachemak Bay, destined for field camps dotting thousands of miles of coast. It would go as far north as St. Matthew Island before heading back south, hugging the Aleutian Chain. The research ship under the employ of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is so clean the safety lesson given by First Mate Dan Erickson includes a warning about no stockinged feet on the shiny sliding galley floor. “Wear foot wear at all times,” he tells the six passengers aboard this voyage. He points to the first berth just off the galley. “Ship hit bad seas and one guy flew all the way across to there and....

Trident Seafoods Casts Consumer Net
by Karlene Lukovitz, 11 hours ago
With more than $1 billion in annual sales, Seattle-based Trident Seafoods Corp. bills itself as North America’s largest seafood company. The privately-held, American-owned harvesting, processing and marketing company is a major supplier to the restaurant/foodservice industry and grocery and club-store retailers. While Trident isn’t big on revealing its stats, prepared seafoods accounted for 40% of its revenue -- with sales growing at double-digit percentages -- as of 2009, according to Puget Sound Business Journal. Trident Seafoods brands like Louis Kemp, acquired in 2006, Sea Alaska, SeaLegs and Rubenstein’s are retail staples -- and.....

A PAC for raw fish?
With Tarini Parti
A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE FOR … RAW FISH? Out in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Citizens for Sushi Political Action Committee — yes, you read that correctly — is up with a series of billboards featuring female anime characters and bearing slogans such as “Mitt Bit my sushi! Go Romney!” and “Obama ‘cares’ about our sushi! Go Barack!” Head-scratching among locals ensued. So what gives? Local restaurant Stingray Sushi formed the PAC to ensure it’s not violating federal election law with its cheeky campaign that’s at once designed to promote the restaurant and also raise political awareness. Restaurant spokesman and Jason Rose tells PI the feedback has been mixed. “People have had some very strong reactions — good and bad,” he said. But he’s not concerned that the restaurant’s foray into presidential politics will spark a backlash a la, say, Chick-fil-A’s chief executive announcing his opposition to gay marriage. “Unlike Chick-fil-A, our committee is not taking sides,” Rose said. “And people grumpy about this are probably not going to a hip sushi place anyway.” Check out the signs for yourself:

Officials investigating possible Japan tsunami debris found floating off Hawaii
State officials are investigating possible Japan tsunami debris found floating just off Hawaii on Tuesday. KHON2 reports a large blue bin with the name of a business in Japan, whose factories were destroyed during the March 2011 tsunami....

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