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#10-16-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Example of catch from gill netting hoisted on ...
September 19, 1940, during Alaska King Crab Investigation (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

King Crab Fishery Opens Up
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Monday, October 15 2012
The Bering Sea’s most famous fishery is underway. The Bristol Bay red king crab season opened today, and the quota is 7.8 million pounds – a small increase from last year. As of Monday, no...

Critics Say the Pebble Limited Partnership is Not Using the Best Available Scientific Methods and Tools
The 3rd Keystone Center science panel wrapped up its work last week in Anchorage after spending 3 days looking at the data included in the Pebble Limited Partnership's "Environmental Baseline Document". KDLG's Mike Mason listened in and filed this report. (4:57)....

Testers wanted: Alaska professor making freeze-dried astronaut salmon
Suzanna Caldwell | Oct 14, 2012
Among Alaskans, few foods receive as much reverence as the beloved salmon. Now a Kodiak scientist is hoping to take that resource to a place it's never been before -- outer space. Alex Oliveira, an associate professor in seafood chemistry at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in Kodiak, will bring some of her freeze-dried salmon to Fairbanks this week, and she's looking for tasters. Oliveira needs about 150 of them over a three-day period to get a better idea of whether people like her freeze-dried salmon. There will be multiple...

Fish Factor
The Case of Disappearing King Salmon
October 15, 2012
(SitNews) - State fishery managers are asking for input from Alaskans to help solve the case of disappearing king salmon. A letter went out recently from Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell inviting stakeholders to a two day symposium in Anchorage later this month titled ‘Understanding Abundance and Productivity Trends of Chinook salmon in Alaska.’ The stated goal is ‘to increase understanding and develop the most complete research plan possible.’ A draft analysis by a newly appointed fisheries research team represents initial efforts by the state to better understanding the causes for Chinook declines.  The report, titled Alaska Chinook Salmon Knowledge Gaps and Needs, says that from 1994 through 2011, Chinook catches have decreased 7% for subsistence users.....

Ocean Beauty certified for chain of custody
Posted 10/15/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Ocean Beauty Seafoods has attained certification for the FAO-based responsible fisheries management chain of custody standard, the Seattle based seafood processor announced Oct. 10. All of Ocean Beauty's production, distribution, storage, warehouse and labeling locations were assessed by Global Trust, and were found to meet the requirements of this standard in....

NOAA's new facility to streamline disaster response in Gulf of Mexico
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) leaders joined members of Congress, as well as federal, state, and local emergency responders this week at the grand opening of the Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Centre in Mobile, Alabama. The new 15,200sqft-facility will serve as a central coordination point for federal, state and local emergency managers, and partners who rely on NOAA’s scientific support to make decisions to protect and restore the Gulf Coast’s communities, economies, and valuable natural resources. “NOAA provides important services to the Gulf of Mexico response community, from forecasting the paths of hurricanes to restoring the environment after oil spills,” said...