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#10-18-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Oct 18, 2012 - 12:47 AM AKST
World Wildlife Fund study whacks ASMI label, praises MSC
The World Wildlife Fund is trumpeting the results of a study it commissioned that found the ecolabeling organization it helped create to be the “most compliant with international sustainability criteria” while downgrading the Alaskan and two other competing seafood sustainability certification programs. The “Comparison of Wild-Capture Fisheries Certification Schemes” ranked the certification programs of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Friend of the Sea and Icelandic Responsible Fisheries Foundation against criteria that “reflect the priorities of the WWF. The WWF and British-Dutch food wholesaler Unilever founded the Marine Stewardship Council in.....

Kuskokwim fishing trials, subsistence loom large at AFN convention
Published: October 17, 2012 Updated 6 hours ago
Max Olick knew the Alaska State Trooper who wrote him a ticket and took his 55-foot driftnet. As a Village Public Safety Officer, Olick helps troopers keep the peace in his hometown of Kwethluk in Southwest Alaska. But when other fishermen in the Lower Kuskokwim River village planned to fish for king salmon despite a state ban, Olick said he joined his neighbors in protest. "I risked my job going out (for) something that I believe. The right to be out there and gather food for my family," Olick said in a phone interview Thursday from Kwethluk. Here in Anchorage, 340 miles away, the fight......

Keystone Center Science Panel Looks at the Data From Cook Inlet
The marine environment of the west side of Cook Inlet was discussed in detail during last week's Keystone Center science panel meeting in Anchorage. KDLG's Mike Mason listened in and filed this report. (5:11)......

Prince William Sound salmon harvest for 2012 was 34.4 million fish
Posted 10/17/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Commercial fishermen in Prince William Sound harvested 34.4 million salmon of all species during the 2012 season, state fisheries officials said Oct. 17. With fishing completed in all districts and preliminary harvest totals done, the catch was 26.7 million pink, 3.7 million sockeye, 3.7 million chum, 202,000 coho and 12,000 Chinook salmon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. That included 30.8 million commercial common property fishery and 3.6 million hatchery cost....

Nushagak Cooperative Looks at Using Waste Heat to Produce Ice for Commercial Fishermen
The idea of using the surplus waste heat from the power plant in Dillingham to produce cold water or ice during the summer was brought up at Tuesday night's Nusahgak Cooperative Board meeting. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (2:22).....

Ketchikan Council will consider repealing boat tax
by Sarah Cuiksa
October 17, 2012 12:49 PM
On Thursday night, the Ketchikan City Council might follow the Borough’s lead and repeal the city’s boat tax.  The Borough abolished its boat tax, since the cost of collecting it might  have been more than the tax actually brought in.....

Environmental Damage Claim Against Exxon Close, But Not Yet Resolved
More than 23 years and counting since the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling 10.8 million gallons of oil into the pristine waters, the case is still in court over unsettled claims for environmental damage. Conservation biologist Rick Steiner of Anchorage said Oct. 17 that Exxon Corp. still hasn't paid the federal government and state of Alaska $92 million the state claimed for remaining......

Chinook PSC Limits in Gulf of Alaska Up For More Consideration
Federal fisheries managers say they will consider action at their December meeting in Anchorage to extend Chinook prohibited species bycatch limits in the Gulf of Alaska from pollock to the non-pollock groundfish fisheries. The decision came at the October meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage, where the council heard feedback on goals and objectives for Gulf of Alaska....

Oct 18, 2012 - 12:49 AM AKST
Mariculture industry still small but growing in Alaska
A small mariculture industry for Alaska – oyster farming for the most part – has been developing in fits and starts for years, and a small group of dedicated seafood entrepreneurs are working away at it, convinced the business can succeed. Consumer demand in Alaska and the Lower 48 is steadily increasing among people who see oysters as healthy food, and who are becoming more sophisticated in their tastes. Yes – Alaska oysters do taste better. They’re sweeter, for one thing, due to a higher sugar content and a greater exposure......

Beluga aids science
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
An adult male beluga whale found floating in Cook Inlet on Oct. 4 by the crew aboard the M/V Perseverance is the third dead whale found this summer.
The Cook Inlet Spill Prevention Response tug was underway in Nikiski Bay when Charlie Parish and his crew sighted it. “They were in between rig runs, in the course of a day’s work they travel to the platforms to drop off supplies,” said Mike Watson, CISPRI operations manager. “It was simply floating, they saw it and looked it over. It didn’t appear to be dead very long.” Parish reported the beluga death to......

Roche Bros stores introduces seafood traceability scheme
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
Roche Bros Supermarkets has announced a seafood traceability programme in conjunction with their longtime seafood partner, Foley Fish, a fourth generation seafood processor based in Boston and New Bedford, MA. The new Sea Trace programme provides increased transparency regarding where the seafood at Roche Bros comes from and validates that the seafood is sustainably harvested and naturally processed. Customers will now be able to scan the QR (Quick Response) codes for select species to see a photo of the fishing boat, the.....

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