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#10-20-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Murkowski and Young criticize government actions to AFN delegates
Published: October 19, 2012
ANCHORAGE — Fishermen cited for breaking a subsistence fishing ban on the Lower Kuskokwim River should never have been fined, Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a crowd of hundreds Friday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention. Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, speaking at a forum about hunting and fishing rights and other issues, also criticized recent sanctions against an Alaska Native artist fined for using raven parts and other feathers in his contemporary artwork. "I think this has been an embarrassment for how our government and our federal agencies ignore.....

New research vessel heading for home port in Seward
Posted 10/19/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
A new marine research vessel, the R/V Skuliaq, christened Oct. 13 at Marinette, WI, equipped for year-round operations in first-year ice, will be home ported in Seward and operated by fisheries scientists from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Construction of the nearly $200 million vessel was funded primarily through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It is the first research vessel built for....

American Fisheries Society Meeting in Kodiak
Oct 19, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
About 250 fisheries professionals will be coming to Kodiak next week. No, they’re not all fishermen here to jig for cod – they are biologists, professors, managers and scientists attending the American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter annual meeting. Monday and Tuesday is set aside for continuing education classes for participants.....

October 19, 2012
Book Review: Finding redemption in the fishing life
It’s one thing for a person to figure out what they’d like to do for a living. It’s another to figure out who they are, and what kind of a person they want to be. And if they are so fortunate as to develop concrete answers to those Big Questions, there’s still the matter of taking action to fulfill those desires. That’s no small task. These are among the topics author Daniel Chiasson covers in his thought-provoking.......

Sustainable seafood apps, restaurants, cookbooks catch on
By Tom Watson
Originally published Friday, October 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM
Special to The Seattle Times
Just because there are lots of fish in the sea doesn't mean we have to eat them all. The sustainable seafood movement aims to maintain the flow of safe, nutritious seafood without wiping out fish populations. Although significant progress has been made in recent years, this movement faces constant challenges.......