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#10-21-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Rockfish harvesters rejoice!
Fishermen are getting dramatically higher prices for Gulf of Alaska rockfish.
In 2011, one major processor, Trident, paid 12 cents per pound for northern rockfish delivered to its Kodiak plant, and 10 cents per pound for pelagic shelf rockfish and...

GMO labeling may be coming
Posted: October 21, 2012 - 12:02am
With the election looming, there has been a lot of media attention on the presidential race, and on several key Senate races. One election that you may not have heard much about concerns a California ballot initiative that could have a huge impact on your right to know what is in your food. Proposition 37 (The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act) requires clear labels letting consumers know if foods are genetically modified. Prop 37 has been endorsed by many independent groups......

AFN Wraps Up With Resolutions On Fishing
By Mallory Peebles
Channel 2 news
5:07 p.m. AKDT, October 20, 2012
On Saturday, individuals at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention took a vote on resolutions. One of the big topics this year is fishing because of a poor year of salmon numbers which led to fishing restrictions across Alaska. Many people said those restrictions led to a......,0,2052362.story

Laine Welch: Salmon fillet and roe prices were strong this summer
Published: October 20, 2012
By Laine welch — Fisheries
In a tough market awash with farmed fish, Alaska salmon held their own this summer. Alaska processors produced more than 13 million pounds of salmon fillets. King fillets averaged $11.45 a pound, a 70 cent increase over last year. Fresh fillets averaged $7.60 for sockeyes and $7.24 for cohos -- an increase of 66 cents for both. Only chum fillets fell at wholesale -- to $3.25 a pound, down 52 cents from last summer. Salmon roe prices, especially for pinks and chums, showed big jumps. Pink salmon roe sold for......

ADF&G chinook salmon research to be discussed at Anchorage symposium
Posted: October 20, 2012 - 7:19pm
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
Early next week researchers from around the country will gather in Anchorage to address the state’s king salmon puzzle. One of the missing pieces they will attempt to nail down is a lack of consistent data between the state’s king-bearing rivers. Scientists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released a draft version of a document outlining key gaps in the department’s knowledge about king salmon in....

Kodiak setting for Japanese documentary on tsunami
Posted: October 21, 2012 - 12:00am
KODIAK — A Japanese broadcasting group is filming a documentary about tsunami debris in Kodiak this week. NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting station, is filming a documentary about tsunami debris in Alaska to raise awareness about the amount of debris the U.S. is receiving. “Most of this is about awareness,” said Noboru Nakashima, NHK’s Los Angeles bureau chief. “The tsunami debris is a big trouble to the North American people. It not only......