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#10-29-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Much remains beyond state's control when managing Alaska king salmon
Craig Medred | Oct 28, 2012
The proverbial, evil white man has done much to alter, rearrange and generally muck up the ecosystem of the North American continent. About this, there can be no argument. But he is not responsible for all things. Mother Nature herownself is not perfect. She can be, to use a most impolite term, a fickle bitch. Alaskans today appear hostage to her vagaries. Almost everywhere in the 49th state, the chinook salmon -- the big fish, the king -- failed to return this summer. Or, suffice to say, they failed to...

Trials set to begin for Alaska Native fishermen
RACHEL D'ORO, Associated Press
Updated 3:01 p.m., Sunday, October 28, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some call it a protest by Alaska Native subsistence fishermen, but that's not the way it looks to Harry David and a couple dozen others charged with illegally fishing for king salmon in waters severely restricted by the state because of dismal runs of the prized fish. "We've been taught since we were growing up to gather food from the land for winter," said David, a Yup'ik Eskimo from the western Alaska village of Tuntutuliak. David, 48, is heading for.....

Juneau appeals Petersburg Borough boundary approval
Northern boundary overlaps area sought by CBJ
Posted: October 28, 2012 - 9:00pm  |  Updated: October 29, 2012 - 12:02am
The City and Borough of Juneau has filed a judicial appeal of the Local Boundary Commission’s decision to approve the northern boundary for the proposed Petersburg Borough, arguing that the commission failed to “critically analyze” the CBJ’s request to annex of some of the same land sought by the Petersburg Borough petitioners. When the LBC handed down its decision earlier this year, there were two active petitions — one from the Petersburg Borough petitioners and one from the CBJ — requesting to incorporate the same area, which is currently unorganized. Both petitions remain active. No decision has....

Antiquated Pump House Replacement Tops Kodiak Funding Request
Oct 26, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Kodiak City Council finalized its Capital Improvement Projects list at last night’s meeting. Not much had been changed since Tuesday’s work session when it was discussed at length. A new pump house at the Monashka reservoir is listed as the city’s top priority. City Councilman John Whiddon said the 40-year old building and 70-year-old equipment is called upon to reliably provide water for residential and seafood processing use all day every day. Councilman Terry Haines agreed, saying....

Oceana, restaurant industry demand an end to seafood fraud
Monday, October 29, 2012, 05:40 (GMT + 9)
Oceana together with more than 500 chefs, restaurant owners and culinary leaders sent a letter this week to the US Government to require that “seafood is traceable in order to prevent seafood fraud and keep illegal fish out of the US market.” Led by sustainable chef Barton Seaver, the letter includes signatories from nearly all 50 states, including top chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon, who are all “committed to serving seafood that protects our oceans, our wallets and our health.” “Seafood mislabelling is one of the most important issues currently facing the culinary industry,” said Seaver, National Geographic Fellow and author of 'For Cod and Country.' “It’s an honour to join this list of distinguished names in a plea for a....

Fish Fraud Criticized By Sen. Barbara Boxer, 500 Restaurateurs
The Huffington Post  |  By Joe Satran
Posted: 10/25/2012 3:43 pm EDT
In the past year year, two major reports -- one conducted throughout the country by seafood watch group Oceana and the other conducted in the Boston metro area by the Boston Globe -- found that a shockingly large share of the seafood sold in both grocery stores and restaurants comes from a different species than its label indicated. The Boston Globe study found that 48 percent of tested fish was mislabeled. At the very least, mislabeling is a commercial fraud issue, in that people could be paying too much for inferior products. But it also poses a health threat to people who....

Fishermen confront BP spill deadline
Posted on October 29, 2012 at 7:00 am by Emily Pickrell
GRAND BAYOU, La. – Most decisions about the details of a huge class-action settlement of damage claims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill will come from stately offices and a federal courtroom in New Orleans. But the consequences will reach farther south, where Louisianans – many of them subsistence fishermen – count on swampy bayous and gray Gulf waves for their livelihood, and are struggling to support themselves on catches they say have dwindled to a fifth of their pre-spill numbers. “It just ain’t there anymore,” said Maurice Phillips, a 58-year-old fisherman and trapper from Grand Bayou who traces his ancestry to the region’s first Native American residents. Phillips is one of hundreds of fishermen who must decide by....

Wireless scoreboard, school safety OK at UCSD
October 26th 10:07 pm | Jim Paulin
When the new wireless scoreboard is installed in the high school gym, Unalaska basketball fans shouldn't have to worry about a computer hacker rewriting the teams names as Bloods versus Crips since school officials don't see a street gang problem locally. While school board member Sonia Handforth-Kome wondered about the "hackability" of the new scoreboard, school administrators aren't worried about inappropriate digital messages beamed from the bleachers. The board approved $20,000 for the new device at last week's meeting. And while a survey of students showed a slight decline in the area of safety possibly attributed to gang members in....