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#12-26-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Thanks Alaska delegation for listening to the fishing industry
Posted: December 24, 2012 - 12:03am
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) recently approved a restructured observer program that extends observer coverage to Alaska’s small boat fleet. With the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) taking over observer deployment, the industry-funded restructured program increases the cost of an observer day from the current $400 to...

Parnell proposes Alaska Grown school lunch funding
By Kelsey Gobroski
English: ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A...
English: ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, delivers the executive proclamation by Gov. Sarah Palin during the POW/MIA ceremony Sept. 19. The proclamation stated that Sept. 19 would be known as POW/MIA recognition day in Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted on December 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm
Category: Community, Education, Health, State Government
Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 29 seconds
Gov. Sean Parnell’s proposed fiscal year 2014 operating budget would continue funding to put Alaska Grown foods on school lunch menus. The $3 million “Nutritional Alaskan Foods in Schools” program is available to all 54 school districts this year. The grant reimburses participating districts that buy Alaska fish, produce and even honey. Scott Ruby directs the....

Why FDA's Frankenfish salmon report is fundamentally flawed
Nicolaas Mink | Dec 24, 2012
On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a report about AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon, and its significance cannot be overstated. The FDA concluded salmon will be safe for the environment and safe for consumers, giving the green light for the release of this fish to U.S. consumers. Unless the U.S. Senate steps in to stop it, salmon will become the first genetically modified animal protein to hit the U.S. market. It will be a watershed moment for our food system, of equal importance to Norman Borlaug’s breeding innovations that birthed the Green Revolution and the original genetic innovations that wrought By corn and Roundup Ready soybeans that now dominate the Lower 48 food economy.....

Salmon or gold: Alaska ballot initiative puts Pebble Mine to a statewide vote
Eric Christopher Adams | Dec 23, 2012
Opponents of the Pebble Project believe Alaskans should get a chance to choose which resource the state prizes most from Bristol Bay -- gold or wild salmon -- and they're one step closer to bringing the issue before voters. A little more than a year after voters out in the remote Lake and Peninsula Borough of Southwest Alaska rejected the Pebble mine project by narrowly approving a ballot initiative to ban open-pit mining in the...

By rearing coho eggs, students gain appreciation of salmon lifecycle
McKibben Jackinsky | Homer News | Dec 23, 2012
HOMER -- When it comes to salmon, southern Kenai Peninsula students get an opportunity to set aside textbooks in favor of some hands-on learning, thanks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "Awesome," was the one-word evaluation of the project from Fireweed Academy fifth-grader Zach Condon. The study began last fall with the collection of silver salmon eggs from a Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association hatchery on a lake near Seward. "Then, we spawn the fish in front of the kids so they get to see the....

Governor's office stumps for new ferries
Posted: December 23, 2012 - 12:09am
The two new ferries proposed by Governor Sean Parnell would complement but would not be contingent on the Juneau Access Road. The serving Deputy Commissioner of Highways for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Pat Kemp spoke at the Chamber of Commerce lunch lecture Thursday at the Moose Lodge. He was named......

Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions
Children of the Taku
By Andrew Williams & Yvonne Jack
December 22, 2012
As citizens of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN), we are proud that a November 18 Joint Clan Meeting unanimously passed a Mandate directing TRTFN leadership to "take all steps necessary to ensure that the Tulsequah Chief project, as currently proposed, is not developed on Taku River Tlingit Territory." As founding members of the Children of the Taku Society (COTTS), we are determined to support leadership in carrying out that Mandate and to take appropriate, peaceful, grassroots community action to resist any effort by Chieftain Metals to reopen the Tulsequah Chief mine or to begin any related infrastructure. Stories in the Yukon News, the Whitehorse Star and other media—originating directly or indirectly from Chieftain principals—may lead some readers to believe...

Robin Samuelsen Named "Person of the Year" by the Northwest Fisheries Association
A Native and civic leader in the Bristol Bay region has been named the "Person of the Year" by the Northwest Fisheries Association. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:03).......

Jensen Maritime Awarded for Vision and Innovation in Design of the Northern Leader Fishing Vessel
Seattle (PRWEB)
December 26, 2012
Jensen Maritime has been honored with the New Wave Award, which recognizes the company’s vision and innovation for the concept and design of the Northern Leader, a 184-foot long, environmentally-friendly longline fishing vessel owned by Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC.Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp's Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has been honored with the New Wave Award, which recognizes the company’s vision and innovation for the concept and design of the Northern Leader, a 184-foot long, environmentally-friendly longline fishing vessel owned by Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC. The New Wave Award is issued each year by National Fisherman and WorkBoat magazines during Boatyard Day, an event held during Seattle’s Pacific Marine Expo. Boatyard Day celebrates the boatbuilding industry with a series of special events honoring....