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#12-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

DIPAC thanks our community volunteers
Posted: December 30, 2012 - 12:02am
Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc. would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make our annual fall salmon education program a great success! A total of 1,435 students and adults, representing 55 school classes, visited the Ladd Macaulay Visitor Center from Sept. 17 to Nov. 2. We sincerely thank the following people for....

It's way too early to cast aside Alaska's controversial Pebble project
Chuck Becker | Dec 29, 2012
There seems to be an unfounded perception that foreign investment in Alaska’s economy is a bad thing.  As one who has participated in many facets of Alaska’s economy for most of my adult life, let’s be clear about one thing:  Every major industry in Alaska depends upon foreign companies investing in our state in order to keep our economy moving.  This includes fishing, but more about that in a moment. There was so much hyperbole in a recent editorial from two well-meaning Bristol Bay residents about the Environmental Protection Agency’s egregious step into Alaska’s business that it is difficult to know where to begin. First, let’s begin with who invited the EPA and for what purpose.  The EPA was not asked to come to Alaska to assess the Bristol Bay watershed.  They were asked to pre-emptively shut down Pebble before a mine plan has been presented in its entirety and before a well-established....

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Mixed outlook for fish stocks, new regs in 2013
Posted: December 29, 2012 - 6:55pm
By Molly Dischner
Morris News Service-AlaskaAlaska Journal of Commerce
Alaska’s fisheries are in for a mixed year in 2013, if current management expectations hold true. State forecasts and federal catch limits call for increased harvests of some species — like pollock — while other runs may fall shorter than in prior years. Pollock harvesters heard good news when the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, or NPFMC, set 2013 catch limits. The total allowable catch, or TAC, for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands pollock was set at 1.27 million metric tons, about a 4-percent increase versus the 1.22 million....

Naknek Girl Scouts lead the way in Alaska candy sales
Hannah Heimbuch | Bristol Bay Times | Dec 29, 2012
Naknek's Girl Scouts have done it again. For the second year in a row they've made a name for themselves as Alaska's top troop in Girl Scout nut and candy sales. Their success has popped up on news sources around the country, as neighbors and strangers alike congratulate the rural troop on their hard work. The nut and candy sales are in addition to the usual cookies — much loved by sweet fiends across America — and the Naknek girls started...

Why Menus Suck + Other Deep Thoughts on the Food Tech Revolution
DECEMBER 28, 2012
abstract: menus suck. we need less items, more pictures, and [just] a few recommendations. menus should be online, so they can integrate user data & purchase history to customize selection, offer discounts, and to connect with friends for favorites and referrals / group offers. the market is huge, purchase behavior is frequent, industry incumbents are old, slow, and easily disrupted. everyone eats, everyone is online; what the hell we waiting for?..