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#12-31-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Good news, bad news for Alaska commercial fishermen in 2013
Alaska Dispatch | Dec 31, 2012
Depending on their quarry, some commercial fishermen working Alaska waters can expect a productive year in 2013, while others will face tighter limits. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has released its 2013 catch limits and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced its predictions on some major salmon runs.....

New chance for public comment to FDA on genetically modified salmon
Margaret Bauman | The Cordova Times | Dec 30, 2012
The countdown is on to offer public comment to the federal Food and Drug Administration on its environmental assessment conclusion that a fast-growing genetically modified salmon will likely cause no harm to the environment. The FDA planned to public a notice in the Federal Register on Dec. 26 and said it would accept comment on the agency's draft environmental assessment and preliminary finding of no significant impact through Feb. 24, 2013. United Fishermen of Alaska, an umbrella group representing 37 commercial fishing organizations, is urging those in the seafood industry to file their views electronically or in written comments to the Division of...

Coastal states could cash in on offshore energy
Posted on December 31, 2012 at 8:05 am by Jennifer A. Dlouhy
WASHINGTON – Coastal states stand their best chance in years of winning more federal dollars tied to oil and gas harvested near their shores, thanks to a shuffle in the leadership of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The change in fortunes for long-stalled royalty-sharing proposals comes courtesy of a new chairman: incoming Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is taking the gavel from retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. Wyden has signaled he is willing to discuss revenue sharing, possibly as part of a broad energy bill, though not necessarily part of a plan to broaden offshore oil and gas drilling. The top Republican on the energy committee, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, credited Wyden’s support for a fresh debate on offshore revenue sharing...

Silicon Valley's Green Energy Mistake
Updated December 27, 2012, 6:59 p.m. ET
Political venture capital turns out to be a loser.
Silicon Valley's investment wizards are fleeing the so-called green economy, and not a moment too soon for American prosperity. As painful as the era of enviro-investing has been for taxpayers and shareholders, there's an emerging silver lining. It's likely that in 2013 fewer people will spend their time trying to turn political projects into companies. A recent survey from our corporate cousins at Dow Jones VentureSource and the National Venture Capital Association finds that "clean technology" is inspiring pessimism among venture capitalists. Fully 61% expect less clean-tech investment in 2013 compared to 2012. On the flip side, a majority expect more investment next year in business information technology, a traditional U.S. economic strength. The survey reflects a natural and healthy shift in Silicon Valley. Talent and resources are moving back to the technologies that gave the valley its name—and away from trendy eco-projects that failed. When Silicon Valley was committed to addressing market needs, it enriched the world with Intel, Apple, Google GOOG +0.21% and Cisco. When venture investors tried to profit from political agendas, they saddled taxpayers with stinkers like Abound Solar, Range Fuels and the infamous Solyndra, which went bust last year after receiving more than half a billion dollars in federal loans. Success has proven elusive even for....