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#01-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Sharecroppers of the Sea
As Alaska's deadliest catches become more regulated, "slipper skippers" exploit those who actually fish.
By Lee van der Voo Wednesday, Jan 9 2013
Before you feel sorry for anybody in this story, meet Jared Bright. And remember your first impression, because he's eventually going to call himself a serf. For the moment, he's just a guy you're about to get jealous of. That's because he's 38 years old, and industry sources say he's worth about $2 million. Between his ordinary upbringing in Ketchikan, Alaska, and the day Bright invested in his fishing boat, there was no winning lottery ticket, no trust fund. He's just a fisherman; been one for 21 years. And lucky for him, he happens to be good at it. If he can keep the bearded men in the embroidered shirts out of his game, he's going to be even better. But before we get into the bearded men, get rid of the image of the Gorton's fisherman. Forget the fish sticks, the wooden captain's wheel, and that wholesome picture of the guy on the yellow box. Instead, put yourself on one side of the Whole Foods fish counter, a chunk of halibut in the middle—price tag: $28 a pound—and think of Bright as the guy on the....

Sockeye forecast up slightly, kings take a dive
Posted 01/09/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Preliminary forecasts for Copper River salmon fisheries for 2013 predict a slight increase in sockeye harvests by all user groups, but a plunge in the catch of kings. The forecast issued Jan 2 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts a run of 2,240,000 reds into the Copper River fishery, up from the forecast of 2,150,000 fish in 2012, with a harvest of 1,500,000 reds, up from 1,430,000 fish in 2012. Chinook forecasts, by comparison, are bleak, with a run forest of 46,000 kings, and estimated harvest by all user groups at 20,000. This compares with the 2012 run forecast of....

Juneau’s Brown resigns from Alaska Board of Fisheries
By Casey Kelly
Posted on January 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm
Category: Business, Outdoors, Recent News, State Government
Estimated reading time: 1 minute, 40 seconds
Bill Brown of Juneau has resigned from the Alaska Board of Fisheries with nearly a year and a half remaining in his term. The news was first reported Tuesday by Deckboss blogger Wesley Loy. Brown says he submitted his letter of resignation to Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell on Monday. He says “personal reasons” and “personalities” played into his decision, but declined to be more specific. “I did not want to resign,” he said. “But I spent about a month thinking about it. I talked to the commissioner. I talked to other board members about it. It was a decision I made.”....

Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee Holds Elections
The fish and game advisory committee for the Nushagak River region met Tuesday in Dillingham to hold elections to fill out the membership of the committee. KDLG's Mike Mason covered the meeting and filed this report. (1:26).....

Filmmaker had mind on ‘Smokin’ Fish,’ not stardom
YAKIMA, Wash. — Cory Mann didn’t set out to be a documentary filmmaker. “I wanted to be a movie star,” he says in the same half-serious, half-joking candor that runs throughout “Smokin’ Fish,” an endearingly quirky film — yes, a documentary — that will bring him to the Yakima Valley Community College campus Thursday for a screening. It’s very possible you’ve already seen “Smokin’ Fish” — or, at least, had the opportunity. Since its completion in 2011, the 81-minute film has been broadcast numerous times on PBS, a grant from which provided a portion of the production funding. It has been screened at film festivals and cultural events large and small around the world, from Mann’s Alaskan hometown of Juneau to as far as Amsterdam and Honolulu....

Salazar, Coast Guard announce drill vessel reviews
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 12:13 pm | Updated: 6:03 pm, Tue Jan 8, 2013.
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska  - A day after Royal Dutch Shell PLC towed a damaged floating drill rig to shelter from a remote Alaska island, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the department will perform an "expedited, high-level assessment" of the 2012 Arctic offshore drilling season.....

Alaska senator plans hearing on Shell vessel grounding
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:49 am
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he will conduct a hearing in Alaska to examine why a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill rig ran aground on a remote island.
The Kulluk drilled in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast during the 2012 open water season. It was being towed to Seattle for maintenance and upgrades Dec. 27 when its tow line broke....

Coast Guard, Interior Plan Probes of Shell Offshore Drilling Rigs (video)
By Chris Klint and Blake Essig
Channel 2 News
11:26 a.m. AKST, January 8, 2013
The Coast Guard has ordered a marine casualty investigation of the Shell Oil-contracted drilling rig Kulluk’s Dec. 31 grounding on Sitkalidak Island, a day after it was safely towed to an anchorage about 30 miles away. The news comes as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced an expedited assessment of Shell’s 2012 drilling. Coast Guard, Interior Plan Probes of Shell Offshore Drilling Rigs...,0,433589.story

NZ King Salmon vows to eliminate its GM fish material
Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 04:40 (GMT + 9)
NZ King Salmon (NZKS) has informed that it will eliminate all of its genetically modified (GM) salmon material. The announcement comes as the US deals with a controversial GM salmon issue. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed in a report last month that AquaBounty’s transgenic fish will have no significant impact on the environment during its production. The FDA "carefully considered the potential environmental impacts of the proposed...

Russian pollock MSC CoC certified
08 Jan 2013
Independent certification body, Food Certification International (FCI) recently announced that the Russian Pollock Catchers Association (PCA) has been certified against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody (CoC).....

Three BC salmon fisheries receive MSC certification
Wednesday, January 09, 2013, 22:20 (GMT + 9)
Canada’s supply of Marine Stewardship Council- (MSC) certified seafood into the global market took a major step forward this week when three British Columbia chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) fisheries were awarded certification as sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The Inner South Coast, West Coast Vancouver Island and Fraser River chum salmon fisheries received MSC certification following an independent, third-party, rigorous scientific assessment that was conducted by Intertek Moody Marine (IMM)....

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