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#01-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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Deckboss: A salmon summit in Seattle - Bye-bye MSC bluefish? (Meeting in Seattle today)
We've noted from time to time how those MSC folks are having a hard time hanging onto Alaska salmon. MSC is the Marine Stewardship Council, a London-based certifier of sustainable fisheries. The MSC made quite a splash with Alaska salmon back in 2000, when the fishery first won the organization's blue eco-label...
Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013, 10:56 p.m.
Fishermen angry over state's new gillnet rules
By Natalie St. John, Longview Daily News
SKAMOKAWA -- When Marty Kuller was growing up in Seward, Alaska, commercial fishermen walked tall, and little boys like Kuller looked up to them. "Growing up as a young man, the commercial fishermen were the pillars of the community. As a young man, that was my dream. You know how something like that can take hold in you," Kuller, 50, said last week. But these days, gillnetting no longer fills his heart with pride and excitement. Kuller still gillnets on the Columbia River and purse-seines in Alaska, and he's branched out into fish-buying, working with fellow Skamokawa gillnetter Kent Martin and others to deliver salmon....

More trouble ahead at NOAA?
January 14, 2013 12:00 AM
So, you ask: What does President Obama's prospective chief of staff possibly have to do with New Bedford?
Answer: One of the two finalists is the spouse of the architect of the notorious catch shares in fisheries management at NOAA, Monica Medina.
And when I sought reaction, it was something between a laugh and a groan.
"What can I do other than laugh?" said seafood consultant Jim Kendall.
"Once they get in with that crowd there's no stopping or holding them back," he said.....

Sen. Murkowski heads for Japan to talk gas exports, nuclear power
By Ben Geman - 01/13/13 06:31 PM ET
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the Senate’s top Republican lawmaker on energy policy, will shortly travel to Japan for meetings about nuclear power and exporting natural gas from her state. “She is going to meet with Japanese officials and take a look at what they have done since Fukushima on nuclear policy,” said Robert Dillon, Murkowski’s spokesman. Almost every Japanese reactor is offline following the meltdown at the....

NOAA identifies 10 countries that need to address illegal fishing
Alaska Dispatch | Jan 13, 2013
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) submitted a congressionally mandated report on Thursday identifying 10 nations that are home to independent parties engaged in illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities in 2011 or 2012, or that failed to prevent the unintended catch of protected species......