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#01-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Mike Elgan (Google+) Yesterday 9:47 PM (edited)  -  Public
How the FDA and AquaBounty weaseled their way to genetically modified salmon approval. 
The FDA and a company called AquaBounty performed some incredible feats of misdirection to get fast-growing, genetically modified salmon approved for consumption in the United States. First, the FDA released it's environmental assessment just before Christmas, when everyone was preoccupied with the holiday..... https://plus.google.com/113117251731252114390/posts/REHAFJvw4fq

BS - Making cents out of quality
Posted 01/18/2013
by - Bob Smith
The following is part II of a tale of two associations. Part one of this tedious and lengthy tale was a description of the old model of fishermen's marketing association: Cordova Aquatic Marketing Association or CAMA. Part two will be an attempt to describe the new model of fishermen's marketing association: Copper River Seafood Marketing Association or CRSMA. Most of this description will also be a comparison between CAMA and CRSMA, both their methods and their goals. It's questionable as to whether or not a piece of this type is a good idea. I mean, after all it's about commercial salmon fishing, who cares? There's always been plenty of zany antics brought to us courtesy of our friends at city hall, but they have no monopoly on zany. Fishermen can provide..... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1303bs---making-cents-out-of-quality

Wrangell: Canadian firm protests haul out bid winner
January 17, 2013
The sales agent for Marine Travel Lift, the brand of haul-out machine currently in use at the Marine Service Center in downtown Wrangell, is none too happy about the Borough Assembly’s recent decision to accept an Italian bid for a new haul-out at the yard. Bill Kendrick, the owner of the Vancouver-based Kendrick Equipment Ltd. – and high bidder for a new vessel haul-out unit – is taking advantage of a 10-day protest period to challenge the decision by the Wrangell Port Commission to approve a unit built by Ascom S.p.A. of Modena, Italy. The Port Commission accepted the bid offer unanimously during.... http://www.wrangellsentinel.com/story/2013/01/17/news/canadian-firm-protests-haul-out-bid-winner/831.html

Board of Fisheries votes on two Kuskokwim issues
MOLLY DISCHNER
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:06 PM
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries unanimously agreed to revise the amount needed for subsistence findings for the Kuskokwim area at its meeting today, and unanimously failed customary trade of subsistence-caught finfish..... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/Board-of-Fisheries-votes-on-two-Kuskokwim-issues/

Two Plead Guilty to Illegal Halibut Fishing
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, January 17 2013
Two boats that regularly fish out of Unalaska were prosecuted in 2012 for illegal halibut fishing, as fisheries blogger Wesley Loy first reported..... http://kucb.org/news/article/two-plead-guilty-to-illegal-halibut-fishing/

Unified Command Mum About Kulluk's Future
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, January 17 2013
The Unified Command still isn’t releasing any details about future plans for Shell’s Kulluk drill rig, which ran aground near Kodiak... http://kucb.org/news/article/unified-command-mum-about-kulluks-future/

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Jan 17, 2013
Coming up this week, King Salmon is again the topic du jour in two parts of the state – and in Washington D.C.; We get an update on the Southeast crab fishery, and wouldn’t you like to be on the International Pacific Halibut Commission? We had help this week from APRN’s Peter Granitz in Washington D.C., KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, KYUK’s Angela Denning-Barnes in Bethel, and KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4411

Cordova resident says U.S. Postal Service changes hurting local economy
Posted 01/18/2013
by - Jennifer Gibbins
With record losses of nearly $16 billion, the pressure for change at the U.S. Postal Service is intensifying. However, at least one local resident is dismayed by new efficiency measures.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1303cordova-resident-says-us-postal-service

Alaska Coral Expedition Days 1-3: Setting sights on, and in, Tracy Arm Fjord
Posted by Rhian Waller of NG Explorers in Explorers Journal on January 17, 2013
Follow along as NG Grantee Rhian Waller explores the deep-sea corals that have been found in the shallows of fjords in Alaska, and discover what they can tell us about the rest of the ocean as well. It’s the end of day three of our Alaska coral expedition, and so far all is going swimmingly well. Despite it being mid-winter here in Alaska, the weather couldn’t have been better – high 20’s out of the water and 36F in the water, glassy flat calm seas and beautiful snow topped mountains to boot. Visibility underwater isn’t quite what we’d hoped for, but it is 20-30ft+, which is more than we need to do our science, and more than enough to enjoy the scenery while you’re working... http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/17/alaska-coral-expedition-days-1-3-setting-sights-on-and-in-tracy-arm-fjord/

ASMI Announces Alaska Pollock Harvest Season
Juneau, Alaska (PRWEB) January 18, 2013
The harvest season for Alaska pollock, the nation's largest fishery, opens Sunday, January 20. The 2013 Alaska pollock Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska is 1,387,146 metric tons, 3.8% higher than last year's TAC of 1,335,944 metric tons. Alaska pollock accounts for approximately 30% of all U.S. seafood landings by weight..... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1022318

Wild Alaskan salmon direct to Vermont
Vermont native's sustainably caught fish available in local farm shares
Jan. 18, 2013 8:47 AM
Many Vermonters know the person who grows their tomatoes, the neighbor who boils their maple syrup, the farmer who raises the meat and eggs they eat. It is unusual, however, for Vermont residents to have personally met the fisherman who catches their wild Alaskan salmon. Anthony Naples, 31, is hoping to change that. After graduating from Harwood Union High School in the Mad River Valley, Naples headed to college in Maine and then criss-crossed the globe for several years working and traveling from Africa to the Caribbean to South America..... http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20130118/LIVING06/301180008/Vermonter-sends-wild-Alaskan-salmon-back-home

Hazy forecast for Alaska’s economy
By Casey Kelly
Posted on January 17, 2013 at 7:12 pm
Alaska’s economy weathered the Great Recession better than most states, and should hold steady for the foreseeable future. But depending on who you ask, there could be gloom on the horizon. World Trade Center Alaska brought its annual Statewide Economic Forecast Luncheon to Juneau on Thursday, where two economists offered differing predictions for the state’s fiscal future. Northern Economics Vice President and Senior Economist Marcus Hartley says he’s a pessimist when it comes to Alaska’s long term economy...... http://www.ktoo.org/2013/01/17/hazy-forecast-for-alaskas-economy/

FAR EAST FOCUS: Japan a big client of hungry poachers in Russian
January 18, 2013
The two men aboard a rickety brown fishing boat made no attempt to flee or even conceal the two 50-centimeter-long coho salmon they poached on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Rather, they smiled as they began talking to two Russian patrol officers who had approached in a rubber raft. The officers did not confiscate the fish or other equipment, nor did they write up any documents. After informing the two poachers to show up at a future date, the officers left the scene. "This is just business as usual," one of the officers, a veteran, said. Authorities who are supposed to be cracking down on poaching have ultimately given up because the practice is so common in Russian waters. On the other side, the poachers rely on the illicit act for their families’ survival. Peak salmon season ended in early November on the Avacha river, but poachers can still be found on an almost daily basis. Patrol officers said..... http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201301180068














NPRFTC life raft training
NPRFTC life raft training

Instructors from the Coast Guard North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center and members of the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore deploy and asses an expired 25-man life raft for training in Kodiak, Alaska, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Students at the NPRFTC are trained in the use and management of lifesaving equipment, fishery regulations, fish and vessel identification, documentation and gear assessments. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.