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#01-19-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Arctic Skimmer on standby in Old Harbor, Alaska  (Map http://goo.gl/maps/5603z) #Kulluk
Salmon and Trout Association uncovers salmon certification violations
UNITED KINGDOM
Friday, January 18, 2013, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The Salmon and Trout Association (S&TA) has discovered that Scottish farmed salmon carrying the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' (RSPCA)/Freedom Food certification does not meet the proper requirements. S&TA’s report explains that some of the salmon farms in question have awful pollution and parasite control practices, yet are granted Freedom Food status. Freedom Food status is meant to mean that the salmon farm that raised the fish carrying the Freedom Food logo operates in an environmentally responsible way. In fact, the logo appears on supermarket packaging for farmed salmon and on salmon farming companies’ websites, allegedly to indicate to consumers that the farms..... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=58194&ndb=1&df=0

Final Push To Prevent Genetically Modified Fish
By LAINE WELCH
January 19, 2013
Saturday AM
SitNews - Fishing groups, consumers and health organizations are launching a final push to prevent genetically modified fish from getting the nod for American dinner plates. During the holidays the Food and Drug Administration issued its environmental assessment concluding that the fish, tweaked to grow at least three times faster than normal, will not have any significant impacts on the human environment and is unlikely to harm wild stocks. The FDA’s environmental green light is the last step before AquaBounty, the creators of so called Frankenfish, can send the mutant to markets. The public has until February 26 to send comments to the FDA. Alaska Senators Begich and Murkowski have written to the FDA asking for a 60 day extension to the comment deadline, citing the holiday timing and new transitions in Congress. Senators from Washington, Oregon and Maryland also signed on to the comment extension request.  No word yet on if the request has.... http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/011913_fish_factor.html

Hybrid wind systems may be next step in energy #SmartGrid
January 18th 2:27 pm | Hannah Heimbuch
As wind turbines grace the skylines of more and more communities around the globe, some Alaskans are starting to look seriously at what the future for wind power looks like in the northernmost state. For many Alaskans, solutions to the high and rising cost of energy can't come soon enough - be it by wind, tide, geothermal or otherwise. Bruce Wright is a senior scientist for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association. He recently released a paper outlining a few ways Alaskan communities and leaders can streamline the air power potential in rural Alaska. More than 120 of Alaska's small communities operate on independent micro-grids, Write reported, using less than 200 kilowatts at peak capacity. The sophisticated equipment systems needed to offset diesel costs in these communities is complex and.... http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1303hybrid_wind_systems_may_be_next_step_in

State finishes CDQ reviews
MOLLY DISCHNER
Jan 18, 2013 - 12:31 PM
According to the State of Alaska, the Community Development Quota entities operating in federal waters on behalf of coastal communities have maintained or improved their performance in the past decade... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/State-finishes-CDQ-reviews/


AEB probes Akun service, hovercraft on hot seat
January 18th 2:22 pm | Jim Paulin
The Aleutians East Borough is looking for a less expensive way to travel between the village of Akutan and the new airport on Akun Island, seven miles away by hovercraft. The goal is to find "something more sustainable on a long term basis," said borough administrator Rick Gifford. Gifford said a committee of government agencies and Trident Seafoods will study alternatives. Cost is the primary factor, since the hovercraft cost the borough about $3 million per year to operate, he said. The group will consider a different vessel, but will also look at keeping the hovercraft, though with improvements, he said Tuesday. The borough has forecasted revenues of $500,000 per year, though he said... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1303aeb_probes_akun_service_hovercraft_on_hot


Southeast, Alaska has highest growth rate of all economic regions
Juneau, Fairbanks still in tight race for 2nd largest city
Posted: January 18, 2013 - 1:06pm
JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF REPORT
Alaska’s population increased by 3.1 percent — or 22,067 people — from April 2010 to July 2012, based on population estimates released today by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Alaska’s growth outpaced the United States as a whole, which grew 1.7 percent over the same period. Of the 29 boroughs and census areas that existed last year, 26 grew between 2010 and 2012..... http://juneauempire.com/local/2013-01-18/southeast-has-highest-growth-rate-all-economic-regions

Double Digit Unemployment in Southwest Alaska 
01/18/13
The latest unemployment data for Alaska shows that southwest Alaska is the only region in the State with double-digit unemployment. KDLG's Mike Mason reports. (2:11).... http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2452

Former legislator Bill Thomas turns attention to '8-year pile' of fishing gear
Jennifer Gibbins | The Cordova Times | Jan 18, 2013
Long-time Cordova representative, Bill Thomas, says he is busy getting his fishing gear back in order after losing a tight race for Alaska House of Representatives this past November. Thomas lost to Sitka Democrat and newcomer Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins by just 32 votes. "After an eight-year detour, I am getting back to fishing," Thomas told The Cordova Times speaking from his home in Haines in early January. "I am a life-long fisherman. I've still got my permits for gillnetting, halibut, shrimp. And I've got an eight-year pile of gear in the basement that needs to be sorted through." As a result of redistricting, Thomas ran for House District 34 this fall, a seat that encompasses Sitka, Haines, Angoon, Craig, Metlakatla and several other small communities in Southeast Alaska. An eight-year veteran of the the State House of Representatives, and familiar face in... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/former-legislator-bill-thomas-turns-attention-8-year-pile-fishing-gear

Two sunken boats to be raised at Jakolof Bay
Harbormaster Hawkins sent Leading Lady from Homer Harbor because it wasn’t seaworthy; owner parks it at Jakolof
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
The Coast Guard plans on overseeing work to get the sunken F/V Leading Lady to the surface today or Thursday, weather permitting, but more than two weeks has now passed as fuel spilled into the sensitive waters of Jakolof Bay. The 53-foot Leading Lady and the F/V Kupreanof sank in Jakolof Bay on Christmas day. Since then, Leading Lady continued to spread an oily sheen in sensitive oyster farming waters while the plan for removing the vessels was being formulated. Owner Tim Barkley, of Valdez, told officials only about 50 gallons of fuel was onboard and 35 gallons of other lubricants. The F/V Kupreanof had no engine or fuel on board at the time of the sinking. Coast Guard officials say the situation calls for caution in extremely hazardous conditions: It will take divers to install floatation equipment beneath the vessel to lift it while cranes raise the FV Leading Lady off the bottom. It took more time to... http://homertribune.com/2013/01/two-sunken-boats-to-be-raised-at-jakolof-bay/

Alaska Coral Expedition: Snow, Ice, Corals and Earthquakes!
Posted by Rhian Waller of NG Explorers in Explorers Journal on January 19, 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...... http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/19/alaska-coral-expedition-snow-ice-corals-and-earthquakes/

How would you like to try
untangling your gear from this?
Oregon wave energy plan ready for vote after four years of work
By Lori Tobias, The Oregonian
on January 17, 2013 at 6:09 PM, updated January 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM
Five years after a moratorium on permits for wave energy facilities in Oregon's territorial sea, the state appears ready to approve a plan spelling out how and where they may be placed. "This pretty much is the playbook for the marine renewable energy in Oregon's territorial sea for the.... http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/01/oregon_wave_energy_plan_ready.html

January 18, 2013 6:45 pm
FT: First Person: Audrey Armstrong
As told to Liam Kirkaldy
‘I make fashion out of fish skin’... http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/2d55e1da-5f73-11e2-be51-00144feab49a.html

Pretty awesome panorama uploaded by the USCG today. Portland Oregon. (Click image for full)