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#01-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Seminar Explores Relationship Between South Korea and Alaska
“Gangnam Style” is context for cultural understanding
By Megan Edge
Story Created: Jan 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM AKST
Story Updated: Jan 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM AKST
........... “We are in a situation right now in Alaska where a large part of our economic future depends on very good and strong relations with our third largest trading partner, which is Korea,” Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell said. According to the International Trade Administration, on average Alaska exports $434 million in goods to Korea every year. More than half of those products come from the seafood industry. Alaskan minerals and timber also feed the Korean market.
So what does trade have to do with a dance?

Alaska economy 'keeps chugging along like a freight train'
Casey Kelly | KTOO-Juneau | Jan 18, 2013
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. But he admits the state has done pretty well in recent years, even as other....

Fourth Southeast Alaskan convicted of illegally taking, selling sea otters
Alaska Dispatch | Jan 19, 2013
A Ketchikan businessman and artist was fined $10,000 and ordered to home confinement for six months after pleading guilty to three violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, including illegally taking 87 sea otter pelts. Sherman Alexander, 58, was ordered to forfeit a total of 144 pelts. According to the Juneau Empire, Alexander and his partner, Ellen Bishop, founded and operated Soft Gold Furs in Ketchikan.  The company website says....

NE: Hoping 'to turn the tide' on Wild Atlantic salmon
By PAUL KOENIG Kennebec Journal
Biologists are optimistic that an improved hydraulic egg-planting method will yield more adult fish.
PALERMO - State biologists working in shallow river tributaries reachable by dirt roads and snowmobile trails are on the front line of the battle against extinction of the Atlantic salmon. To mimic wild salmon spawning, they visit the waterways in January and February, sometimes dragging their equipment on a plastic sled more than a mile to the site. They're planting thousands of eggs in the gravel of riverbeds, an effort mostly funded through a federal grant. Near a site along the eastern branch of the Sheepscot River last week, Maine Department of Marine Resources biologist Paul Christman prepared the salmon eggs, carefully lifting the tiny pinkish-orange orbs wrapped in damp cheesecloth and placing them into a wide-mouthed beverage cooler............Christman and the other biologists at the marine resources department first experimented with hydraulic salmon egg planting methods in 2007 after Christman heard about biologists in Alaska doing it.....

Yikes! Fish Caught Close to Fukushima Site Is Massively Radioactive |
Jan. 19, 2013 5:45pm Mike Opelka
A fish with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the allowed maximum was caught this week in the waters off Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. The discovery, which comes just weeks before the two-year anniversary of the nuclear disaster, has sparked considerable concern about the safety of the local food supply.....

WA: State harvests cash through geoducks off Langley waters
South Whidbey Record Editor
JANUARY 18, 2013 · UPDATED 2:39 PM
The geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) has a funny name and its appearance often elicits embarrassed laughter, but Washington’s biggest clam means big money to the Department of Natural Resources and fine eating, particularly for wealthy devotees in China. For the first time in years, commercial geoduck harvesting is under way in Langley. It started Monday, Jan. 7, and is open until Jan. 25. The DNR manages two geoduck fishery tracts near Langley. Langley North is 129 acres in size and Langley South is 54 acres. Other Island County tracts are listed as Admiralty Bay, Austin, Cultus Bay, Dines Point, Double Bluff, Holmes Harbor, Lagoon Point, Point Partridge, Randall, Rocky Point and Useless Bay.....

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