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#02-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
North Pacific Council talks replacement options for AFA vessels in the Gulf
Feb 8, 2013 - 10:59 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took action this morning to continue working on vessel replacement for American Fisheries Act boats in the Gulf of Alaska. The council also selected a preliminary preferred alternative, or PPA, which would essentially bring vessel replacement possibilities for AFA vessels operating in the Gulf, or GOA, in-line with the.....

North Pacific Council talks economic data collection
Feb 8, 2013 - 06:24 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council discussed how it will evaluate central Gulf of Alaska rationalization today. The council is considering a discussion paper about economic data that could be collected from the western and central Gulf, or GOA, trawl fleet today. That data could help with analyzing the impacts...

Leader Creek Seafood's Norm Van Vactor Hired as the New CEO of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation
A new Chief Executive Officer has been chosen to take over leadership of the local Community Development Quota organization for the Bristol Bay region. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:22)...

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Dilution is solution to cruise ship discharges says Administration
February 08, 2013
SitNews - Dilution is the solution for pollution sums up the Parnell Administration policy when it comes to cruise ship discharges in Alaska waters. A bill being moved quickly by state lawmakers will repeal a 2006 citizens’ initiative that requires cruise ships to meet Alaska water quality standards at the point of discharge, and instead create mixing zones for dumping sewage, hazardous chemicals and other wastes. Alaskans won’t know where those zones are, as House Republicans rejected amendments to require disclosure of the locations. The measure, introduced by Governor Parnell, was passed already by the House and the Senate Finance.....

Build the road
We, all of us, have had to put off flights from Ketchikan because of weather, or tried to get into (or out of) Juneau, but the plane just couldn’t land for that very reason. It is an inconvenience, but we always take it philosophically, understanding that if the experienced and capable Alaska Airlines pilot doesn’t want to go there, we don’t want to go there, either. But if we are sick, in Ketchikan or Juneau, we have a hospital to drive to. We can get the care we urgently need. Not so in King Cove, an Aleut fishing village. The people of that village have been working for years to get a “road” — one lane of....

OPINION: Catch shares offer solution to dwindling fish stocks
February 8th 3:37 pm | Joseph Brannon      
This week the New England Fishery Management Council adopted new catch reductions for groundfish. These new regulations, aimed at revitalizing local fisheries in a sustainable manner without the use of subsidies and heavy-handed Washington, D.C. management, are made by....

Meat industry under scrutiny as horsemeat scandal spreads
By Laura Smith-Spark and Per Nyberg, CNN
updated 9:14 AM EST, Sat February 9, 2013
London (CNN) -- A frozen food producer caught up in a scandal over horsemeat found in beef products in the United Kingdom, Sweden and France said Saturday it will sue the Romanian producer it blames for the problem. The French arm of Swedish frozen food firm Findus said it would file a legal complaint Monday against the unnamed Romanian business. Findus said it had been told that its products were being made with French beef, not Romanian horsemeat. "We were deceived," said a Findus France statement. "There are two victims in this affair: Findus and the consumer." Meanwhile, an emergency meeting was held in London Saturday, as.....

Four Eerie Species of Fish Found at One of the Deepest Places on Earth (photos)
Feb. 9, 2013 12:12pm Liz Klimas
In just seven days of ocean sampling research near the Kermadec Islands northeast of New Zealand, scientists found several strange-looking species of deep sea fish that were rare, new to science or never before seen in the area. The scientists from University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa explored the Kermadec Trench, which goes down more than six miles and is one of the deepest places on Earth, according to the university website. “Between this and the previous expeditions we have now sampled from a depth range greater than Mount Everest is high,” the Oceanlab’s Dr. Alan Jamieson said in a statement to the....

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