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#02-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Comments on GM salmon pour in at U.S. FDA
Almost 30,000 comments have poured into the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about Canadian genetically modified salmon since the agency announced preliminary assessments found the altered fish pose no significant environmental impact. The response has been so strong in the past two months that the FDA was asked to extend the public comment period, and it issued a statement Wednesday to say comments will remain open an additional 60 days, until April 26. Morgan Liscinsky, spokesperson for the FDA, said the agency will review....

NPFMC Tables Community Protection Measures
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, February 14 2013
A push to give communities where crab is processed more input into the sale and trade of crab processing quota got a lukewarm reception at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Portland over the weekend. Of six proposed revisions to the Right of First Refusal program, the Council passed only three, tabling the others or dropping them...

ACLU joins Yupik fishermen's religious defense of fishing citations
Jill Burke
February 14, 2013
Nearly two dozen Alaska Native fisherman accused of violating fishing bans last summer on the Kuskokwim River in the southwest portion of the state have added a new twist in their efforts to clear their names. They'll not only argue they had a constitutionally protected religious right to harvest king salmon, an animal at the center of Yupik cultural and spiritual identity, but that the state should have done more to curtail other users over the years in the face of predictably abysmal declines in the number of kings returning to the river. New also is the appearance of the Alaska Civil Liberties Union, which is entering the legal fight on behalf of the....

Frank Murkowski: EPA's Pebble study casts a shadow on Alaska
Frank Murkowski
February 14, 2013
Dear Mr. President Obama,
Your second term provides an unparalleled opportunity to reconsider current energy and public lands policy, to develop policies which strike a fair balance between resource development and conservation, and to appoint people who are committed to job creation as well as sound environmental management. As a former U.S. senator, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, and governor of Alaska, I commend the Pebble Mine as an outstanding example of the need to reconsider existing policy. I know that you agree that it is vital to create jobs in rural, minority areas based upon responsible resource development that does not impose unreasonable costs or...

Triad Fisheries wins honors in Alaska Symphony of Seafood
Posted 02/14/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Alaskan Sablefish Unagi Style by Triad Fisheries, of Bothell, WA, has won the Seattle People's Choice Award in the Alaska Symphony of Seafood. Triad's entry got the most votes during the Feb. 13 reception in Seattle in honor of the Alaska...
New Sealaska land bills introduced in Congress
Alaska’s congressional delegation today introduced new Sealaska land-selection bills. Senator Lisa Murkowski authored her chamber’s version, which is co-sponsored by Senator Mark Begich. Congressman Don Young released the House version. Both would turn about 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest over to Sealaska, the regional Native corporation for Southeast Alaska. Murkowski’s version includes numerous changes meant to reduce opposition from environmental groups, tourism businesses and small communities. She says it would still complete a promise made 40 years ago by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.....
Opinion: Trading our wild fish and our voter initiative?
Posted 02/15/2013
by Rep. Les Gara - for the Cordova Times
Care much about the decline of Alaska's king salmon and halibut? I do. You do, and protecting Alaska's fish and clean water is why you voted in 2006 for strict water quality standards to prevent cruise ship companies from dumping poorly treated, damaging copper and by products from human waste – 20,000 gallons of inadequately treated discharge at a time – into our fishing waters. Unfortunately the Governor and GOP-led House passed a bill last week to weaken this voter initiative. I'm not a big fan of reversing voter-passed initiatives, or of endangering Alaska fish, including king....

Ocean Sciences Bowl flushes out young scientists
February 14, 2013
Twenty-four teams from across Alaska competed in the 2013 Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl at Seward High School over the weekend. Except for a team from South Anchorage, who did to attend due to their district’s weather concerns, teams traveled across Alaska in a snow blizzard to get here. One team travelled from as far away as Scammon Bay, a rural village on the west coast of Alaska, about a mile from the Bering Sea, and another came from Kotlik, 35 miles northeast of Emmonak on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. About 127 residents and marine science professionals from across the state volunteered for this Alaska contest that Seward....

PickFish Tales
Adventures of a Woman Commercial Fishing in Alaska
Friday, February 15, 2013
16th Annual Fisher Poets Gathering in Astoria, Oregon
Next weekend, February 22-24, 2013 is the 16th Annual Fisher Poets Gathering!  The gathering is an annual event where men and women tied to the commercial fishing industry get together and share tales, song, stories, and poems in celebration of making a living on the sea.  The event takes place every year, the last weekend in February in the coastal town of Astoria, Oregon which is a fishing town rich in maritime history.....

Strategic alliance to market EPA omega-3 oils from algae
Friday, February 15, 2013, 22:20 (GMT + 9)
Qualitas Health and Valicor Renewables announced this week a strategic partnership that will accelerate the launch of high-EPA omega-3 oil from algae. The companies have joined forces to combine their expertise and experience in biology, advanced chemistry and technology commercialization to make a significant impact on the...

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