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#02-21-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

The Nushagak AC Will Oppose Permit Stacking in Bristol Bay's Setnet Fishery
The Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee has finalized their comments on the setnet permit stacking proposal for Bristol Bay that will be taken up at next week's Board of Fisheries meeting. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:39)...

Life-saving route denied for King Cove (video)
By: Audrey Hudson
2/20/2013 11:01 AM
Lucy Kenezuroff suffered from chest pains for nearly a day as a blizzard and howling gale-force winds raged across a barren Alaska Peninsula preventing a Coast Guard helicopter rescue team from landing near her King Cove home. Just days after the 80-year-old woman was saved, a five-month old baby with breathing problems was forced to wait hours for yet another Coast Guard rescue team from 300 miles away to make the dangerous journey....

King Cove Residents to Meet With Interior Secretary
By Stephanie Joyce, KUCB - Unalaska | February 20, 2013 - 10:34 am
An intense lobbying campaign by Alaska’s congressional delegation has paid off for residents of the Aleutian community of King Cove. A group of them will have the chance to meet face-to-face with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at the end of the month. As King Cove Corporation administrator Della Trumble explains, the goal is to convince Salazar to allow a road through the...

Borough goes forward with marine hoist purchase
by Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK News
February 20, 2013 11:16 am
The Borough Assembly held a special meeting Friday, February 15, to discuss the purchase of a marine hoist. The City made the decision to procure the 300-ton hoist from Italian company ASCOM S.p.A. after a bidding period last fall.....

Alaska House passes resolution opposing “Frankenfish”
By Casey Kelly
Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm
The Alaska House of Representatives has come out against genetically engineered salmon, or as critics call it, “Frankenfish.” Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 5 on Wednesday. It urges the US Food and Drug Administration to reconsider a preliminary finding that genetically modified fish would not significantly impact the environment. The resolution also urges the agency to...

Fishy fakes common in restaurants
Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY4:03a.m. EST February 21, 2013
About a third of all fish sold in restaurants and supermarkets may be falsely labeled, research shows
A fillet of rare red snapper could really be cheap tilapia. A pricey wild-caught salmon steak from Alaska could be farmed Atlantic salmon from Chile. Those are some of the substitutions found during a two-year investigation of seafood by the world's largest ocean conservation group. One-third of the fish purchased in restaurants, supermarkets and...

Mislabeled fish a national problem
Tests show a third of samples from 21 states to be fraudulent
By Jenn Abelson |  GLOBE STAFF     FEBRUARY 21, 2013
US consumers are frequently served a different type of fish than what they pay for, according to results released Thursday from one of the nation’s largest seafood fraud investigations. Between 2010 and 2012, the nonprofit Oceana collected more than 1,200 seafood samples from 674 retail outlets in 21 states and conducted DNA testing that found one-third of the samples were mislabeled. Fish advertised as grouper, cod, and snapper were often less desirable, cheaper, or more readily available species, according to Oceana, a Washington, D.C., group that focuses on fighting seafood fraud.....

Kennicott to Replace Tustamena for Spring Ferry Runs
By Stephanie Joyce
English: The MV Tustumena, a ferryboat that is...
English: The MV Tustumena, a ferryboat that is part of the Alaska Marine Highway fleet and services Kodiak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wednesday, February 20 2013
The 'Trusty Tusty' won’t be living up to its name this spring. The Alaska Marine Highway System announced Wednesday that the ferry Tustamena will be out of service until at least June. Spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow says workers found unanticipated problems with the vessel....

Outlook "bright' for Columbia fall chinook
By Allen Thomas
Columbian Reporter, Outdoors
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Biologists are forecasting the best run of fall chinook salmon to the Columbia River in almost a decade with expectations for a record-high return of bright fish to central Washington. The forecast, released late last week, predicts a return of 677,900 fall chinook to the Columbia, the highest return since 2004 and significantly larger than the actual return of 512,300 a year ago. Particularly encouraging is the forecast for a record-high 432,500 “upriver brights,’’ mostly wild-spawning fish produced from the free-flowing Hanford Reach downstream of Priest Rapids Dam near the Tri-Cities. The highest actual return of upriver brights was 420,700 in 1987. Upriver brights fuel catches at....