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#02-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Feb 21, 2013 - 11:15 AM AKST
Board to discuss Alaska Peninsula commercial fisheries
Satellite picture of the Aleutian Islands and ...
Satellite picture of the Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula, located in the south of the state of Alaska, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries will meet in Anchorage Feb. 26 to March 4 to talk about Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands issues. The board is tasked with discussing 48 proposals. Those address commercial, sport and subsistence fishing for a wide-swath of state fisheries near the Alaska Peninsula. The majority of the proposals address commercial fishing. The region includes Area M, at the end of the Alaska Peninsula, one of the most contentious for management. It’s the site of commercial fishing for a variety of species, but some say that fish...

SE Tanner and Golden Crab seasons underway
by Matt Lichtenstein
February 21, 2013 9:03 am
Southeast crabbers are out harvesting Tanner and Golden King Crab. Both seasons opened on February 17th. Tanner boats get six days to fish in the most popular “core” areas and a total of eleven days in the non-core areas....

Most Southeast salmon still from wild stocks
by Leila Kheiry
February 21, 2013 4:55 PM
How many salmon come out of the Tongass National Forest? Someone asked Tongass Fisheries Program Manager Ron Medel that question, and the result was a slide show presentation that he’s given throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest....

Chinese, NOAA Dismantle Pirate Fishing Vessels
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, February 21 2013
A pirate fishing vessel intercepted by the Coast Guard in August has been cut up. Captain Phillip Thorne is the head of enforcement for Alaska. He says the Chinese government has disposed of the 177-foot Da Cheng. “They sold the vessel for scrap, and the vessel was destroyed. The government sold the vessel for scrap. They were not able to prosecute the crew under Chinese law. But they seized the catch....

New Fish Box in Dillingham This Summer
Once the fishing season rolls around again Dillingham area residents will have a new tool to use to get rid of fish waste. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:59)...

The Alaska Fisheries Report With Brianna Gibbs
Feb 21, 2013
Coming up this week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska joins the Yup’ik fisherman trials, the Alaska Legislature hears about eco-labels for Alaska’s salmon and small boats in big boat territory. All that and a series of surveys from the Fisheries Seafood Maritime Initiative, coming up, on the Alaska Fisheries Report....

University of Alaska surveys skills needed for fishing industry
Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:53 am
Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska — The University of Alaska wants to know what skills young people will need for jobs connected to commercial fishing. The university is surveying people in the industry and asking what skills the next generation should learn while in school......

Revenues restored for Oil Spill Recovery Institute
Posted 02/22/2013
by Nancy Bird - for the Cordova Times
Christmas came early for the Cordova-based Oil Spill Recovery Institute (OSRI) when a provision to increase OSRI's funding base was signed into law last December. It took more than six years of persistent work but the payoff will benefit oil spill research for decades to come. Established by Congress in 1990, a year after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, OSRI is the only U.S.-based research organization focused solely on cold water oil spills. In recent years, its annual revenues declined from about $1 million to a low in 2010 of only $225,000. In 2006, OSRI staff...

ASMI Supports Teen Culinary Stars in Alaska ProStart Invitational
Published: February 21, 2013
ASMI press release
ASMI Supports Teen Culinary Stars in Alaska ProStart Invitational
Juneau, Alaska (Feb 21, 2013): Nine youth culinary arts teams from around the state will compete on February 23, 2013 in the 2013 Alaska State ProStart Invitational at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Lucy Cuddy Hall. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is proud to sponsor this exciting competition and support the homegrown talent and hard work that these teens bring to the kitchen......

BS - First there is service
Posted 02/22/2013
by - Bob Smith
So, I got to watch a little TV the other night and I saw the Carnival Cruise liner Triumph being towed back to port. It looked like an ordeal for all the passengers. Certainly an ordeal that I would not wish to endure. It was nice to know while watching, that here in Alaska, our governor and legislature were busy sending a strong message to the cruise ship industry. The nation watched spellbound as the crippled behemoth was being towed back into port. While the crew of the ship struggled valiantly to keep conditions onboard the Triumph livable; Alaskan elected officials struggled valiantly to send...

Why Chefs Are Embracing Catch Shares
Posted by Guest Blogger in Ocean Views on February 21, 2013
By Rick Moonen, chef and owner of rm seafood in Las Vegas
What do Mario Batali, Hubert Keller, Rick Bayless, Eric Ripert, Susan Feniger, Charlie Palmer and I all agree on?  That a fishery management tool called catch shares helps chefs live up to their promise to serve American seafood that is both sustainable and the highest quality.....

Japan’s economic turmoil may provide an opening for the U.S.
By Howard Schneider, Published: February 21
Japan’s economic troubles may be pushing the country toward free-trade negotiations with the United States, a goal long sought by American officials who see it as a potential boon to two of the world’s industrial giants and to the U.S. presence in Asia. Japan’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, meets with President Obama on Friday for their first face-to-face talks since Abe took office last year and launched an ambitious program to revive his country’s stalled economy....