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#02-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Huffman named chair of Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus
Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) will co-chair the Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus with Congressman Don Young (AK-at large). “I am proud to pass along the chairmanship of the Congressional Wild Salmon Caucus to my colleague Rep. Jared Huffman. I am confident that Jared, as the new representative of California’s North Coast, will...

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Alaskan Reps defy preliminary GM salmon safety finding
Monday, February 25, 2013, 03:30 (GMT + 9)
The Alaska House of Representatives has unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 5 (HJR5), urging the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider a preliminary finding which determined in December 2012 that a genetically modified (GM) salmon would not significantly affect the ecosystem. The resolution also asks the FDA to require labelling for GM salmon, or “Frankenfish,”...

Kenai seafood business reeling in new customers
Posted: February 25, 2013 - 12:05am
KENAI — For nearly seven years, 2 Sister’s Alaska Seafood operated out of a tiny grey building on Bridge Access in Kenai. The business, which is driven primarily by internet sales of local and Alaska seafood, finally outgrew its old home and has found a....

February 25, 2013
Watching Our Watersheds in Google Earth
Ever since Google Earth was released, it's been an excellent tool for planning and development. We saw environmental groups using it more than seven years ago, companies using it to plan new roads and much more. Today we're going to show you an impressive new tool that was put together by Fugro Consultants with help from the San Francisco Estuary Institute, the Oakland Museum of....

NE: As fishermen face drastic cuts in cod limits, NOAA eases monkfish restrictions
By Richard Gaines, Gloucester Daily Times
Posted Feb. 25, 2013, at 5:50 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 25, 2013, at 9:32 a.m.
NOAA Fisheries has announced proposed measures that would loosen controls in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank on monkfish, which is seen as a lucrative alternative to groundfish and often is caught by Gloucester groundfishermen and other New England groundfishermen. The proposed “temporary emergency action ” would suspend existing monkfish possession limits for vessels issued both a groundfishing permit and carrying a days-at-sea monkfishing permit. The proposed action, published in the Federal Register, would last at least 180 days, but...