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#03-02-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Feb 28, 2013 - 11:44 AM AKST
Southwest communities, processors talk interdependence 
In Southwest Alaska, the question isn’t ‘how does your garden grow’ but rather ‘how does your port prosper’? The answer, according to community and industry representatives alike, is through cooperation between the two. “We’re all in this together,” said Stanley Mack, mayor of Aleutians East Borough. Mack was one of several participants in a processor-community panel at the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference in Anchorage Feb. 22. Each participant talked about what is needed to maintain a health economy in Southwest Alaska communities, where seafood is the primary economic engine. Dutch Harbor-Unalaska was the top fishing port in the country last year in terms of millions...

Democrats Call on Governor to Not Leave Fish High and Dry 
By Offfice of Representative Les Gara 13 hours 49 minutes ago
Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) called on the governor to honor his promise not to “trade one resource for another” [Fairbanks Daily News Miner, March 11, 2010]. He called for the governor’s support in ensuring Alaska’s fish-producing streams maintain the water they need to support healthy fish runs. This week a court ruling on the Chuitna Coal Mine proposal to dredge 17 miles of salmon stream, for export to China, said the current system is flawed. The court.....

Can McDonald's keep its fish supply sustainable?
McDonald's adopts the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue ecolabel for its Filet-O-Fish. Will high demand for the sandwich create an overfishing problem?
Fri, Feb 08 2013 at 2:40 PM In 2011, McDonald’s announced that it would serve sustainable fish at all of its European chains. At the time, McDonald's said it was taking the step because it was “faced with persistent criticism from environmentalists who accuse it of destructive practices.” Europeans who were concerned about the environment spoke loudly and often enough to get McDonald’s to listen. I find it interesting that when McDonald’s announced last month that the company.....
Tusty needs more work for thinning hull
February 28, 2013
The Alaska Marine Highway System’s versatile 296-foot Marine Ferry Tustumena, sometimes called the “Trusty Tusty,” will remain at the Seward shipyard until June, almost two months longer than originally scheduled. The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry was hauled out of the water at the end of December for her annual maintenance and overhaul. The vessel was due for its hull, machine and propulsion inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard and American Bureau of Shipping. But exploratory work during inspection revealed extensive deterioration to parts of the....

Ferry plans shown to joint committee Legislators review concept report, some with skepticism about opn deck design
Posted: March 1, 2013 - 12:14am
Representatives from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities went before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Transportation committees Thursday to make their case for the latest “day boat” concept for the Alaska-class ferry. Deputy Commissioner Reuben Yost and Alaska Marine Highway System General Manager John Falvey gave a presentation on the design concept report released Tuesday, while fielding...

Settlement in Alaska fast ferry engine lawsuit 
The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — An Alaska official and a German company said Friday they've reached an agreement that will settle the state's lawsuit over engines in two fast ferries. The case had been set for trial next month. The state filed suit nearly three years ago to determine legal responsibility for engine erosion problems that the state contended threaten regular ferry service.....

OPINION: Federal grants can boost U.S. seafood economy 
March 1st 1:26 pm | Patrick Meuleman
 Alaska can be a tough place to do business. That is especially true in today's global economy, where competition from imports makes the business climate even more difficult. A federal grant program is available to help "Made in America" companies become more competitive, and save U.S. jobs. The funds come from the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program of the U.S. Commerce Department's..... Puget

Sound: Expect salmon quotas near 2012 levels 
JEFFREY P. MAYOR | Staff writer • Published March 02, 2013.....

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