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#03-04-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Maybe we should stop calling them dogs
Deckboss was checking out the state's review of the 2012 salmon season and ran across a remarkable figure: $85 million.....

Ocean Beauty to be ready at Petersburg
Tom Sunderland of Ocean Beauty Seafoods tells Deckboss the company plans to...

Bait and Switch, Oceana Releases Seafood Fraud Report
March 03, 2013|By Blake Essig | Channel 2 News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When it comes to eating fish, there’s a good chance that you don’t know exactly what’s on your plate. From 2010 to 2012, ocean conservation group “Oceana” tested 1,215 fish samples from more than 650 retail outlets in 21 states across the country. Oceana officials say that DNA testing confirmed that one-third of all seafood was mislabeled, meaning what....

NYT: Educated Consumers Inform the Industry
UPDATED MARCH 3, 2013, 6:01 PM
Corey Arnold is a photographer and the captain of a commercial Sockeye salmon gillnet boat in Bristol Bay, Alaska. He is the author of "Fish-Work: The Bering Sea."....

Will Icicle keep its seat?
The sudden replacement of Dennis Guhlke as chief executive of Icicle Seafoods Inc. creates a vacancy on the board of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. The seat is reserved for a larger processor representative, and the governor makes ASMI board appointments.....

Alaska Fish Factor: Higher Alaskan Salmon Catches Expected this Year
04 March 2013 US
More wild salmon from Alaska will make its way to world markets this year if forecasts hold true for the 2013 season. State salmon managers are projecting a total catch of nearly 179 million fish this year, 30 per cent higher than the 2012 harvest of 127 million salmon. Pushing the higher catch is a robust return of pink salmon that could yield a harvest of 118 million fish, 73 per...

Lawmaker takes aim at Alaska's abandoned ships
Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 11:59 am
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska's derelict and abandoned boats and ships may appear to be little more than an eyesore, but insufficient mechanisms to monitor and clean them up could lead to an environmental disaster, costing the state millions of dollars in the long run. A state lawmaker has proposed a measure to address the problem affecting much of Alaska's massive coastline, especially the far-flung harbors.....

Stedman to tout Arctic at Energy Council
Sitka senator chairing group this year
Posted: March 1, 2013 - 3:41pm  |  Updated: March 3, 2013 - 12:17am
The 90-day legislative session is now more than halfway done, and as usual, the Alaska State Legislature is coming up for air during the coming week as many of its members leave town. The main event of the week is the Energy Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., which is drawing at least one-third of the state’s legislators — including Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, who is chairman of the Energy Council this year. “Having an Alaska chairman gives the opportunity for Alaska to have a focus on the Arctic,” said Stedman on Thursday. “It’s amazing, to me, how little interest that the continental (United States) has in the Arctic in general. So it helps focus that, because you know, it’s a dynamic environment.......

Local issues raised at Forest meeting
February 28, 2013
Seward area residents met with Chugach Forest administrators last Thursday to discuss the future of the National Forest. Skiers, hikers, snowmobilers, fishermen, cabin renters, independent loggers, and volunteers who maintain the Iditarod National Historic Trail were some of the 29 interested locals at the Feb. 21 public meeting at the Seward Library Museum. Ten residents also turned out Monday night for a similar event at the Moose Pass Community Center, and even more came for a simultaneous meeting in Cooper Landing. The Chugach National Forest Service is hosting nine public meetings in Alaska communities around the 5.4 million-acre forest as part of the first phase of a three-year revision of the 2002 Forest Plan revision. The revisions are important as the changes will be in effect for the following 15 years. The plan needs to be updated to incorporate expected changes in the Forest including.....

Herring harvest: Inside the last commercial fishery in San Francisco Bay
By Denis Cuff
Contra Costa Times
Posted:   03/04/2013 08:25:08 AM PST
Updated:   03/04/2013 08:25:29 AM PST
SAN FRANCISCO BAY -- Dennis Deaver was doing his taxes late at night at home in Alamo when he got an urgent call. It was time to hunt in San Francisco Bay.
The herring were running. A school of the silvery fish had followed the tide in and were slathering millions of their tiny golden eggs in shallow waters near Tiburon. In days, maybe even hours, the fish would disappear back into the ocean......

Omega Protein Corp purchases protein manufacturer
Monday, March 04, 2013, 01:30 (GMT + 9)
Omega Protein Corporation, a nutritional ingredient company and the nation's leading producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, this week announced the acquisition of Wisconsin Specialty Protein, a manufacturer of specialty whey protein products headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin....

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