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#03-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Coast Guard medevacs ill fisherman near Cold Bay, Alaska
usgc.mil - Date: March 11, 2013 KODIAK, Alaska — An Air Station Kodiak Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro medevaced a fisherman from a fishing vessel 138 miles northwest of Cold Bay Sunday.

The 47-year-old fisherman, who was reportedly suffering abdominal distress, was safely hoisted from the Sea Freeze Alaska and flown to Cold Bay where he was safely transferred to commercial medical services for further care.

The Coast Guard 17th District Command Center received the request to transport the crewman from the 267-foot fish processor at 2:50 p.m. Sunday. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

The helicopter crew launched from the cutter at 5:58 p.m., safely hoisted the patient from the fishing vessel and arrived in Cold Bay at 8:00 p.m. They were met by Guardian Services who further transported to Anchorage for advanced medical care.

“Having hoist capable aircraft aboard our Coast Guard cutters patrolling near the fleet greatly decreases the response time in cases such as this,” said Chief Petty Officer Jenell Webster of the Coast Guard 17th District. “Timely response is key to successfully getting injured or ill patients to the medical care they need.”

The weather on scene at the time of the call was reportedly 10 mph winds with 4 to 6-foot seas.

Fish McBites fail to spark McDonald's sales
Published: March 8, 2013
By CANDICE CHOI — AP Food Industry Writer
NEW YORK — McDonald's new Fish McBites failed to hook enough diners to get the fast-food chain's U.S. sales growing in February. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Friday that a key sales figure was down 3.3 percent in the U.S. for the month. When excluding the extra day of sales for February of last year, which was a leap year, the company said the figure was......  http://www.adn.com/2013/03/08/2816793/mcdonalds-sales-fall-15-percent.html
March 11, 2013
Magnuson fishing mandates up for review
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
The fourth 10-year revision and re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act is about to get underway. The process will highlight different perspectives on the need for writing flexibility into the law — which was the subject of two national rallies at the Capitol, one in 2010 and another in 2012 — from the team of Congressman John Tierney and former Congressman Barney Frank, advocates of.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x2109938452/Magnuson-fishing-mandates-up-for-review

Petersburg: North Harbor bids closed March 5
March 7, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 10
Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht reported that the bids for the North Harbor project closed March 5 during the regular meeting of the Petersburg Borough Assembly Monday afternoon. "There seems to be quite a bit of interest in this project," Giesbrecht said. "We hope that means we will have competitive bids." Residents of Petersburg will notice the slow and steady migration of vessels from the North Harbor to the Middle and South Harbors in the coming weeks...... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/story/2013/03/07/news/north-harbor-bids-closed-march-5/1068.html

What powers Iditarod dogs over 1,000 unforgiving miles? Wild Alaska salmon, of course.
Margaret Bauman
The Cordova Times
March 10, 2013
Wild Alaska salmon, prized by many for its succulent flavor, versatility and nutritional value, is in its own way the unofficial Idita-snack! Many veterans of the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say wild Alaska salmon is an important part of their racing team's diet. They prize it for its nutritional value, the enthusiasm of the dogs for devouring it, and most important, for warmer days on the trail, for its high water content. "They like it, it's good for them, and it hydrates them," says..... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130310/what-powers-iditarod-dogs-over-1000-unforgiving-miles-wild-alaska-salmon-course

BSS 2013: Price Chopper Says DNA Testing Is 'Right Thing'
Mar. 10, 2013 by Liz Webber in Total Access
At a session at IBSS called “Combating Seafood Substitution and Mislabeling: Facts, Fictions and Initiatives,” Price Chopper's vice president of seafood merchandising Lee French called his.... http://supermarketnews.com/blog/ibss-2013-price-chopper-says-dna-testing-right-thing

Washington Post
Climate change will open up surprising new Arctic shipping routes
Posted by Brad Plumer on March 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm
Right now, the Arctic Ocean is still too icy and treacherous for open-water ships to traverse with any regularity. The Northwest Passage is only navigable during the summer months once every seven years or so. Too unreliable for commercial shipping. But that will soon change. As the planet keeps warming, the Arctic’s summer sea ice is vanishing at a stunning pace. That rapid melt is expected to have all sorts of sweeping impacts, from speeding up climate change to wreaking havoc on weather patterns. On the flip side, the loss of sea ice could also open up some..... http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/03/05/climate-change-will-open-up-surprising-new-arctic-shipping-routes/

World's largest blimp headed for Alaska
Laurel Andrews
March 10, 2013
It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no wait, it’s a blimp! For the first time since the 1920s, a modern day airship will travel to Alaska this summer to conduct field work and show off its potential for becoming a permanent fixture in Alaska’s skies. Francis Grover, business manager with Skyship Services, said the company is “quite excited” for the northward journey. The blimp, a Skyship 600, will arrive in early July and plans to stick around until September. Lifting off from Orlando, Fl., the blimp will travel for 6 weeks at speeds of 40 miles per hour before it lands in the 49th state, making stops along the way. The Skyship 600 is the largest blimp in operation in the world, at a length of 200 feet; it's able to carry a 2 ton payload, and 15 passengers at a time. The blimp will usually cruise.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130310/worlds-largest-blimp-headed-alaska