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#03-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Begich Touts Alaska Seafood at Boston Show
Mar 12, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaskans are making a strong presence at the annual Boston Seafood Show going on this week. Stopping by to check in with them for a second year is Alaska’s junior senator, Mark Begich. He took a few minutes yesterday to also check in with KMXT, live from the convention floor. As of lunchtime Monday, Begich had yet to run across Aqua Bounty at the convention. They are the company which hopes to bring genetically engineered farmed salmon to....

Juneau: Man cited for selling sport-caught salmon
Posted: March 12, 2013 - 8:13pm  |  Updated: March 13, 2013 - 12:02am
Alaska Wildlife Troopers this weekend caught a man selling sport-caught salmon at the Southeast Artisans Flea Market, a business in the Nugget Mall complex. Troopers say they received a tip that local resident Christopher C. Ruiz, 24, was selling....
U.S. fish stocks rebound; two-thirds back from depletion
Wendy Koch, USA TODAY11:46a.m. EDT March 13, 2013
In the 1990s, some U.S. fish stocks faced collapse. Federal requirements to prevent overfishing have brought a reversal and health to 27 of 44 once-depleted stocks. Is it time to relax the rules?....

Hoonah hydroproject will cut diesel use
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on March 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued a much-needed license for the Gartina Falls project near Hoonah. The developer is the Inside Passage Electric Cooperative, which serves the 850-population town, about 40 miles west of Juneau. Jodi Mitchell is CEO and general manager of the cooperative, known as IPEC. She spoke at the recent Southeast Conference Mid-Session Summit in Juneau. “It will displace about 30 percent of our diesel in Hoonah. We’re still 70 percent diesel-dependent, but that’s very significant for the community,” Mitchell says. The project will use a small dam to divert water from just above Gartina Falls, about 5 miles....

Southeast hydro-electric agency seeks state money for dam
by Joe Viechnicki
March 12, 2013 9:37 am
An electric power provider in southern Southeast Alaska is seeking state money to raise a hydro-electric dam near Ketchikan. The Southeast Alaska Power Agency is hoping the 12 million dollars needed to increase hydro capacity at Swan Lake will be included in the state’s capital budget under consideration this spring. The SEAPA board of directors met in Wrangell this month and heard an update on that and several other projects underway......

Southeast Fishermen Lobby for Stricter Salmon Habitat
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | March 12, 2013 - 5:16 pm
The Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest, stretches 500 miles along the southeast panhandle. And it’s part of one of the world’s most productive salmon fisheries. “The economy has really transitioned to this replenishable, healthy fishery,” said Jesse Remund. Remund fishes with his family off the southern tip of Baranof Island. He said the region has moved beyond timber. In fact, he doesn’t know anyone who works in logging anymore. His family fishes black cod and halibut and Coho salmon.....

Cattle (Industry) Prod: USDA meat-labeling rules stir backlash
By Barnini Chakraborty
Published March 12, 2013
WASHINGTON –  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is facing a backlash from small livestock producers and others over its move to tighten meat-labeling regulations, which would force them to separate animals based on where they were born, raised and slaughtered. The step is being billed as a way to bring the U.S. into compliance with World Trade Organization agreements, but there are a growing number in the industry who argue it will alienate the country’s trading partners and force small American meat farms out of business. “Only the government could take a costly, cumbersome rule like mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and make it worse even as it claims to ‘fix it,’’ said American Meat Institute President J. Patrick Boyle. Boyle believes the proposed rule will make the current requirements....

Pols seek new horse-slaughter ban
By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 3/13/13 6:54 AM EDT
A bill set to be introduced Wednesday would say “nay” to horse meat on American shores. Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) plan to introduce legislation to stop the slaugher of horses for food....