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#03-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Governor Parnell: Pebble has a plan and you have it
Posted: March 18, 2013 - 12:00am
If there’s one thing salesmen know, it’s the abiding faith that if they say something over and over again, that it will become true (at least in terms of public perception). So it’s no wonder that the Pebble Partnership has spent millions of dollars on advertising and lobbying to convince us that there is no plan to mine in....
Texas: Arlington family’s food co-op takes root
Posted Sunday, Mar. 17, 2013
............. Early on, the Grants found that such all-natural beef was either hard to find or too expensive at health food stores. Their research led them to local producers like Chisholm Trail Grass-fed Beef that met their criteria. “The way it really got going was with seafood,” Krista Grant said. They found a fisherman willing to truck it straight from Alaska, but only if they ordered at least 1,000 pounds. “I asked my friends to ask their friends,” and soon the Grants were helping other families buy groceries, too.......

Heavy Lift Ship Arrives to Retrieve Kulluk
By Lauren Rosenthal
Sunday, March 17 2013
Shell's Kulluk drill rig is almost ready to leave Alaska waters. The heavy lift vessel that will take the damaged oil rig to Asia for repairs arrived in Unalaska on Sunday afternoon. The Xiang Rui Kou was escorted to.....

System turns US fishing rights into commodity, squeezes small fishermen
Mar 17, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — For centuries, men like Larry Collins, a garrulous crab and sole fisherman, were free to harvest the seas. But sweeping across the globe is a system that slowly and steadily hands over a $400 billion ocean fishing industry to corporations. The system, called catch shares, in most cases favors large fishing fleets, a review of the systems operating across the United States shows. “We’ve been frozen out,” said Collins, who docks near the Golden Gate Bridge. “This system has given it all to the big guys.” More and more wild-caught fish species and fishing territories in the United States are managed under catch shares, which work by....

SAFE Seafood Act will affect retailers too
Monday, March 18, 2013, 01:30 (GMT + 9)
It is believed that the seafood fraud bill reintroduced to the House of Representatives by Representative Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) earlier this month with new traceability and labelling requirements could have an effect on retailers. The Safety and Fraud Enforcement (SAFE) for Seafood Act would now require that....

Dems preserve US-Mexico food stamp 'partnership,' while USDA prepares for meat inspector furloughs
Published March 18, 2013
Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses.
These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors. But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a "partnership" with the Mexican government to "raise awareness" about food stamps. When a top Senate Republican proposed cutting off funds for that program last week -- in the form of......

Ocean plankton's absorption of CO2 higher than assumed
Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013, 15:54
ondon: A new work by UC Irvine and other scientists has found that trillions of plankton near the surface of warm waters are far more carbon-rich than has long been thought. The finding suggests models of carbon dioxide in the world's oceans need to be revised. Global marine temperature fluctuations could mean....

Geoengineering Research Needs Better Guidelines, Climate Change Experts Say #IronGate
Posted: 03/17/2013 2:14 pm EDT
From Climate Central's Lauren Morello:
With no clear rules to guide new research, scientists are shying away from examining whether geoengineering technologies can effectively cool the planet, and at what cost. That’s the warning put forth by a pair of climate change experts in an essay published Thursday in the journal Science......

China leaders pledge clean government, less waste
Published: March 15, 2013
By CHARLES HUTZLER — Associated Press
BEIJING — China's new leaders pledged to run a cleaner, more efficient government and slash spending on official perks Sunday as the ceremonial legislature wrapped up a pivotal session to install a new leadership in a once-a-decade transfer of power. The transition that began in November under strict orchestration by China's ruling Communist Party has taken place at time of.....