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#03-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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Alaska seafood processors settle with EPA for Clean Water Act waste discharge violations
Release Date: 03/28/2013
Contact Information: Hanady Kader, EPA Public Affairs (Seattle--March 28, 2013) Two seafood processors operating in Alaskan waters failed to comply with Clean Water Act permits that regulate seafood waste discharges, according to settlement agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Aleutian Leader Fisheries and Salamatof Seafoods agreed to settle the violations with EPA in separate agreements and pay fines. “Clean Water Act permits protect Alaska’s important marine habitat and the ocean food chain,” said Jeff KenKnight, manager of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Compliance Unit at the EPA office in Seattle. “All seafood processors need to comply with permit requirements to level the playing field for businesses........

Fees for Southeast salmon seiners look to drop in 2013
by Joe Viechnicki
March 27, 2013 9:29 am
Two different taxes paid by Southeast Alaska commercial purse seiners could be going down this year. The new fees pay for operations at a Baranof Island chum salmon hatchery and to reduce the number of permit holders in the limited entry fishery......

House Fisheries Committee Considers Reed Morisky for the Board of Fish
3:06 PM THU MARCH 28, 2013
One of the men chosen to sit on the Alaska Board of Fisheries was subject to a confirmation hearing Thursday in Juneau. KDLG's Mike Mason reports.....

Tamico protests North Harbor bid award
March 28, 2013
While fishing vessels continue to move out of the North Harbor in preparation for the planned reconstruction project, a controversy is brewing over the validity of awarding the multi-million dollar project to an out-of-town contractor. Tamico has filed a letter of protest with Petersburg Borough regarding the reconstruction bid award to Western Dock and Bridge of Ketchikan. In a letter to Borough Manager Stephen Giesbrecht, manager Jim Martinsen of locally-owned Tamico claims the Borough did not....

Wrangell: Assembly votes to approve energy committee
March 28, 2013
The Borough Assembly undertook one of their longest and most productive sessions in recent months this week as they attempted for a second time to form an “energy committee,” approved a number of contracts and construction projects, and took under consideration a recent protest over use of the former.....

Progress Report Updated on Raising Kodiak Red King Crab in Hatcheries
Research aimed at boosting stocks of Kodiak red king crab will take a big step forward this fall, with the experimental release of thousands of hatchery-raised juveniles at Cozy Cove near Old Harbor on Kodiak Island. Biologists hope to measure the effects of release density on....

Craig named to oil spill advisory board
Posted 03/29/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Commercial fisherman Andrew Craig of Cordova has been appointed to the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute's advisory board.....

New Seafood Label Law Posted in U.S. Congress
Posted by Village Fishmonger in Ocean Views on March 28, 2013
By Sean Dixon, Co-Founder, Village Fishmonger NYC
Earlier this month, after the fall out taking place after conservation group Oceana’s latest seafood mislabeling report, Representative Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and five other Representatives introduced a bill in Congress to protect consumers, fishermen, and the public’s right to know (what they’re eating). According to the Oceana report, one third of all seafood samples from across the nation were mislabeled. A government report from 2009 estimates that only 2% of seafood imported into the U.S. is inspected and only 0.001% is inspected for fraud. Rep. Markey, whose bill is available as a PDF here, takes issue with these data.....

World's first land-based-farm sockeye salmon ready for harvest in B.C.
Langley operation expects to ramp up to production of 500 kilograms of fish every week
By Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun March 27, 2013
B.C. seafood firm Willowfield Enterprises will begin harvesting next week the world’s first commercial supply of sockeye salmon raised on a land-based farm. The Langley fish farm expects to produce up to 500 kilograms of sockeye a week under the West Creek brand for wholesaler Albion Fisheries, according to company president Don Read. It will be sold at Choices Markets. Initially, the harvest will be considerably smaller. Sockeye take about.....

Push for aid for fishery intensifies as budget process begins
By Edward Donga
March 28, 2013 6:06 PM
WASHINGTON — Less than three months after an effort to provide a pool of aid to distressed fisheries across the nation died at the end of the last Congress, efforts to secure disaster relief funding for New England fishermen are heating up on Capitol Hill. Just before Congress left last weekend for a two-week Easter/Passover recess, the Senate passed a bipartisan amendment — sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska — calling for funds in the fiscal year 2014 budget to be set aside for aid for fisheries and fishing....