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#04-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Petersburg holds 2013 blessing of the fleet by Matt Lichtenstein April 30, 2013 6:30 am Petersburg fishermen and their families, local officials, clergy and other community residents gathered in the Sons of Norway Hall on a rainy Sunday afternoon for the town’s annual Blessing of the Fleet. The ceremony is organized by the Petersburg Ministerial and Vessel Owners associations as well as the Sons of Norway. The custom is repeated in coastal communities throughout the state each spring as the busy summer fishing season draws near..... Fish Factor Crafting of Bycatch Reduction Plan for Trawl Groundfish Fisheries By LAINE WELCH April 29, 2013 SitNews - Fishing industry stakeholders and federal managers in June will begin crafting a bycatch reduction plan for trawl groundfish fisheries in the Gulf.  It will include some form of catch share plan, and as the main delivery port for more than $10

AlaskaTech: Why The Galaxy S4 Sucks (video)

OK Stephen ... Now tell us what you really think .. ;-)

#04-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

April 29, 2013 Fishing panel eyes fed stamp for seafood By Richard Gaines Staff Writer The New England Fishery Management Council, NOAA’s grassroots policy writing and advisory arm, is urging the U.S. Commerce Department to create a sustainability certification system with federal oversight for seafood caught by American boats from U.S. ports. The council voted 16-0 at the end of its three day meeting in Mystic, Conn., to ask Congress to include in its rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Act language establishing a certification program for seafood — similar to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s stamp of approval for meat...... Peninsula growers discuss single farmers market The Associated Press KENAI, Alaska — Kenai Peninsula farmers and gardeners would bring produce to a central location under a plan being discussed with Kenai Peninsula Food Bank officials. The central peninsula currently

Togiak Herring Update #2 (photo) (looks really cold out there)

Contact: Issuing Area Office Togiak, Alaska today - adf&g Tim Sands, Area Biologist PO Box 230 Matt Jones, Assistant Area Biologist Dillingham, Alaska, 99576 Togiak Herring Update 2 This is the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Dillingham with an update regarding the Togiak herring fishery. Department staff flew the first aerial survey of the Togiak District of 2013 on April 28. Weather conditions were excellent with sunny skies and clear water. The district was ice free, but the  rivers and ponds remain frozen and the uplands snow covered. We did observe many seabirds  and many grey whales but no sea lions. Weather permitting, we will survey the district on  Wednesday, May 1. Informational updates are available by calling our recorded message line at (907) 842-5226. This has been the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dillingham.

#04-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska lawmakers push back on 'federal overreach' JOSHUA BERLINGER Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Fighting "federal overreach" was one of the early themes of this year's legislative session, with lawmakers passing a handful of measures aimed at addressing conflicts between the state and federal governments. It could remain a focus next year — depending on what comes out of Washington, legislators said. Pushing back against the U.S. government's perceived encroachment on Alaska's authority has long been popular in this state, known for its libertarian bent and comprised largely of federal land. During the last.... "Farm to fork" Food Bank to stitch farmer-community bond Posted: April 27, 2013 - 8:20pm  |  Updated: April 27, 2013 - 8:47pm By Dan Schwartz Peninsula Clarion Kenai Peninsula farmers and gardeners are in the early stages of planning a farmer

#04-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup HQ - Washington DC EPA's "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" Released... Public Comment Period Opened By MIKE MASON - Entities on all sides of the fight over the proposed Pebble Mine are commenting about the new version of the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" that was released Friday by the EPA. KDLG's Mike Mason reports.... Apr 25, 2013 - 12:48 PM AKST AJOC EDITORIAL: Shame to share for scallop shenanigans ANDREW JENSEN, MANAGING EDITOR Alaska’s rural communi

#Begich2014 : Blodget: @FaceBook Founder Mark Zuckerberg's Political Group Is Trashing Obama And Obamacare And Promoting Wildlife Oil Drilling Henry Blodget | Apr. 27, 2013, 8:10 AM If you want to get a feel for how American politics  really  works, as opposed to the way they tell you it works, look no further than what's going on behind the scenes at the new political action group started by  Facebook  founder  Mark Zuckerberg  and dozens of other Silicon Valley tech leaders. This organization, , describes itself as a  nonpartisan entity dedicated to promoting immigration reform, education reform, and the "knowledge" economy . The knowledge economy, Mark Zuckerberg explained in a recent  Washington Post  editorial, is based on  education  and technology and is distinct from the old economy, which was based on natural resources (oil, gas, etc.)  is  supported by a who's who of Silicon Valley elite , including....

#04-26-2013 - ComFish News Roundup ( gmap ) Should Alaska’s largest salmon fleet look into downsizing? ( Bristol Bay permit buyback?) Fish Radio April 26, 2013 Should  Alaska’s largest salmon fleet look into downsizing?   That’s the question fishermen are posing in an informal buyback poll mailed to Bristol Bay’s 18-hundred plus driftnet permit holders..... Restrictions issued for commercial king fishery Posted: April 24, 2013 - 10:07pm  |  Updated: April 25, 2013 - 8:36am By Rashah McChesney Peninsula Clarion The first commercial fishing announcement of the season in the Upper Cook Inlet restricts commercial king salmon fishing in the Northern part of the inlet. The setnet fishery, which has had an average of 53 permit holders during the last ten years, is comprised of fishermen on both the East and.... Southeast herring returns appear mixed Published: April 2