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#04-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

William Shatner's Greenpeace USA Ad Urges Action Against Bering Sea Habitat Destruction
Posted: 04/07/2013 12:06 pm EDT
..... Greenpeace claims that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), which is the body responsible for the area, has been dragging their feet when it comes to protecting the Green Belt ecosystem. According to the NPFMC website, the group has been unable to move forward with preservation due to a lack of scientific evidence, but considers the Bering Sea one of their top research priorities over the next 5 years.....

Russia’s Northern Sea Route gains popularity
April 8, 2013 Andrei Reznichenko
The world may view Russia’s Northern Sea Route, that links Europe to the Pacific, as a viable alternative to traditional sea freight lines because of economic considerations and matters of security. Economic considerations, as well as matters of security, are increasingly causing the international community to eye Russia’s Northern Sea Route as a viable alternative to traditional sea freight lines. The route links Europe to the Pacific, providing faster, cheaper transit in that direction than shipping lanes through the Suez or Panama canals. The Northern Sea Route is Russia’s historic, national transport system along the Arctic seas. It is the shortest maritime route between Europe and the Asia-Pacific, allowing for significantly faster transit times than the traditional freight lines across the southern seas. It is also much safer, piracy being completely impossible in its waters.....

$10 an hour
Now here's something Deckboss has never seen — a press release from a processor bragging about what it pays workers on the slime line. Coastal Villages Region Fund says it's bumping up beginner pay to $10 an hour, "believed to be the highest starting wage for processors in the history of the Alaska seafood industry." The company's flagship plant is the Goodnews Bay regional facility near the village of Platinum.....

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Bill would apply immigration status to Alaska drivers licenses
Published: April 7, 2013 Updated 15 hours ago
JUNEAU -- A bill that asks Alaska driver's license clerks to determine how long a non-citizen is allowed to remain in the country passed its only Senate committee last week and appears headed for a floor vote. House Bill 1 has already passed the House and has gotten strong support from a Homeland Security official in Anchorage.....

'Deadliest Catch' sees mutiny on Alaskan Bering Sea (Photos)
"Deadliest Catch" returns for its ninth season on Discovery Channel on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (9 p.m. ET/PT), according to an April 5 press release from Discovery Networks. The veteran captains return along with young deckhands and skippers plotting to give them a run for their bounty. Can the...
NOAA's proposed list of sharks as endangered, threatened
Monday, April 08, 2013, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service, in response to a petition submitted by the WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals, is proposing to list four populations of scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Endangered Species Act, two as threatened and two as endangered. However, the species will not be listed in the majority of US waters due to the steps fisheries managers and fishermen have already taken to help protect these species. NOAA’s Fisheries Service is also finalizing an amendment to the fishery....

Hard times ahead for Norwegian cod fishermen?
Published:  08 April, 2013
RESEARCH from Nofima predicts hard times for Norwegian cod fishermen, as the 33 per cent increase in Norwegian-Russian quotas, combined with the economic hardship being experienced by key southern European markets, is likely to combine to create a slump in prices. Finn-Arne Egeness, a market researcher at Nofima, says: "Instead of following the agreed rule with a maximum 10 per cent increase in quotas, the Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission increased the Northeast Arctic cod quota this year by 33 per cent to a record high 1 million tonnes. This is not in harmony with that fact that the most....

Whole Foods Finally Has a Real Competitor
By Marc Courtenay | – 7 hours ago
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Just 45 minutes from my house by car there's a spacious and inviting Whole Foods Market . Frankly, I seldom shop there. The main reason is because there's a locally owned and operated business in my community that sells only natural and organic food and other supplies. Like WFM, that company has an abundant "bulk" department where I can scoop out just the right amount of organic bran flakes for my breakfast and organic dried.....