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#04-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Togiak herring biomass forecast rises
Posted 04/05/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Six processors are expected to converge on Togiak in early May, along with a fleet of 40 gillnet and 28 purse seiners for a 30,056 ton herring sac roe fishery, say biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The 2013 herring biomass for the Togiak District is forecast to be 169,094 tons, up from 123,745 tons a year ago. The purse seine fleet has.....

Legislature rejects reappointment of Webster to Alaska Fisheries Board
Alaska Dispatch
April 8, 2013
A joint Alaska House and Senate vote Monday rejected reappointing Vince Webster to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, the only rejection of the 88 board and commission appointees that Gov. Sean Parnell forwarded to the state Legislature. Webster, who lives in King Salmon and works for Katmai National Park, was Parnell’s choice for a third three-year term. He was turned down by a single vote. “It is disappointing, discouraging and disheartening when bad....

Bering Sea king bycatch, co-op reports and Gulf of Alaska tendering to come back before North Pacific Council
Apr 8, 2013 - 03:51 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council asked for reports and discussion papers on several items this morning, including king bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery, the reports fishing cooperatives provide to the council each year and tendering in the Gulf of Alaska. Co-op reports were the item that warranted a discussion paper. Bycatch and tendering will be.....

1:39 PM MON APRIL 8, 2013
Lower Than Normal Sockeye Forecast for Togiak
The sockeye run to the Togiak District is expected to be down this year according to the recently released outlook for commercial fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

ADF&G Issues Emergency Orders for King Salmon on Two Kodiak Rivers
By GW Rastopsoff | Alaska Native News 17 hours 41 minutes ago
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced in two emergency orders today that sport fishing bag and possession limits will be reduced on the Karluk and Ayakulik River drainages. It was announced that the bag limit on the Ayakulik River drainage....

St. George Power Grid Slated for Overhaul
By Stephanie Joyce
Monday, April 08 2013
The Pribilof Island of St. George is getting an upgrade to its decades-old power system. The community’s entire electrical grid, from generators to distribution lines will be replaced this summer. For St. George mayor Pat Pletnikoff, overhauling the power grid isn't just about cheaper energy. It’s about keeping people in the....

Unlocking Potential For Greater Productivity And Accuracy
Mon, 04/08/2013 - 10:45am
Bruce Stubbs, Director of Industry Marketing for Distribution Center Operations, Intermec
Facing rising operational costs and growing awareness of consumer food safety, growers and companies are under increased pressure to improve efficiency and increase customer satisfaction and safety. To meet these needs while containing costs, food traceability solutions are particularly imperative for achieving rapid responses to potential product recalls. Also, the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act in January 2011 has mandated growers and food retailers to implement track and trace solutions for traceability. Rugged mobile technology provider Intermec understands the....

Think you're eating tuna? Think again
Food experts surprised at lack of concern over mislabeled fish in Canada
While controversy over horsemeat in the European beef and pork supply has captivated people around the world, food experts say Canadian consumers are blasé about mislabelled seafood in North America. DNA analysis shows 33 per cent of fish sold in grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues in the U.S. is mislabelled, according to a recent study conducted at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) at the University of Guelph. The result is consistent with a 2011 study by BIO that looked at samples from five Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Toronto, Gatineau, Que., Montreal and Quebec City and found that 41 per cent of fish was mislabelled.....

NTSB: Ferry fire likely caused by welding crew
By DAN JOLING, Associated Press
Updated 5:49 pm, Monday, April 8, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hot material left behind by a welding crew likely started a fire last year that caused as much as $750,000 damage to the Alaska state ferry Malaspina, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The 372-foot vessel was undergoing repairs at Alaska Ship and Drydock in Ketchikan when the fire broke out. No one was injured. The fire was extinguished by the Ketchikan Fire Department and investigated by the department and....