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#04-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Voices from ComFish Alaska 2013
Apr 12, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
The 34th annual ComFish in Kodiak kicked off on Thursday. The event is Alaska’s largest commercial fishery trade show and dozens of vendors packed the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center to showcase their goods and services. KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs was there to talk with the diverse crowd and hear their thoughts on ComFish 2013....

Lloyd Sees Pattern in Fishery Vacancies
Apr 12, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Earlier this week the state legislature did not confirm Vince Webster for reappointment to the Board of Fisheries, meaning the governor must now select another appointee for the empty seat. But Kodiak fishery advisor Denby Lloyd told the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and City Council the empty board seat could follow what seems to be a pattern of...

Enlow Next In Line to Head Up Unisea
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, April 12 2013
Unalaska’s largest seafood processor has selected a future president and CEO. Tom Enlow will take over Terry Shaff’s job at UniSea at an unspecified future date. Enlow is currently a vice president for the company, but until last month he...

Trials set to begin in Alaska subsistence fishing case
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 1:40 pm | Updated: 4:11 pm, Fri Apr 12, 2013.
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Sam Jackson believes a favorable trial verdict for him and other Alaska Natives cited for illegally fishing king salmon could help his people reclaim the subsistence rights they've enjoyed for thousands of years. The 50-year-old Yup'ik Eskimo from Akiak is among nearly two dozen Yukon-Kuskokwim fishermen set to begin trials in Bethel next week. They were cited last summer during a weak....

Petersburg Seafood Company Makes Big Move (audio)
By Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK - Petersburg | April 12, 2013 - 5:24 pm
One of Petersburg’s small seafood processors is about to get a lot bigger. Tonka Seafoods has bought a long-unused cannery building and dock from Trident Seafoods. “I’m excited, I’m excited to get out there and start moving things around and try to make a really nice plant outa that out there,” says Wendell Gilbert, President of Tonka Seafood’s. The custom fish processing company just finished buying the Mitkof Cannery building from Trident Seafoods, “So I was really looking forward to this. I’ve been waiting a long time and its just been taking forever to get done and I’m ready. I’m ready to go. Let’s go. Let’s do this.” It’s a huge step for the small, local company. Seth Scrimsher is Chief Financial Officer, “There is a little bit of stress involved going from a smaller operation to making the leap to...

Adding Value to Alaska Herring
April 12, 2013
For centuries herring has been served up pickled, canned, smoked, or even raw. It is a highly marketable product that is affordable and flavorful, to Europeans  it is an everyday staple. Alaska herring is most valuable for their eggs, but to Bruce Schactler and Renee Erickson there is so much more packed into the small fish....

Cut Proposed For U.S. Coast Guard Budget
By Michael Fabey
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed a fiscal year 2014 budget cut that funds the service at a level below fiscal year 2012. The Coast Guard is proposing a fiscal 2014 budget of about $9.8 billion — compared to a fiscal year 2013 budget that with the continuing resolution effects totaled about $11 billion, and a fiscal 2012 budget of about $10.7 billion. The budget provides about $743 million for surface assets, including funding of the seventh National Security Cutter (NSC), meant to replace the aging fleet of High Endurance Cutters that were first commissioned in 1967. “The acquisition of NSC-7 is vital for performing DHS missions in the far offshore regions, including the harsh....

Friday, April 12, 2013
Two men saved from sinking skiff in Auke Bay (no paywall)
A good Samaritan floatplane saved two men from a sinking skiff in Auke Bay early Thursday morning, according to Coast Guard Sector Juneau. Spokesman Lt. Ryan Erickson said the Coast Guard received a call from Coastal Helicopters at about 7:30 a.m. saying there was...

ISA outbreak 'is quite localized', says the government
Friday, April 12, 2013, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
After the detection of outbreaks of the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus in two farms in the country belonging to the firms Los Fiordos and Multiexport Foods, the head of the Ministry of Finance, Felipe LarraĆ­n, ensures "it is not a widespread problem." Last Saturday, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) confirmed the detection of a virus outbreak in the centre Garrao of Los Firodo.....