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#04-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Coghill: HB77, 1 of the governor's permitting bills, won't get a Senate vote this session
April 14, 2013 - 11:43 pm EDT
HB77 won't die; it will simply hold over until next year.....

Federal fisheries managers take another look at bycatch
Posted 04/15/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Federal fisheries managers meeting in Anchorage in early April took final action on replacement of American Fisheries Act vessels and greater quota flexibility for the flatfish fleet, and asked for yet another report on king salmon bycatch. The measure approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council was made by Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell. It seeks a report on the status of Alaska Chinook salmon stocks, including subsistence, sport and....

Kodiak man stumbles upon treasured salmon can on eBay
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Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:15 pm
Nicole Klauss / Kodiak Daily Mirror
KODIAK, Alaska - Nick Troxell was scouring eBay in search of his next Alaska treasure when he stumbled upon an item he just couldn't pass up - an old tin can. At first glance, the can looks like a regular tin can with some years behind it, but Troxell, being a former Kodiak fisherman, recognized the significance of the can.....

You may go ewww, but slimy hagfish might be Peninsula's next fishery boon
By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
A new, relatively untapped fishery is growing on the North Olympic Peninsula, with at least two fish distributors planning to expand hagfish operations to supply Asian markets. Hagfish, also known as “slime eels,” are not eaten in the U.S. but are a popular food in South Korea, Brandt Koo, general manager of Five Ocean Seafoods Inc., told Port of Port Angeles commissioners last week. Koo chose to appear before commissioners during a public comment period to provide them with information about the industry — a new topic for the board, according to Commissioner John Calhoun. Five Ocean Seafoods Inc. has applied to the port for the lease of a warehouse at the port's industrial park in Port Angeles. There, the live fish would be kept in seawater tanks until they are shipped by air to South Korea. The fish, which are caught in traps similar to crab pots, are being kept in....

Behind the Lines: Ripple effect
MSC ecolabel
MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MSC label on Filet-O-Fish may push increased adoption in marketplace
By Lauren Kramer
April 01, 2013
The decision by McDonald’s USA to use the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue eco-label on its fish packaging in 14,000 restaurants nationwide starting in February is likely to have far-reaching implications in the industry. The company changed its sourcing practices in 2007, buying MSC-certified Alaska pollock and New Zealand hoki for its Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Last year it completed a third-party chain-of-custody audit of its supply chain through Marine Resources and Fisheries Consultants, which gave the green light for McDonald’s to start marketing its fish products with the eco-label.....

Walmart to open 30 new stores this year
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walmart beijing (Photo credit: galaygobi)
Monday, April 15, 2013, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Walmart said it plans to open 30 new stores in China to boost its brand inside the territory in 2013. In the next three years, it will open a total of more than 100. Relatedly, it will also invest some CNY 500 million (USD 80.1 million) to remodel 50 of its outlets there and offer shoppers a brighter shopping experience. These renovations will follow the remodeling of 31 stores last year. The new outlets will be located in cities such as Xinyu in eastern Jiangxi province and Shantou, in southern Guangdong province, and will be set up in the next six....