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#04-16-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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Study challenges MSC's 'sustainable' seafood certification
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 04:10 (GMT + 9)
Researchers now believe that the certification of seafood as “sustainable” by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is both too lax and too misleading. “When consumers want sustainable fish there are two options to meet the demand: fisheries can become more sustainable or the definition of sustainable can be watered down to be practically meaningless—with MSC seafood, the definition has been repeatedly watered down,” says Jennifer Jacquet, a clinical assistant professor in New York University’s (NYU) Environmental Studies Programme and one of 11.....
Trials of Yup'ik fishermen resume in Bethel
Jill Burke
April 15, 2013
In a Bethel courtroom Monday, another wave of Yup'ik fisherman cited for breaking the law by fishing during a closure last summer are mounting a new defense. Unlike earlier groups of defendants, this cluster of 23 villagers from the Kuskokwim River is arguing the state failed to uphold a constitutionally protected religious and cultural right to fish.....

China strengthens ties with Iceland as part of interest in warming Arctic
Peter Ford
The Christian Science Monitor
April 15, 2013
It is clear why Iceland is interested in China: the Arctic nation’s prime minister is currently in Beijing to sign a free trade agreement that will boost Icelandic fish exports more than somewhat. But why is China so interested in Iceland? Perhaps because the Arctic is shaping up to be one of the world’s future hotspots, as the melting icecap reveals a potential treasure trove of natural resources and clears new shipping routes. “China has an interest in the region and it wants to be part of the Arctic game,” says Geir Flikke, an....

Will melting Arctic open up LNG (seafood) shipping lanes?
Jill Burke
April 14, 2013
As Alaska continues to struggle with jumpstarting construction on a massive natural gas pipeline project, Russia is marching ahead with plans to tap its own Arctic gas reserves. But unlike Alaska, which is pinning its hopes on an 800-mile-long pipeline and terminal project that could cost more than $65 billion, Russia’s effort would involve icebreaker tankers transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Arctic’s ice-clogged waters. In the Arctic, both Russia and Alaska hold trillions of cubic feet of natural gas. The theory has long been that pipelines would be needed to get the gas to markets. But with Arctic warming, shipping....

2:59 PM MON APRIL 15, 2013
Search Underway to Find a Bristol Bay Resident to Sit on the Alaska Board of Fish
Last week's Legislative rejection of Vince Webster from King Salmon for another term on the Alaska Board of Fisheries has prompted a search for another Bristol Bay resident to sit on that Board. KDLG's Mike Mason reports....
Later this week, Deckboss hopes to write up a brilliant summary of the fisheries-related action in Juneau
MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013
Here's one quick note for now....

Kodiak herring season begins; ISA bug back at Chile
April 15, 2013 by AdminFish
Fish Radio
April 16, 2013
Kodiak’s herring season got underway yesterday, and the bust at Sitka has re-energized the fishery again this year.  No boat counts yet, but it’s expected to top the 30 or so from 2012, compared to just 17 in previous seasons. Unlike other Alaska regions where roe herring fisheries can be over in a few short openers, Kodiak openers can occur in up to 81 sections around the island, and....

Following Fish
April 15, 2013
(SitNews) Hoonah, Alaska - She grew up in Wisconsin farm country. Today, Dodie Lunda of Hoonah is an Eagle, an adopted member of the Kaagwaantaan clan, Wolf House, of Tlingit Indians. Her Tlingit name is Wha a’ hee. She’s also a community volunteer, Alaska seafood advocate, culinary instructor, retired commercial fisherman, and more recently, first responder in an accident that nearly claimed the life of her husband.  But among the many roles she plays, being an adopted Kaagwaantaan is among Lunda’s most prized. “It’s a very cool thing, especially living in the village and being part of the tribe. You’re much more accepted. You get to do things you otherwise wouldn’t and there....

Chukchi Sea current would send spilled oil straight at Northwest Alaska
Daniel Lum
April 14, 2013
This year, there is new information about a huge subsurface ocean current (the Divergent Current) in the Chukchi Sea that would bring any oil spills from the drill sites straight to shore, spreading up and down both coasts of the entire North Slope.....

Pebble Mine: Taking the Battle Abroad
Posted April 15, 2013
Today I join a delegation headed to London to deliver a message to the new CEOs of Anglo American and Rio Tinto and the companies’ shareholders.  Our message is simple: avert environmental and economic disaster by abandoning plans for the Pebble Mine. Pebble Mine – a gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska – would generate an estimated ten billion tons of waste and threaten the world's greatest....

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