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#04-18-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
ASMI Program Gains Edge in Seafood Certification
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute announced April 16 that about 80 percent of Alaska’s 2013 wild salmon harvest will be certified by Global Trust, an Ireland-based third party certification program. A limited supply of Marine Stewardship Council certified Alaska salmon might also become available, pending completion of the MSC assessment process estimated to be finished in July, according to ASMI....

Majority of Alaska Salmon Will be RFM Certified for the 2013 Season
(UNITED STATES, 4/17/2013)
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has confirmed with the majority of Alaska salmon processors that the bulk of the 2013 harvest will be certified under the United Nations FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) program. "We want buyers to understand that approximately 80% of the salmon harvest will be available under the RFM certification program," states Michael Cerne, Executive Director for ASMI. A limited supply of MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified Alaska salmon may become available pending the completion of the MSC assessment process estimated to be finished in July.....

Coastal Villages Region Fund Eyes Resurrection Bay Homeport
By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage | April 17, 2013 - 5:23 pm
It’s a brisk, sunny early spring day in Seward. Scudding clouds barely break the relentless blue of the sky beyond the chilly, cobalt waters of Resurrection Bay. Inside the city administration building on Adams Street, assistant city manager Ron Long looks at a detail of a map of Seward’s harbors....

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Expanding program brings Southeast catch direct to Anchorage homes
Alex DeMarban
April 17, 2013
Anchorage anglers fed up with fighting crowds to dip their nets into the Kenai's blood-soaked and gut-covered waters might want to consider another option for putting Alaska seafood on the table. Alaskans Own, a Sitka-based program that supports sustainable seafood harvests and local fishermen, will begin shipping frozen fillets of wild-caught fish directly to Anchorage consumers this summer. The process will work much like a subscription to Full Circle Farms, an organic produce delivery service based in Washington state, with customers ordering the season's....

Marine conservation council thanks Sen. Micciche for by-catch support
Apr 17th, 2013
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is applauding Sen. Peter Micciche and other co-sponsors and members of the Alaska Senate for passing Senate Resolution 5. The resolution encourages fishery managers to lower limits on Chinook by-catch in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, and supports increased coverage by fishery observers to obtain accurate estimates on by-catch. It passed with 18 yeas and no opposition. “On behalf of our....

NMFMC fails to clarify observer program
Posted: April 17, 2013 - 2:09pm  |  Updated: April 17, 2013 - 2:55pm
By Cristy Fry
The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association’s attempt to get the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to clarify the objectives of the restructured observer program and provide a meaningful timeline for implementing the electronic monitoring program were largely unsuccessful at last week’s meeting. The restructured observer program, which was designed by the council to be administered by the National Marine Fisheries Service, has drawn fire from the industry and Alaska’s congressional delegation, as well as a lawsuit, mostly due to the lack of its ability to implement electric monitoring, where a camera would replace an on-board human observer. Part of the restructuring was intended to broaden observer coverage to encompass more fisheries......

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
ADF&G Says No Need for Additional Waterway Protection Regulations
Two organizations opposed to surface coal mining operations in Alaska salmon streams have asked for regulatory changes to protect anadromous waterways from surface coal mining, but the state contends existing regulations are sufficient. The request in mid-March came from Trustees for Alaska, which filed a legal petition on behalf of Cook Inletkeeper, the Chuitna Citizens Coalition United Cook Inlet Drift Association, and Northern District Setnetters Association of Cook Inlet. The petition had 6,603 signatures, 6,003 of them from Alaska, and the rest from more than.....

Ouster of Fish Board member deepens chill between sport, commercial foes
Andrew JensenAlaska Journal of Commerce
April 17, 2013
On April 8, a joint session of the Alaska Legislature confirmed 87 of 88 appointments put forth by Gov. Sean Parnell and rejected a third term for Board of Fisheries member Vince Webster by a single vote. Not that relations between commercial and sport stakeholders in Cook Inlet weren’t frosty prior to the vote, but the campaign waged against Bristol Bay setnetter Webster by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association is yet another chill to any hope of.....

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Atka Pride Seafoods Plant Will Open Early in Aleutians
The Atka Pride Seafoods processing facility, a joint venture of APICDA Joint Ventures, Inc. and the Atka Fishermen’s Association, will open April 27, closely paralleling the anticipated seasonal closure date of Icicle Seafood’s Adak facility. APICDA Joint Ventures, a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, made the announcement March 6. Icicle Seafoods did not respond to repeated requests for information about whether its Adak plant would operate this summer, but industry sources said that the company’s plant manager....

11:23 AM WED APRIL 17, 2013
Business of Fish Workshops Held in Dillingham and Naknek
Over the last couple of weekends stakeholders in Bristol Bay's commercial fisheries gathered for workshops in Dillingham and Naknek focused on the "Business of Fish". KDLG's Mike Mason attended both events and filed this report.....

Compass: Bristol Bay plan should put fish and wildlife first
Published: April 17, 2013
As a 43-year resident of the Bristol Bay area, with extensive experience in the biological resources of the area, I am compelled to comment on the revised Bristol Bay Area Plan. I helped with the development of the original 1984 plan that was based on numerous public drafting meetings in Bristol Bay area villages and elsewhere in the state.......

Treadwell Uneasy on Arctic-Wide Oil Policy
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | April 17, 2013 - 5:25 pm
Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes told an Arctic energy conference the federal government has been explicit in its demands of companies planning to drill in the Arctic Ocean. He said every company will need a capping stack and containment system in case of a spill. “There really is not much of a question about what our expectations are folks drilling in the Arctic. We’ve laid it out with Shell. We’ve told the rest of the industry these are our expectations,” he said Wednesday at the Brookings Institution  “They’re common sense expectations. Number two, we learned last summer, it’s hard to pull this off in the Arctic.” Secretary Hayes was referencing Shell’s bungled summer. The company hoped to drill to....

ConocoPhillips to increase Alaska production
Published: April 17, 2013 Updated 13 hours ago
By MARK THIESSEN — Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Just days after the Alaska Legislature lowered taxes on the oil industry, ConocoPhillips announced plans to boost investment on North Slope fields. ConocoPhillips is planning to bring an additional rig to the Kuparuk field this spring and working with co-owners to fund a new drill site on the Kuparuk River field, the company said in a Wednesday announcement.......

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