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#05-01-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Transgenic salmon nears approval
Slow US regulatory process highlights hurdles of getting engineered food animals to dinner tables.
Heidi Ledford
01 May 2013
In the remote highlands of Panama, in tanks protected by netting, barbed wire and guard dogs, swim the world’s most expensive and scrutinized fish. These swift-growing salmon have been at the centre of a 18-year, US$60-million battle to bring the first genetically modified (GM) animal to US dinner tables — a struggle that may be nearing its end.....
Bering Fisheries Experiments With Shipping Live Crab
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, April 30 2013
It pays not to kill crab. Or at least that’s what Unalaska’s smallest fish processor is banking on for a new business venture. Bering Fisheries started shipping live crab across the globe earlier this month. As KUCB’s Stephanie Joyce reports, initial results have been mixed, but the processor isn’t giving up just yet.....

Copper River Fisherman Mike Mahoney
with two of Alaska's favorite exports:
Copper River Sockeye and
Alaskan Amber beer.
May 1, 2013
Cordova, Alaska
On May 8, 2013, the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association and Alaskan Brewing Company will partner in Dallas, Texas to support the Dallas Observer Iron Fork competition and to bring two great Alaska products—Copper River salmon and Alaskan Brewing beer—to the Lone Star state. Sponsored by the Dallas Observer, Whole Foods and Ben E. Keith Beverage, the locally renowned Iron Fork competition will feature the onstage chef challenge moderated by Chef Kent Rathbun. Competing chefs, Scott Romano of Nick & Sam’s, and Matt McCallister of FT33, will be given a basket of ingredients, including one mystery ingredient. The competing chefs will....

Kenai fishermen jittery about upcoming season after 2012 disaster
Suzanna Caldwell
April 30, 2013
Last summer, Alaska setnetter Chris Brandt sat on an empty Cook Inlet beach that normally she’d be working, setting her nets in the murky waters of the east side of Cook Inlet in hopes of scooping up thousands of sockeye salmon. But inevitably, there was a chance that swimming among the millions of sockeye headed to Alaska rivers, Brandt's net would snag one of the chinook salmon so prized by anglers. And last summer, very few of those chinooks showed up. No one is exactly sure why. But in an effort to protect those...

Shame on the Kenai River Sportfishing Association
Mark Richards
April 30, 2013
I’m no stranger to fish and wildlife politics, but the Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s (KRSA) recent successful efforts to oust Board of Fish (BOF) member Vince Webster by preventing his reappointment has to take the cake in terms of smear campaigns. From the start, KRSA’s “action alert” letter to members and legislators was a complete fabrication. They based the crux....

Explanation for Webster's Board of Fish ouster raises more questions than answers
Catie Quinn
April 29, 2013
This is a tough one for me. I’ve wrestled with these questions I’m going to present for weeks and months now, and I still can’t find an explanation for both sides of the story. So, let me lay out what I do know....
For whatever reasons Kenai River Sportfishing Association wanted Vince Webster off of the Board of Fish, but the reasons they gave to legislators don’t hold water. Here is the list of reasons, as emailed from KRSA. My questions are entered in italics....

Shishmaref making bid to join Alaska CDQ club
Alex DeMarban
April 30, 2013
An impoverished Northwest Alaska village is trying to elbow its way into a lucrative commercial fishing program that helps boost economic opportunity in much of rural Alaska. Sixty-five other villages are already part of the Community Development Quota (CDQ), one of those Alaska-only legislative animals that made its creator, the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, so beloved in the Far North. The two-decade-old program sprinkles the riches of the Bering Sea fisheries upon remote communities, providing six regional nonprofit corporations with about a 10 percent....

Proposals from anadromous task force OK'd, group disbands
Posted: April 30, 2013 - 10:17pm
By Brian Smith
Peninsula Clarion
After almost nine months of presentations, countless discussions, consideration of hours of public comments, hundreds of letters, thousands of signatures and three town hall meetings where residents dissected their efforts, the Anadromous Fish Habitat Protection Task Force finished its work Monday. The group voted to send the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and Borough Mayor Mike Navarre a packaged recommendation that....

11:03 AM TUE APRIL 30, 2013
A High-Level BIA Official Will Visit King Cove
The process by the Federal Government to once again review a land exchange, to create a road between King Cove and Cold Bay, was brought up last week by Alaska's Senior U.S. Senator. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

Murkowski ‘irritated’ with U.S. Forest Service
by Leila Kheiry
April 30, 2013 4:11 PM
Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski visited Ketchikan on Monday, and sat down with some local media representatives to talk about issues affecting the region.’ Murkowski is unhappy with the U.S. Forest Service, and doesn’t mince words when talking about it. “We’ve got the chief of the Forest Service who comes before the committee, he said what we need to do in these communities that were once timber dependent is we need to diversify,” she said. “Tourism is what it’s all about. And then, the Forest Service turns around and cuts the number of permits that the air taxi operators are.....

Highway projects promise smooth sailing
April 25, 2013
Summer projects will keep road crews busy along the Seward Highway from Seward to Anchorage. Work is wrapping up on the Trail River Bridge around mile 25 with traffic now using the new span while contractors Hamilton Construction and Bristol Corporation remove the detour bridge. Two temporary 149-foot bridges over Falls and Ptarmigan creeks were replaced with permanent fixtures over last year’s construction season. Disassembling the three span, 383-foot long Trail River detour bridge is the next step to completing work on this stretch of.......

Shell to Name New Arctic Head – Source
By James Paton
(Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, plans to name Ann Pickard as head of its Arctic operations, moving her from the helm of the Australian business, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Pickard, a former Shell executive in Nigeria who became chairwoman of the company’s Australian business in 2010, is set to start in the new position on June 1, according to the person who asked not to be named because the details haven’t been made public. Andrew....

Outlook dims for rivers, brightens for the ocean
By Mike Stahlberg / The (Eugene) Register-Guard
Published: May 01. 2013 4:00AM PST
Overall, Oregon salmon anglers can expect another season similar to last year, fishery managers say, with the ocean outlook a bit brighter than in 2012, but prospects for in-river fishing down slightly. Hatchery-reared coho salmon are expected to be more abundant in Oregon coastal waters this year, allowing the sport-fishing harvest quota for that species to be increased. Also, thanks to the projected return of 1.55 million chinook salmon bound for the Sacramento and....

May 1, 2013
NE: NOAA sticks to cuts in fish limits
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
The Northeast groundfishing industry faced the music Tuesday — and it was a dirge. NOAA Regional Administrator John Bullard informed members of Congress Tuesday that he was filing in the Federal Register catch limits and the overall fishing regime for the new fishing year starting today and carrying through 2015. And the briefing confirmed devastating cuts in the stocks on which the fleet of about 450 boats have depended. Boats primarily from Gloucester, New Hampshire and Maine that fished for Gulf of Maine cod found their allocations cut by 78 percent, and many fishermen — including....

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