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#05-07-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

2:13 PM MON MAY 6, 2013
Interest Growing for a Herring Fishery in the Kuskokwim Bay Districts
For the first time in several year’s there will likely be a commercial herring fishery in the Kuskokwim Bay area. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

Opinion: Fishermen target trawl fleet's bycatch
Commercial and sport fishing interests in Alaska are no strangers to allocation battles over the resources that fuel our businesses and ways of life. It's a rare but important occasion when those of us usually on opposing sides can agree to get together to speak out for the conservation and health of the very resource we depend on. The current threat to our businesses and livelihoods we are united to address is bycatch. On the commercial side, halibut quotas continue their...

Food Truck Serving Alaska Cuisine Visits Seattle
The Midnight Sun Cuisine food truck takes part in National Travel and Tourism Week
By Jessica Ridgway
Channel 2 News
7:05 a.m. AKDT, May 6, 2013
A food truck serving Alaska cuisine visited downtown Seattle over the weekend to attract potential travelers to Alaska and the Yukon.....,0,6260391.story

News Summary: May 6, 2013
Today's Main Story: This year is the 30th anniversary of the Copper River salmon phenomenon
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  by John Sackton - May 6, 2013
Since when has Alaskan salmon been awaited as eagerly in Seattle as the first French Beaujolais wine arriving into New York?  Actually, about 30 years.  This season marks the 30th anniversary of the Copper River salmon phenomenon, when fresh Copper river kings (and now sockeye) were brought to market in a media glare....

Alaska’s Commercial Fisheries Update May 6th 2013 Herring, Halibut, Salmon and More… (audio)
May 6, 2013 by ladyfish
As Alaska herring continues to travel up the coast, fish managers put out the final numbers for the Sitka sac roe herring fishery. The fleet took less than half of the 11,000 ton quota, but herring roe counts averaged a nice 13%.  Around Kodiak… Fishermen have passed the half way mark for...

Exchange rates up/down for AK seafood customers; boost in wild salmon supplies
May 6, 2013 by AdminFish
Between 60 and 70 percent of Alaska seafood is exported tocustomers around the globe, so the strength of their currencies against the US dollar affects sales. Typically, exporters benefit when their own currency is weak versus their customer. Tracking by the McDowell Group for ASMI  (  shows mid-year ups and downs for Alaska’s biggest seafood buyers. On the down side:  The Japanese yen has taken a big drop versus the dollar this year – not....

Delayed Gillnet Ban Litigation Awaits Oregon Decision; Fiscal Report Says Plan Will Increase Commercial Landings
May 06, 2013 11:21 p.m. | Updated: May 07, 2013 6:21 a.m.
A plan to revisit recently adopted Columbia River salmon harvest rules — which aim to phase out commercial use of gill nets on the mainstem and provide a bigger share of fish to recreational fishers — has been pushed back by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to allow additional time for public input. The discussion had been scheduled for the OFWC’s May 10 meeting but, at the request of stakeholders, the topic has been deferred to the panel’s June 6-7 meeting, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and...

Coastal Governors Want More Offshore Drilling
By Alison Sider
Published May 06, 2013
Dow Jones Newswires
................... Gov. Sean Parnell of Alaska, a Republican, cited a slow permitting process as one factor that has kept Arctic drilling from ramping up. Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA, RDSA.LN) has said it won't try again to drill in the Arctic this summer after the troubled 2012 drilling season was marred by bad weather, mechanical failures and regulatory challenges. "I've got to say that one company had its own issues during one year of operational work," Gov. Parnell said, referring to Shell. "But there were six years of permitting and operational delay to bring it to that point."  ConocoPhillips (COP) has also said it won't drill in Alaskan waters this summer, saying it is hesitant to commit resources to the plan amid uncertainty about its ability to obtain permits. The governors said states have the resources and the know-how to..............

Published on May 6, 2013
Russia Pivots North: The Lesser-Known Diplomatic Shift Of Twenty-First Century – Analysis
By Salma Yusuf
Solitude within a new system of international relations is fraught with big risks. Although just like the United States, Russia has access to both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, Moscow takes no part in the integration processes in the...

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