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#05-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Salmon management suit moved to Alaska
May 8, 2013 - 03:39 PM
The lawsuit over salmon management was recently moved to Alaska district court. Judge Reggie B. Walton granted the request to move the lawsuit to U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska May 3. The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, and other defendants in that suit had asked for the location change in February.....

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Millions of Dollars in Upgrades Planned for Alaska Fishing Ports
By Margaret Bauman
Fishing ports and harbors from Kodiak to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and Bristol Bay to Sitka will see millions of dollars in upgrades over the next few years, from ramps, floats and docks to an entire new cargo terminal. Geotechnical exploration has already begun for that cargo terminal, a $36 million project for the Port of Kodiak, which ranks among the top 10 ports in the nation for commercial fish landings and value. It will be built in 2015, as an addition to the existing structure, and will be able to accommodate a much bigger crane for loading cargo ships, said Kodiak Harbor Master Marty Owen, who has been with the port ( for 19 years. The port’s full range of dockage, boat yard and marine services for commercial fishing, cargo....

Bristol Bay Permit Values Inching Up
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
2:32  PM WED MAY 8, 2013
The value of Bristol Bay drift and set gillnet permits has been inching upwards in recent months. But they have not yet rebounded to the high prices seen a couple of years ago. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

Steam helps reduce fossil fuel needs at new HEA plant
Nikiski plant, paired with other new construction projects, to supply new power generation and ‘independent light’
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
By New Year’s day next year, Homer Electric will be supplying all its own energy with new technology that partners with one of the world’s oldest energy sources, steam. Since waste heat is being used to produce steam, the Nikiski HEA plant will see an increase from its original output of 40 megawatts to 60 megawatts without using any additional natural gas. Natural gas will be used to bring the plant up to its full 80 megawatt capacity when operated above 60. HEA gave public tours last week of the facility that drew in more than 100 HEA members of the cooperative. The event helps the public envision what’s next since the utility ends its agreement with Chugach Electric on Dec. 31. After nearly 50 years of buying nearly 90 percent of its power from CEA, the smaller utility is going it alone with a combination of new and old technology. The Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion project is part of a package of generations under Independent Light, which costs $180 million for all the projects. During the tour, Engineer Bob Day explained how the technology HEA uses will....

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Grants Offered for Vessel Monitoring, GPS Data Loggers and Reducing Halibut Discard
Grants awarded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will help fund testing of electronic monitoring on small fixed gear cod boats, GPS data loggers as an alternative to vessel monitoring systems and reducing halibut discard mortality in Alaska. The three grants to Alaska entities, totaling $292,400, will be matched by $357,732 from grant recipients, the NFWF said. In California, grants totaling $273,245 were awarded to three other entities, to be matched by.....

Federal Subsistence Fisheries Regulation Changes for the Yukon River Area
By USF&WS 19 hours 25 minutes ago
The Federal Subsistence Board met January 22−24 to take action on proposed changes to Federal subsistence fishing regulations. Actions taken by the Board that affect the Yukon River area include....

SEAPA CEO talks about services, communication
by Leila Kheiry
May 8, 2013 4:17 PM
Officials with the Southeast Alaska Power Agency are working on ways to improve the agency’s image, and get information to the public about what SEAPA does and why they believe maintaining the agency is important. To that end, the agency’s CEO, Trey Acteson, scheduled a series of presentations during the most recent SEAPA board meeting in Ketchikan. It was challenging, though, for radio reporters to record that meeting for news stories. SEAPA refused to provide its own recording of that public meeting, but Acteson did agree to...

Cook Inlet’s commercial fisheries define region’s culture, traditions
Posted: May 8, 2013 - 5:46pm
By Emilie Springer
Summer is almost here and there is a very obvious tension on the Kenai Peninsula related to the role of salmon in local communities and how to qualify what that role is among different user groups. Yes, we eat a lot of fish here and the availability of salmon to anglers is important. Salmon is a fabulous source of food, superb nutritional value. Everyone should eat it. However, to suggest that....

Retail Report: Salmon dollars up
Promo volume accounts for one-quarter of overall sales
May 01, 2013
Salmon remains a popular choice among American consumers seeking healthful meal options. Average weekly dollar sales of the omega-3 and antioxidant-rich fish increased 11.4 percent during the 52 weeks ending Jan. 26, 2013. Overall, sales trends continued to grow for salmon, the largest contributor to fresh seafood department sales. Decreased promotional pricing spurred sales of the promotional-driven category, and contributed to steady gains throughout the year. An increase in ads also generated more sales for this popular species......

Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions
Tongass Rainforest
Tongass Rainforest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Congress Considers S.340.  An Alaska Big-Tree Old Growth Transfer to Private Corporation
By Don Cornelius and Jack Gustafson
May 08, 2013
Legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) would transfer approximately 70,000 acres of public land in scattered locations across Alaska’s Tongass National Forest to the Sealaska Corporation, primarily for extensive industrial scale clearcut logging other commercial development.
The bottom line on S.340 is:
A) It is completely unnecessary; and
B) It is a very poor environmental trade off of lands and resources, and not in the public interest.
C) It sets a precedent, and an inequity, in the transfer of lands outside the public review process, potentially opening new claims by Native corporations across the....

May 9, 2013
Editorial: Fish panels' united Magnuson stand sends powerful message
Gloucester Daily Times
The relatively rare, unified stand by all eight U.S. fishery management councils calling for more flexibility within the Magnuson-Stevens Act may not make a whit’s bit of difference for fishermen and waterfront businesses in Gloucester and elsewhere. That’s because these councils, which can make proposals and advise NOAA leaders on fishery policies, can’t affect anything beyond that, as local fishermen, waterfront...

From: Editor, Oceana, More from this Affiliate
Published May 8, 2013 06:07 AM
Illegal Fishing Linked to Seafood Fraud in New Report
Today, as the nation's top leaders in fishery management come together at the 2013 Managing Our Nation's Fisheries Conference in Washington, D.C. to discuss science and sustainability, Oceana released a new report finding that illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing leads to seafood fraud and threatens fishing economies, seafood consumers and vulnerable marine species on a global scale. According to recent estimates, IUU fishing accounts for 20 percent of the global catch and contributes to economic losses of $10-23 billion, while also threatening 260 million jobs that depend on marine fisheries around the world....

Seafood diet killing Arctic foxes on Russian island
Mercury pollution in marine animals may be behind a population crash.
Brian Owens
08 May 2013
An isolated population of Arctic foxes that dines only on marine animals seems to be slowly succumbing to mercury poisoning. The foxes on Mednyi Island — one of Russia’s Commander Islands in the Bering Sea — are a subspecies of Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) that may have remained isolated for thousands of years. They were once numerous enough to support a....

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
Study: Fish oil doesn't prevent heart attacks in folks already taking medicines to lower risk
By: Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press
Wednesday, May. 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM
Eating fish is good for your heart but taking fish oil capsules does not help people at high risk of heart problems who are already taking medicines to prevent them, a large study in Italy found.
The work makes clearer who does and does not benefit from taking supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, the good oils found in fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines. Previous studies have suggested that fish oil capsules could lower heart risks in people with heart failure or who have already suffered a heart attack. The American Heart Association recommends them only for people who have high levels of fats called triglycerides in their blood, says the group's...

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