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#05-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

English: Coastline, Togiak National Wildlife R...
English: Coastline, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
11:39 AM MON MAY 13, 2013
Nearly 5,000 Tons of Togiak Herring
Commercial fishermen in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery are off to a good start with nearly 5-thousand tons of herring harvested during the first 2 days of fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details....

English: The Arctic Council members observers
English: The Arctic Council members observers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
White House closely hews to Bush goals in new Arctic strategy paper
Margaret Kriz Hobson, E&E reporter
EnergyWire: Monday, May 13, 2013

In the run-up to the Arctic Council ministerial meeting Wednesday, the Obama administration last week released an Arctic policy white paper that critics say does little to clarify the administration's game plan for managing the nation's competing goals in the region.

The White House said the document is designed to outline administration strategies for responding to emerging challenges and opportunities in the Arctic. "It is imperative that the United States proactively establish national priorities and objectives for the Arctic region," the paper said.

Further decisions on implementing the strategy's general goals are expected to be hammered out during a series of round-table meetings, which will be held in June in Alaska. Those....

AMCC Bring Crab Back to the Fest
May 13, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
It looks like there’s no need to go changing the name of next week’s celebration to Bruin Burger Fest, thanks to the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. The group will be providing local Kodiak Tanner crab for at least one event during Kodiak Crab Festival. Kelly Harrell, the group’s executive director says in an over the weekend that AMCC will....

Posted: 11:58 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013
Tug-of-war grows over portion of Seattle’s fishing fleet (video)
By Graham Johnson
SEATTLE — A tug-of-war over a portion of the Seattle-based fishing fleet is heating up.
Coastal Villages Region Fund, the largest Alaska-based seafood company, has moved four boats from Seattle to Seward for the off-season and hopes to someday relocate the rest of the fleet. It currently has about two dozen vessels.....

American Seafoods charged with tampering with scales
Posted 05/13/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Federal fisheries officials have charged a Seattle-based seafood processing company with allegedly tampering with equipment used for weighing Alaska pollock on two of its six catcher/processors. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement said May 13 that the charges were levied on May 8 on American Seafoods Co., owners and operators of the Ocean Rover and Northern Eagle. NOAA alleges that flow scales on the vessels were adjusted to record....

Rep. Young introduces Enhancement of Species Survival Act
05/07/2013 To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to promote sustainable-use conservation, to harmonize that Act with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and for other purposes.....

Petersburg and Kupreanof to join forces to save Petersburg Creek
May 9, 2013
Petersburg Borough resident Mike Stainbrook proposed a resolution to the Petersburg Borough Assembly during its regular meeting Monday afternoon to preserve Petersburg Creek as it is without encroachment, electrical corridor or power lines. Stainbrook read the resolution to the Assembly: “Whereas Petersburg Creek drainage and estuary is a treasure to this community and deserves special protection now and for the future. Petersburg Creek has been....

New shipping technology keeps fish fresh for over a month
May 13, 2013 by AdminFish
Van loads of fresh salmon from Chile are being landed on both US coasts and elsewhere after a month or more at sea. How can that be?  By using fuel cell technology in a new way. Which usually is a power generating device – it’s powered by oxygen. And we actually take that capability and we take the oxygen out of a palletized plastic wrapped container of fish and using the fuel cell, reduce the oxygen levels in the pallet to less than 200 parts per million. So we basically cause the fish to go dormant and basically stop...........

States consider reopening Columbia's king season
Washington and Oregon officials will meet Tuesday to consider reopening sport and commercial fishing for spring chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River. The Columbia River Compact will begin at 11 a.m. to consider gillnet fishing between Bonneville Dam and....