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#05-16-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Copper River Salmon Fleet To Start Fishing Thursday

By Tony Gorman, KCHU - Valdez | May 15, 2013 - 10:18 am
The salmon fleet is getting ready to go fishing on Thursday morning on the Copper River Delta. According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, this year’s harvest projection for Copper River sockeyes is 1.3 million.  Fish and Game Gillnet Area Management Biologist Jeremy Botz says the numbers are about the same as last year...
Seward's need
Just as Ketchikan likes the marine highway system to be based in Ketchikan, it recognizes the common sense in Seward seeking to be the homeport for the CDQ fishing ships. Seward is a waterfront community with harbor space and expanding potential to accommodate ships of all sizes....

11:21 AM WED MAY 15, 2013
A Third of the Togiak Herring Quota Has Been Harvested
Fishermen participating in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery have hauled in over a third of their quota.     Through Tuesday the total herring harvest was 10.3-thousand tons. Fishermen are working with a total quota of just over 30-thousand tons. On Tuesday the purse seine fleet hauled in 1,630 thousand tons of herring on 21 deliveries. That puts the purse seine total harvest at 8.2-thousand tons. So far this.......

3:25 PM WED MAY 15, 2013
Coast Guard Inspectors Coming to Dillingham Next Week
Bristol Bay's massive commercial salmon fishery will get started next month and fishermen are already gearing up. The U.S. Coast Guard is also getting ready for the season with safety inspectors scheduled to be in the region later this month and for much of June. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

11:57     AM WED MAY 15, 2013
Alaska Airlines Bristol Bay Jet Service to Start June 9th
Round trip tickets between Anchorage and Dillingham or King Salmon look to be priced at $485 this year....

Marine Highway Cuts Programs to Tighten Belt
May 15, 2013
Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska
Say so long to summer drivers riding the ferry for free. Wave goodbye to the winter roundtrip discount. And printed schedules? Those are on their way out too. Those changes won't happen for a while. But they are just some of the ways the Alaska Marine Highway will address a $3.5-million spending cut mandated by the Legislature....

Second bill proposes smaller Sealaska land transfer
By CoastAlaska News
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm
A second measure transferring Tongass National Forest land to Sealaska is before Congress on Thursday. It’s stopgap legislation turning 3,600 acres over to the Southeast-based regional Native corporation. Two parcels are proposed, one on the Cleveland Peninsula and the other at Election Creek on Prince of Wales Island. A much larger bill before Congress would transfer about 70,000 acres.....
La Baleine: Eat a meal, save a whale
Pastry chef Mandy Dixon takes second at Great Alaska Seafood Competition
By Sean Pearson
Homer Tribune
Is your seafood social conscience bothering you? Feel like you’re just not doing enough for the world with your dolphin-safe tuna? Executive pastry chef Mandy Dixon can help out with that. Just last Thursday, she officially opened the doors to her family’s new seaside cafĂ©, La Baleine, on the Homer Spit. And, thanks to the edible pairings of Dixon and her co-owner/chef and mother Kirsten, you can enjoy a down-home gourmet meal while helping keep Cook Inlet waters pristine....

Bill Could Ease Way To Arctic Port
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC
Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:54 am
The U.S. Senate is expected to a pass a sweeping bill authorizing dozens of water projects Wednesday. Included is a provision that Alaska’s senators say could ease the way to an Arctic port.....
bullet May 15 2013 Begich Provision to Spur Arctic Deepwater Port Development Clears the Senate....

Barge Master Launches At-Sea Motion Compensation Platform for Cranes
Anyone who’s ever operated a crane at sea, or worked as a roustabout or deck crew, can attend to the fact that operating cranes in a seaway is challenging at best, or downright deadly at worst.  To help mitigate the issue of vessel motions during crane operations, Barge Master BV, a Dutch company, has installed a motion compensation system developed by Rexroth to neutralize waves and enhance the usefulness and safety of offshore cranes.....

World’s fish have been moving to cooler waters for decades, study finds
By Lenny Bernstein, Published: May 15
Fish and other sea life have been moving toward Earth’s poles in search of cooler waters, part of a worldwide, decades-long migration documented for the first time by a study released Wednesday. The research, published in the journal Nature, provides more evidence of a rapidly warming planet and has broad repercussions for fish harvests around the globe....

U.S. advisory on mercury in fish tied up at health department
By Toni Clarke | Reuters – 14 hrs ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Updated federal advice on mercury levels in fish appears to have stalled within the U.S. department of health, frustrating scientists and advocacy groups who argue that exposure to mercury may be dangerous at lower levels than previously thought. The government last revised its mercury guidance in 2004 when it said young children, pregnant women, nursing mothers and women who might become pregnant should eat seafood but avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish, which contain relatively high levels of mercury. It recommended that this population eat up to 12 ounces a week of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury, such as shrimp, salmon, pollock and catfish. These recommendations were by and large.....

Holland America Line Goes 'On Location' With New Activity Program To Immerse Guests In The Culture And Activities Unique To Each Cruising Region
Local experts bring destination-centric experiences on board
By Holland America Line
Published: Wednesday, May. 15, 2013 - 10:28 am
.............. Holland America Line's award-winning Culinary Arts Center will also come alive like never before as visiting chefs from along the route add local flavor to cooking demonstrations and hands-on classes. Guests can prepare the perfect salmon in Alaska, roll sushi in Asia or enhance dishes with the spices of the Caribbean.  Wine lovers can pair food with the ideal bottle as experts from the vineyards in which they are produced host tastings throughout Europe, Australia and Chile.......

Chitin from crab, shrimp shells used for bio-plastics, smooths car scratches and more!
Fish Radio
May 16, 2013
The shells of crabs, shrimp, lobsters  and other crustaceans are being turned into bio-plastics for food packaging. The shells contain a compound called chitin, which is also found in insects and fungi.  It is one of the most abundant biodegradable materials in the world. Now, with funds from their government, scientists at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research are  turning chitin into so called “active” packaging  aimed at reducing plastics made from petro-chemicals. The products can range from hard bio-plastics to....

Surinam Airways to display MSC ecolabel on menu
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Surinam Airways (SLM) is the first airline in the Americas to display the MSC ecolabel for sustainable seafood on its menu. On 1 June, the Surinamese airline will start serving MSC certified seabob shrimp from Surinam in business class on the...

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