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#05-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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Blockbuster herring harvest takes shape at Togiak
MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
Dock prices for first Copper River salmon- meh
May 20, 2013 by AdminFish
Report from the grounds after the first opener at Copper River, May 16 ....

Judge to decide Alaska Native religious defense in fishing trials
Jill Burke
May 19, 2013
With salmon beginning their annual migration back from the sea into Alaska waterways, nearly two dozen fisherman from Western Alaska return to a Bethel courtroom Monday, still caught up in a legal net that entangled them last summer. The Alaska Native fisherman say they had a religious right to be on the water with their nets, and a judge must now decide whether they can use that argument as a defense at trial. This new posture has been backed by passionate supporters and become increasingly politicized as Alaska Natives continue to define their relationship with the state of Alaska. In summer 2012, the fishermen defied river closures enacted by state....

Chefs pair Alaska grown produce with famous state seafood
Posted: May 19, 2013 - 8:07pm
By Molly Dischner
Morris News Service - AlaskaAlaska Journal of Commerce
Officially, the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off was a chance to showcase Alaskan seafood. But chefs also put other Alaska grown products on display such as sprouts, seabeans and rhubarb paired with the state’s well-known........

Sustainable Salmon Fund panel to meet
Posted 05/20/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
The Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund expert panel will meet in Anchorage May 29 to assist in development of a call for proposals planned for this summer. The amount of funding available is not yet known.....

Alaska Among Five States to Receive Money For Tsunami Relief
May 19, 2013|By Blake Essig | Channel 2 News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — After months of waiting, the State of Alaska and four other west coast states will soon receive $250,000 to help with tsunami relief. Last fall, the Japanese government issued a $5 million grant to the United States to help with the monitoring, recovery and cleanup of an estimated 1.5 billion tons of marine debris after the 2011 tsunami......

Interactive fishing exhibit coming to Seward Sealife Center
Posted 05/20/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
A new interactive fishing exhibit aimed at teaching the importance of managing the state's fisheries sustainably opens at the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward on June 8, as part of the celebration of World Oceans Day.....

Blue North to Build First-of-Its-Kind Low-Impact Sustainable Fishing Vessel
Blue North's vessels are focused on quality, as opposed to quantity, and each fish is individually hooked and handled
UNITED STATES, 5/20/2013
Blue North, a sustainable natural resource company, has announced that it has signed a contract with Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington, to build one of the most environmentally friendly and technologically advanced fishing vessels in the world. The innovative “green” boat – which will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014 – was specifically developed for the Alaska cod hook-and-line fishery, and was designed by Skipsteknisk AS, a Norwegian ship design firm. Blue North holds an option to build a second vessel starting late in 2013.....

UAS miner training program prompted by industry demand
State has supported UAS Center for Mine Training
Posted: May 19, 2013 - 7:51pm  |  Updated: May 20, 2013 - 12:04am
“Introduction to Mining Occupations and Operatings” students had an opportunity to see a mine firsthand in March, when the Southeast Alaska cohort of the University of Alaska Southeast class for high school seniors toured the Coeur Alaska Kensington Gold Mine.....

Synthethic Genomics, ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels
Monday, May 20, 2013, 02:10 (GMT + 9)
Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI) announced a new co-funded research agreement with ExxonMobil to develop algae biofuels. The new agreement is a basic science research programme that focuses on developing algal strains with significantly improved production characteristics by employing synthetic genomic science and technology. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed......