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#05-22-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

11:30 AM TUE MAY 21, 2013
English: Annotated aerial photograph of (FAA: ...
English: Annotated aerial photograph of (FAA: TOG) in Togiak, Alaska, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Togiak Herring Update... Purse Seine Fishery Closed... 96.3% of the Quota Caught
The Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery is still ongoing but one of the 2 gear groups has been closed down. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....

Captain: Winter transit of Kulluk across Gulf of Alaska was possible
Published: May 21, 2013 Updated 14 hours ago
A vessel captain in charge of towing Shell's troubled oil drilling rig, the Kulluk, when it left a Seattle shipyard back in June said Tuesday that the gear was more than strong enough, the crews were qualified and that under the right conditions, a winter transit through the Gulf of Alaska could have been done safely....

American Seafoods Logo
American Seafoods Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Feds and American Seafoods are talking
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Date: May 21, 2013
D13 Staff PA
Coast Guard continues response to vessel fire off Grays Harbor, Wash. (photo)
ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard continues to respond to an extinguished vessel fire approximately 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash., Monday. Crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Arctic Storm successfully put out the fire using the Halon chemical firefighting system aboard the ship.....

Alaska Roulette: AK has some of the world’s highest PSP levels
Fish Radio
May 22, 2013
It’s that time of year when lots of clam diggers head to sand flats. Be sure and pay attention to shellfish advisories, like for PSP.  Paralytic shellfish poisoning  is caused by tiny marine organisms in algae blooms often referred to incorrectly as red tides. PSP is commonly found in all kinds of clams. Neither cooking nor freezing neutralizes the toxin, which attacks the nervous system and can be a quick killer.....

Begich Welcomes Coast Guard’s New Arctic Strategy, Calls for Additional Action
Mark Begich speaks to reporters at the Fairban...
Mark Begich speaks to reporters at the Fairbanks Labor Day Picnic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 21 2013 - U.S. Senator Mark Begich today welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard’s new Arctic strategy, which focuses on improving coordination of maritime activity in the Arctic, but he called on the administration to do more to support the service’s capital and operational needs.

“The Coast Guard should be applauded for developing new strategies for their Arctic duties while maintaining a commitment to their other missions,” said Begich. “With the increase of oil and gas exploration, shipping, tourism and fishing activity in the region, Alaskans rely upon the Coast Guard to ensure safe, secure and responsible maritime activity in the Arctic.  I expect the administration to ensure the Coast Guard has the resources necessary to execute their duties.”

The Coast Guard’s new strategy focuses on improving Arctic maritime domain awareness and shipping safety, which are issues of particular concern to Senator Begich.  The strategy also calls for increased federal, state and local government partnerships as well as increased engagement with international partners.

“The Coast Guard recognizes what Alaskans have known for a long time—to do anything in the Arctic requires creativity, close cooperation and sharing of limited resources,” said Begich. “However, even innovative strategies have their limits.  The Coast Guard cannot be expected to ensure protection in this new maritime frontier without additional resources.  Though the White House recently rolled out a new national Arctic strategy, they neglected to include any funding for critical Arctic infrastructure and assets.

Recognizing this gap, Begich presented one possible solution in a letter today to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.  In the letter, Begich called upon Napolitano to transfer underutilized U.S. Air Force (USAF) C-27J cargo aircraft to the Coast Guard.  This transfer would relieve the Coast Guard of the need to buy new maritime patrol aircraft and would result in approximately $800 million in savings.  Begich noted the amount of savings was close to the projected cost of a new heavy icebreaker.  He called on Napolitano to apply the savings achieved from the transfer of the surplus aircraft toward the building of a new icebreaker.

English: Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian MP for Nunav...
English: Leona Aglukkaq, Canadian MP for Nunavut, Canadian Health Minister, cutting the ribbon at the Terry Fox Run in Ottawa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Canada Takes Helm of Arctic Council With First Indigenous Leader
May 22, 2013
With prospectors set to descend upon the Arctic faster than its ice is melting, Canada took the helm of the Arctic Council on May 15 as Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq became the first indigenous person to chair the eight-member intergovernmental forum...... link

Kevin Stokesbury testifies at Magnuson hearing
WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) May 21, 2013 — Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, associate professor and chair of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth's School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) testified on fisheries data collection before a House subcommittee on Capitol Hill today......

TV's Most Dangerous Jobs: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?
Cynthia Boris, PayScale
May 21, 2013
Since the golden age of television, we've been watching firemen and police officers put their lives on the line in order to protect the innocent. But those are just actors and although a few have been known to get hurt in the performance of their duties, acting isn't usually a dangerous profession. On the other hand, the stars of these four reality shows are truly risking life and limb every time the cameras roll. Why do they do it? Because with big risks, come big rewards.....

Washington State Tackles Seafood Fraud
WEBWIRE – Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Governor Jay Inslee Signs Seafood Mislabeling Bill into Law
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee today signed into law House Bill (HB) 1200, which begins to tackle seafood fraud in the state. Oceana commends Governor Inslee as our recent seafood fraud testing found not only that 18 percent of fish sampled and sold in Seattle was mislabeled, but that seafood fraud is rampant across the nation.....

Maersk CEO: United States to Surpass China as Biggest Driver of Growth
Logo of A.P. Moller – Maersk Group
Logo of A.P. Moller – Maersk Group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 22 (Bloomberg) — The U.S. will overtake Asia as the biggest driver of global growth this year while Europe’s turmoil is hurting trade flows, said Nils Smedegaard Andersen, chief executive officer of A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S. The owner of the world’s biggest container line can tell from tracking....

Apple’s Made-in-USA Mac Will Be Built in Texas
MAY 22, 2013 AT 6:00 AM PT
Walt Mossberg: Will there be an Apple product ever made again in the United States?
Tim Cook: I want there to be.
Walt: You what?
Tim: I want there to be.
Walt: You want there to be.
– Apple CEO Tim Cook and Walt Mossberg at D10, May 2012.....

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