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#05-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Nonprofit buys Cannon Fish Co.
By SeafoodSource staff
24 May, 2013 - An Alaskan nonprofit community development quota corporation has bought a Seattle-based seafood processing and marketing company. The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA)’s board of directors voted on 17 May to buy Cannon Fish Company. The acquisition is expected to close July 1 of this year.... http://www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticledetail.aspx?id=20795
3:43 PM FRI MAY 24, 2013
Coastal Villages Seafood to Pay Highest Starting Processing Wage in Alaska
By BEN MATHESON
New workers this summer at the Goodnews Bay processing plan in Platinum will earn what’s believed to the highest starting processing wage in the state.  Coastal Villages Seafood will pay 10 dollars an hour for new employees. That’s up from 9 dollar an hour new workers have started at over the past 4 years. In boosting the wages, the company points to success in the CDQ’s Bering Sea catch as well as local improvements in processing efficiency. Dawson Hoover is the Communications Coordinator for Coastal Villages Regional Fund.... http://kdlg.org/post/coastal-villages-seafood-pay-highest-starting-processing-wage-alaska-0


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Herring size above average as season ends
May 24th 4:37 pm | Hannah Heimbuch
Seiners participating in the Togiak herring fishery wrapped their 20,256-ton season on Monday with 96.3 percent of their quota caught. With a total allowable harvest of 30,000 tons, 70 percent is slated for seiners and the remaining 30 percent is earmarked for the drift gillnetters that are still seeking that final tonnage. Gillnetters had pulled in a total of roughly 4,900 tons as of Monday's deliveries...... http://www.thedutchharborfisherman.com/article/1321herring_size_above_average_as_season_ends

Kuskokwim elders may get fishing priority over others
Jill Burke
May 24, 2013
With the controversial fish trials over and done with in Bethel, Alaska, villagers are watching the Kuskokwim River for signs of better times for 2013. On the heels of one of the worst salmon returns in years, and a subsequent revolt on river closures that landed dozens of fishermen in court, river managers have come up with an access plan for this summer to try to dampen the disappointment and disobedience of 2012.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130524/kuskokwim-elders-may-get-fishing-priority-over-others

U.S. Senate Bars GMO Labels as March Against Monsanto Revs Up
Posted by News Editor in Food, Latest News, RSS on May 24, 2013 5:47 pm
WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2013 (ENS) – Two days before thousands of people across the United States plan to march against Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops, the U.S. Senate Thursday turned down a measure that would have allowed states to require labels on food or beverages made with genetically modified ingredients. Sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Vermont Independent, the amendment to the Farm Bill lost by a vote of 71 to 27.... http://ens-newswire.com/2013/05/24/u-s-senate-bars-gmo-labels-as-march-against-monsanto-revs-up/




OPINION: Military operations needed to become 'Arctic Ready'
May 24th 2:20 pm | Capt. Peter Garay
As a brief introduction, the following idea revolves around homeland security, and to a lesser extent, simply planting our country's flag in Alaska's backyard to let the rest of the Arctic nations (and world) know Alaska and the United States are serious about becoming an "Arctic Ready " entity on all of its diverse and challenging fronts..... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1321military_operations_needed_to_become_arctic

Arctic Council issues regional vision after Kiruna meeting
Mia BennettEye on the Arctic
May 23, 2013
During the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting in Kiruna, Sweden, on March 15th, the body’s Secretariat released the “Vision for the Arctic” (PDF). The Secretariat is composed of the eight Arctic States together with the six permanent participants, the Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations.  The vision has seven sections, which I analyze below.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130523/arctic-council-issues-regional-vision-after-kiruna-meeting

Brussels, 24 May 2013
Marine research in the European Union and the Atlantic
The European Union, the United States and Canada today signed the "Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation" with the aim of furthering research into the workings of the Atlantic Ocean and its interaction with the Arctic. The alliance will build on existing bilateral cooperation agreements and projects with the aim of developing and advancing a shared vision for the Atlantic. For the European Union, the Statement was signed by European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Maria Damanaki. For the United States the Statement was signed by Dr Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. For Canada, Senator David Wells signed on behalf of Edward Fast, Canadian Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. Here is a summary of relevant facts and projects related to trans-Atlantic marine research cooperation.... http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-455_en.htm

Chief engineer says 'slime' shut down tug's engines before Kulluk grounding
Suzanna Caldwell
May 23, 2013
An unknown fuel additive that created a “slime” on the Aiviq's fuel filters likely caused the ship's engine failures, according to the Aiviq's chief engineer.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130523/chief-engineer-says-slime-shut-down-tugs-engines-kulluk-grounding




FRIDAY MAY 24 2013
Murkowski Rips Border Crossing Fee Proposal
Senator Urges Appropriations Committee to Block Crossing Fee Study, DHS to Reconsider Idea
WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Lisa Murkowski today voiced her concerns over the wide range of harmful consequences Alaska and other border states would suffer if a proposed border-crossing fee becomes a reality for vehicle and even pedestrian traffic – from restricting tourism and trade to greatly limiting access to shopping, dining, and attending religious service.  She shared these scenarios in a letter to both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as the ranking members of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.... http://www.murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=e3711594-5125-4a03-bd27-bb7d9724ab87  /// Download letter (.pdf)

Begich, Wicker, Schatz Introduce Bipartisan NOAA Corps Amendments Act
By Heather Handyside | Office of Senator Begich 21 hours 21 minutes ago
U.S. Senators Mark Begich, Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced legislation on Thursday to strengthen the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps as a national asset and improve its ability to recruit and retain talented candidates like other uniformed services. Begich is chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. Wicker and Schatz serve on the subcommittee as well. The NOAA Corps’ primary mission is to operate NOAA’s fleet of research ships and aircraft.  They conduct hydrographic surveys, which are key to domestic commerce. The ships NOAA operates provide fishery managers the data the need to keep fish stocks healthy and coastal communities prosperous.  In addition, NOAA officers fly the.... http://alaska-native-news.com/political_news/8566-begich-wicker-schatz-introduce-bipartisan-noaa-corps-amendments-act.html

MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Latest G-Type Engine Sails Through Type Approval Test
May 24, 2013 By MI News Network
At the end of April, 2013 in Korea, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s latest G-type engine passed its Type Approval Test at HHI-EMD, the engine and machinery division of Hyundai Heavy Industries. The ultra-long-stroke G60ME-C9 engine went through its paces under the watchful eye of many interested observers, including representatives from the major classification societies. Christian O. Rasmussen, Head of Classification Business, MAN Diesel & Turbo, praised the collaboration between his company and HHI-EMD and said: “Our 600-mm bore engines have enjoyed much market success because of their reliability. The new G-type continues this legacy, as confirmed by the successful TAT here in Korea.”.... http://www.marineinsight.com/shipping-news/man-diesel-turbos-latest-g-type-engine-sails-through-type-approval-test/