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#05-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

2:49 PM TUE MAY 28, 2013
Togiak Police, Alaska
Togiak Police, Alaska (Photo credit: scoutnurse)
2013 Togiak Herring Closes After Near Record Season
DILLINGHAM:  As of 12:00pm Tuesday, the 2013 Togiak commercial sac roe herring fishery has closed. Fishing through tough weather over the weekend, the gillnet fleet scraped by with a couple hundred tons landed each day, and on Monday the buyers announced they were done buying for the season. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports on what was almost a record setting harvest.... http://kdlg.org/post/2013-togiak-herring-closes-after-near-record-season

New director for Alaskan fisheries school
Created on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:15 |  |
PAULA Cullenberg will be the new director of Alaska Sea Grant, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, starting in July 2013. Cullenberg replaces retiring director David Christie, who has led Alaska Sea Grant since 2008. "The extension faculty, our educators, staff and research partners have inspired me," said Christie. "They convey science from the laboratory to meet the real world needs of small businesses, fishermen, managers and many others. As director, it has been my privilege to ensure they have what they need to do their work.".... http://www.fishnewseu.com/latest-news/world/10502-new-director-for-alaskan-fisheries-school.html

29 May 2013 Last updated at 02:46 ET
AquaBounty technologies
AquaBounty technologies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
GM salmon can breed with wild fish and pass on genes
By Rebecca Morelle
Science reporter, BBC World Service
The potential risks of genetically modified fish escaping into the wild have been highlighted in a new study. Scientists from Canada have found that transgenic Atlantic salmon can cross-breed with a closely related species - the brown trout. The fish, which have been engineered with extra genes to make them grow more quickly, pass on this trait to the hybrid offspring. The research is published the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.. However, the biotech company AquaBounty, which created the salmon, said any risks were negligible as the fish they were producing were all female, sterile and would be kept in tanks on land..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22694239

Frozen Seafood
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NatGeo: In Many Ways, It's Better Than Fresh
Eating frozen seafood used to seem like a punishment. But with today's technology, the fish you pull from your freezer is delicious, nutritious, more economical, and often better for the environment—and fishermen—than fresh-caught seafood. Why Buy Frozen? • Reduce your environmental impact. Fresh fish has to be shipped by air to reach most consumers; frozen can be freighted by ship, rail, or truck with significantly lower environmental impact. • Keep fishermen safer. Without the.... http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/take-action/frozen-seafood-benefits/

Recipe: Summer salmon, out with the old and in with the new
Kim Sunée
May 28, 2013
This is the time of year when Alaskans eagerly share the wealth of last year’s bounty to make way for the new salmon season. I’m always happy to help out when there’s too much salmon. Since I didn’t grow up here, I’m still basking in the abundance of this rich and flavorful natural wonder.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130528/recipe-summer-salmon-out-old-and-new

Photos: The taste of summer, Italian Salsa Verde and Alaska Salmon
Kim Sunée
May 28, 2013
This is the time of year when Alaskans eagerly share the wealth of last year’s bounty to make way for the new salmon season. I’m always happy to help out when there’s too much salmon. Since I didn’t grow up here, I’m still basking in the abundance of this rich and flavorful natural wonder.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/slideshow/photos-taste-summer-italian-salsa-verde-and-alaska-salmon

Contractor: Tow shackle between Shell's Arctic drill rig, tug failed
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft (Photo credit: #PACOM)
Suzanna Caldwell
May 28, 2013
The man who oversaw equipment connecting Shell Oil's Arctic drill rig to her tugboat detailed his job execution for marine casualty investigators, Tuesday, the seventh day of hearings into the grounding of the Kulluk off Sitkalidak Island, in the Gulf of Alaska, last December..... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130528/contractor-tow-shackle-between-shells-arctic-drill-rig-tug-failed


Work still underway to dispose of Susitna Ferry
M/V Susitna - Catamaran Ice Breaking Ferry for...
M/V Susitna - Catamaran Ice Breaking Ferry for Alaska (Photo credit: jay galvin)
May 28, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is still working on selling its $78 million Susitna Ferry which is still berthed outside Ketchikan, according to Matanuska-Susitna Borough Public Affairs Director Patty Sullivan. In an email received by SitNews today Sullivan said, "Brokers are still working on selling the ship."... http://www.sitnews.us/0513News/052813/052813_susitna.html

Begich Talks Marine Debris While in Kodiak
May 28, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
In two weeks local volunteers will take to Kodiak’s beaches in the first ever Coast Walk, a two-day event devoted to marine debris clean up and removal. Participants can choose one of the 81 road system beaches, and Kodiak Island Trails Network will provide the bags and materials to clean them up.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4714

Oceana sues NMFS for failing to protect groundfish properly
UNITED STATES
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
Oceana filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) this week for its failure to require adequate observer coverage for the New England groundfish fishery for cod, haddock and flounder. NMFS has a duty to set quotas to prevent overfishing and ensure that those quotas are not exceeded. That process depends upon data NMFS receives from trained and independent scientists, known as observers, who work onboard fishing vessels to.... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=61157

May 29, 2013
NOAA concedes:sturgeon not endangered, after all
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Without a stock assessment and to howls of outrage by industry and questions about the justification of the action by the New England Fishery Management Council, NOAA approved a petition by the Natural Resources Defense Council 15 months ago that granted Atlantic sturgeon protection under the Endangered Species Act.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing/x2026366617/NOAA-concedes-sturgeon-not-endangered-after-all

New Legal Sea Foods ads tout brain food on menu
English: Headquarters of The Boston Globe news...
English: Headquarters of The Boston Globe newspaper; 135 Morrissey Boulevard in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Taryn Luna |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT     MAY 29, 2013
The latest advertising campaign from Legal Sea Foods embraces an inside joke at the restaurant company, a standard response to dumb things people say and do. The punchline: People making foolish choices aren’t eating enough fish. The new Legal ads take that idea and run with it, playing up the virtue of fish as “brain food.” A series of television ads will debut Friday, featuring YouTube videos of real-life acts best described as, well, stupid. There are no actors, simply people who went on the Internet to post their ill-advised choices — licking an icy pole or driving into a garage door — and then gave one of New England’s most popular restaurants permission to broadcast them in prime time. “Fish is brain food,” the spots declare. “We have fish.”.... http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/05/28/new-legal-sea-foods-campaign-touts-brain-food-menu/kAZ5ZNL774GimXDz3epJhJ/story.html

Opportunity Ripe for Shipping Boom Along Arctic Northern Sea Route, Experts Say
BY REUTERS ON MAY 29, 2013
By Balazs Koranyi
NY-AALESUND, Norway, May 29 (Reuters) – Shipping along the Arctic northern sea route is set to grow more than 30-fold over the next eight years and could account for a quarter of the cargo traffic between Europe and Asia by 2030, experts said on Wednesday. With global warming thawing sea ice, the route, which runs along Russia’s northern coast and links Europe with ports in East Asia, is opening for longer and longer each year. Russia is also easing regulations to accommodate more vessels aiming to spur use of the still.... http://gcaptain.com/opportunity-ripe-for-shipping-boom-along-artctic-northern-sea-route/

Maersk announces higher rates starting on 1 July
Container ship Olga Maersk
Container ship Olga Maersk (Photo credit: L2F1)
DENMARK
Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 03:10 (GMT + 9)
Container shipping giant company AP Moller-Maersk, whose vessels comprise around 15 per cent of world container shipping capacity, announced its rate will increase from the current level of USD 668 per 20 foot container to almost double that figure on its main Asia to Europe route, although there is uncertainty as to whether Maersk will be able to persuade customers to agree to the full hike. Due to the current global slow developing economy and to the presence of too many freighters built before 2008, freight rates have been slumped by 41 per cent .... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=29&id=61137