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#06-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Study Shows GE Salmon Can Interbreed with Wild Stock
Jun 19, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
When KMXT last spoke with State Representative Garren Tarr, she was on her way back to Alaska from a visit to the Canadian Maritime Provence of Prince Edward Island. She was there to raise awareness of genetically engineered salmon, which could be produced there. Earlier in the year she had introduced a bill banning such fish in Alaska during. The Anchorage Democrat has been following the GE salmon issue closely, and....

Only one half of wild salmon stocks are healthy: SFP
Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 01:10 (GMT + 9)
Only half of the wild Pacific salmon stocks are healthy, according to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s (SFP) first edition of its sustainability overview of fisheries. The five commercial species in the overview are chinook, chum, coho, pink, and sockeye salmon and the data are based on information from SFP’s online fisheries information resource  Fifty-one per cent of the global supply of wild Pacific salmon comes from fisheries in good shape (mostly in Alaska), while 49 per cent comes from....

Assembly keeps 2011 salmon habitat law on the books
Revisions expected July 2
Posted: June 19, 2013 - 12:10pm  |  Updated: June 19, 2013 - 4:15pm
Peninsula Clarion
It boiled down to science vs. emotion and personal property rights vs. government encroachment as scores spoke about the future of salmon habitat regulation on the Kenai Peninsula; one man, a Russian immigrant, warned of eventual gulags. Following 315 minutes of commentary made by...

JUNE 19, 2013 · 7:37 PM
Report details effect of inlet commercial fisheries
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
As the push-pull of allocative arguments continue to churn in Cook Inlet fisheries, the Alaska Salmon Alliance has released an economic report to support its position that commercial fisheries are a significant part of the Kenai...

High water in Copper River expected to diss dip-netters
Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am
Tim Mowry
FAIRBANKS — The timing couldn’t be worse for dip-netters planning to make a run to Chitina this weekend. Instead of the huge surge of salmon that was expected to hit the Copper River personal-use fishery, dip-netters instead will get a huge swell of water that is expected to basically eliminate any prospects of catching fish.....

4:00 PM WED JUNE 19, 2013
High Index Numbers Continue at the Port Moller Test Fishery...

11:11 AM WED JUNE 19, 2013
Low Escapement Numbers for Nushagak River Kings....

Copper River sockeye harvest jumps to 838,000 fish
Posted 06/19/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Some 838,000 sockeyes and 7,200 king salmon have been harvested to date in the Copper River District, as the harvest there began to ebb, with wild salmon harvests increasing elsewhere in Prince William Sound and around the state. At 10th and M Seafoods in Anchorage on June 18, Copper River reds were selling for $8.95 a pound whole and $13.95 a pound for fillets, while Cook Inlet sockeyes were available for $7.95 a.....

Sockeye Counts Average at Cape Wislow
By Stephanie Joyce
Wednesday, June 19 2013
The sockeye are running out at Cape Wislow, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is keeping a close eye on the numbers. ADF&G set up a weir at McLees Lake on June 5, and has already counted 3,500 salmon making their way upstream. Assistant Area....

Ocean's little fish are a big deal (+video)
Small 'forage fish' are a crucial source for larger animals in the ocean ecosystem. Without little fish, there can be no big fish. Pacific coast fishing leaders should thus adopt safeguards to prohibit fishing of saury until it can be shown that this would not adversely impact the ecosystem.
By Paul Shively, Op-ed contributor / June 19, 2013
............ Some may wonder why we should act now. After all, no one on the West Coast is currently fishing for forage fish like Pacific saury, sandlance, or various kinds of smelts. To answer this concern, it’s worth looking north to Alaska. North Pacific fishery managers proactively protected dozens of unfished forage species more than a decade ago with the strong support of commercial fishermen. As one industry organization noted at the time, fishing for predators and their prey is akin to burning a candle at both ends.........

Aleutian CDQ Acquires Marketing Arm
By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, June 19 2013
The Aleutian Islands’ community development quota group is branching out. They’re currently in the final stages of a deal to buy Cannon Fish Company, a Seattle seafood marketer and supplier. The acquisition is meant to help the CDQ group behave more like a big-time seafood business. The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, or APICDA, was founded on fish. The group owns all of part of about two dozen fishing vessels, which harvest their federal.....

Is there an alternative to IFQ’s, catch shares, and privatized fishing?
June 19, 2013 by ladyfish
When posing such a loaded question there is little to no response on privatized fisheries . Fish Radio did manage to get a few comments from some of Kodiak’s fisherman, but it wasn’t easy. “Well we went down the wrong road to begin with. We should have protected the resource and let the economics of the situation prevail.”....

Kake Cannery Among America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
June 19, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The National Trust for Historic Preservation today unveiled its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®, an annual list that spotlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 240 sites have been on the list over its 26-year history, and only a handful of listed sites have been lost.....

Argentina caught a Chinese ship trying to steal 180 tonnes of its squid
By Roberto A. Ferdman @robferdman

From the Fleet: Court Decision Threatens Fishing Industry in Washington State
Puget Sound Dungeness Crab Harvesters Seek Appeal to State Supreme Court
July 1, 2013....

Off-the-boat sales strong: Salmon fishermen drawing seafood lovers to Half Moon Bay
June 19, 2013, 05:00 AM By Samantha Weigel Daily Journal
With intermittent summer days on the coast, the weather isn’t always conducive for fishermen in Half Moon Bay’s Princeton Harbor. But when the skies clear and provide spurts of calm, the public is sure to have direct access to off-the-boat salmon sales. Three-and-a-half weeks ago, Jim Anderson, commercial salmon and crab fisherman and captain of the Allaine, said the fish hadn’t bitten that good since 2005. Between 200,000 to 300,000 pounds of fish were caught that....

Salmon Swimming Upstream Make Riveting Reality TV — in Norway
By Matt PeckhamJune 20, 2013

Chipotle Starts Labeling GMO Ingredients On Website Menu
The Huffington Post  |  By Joe Satran
Posted: 06/18/2013 1:57 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/19/2013 7:59 pm EDT....

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
…Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle
Those of us who have grown up in the Puget Sound region are deeply committed to the fishing industry, and appreciate that Seattle, as the homeport of the North Pacific fishing fleet, plays an important role in the survival and success of the companies and individuals whose livelihoods, families and history are tied to the commercial fishery.....