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#06-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Adak bets $2 million to keep private sector economy alive
Casting Off
Casting Off (Photo credit: Doug van Kampen)
Jim PaulinDutch Harbor Fisherman
June 27, 2013
While $2 million is a lot of money for a small local government to cough up, Adak city manager Layton Lockett said he did what he had to do to save the community when seafood processing equipment was auctioned off in Anchorage last week.

“It would be like what would happen if Unisea pulled out of Unalaska, and a month later they pulled out all the equipment,” Lockett said.

Layton said he hopes to find a company to buy the equipment, so taxpayers don’t end up stuck with the bill. The city’s purchase was prompted by fears that the equipment might leave the island, and with it Adak’s private sector economy.

The crisis started in April when Icicle Seafoods announced its permanent closure of the plant that employed around 100 workers and was a major source of local revenues. Icicle operated in a huge military surplus waterfront building called the Blue Shed, owned by the regional Native corporation, The Aleut Corp., with equipment leased from a Rhode Island bank that had taken......

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MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ASMI Slam...? Walmart Will Only Sell MSC Certified Salmon
Imagine not being able to buy a piece of frozen salmon from Alaska at the largest grocery store chain in the U.S. That looks like a reality. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains.....

PWS salmon escapement ahead of forecast
Posted 06/28/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Early season indicators of wild stock chum and pink salmon escapement in Prince William Sound are that three districts are ahead of anticipated numbers and support wild stock fisheries now, state fisheries officials say. In an update on the Prince William Sound fishery on June 25, biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said that conclusion was based on an aerial survey of portions of the eastern.....

Seafood's Great Bait-And-Switch Debate | Meal Ticket
By Warren Rojas Roll Call Staff June 27, 2013, 5:20 p.m...... Forget the smell test. Diners today can barely trust their own eyes when it comes to divining what type of seafood is poised to pass their lips. The issue, tagged “seafood fraud” by industry watchdogs, touches on a range of interrelated concerns from food security to basic economics. A broad coalition of sustainability-minded chefs, seafood wholesalers .......

Vol. 18, No. 26 Week of June 30, 2013
Mining News: Senator Begich, don’t prejudge Pebble! 
Consider ‘reserving judgment’ about the mine project for the time being, given the blatant inadequacy of the EPA’s assessment J. P. Tangen For Mining News Here’s an open letter to Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska: Dear Sen. Begich, Last week, I had the privilege to sit in on a constituent teleconference with you.....

New fishery could boost food security for Alaskans #FoodSecurity
University of Alaska Fairbanks
June 27, 2013
The establishment of a new artisanal commercial fishery in Alaska could improve food security for the state, according to authors of a newly published article in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. “Currently, we manage all commercial fisheries as industrial fisheries, keeping the cost of entry high in order to prevent......

Kuskokwim River Gear Restrictions To Start Friday
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | June 27, 2013 - 10:24 am
The main stem of the Kuskokwim River has gone without restrictions for salmon fishing this season. At least, up until now. Restrictions will go into affect this Friday in the form of 6-inch gear limitations. The lowest part of the river, from the mouth to the Tuluksak River will be restricted to....
bullet With Commercial King Fishing Closed, Quinhagak Asks Sport Fishermen To Stand Down

Backyard Boat Building In Sitka
By Erik Neumann, KCAW - Sitka | June 27, 2013 - 5:25 pm
Sitka’s rich history of wooden boat building began with the sturdy, ocean-going dugout canoes of local Natives, and peaked in the early 20th Century, when the harbors were filled with wooden trollers, seiners, and seal boats.....

Dogs Flip for Wild Alaska Salmon Treats
June 27, 2013 by ladyfish
What started out as an idea to turn pink salmon scraps into dog food is now the well known dog product Yummy Chummies. The Anchorage based business Arctic Paws, owned and operated  by the Gibson Family, has been making these wild Alaska salmon  treats since 1997.......

Murkowski Efforts for Healthier School Foods to be Implemented Nationwide
Senator Worked to Improve School Nutrition, Maintain Common Sense Flexibility
WASHINGTON, DC — Senator Lisa Murkowski today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture for issuing the final rules of implementing her legislation providing healthier food and beverages inside schools nationwide, as it announced the “Smart Snacks in Schools” program that will take effect in the 2014-2015 school year. USDA’s action was required by legislation Senator Murkowski sponsored and which was enacted as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act......

White House Establishes Native Affairs Council
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | June 27, 2013 - 5:31 pm
The panel aims to elevate tribal issues beyond the Department of Interior. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell called government to government consultations are the foundation of federal-tribal relationships, but admitted not many people understand that. “As a newcomer to this role; while I knew about tribes being sovereign nations.....

Yakutat gold boom goes bust
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on June 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm
An Oklahoma company’s plan to mine gold from a large area around Yakutat is dead and buried. But there’s still interest in smaller operations near the northern Southeast community. Walk along the water at Yakutat’s Strawberry Point, and you’ll see a well-used fish camp. Miniature houses with windows and siding stand next to wall tents, Quonset huts and weather-damaged cabins. There’s plenty of driftwood for fires, wildflowers for photos and seabirds for watching. There’s also plenty of sand, sand one company claimed could bring Yakutat one hell of an economic boom. “The preliminary sampling shows a potentially commercial deposit of gold and silver on the.....