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#07-10-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

High-tech Northern Leader leaves Tacoma shipyard for Alaskan waters

The Northern Leader, the largest commercial fishing boat built in the Northwest in the last two decades, left its moorings at J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. on Sunday headed to Seattle for some brief final outfitting. The vessel, 184 feet long and 42 feet wide, will then sail to Alaska, where it will begin its working life.
Published: July 9, 2013 at 7:56 p.m. PDT
A boat whose bright blue hull had become a landmark along Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway over the last few months has bid goodbye to Tacoma and the shipyard that built it. The Northern Leader, the largest commercial fishing boat built in the Northwest in the last two decades, left its moorings at J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. on Sunday....
EPA backs finding that proposed mine would hurt Alaska salmon runs
Posted Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency says the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska could wipe out nearly 100 miles of streams and 4,800 acres of wetlands in one of the last places remaining in the world to support huge runs of wild salmon. The EPA released its revised study Friday after considering an independent scientific review and 233,000 public comments. The new study backs the EPA’s earlier finding that the proposed mine could do great....
Pelkey joins Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association
Published: July 9, 2013
APICDA press release
Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA) and APICDA Joint Ventures Inc., and APICDA Company, announce the hiring of Hugh Pelkey as Fleet Manager. He is responsible to manage the vessel fleet owned by APICDA Vessels Inc., and working with APICDA’s....

DNR plans to sell coal leases near Skwentna
12 hours 18 minutes ago
The state Department of Natural Resources has decided to go ahead with plans to sell coal leases near Skwentna. An official said that “The final decision of this best-interest finding is to hold a competitive coal lease sale for approximately 13,160 acres of land in the Canyon Creek area, south of the Skwentna River.” The plan had been to sell 13,175 acres of coal leases, but.....

Ribbon seals denied endangered species listing
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 1:11 pm | Updated: 3:15 pm, Tue Jul 9, 2013.
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The federal government has rejected an endangered species listing for a seal species that relies on sea ice for molting and reproducing. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Tuesday that it has rejected listing ribbon seals as a threatened or endangered species despite evidence that its habitat is impacted by.....

July 9, 2013
Julie Speegle, 907-586-7032 w., 907-321-7032 c.
NOAA Fisheries has determined that listing the ribbon seal under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not warranted at this time. The decision comes after a thorough scientific review of best available data. Ribbon seals will remain on the list of "species of concern." Ribbon seals are one of.....

New fuel dock arrives in Kodiak
Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 12:59 pm
Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska  — A new fuel dock has arrived in Kodiak and is awaiting assembly.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror ( reports Petro Marine Services plans to have the new 260-foot dock off Near island installed by September.....

Young St. George Scientists Share Studies on Talk of the Rock
Jul 09, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Today on Talk of the Rock we’ll hear about the future of science, or to be more specific, future scientists. Three high school students from St. George Island were in Kodiak for the past few days to learn about different research methods being used by NOAA, UAF and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  The three students have been studying....

City of Ketchikan looking for new hatchery operator
by Leila Kheiry
July 9, 2013 3:28 PM
The City of Ketchikan is looking for a new operator to run the Deer Mountain Hatchery. The Ketchikan City Council voted 6-1 Monday to advertise for proposals, with Council Member Marty West voting no. West indicated that she wants the facility to continue to operate as a hatchery if possible, but she would like the city to talk with officials at the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association before....

French restaurants acknowledge serving factory-frozen food (h/t
By Edward Cody, Published: July 9 E-mail the writer
PARIS — It is the warmest memory of many a vacation in France: the little Paris restaurant where a white-aproned waiter served a dish glorified on the menu as something homey like blanquette de veau grand-mere, topped off with a still-tepid creme brulee that was just the right mix of crackly and creamy. The trouble with this picture, it turns out, is that in 21st-century France, chances are high that both the stew and the dessert were assembled and cooked on a production line in a....
Norway Issues Warnings About Health Dangers of Farmed Salmon