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#07-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

NMFS extends halibut comment period
USA - Dept of Commerce - National Marine Fishe...
USA - Dept of Commerce - National Marine Fisheries Service - Law Enforcement (old) (Photo credit: conner395)
Those wishing to comment on a proposed halibut catch sharing plan have an extra two weeks to do so. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced July 24 that it would offer 14 extra days for people to comment on the proposed rule. Comments are now due August 26. The plan that divides a halibut catch limit between the commercial and guided sectors was published in the federal register June 28. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, or NPFMC, unanimously passed the final iteration last October after significant public comment. Alaska’s senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich had pressed NMFS for the additional time to comment, as had others in the....

Low King Salmon Numbers Stirs Tension among Fishing Groups & ADFG
By Samantha Angaiak
Channel 2 News
6:17 p.m. AKDT, July 23, 2013
The fight for salmon along the Kenai River has been getting more attention after a group representing the setnetters filed a lawsuit last Wednesday against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) over how it managed the 2013 sockeye salmon run.....,0,825006.story

1:06 PM WED JULY 24, 2013
Bristol Bay Fishermen Talk About Their Season
The 2013 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon season is just about in the books. It was a historic year featuring the earliest run on....

Bad king salmon season on Yukon River
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 12:00 am
FAIRBANKS — Like most subsistence fishermen on the Yukon River this summer, Charlie Wright, of Tanana, didn’t catch nearly as many king salmon as he was hoping to. With restrictions imposed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that severely limited fishing time and reduced the size of the nets fishermen could use in an attempt to get more Yukon River kings to their Canadian spawning grounds, it was all Wright and other fishermen....

Humpies Overtake Reds in Kodiak Salmon Harvest
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Jul 23, 2013
Kodiak’s pink salmon have started exerting their numerical dominance in fisheries around the islands. With a catch Monday of 311,627, the season haul exceeded the sockeye harvest. About 1.85-million red salmon have been taken by Kodiak’s fleet, with the humpy harvest at...

Fish farmers no fans of GMO fish
English: Logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Admini...
English: Logo of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2006) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
July 24, 2013 by Laine Welch
Fish farmers and fishermen can find common ground when it comes to opposing genetically tweaked salmon, or Frankenfish. I think we absolutely don’t need it. Josh Goldman is CEO of Australis Aquaculture, the world’s largest producer of barramundi, a....

AquaBounty Technologies Comment: Leading Scientists Say FDA Process for Approving Genetically Modified Food and Animals Unworkable
FDLI's Food and Drug Policy Forum Article: No Product Could Withstand This Level of Non-Science-Based Scrutiny
BOSTON, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following is AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. comment on a paper published in today's Food Drug Law Institute's Food and Drug Policy Forum.  In this publication, three respected scientists with long U.S. Food and Drug Administration relationships finds the process used by the US FDA to regulate products from genetically modified animals so rigorous that it goes far beyond the legally required scientific analysis of food and environmental safety. "AquaBounty applied for US FDA approval twenty years ago.  We have complied with every regulatory requirement.  The company and the US FDA have been remarkably transparent," said Ronald L. Stotish, PhD, CEO of AquaBounty. "Yet our....
The EPA was directed to set standards for radi...
The EPA was directed to set standards for radioactive materials under Reorganization Plan No. 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EPA spends millions delaying Pebble Mine
11:58 AM 07/24/2013
The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions assessing an Alaska mine that may be vetoed before any actual plans have been put forward or the permit process has begun. In a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Ken Kopocis, President Obama’s nominee for assistant administrator for the EPA’s water office, said that the agency had spent $2.4 million in....