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#07-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Certified salmon: Park Service director endorses Alaska fish
English: Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator...
English: Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator from Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:00 am
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, knows something about Alaska and its salmon fisheries, having served five years in the mid 1990s as superintendent of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, whose western border is the salmon-stuffed Copper River. So Mr. Jarvis obviously felt a little uncomfortable at a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday when Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, dug into a Park Service recommendation that could curtail Alaska salmon sales by park concessioners nationwide. Mr. Jarvis asked twice that he and Sen. Murkowski talk in private about it. Sen. Murkowski declined and continued her very....

Misinformation about halibut catch sharing plan
By Tom Gemmell
July 27, 2013
There has been a lot of misinformation going around about the halibut catch sharing plan (CSP).  In an effort to correct this the Halibut Coalition prepared a commentary on Mr Medred's article in the Alaska Dispatch published on July 20 and other online publications. Let’s look at some of the claims made by Mr. Medred in the context of the 313 page analysis ( ) accompanying the June 28 proposed rule to establish the catch sharing plan (CSP). This document contains information the Council used in arriving at its decision on allocation and how to manage the charter fleet in a sustainable manner. CLAIM 1. The 2012 catch sharing plan would limit Alaska charter anglers to a single fish. FACT. The existing 2003 Guideline Harvest Level artificially tied the charter allocation to the average 1999-2000 abundance while the commercial sector was tied to the current level of abundance. It is the Council’s intent that both sectors be tied to the current level of.....

Convenience store reopens in Unalaska
July 27th 11:45 am | Jim Paulin
Taking a walk to the store has become a lot easier once again for many people in Unalaska.
Commercial life has revived somewhat downtown, in the form of a convenience store . The Alyeska Trading Post re-opened on July 1, saving at least a few trips over the Bridge to the Other Side in the afternoon. The store closed about two years ago when Ward Cove sold its interest in Alyeska Seafoods to partner Maruha Nichiro. The store is located inside the seafood plant compound at the end of West Broadway just past the Orthodox church. Ward Cove operates retail stores in other parts of the state, including Naknek, Hoonah, and Nome, according to Alyeska plant manager Don Goodfellow. The store is starting out smaller than before, with fewer offerings, at least to start. Products on sale now include frozen seafood homepacks of cod fillets at $3.25 and $3.50 per pound, and opilio crab at $6 a pound. Other seafood...

Salmon program brings regional staple to schools
July 27th 11:50 am | Jill Homer
Eat fresh, local foods: It's a simple concept that not only improves physical health, but also contributes to community health. And yet, until six years ago, Dillingham children sat down to school lunches made from fish farmed elsewhere, heavily processed, and then shipped to Southwest Alaska at high freight costs. A local lunch lady knew there had to be a better way. Thanks to the efforts of school chefs, dozens of regional fishermen, and Peter Pan Seafoods, wild-caught sockeye salmon is now a staple in schools. Last week, Peter Pan loaded a truck with more than 6,000 pounds of fillets bound for school lunches. The abundance of fresh fish is delivered free of charge to the school district courtesy of the Fish for Kids program, a salmon donation program implemented by Peter Pan, a Seattle-based company that has run a....

The Gravina Bridge could Shrink Ketchikans Port and its Economy
By Michael Spence
July 27, 2013
In 1983 I attended my first Gravina Access meeting in Ketchikan municipal chambers, representing marine pilots in the region. I did so again in 2013. Thirty years ago, it was not feasible for the community of Ketchikan to build such a crossing. It still is not, for the following reasons. Since its earliest days, Ketchikan has depended on its narrow but accessible natural harbor for commerce. From the days of saltery and cannery ships, into the late 1800's when ships carried stampeders to the Yukon Gold fields, or in the 1950's through the 1980's when ships carried sawn lumber out of the Spruce Mill and pulp from Ward Cove, right up to todays 1000 foot long cruise ships, there has been one common thread: Access to its port. This may change forever if the......

Murkowski, Landrieu federal offshore revenue sharing plan faces cold front
Carey RestinoThe Arctic Sounder
July 27, 2013
As Arctic and Southwest Alaska communities contemplate the resources needed to create a safe and efficient network to accommodate increased shipping traffic and offshore oil and gas development in northern waters, work is underway to provide some funding for that effort. But the effort isn’t supported, at this point, by the federal administration.....

Greg Knox, Aaron Hill and Misty MacDuffee: B.C. conservationists challenge Alaskans to put sustainability first
July 25, 2013. 12:38 pm • Section: Opinion
Skeena River sockeye salmon are returning in desperately low numbers this summer, causing concern among conservationists for the future of one of British Columbia’s largest and most diverse salmon runs. The run collapse has triggered closures of commercial and recreational fisheries in BC, and may trigger restrictions on First Nations’ food fisheries. Meanwhile, commercial fisheries have been intercepting Skeena sockeye in southeast Alaska, less than 100 kilometres from the mouth of the Skeena River, near Prince Rupert. The cause of the apparent collapse is not known and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation are calling on Alaskan fishery managers to put conservation ahead of short-term....

Luxury Cruise Ship Fails CDC Inspection
July 26, 2013
A cruise line known for luxury has received a failing grade from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after a surprise inspection of one of its ship. Silversea Cruises' Silver Shadow was in port in Alaska June 17 when inspectors from the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program boarded the ship. The ship received an "unsatisfactory" grade of 82, according to the CDC website. A satisfactory grade is 86 or higher. The CDC found 21 deficiencies, according to its report. The main area of concern, the cruise line said, was what the report called an "organized....

Pacific hake fishery seeks MSC re-certification
Friday, July 26, 2013, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
The Pacific hake offshore fishery, which operates off the west coast of the United States and Canada, has entered assessment for re-certification. The mid-water trawl fishery became MSC certified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery in the fall of 2009. Pacific hake (Merluccius productus) is also known commercially as Pacific whiting. The management of the Pacific hake fishery is shared jointly by international agreement between the governments of Canada and the United States.  A joint.....

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