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#08-07-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Explosive catches of pink salmon reported
Deckboss just got off the line with Dan Gray of the state Department of Fish and Game down in Sitka. Purse seiners are making what are believed to be record catches in....

Kodiak Salmon Harvest Update
Aug 06,2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The latest catch figures from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show Kodiak fishermen scooping up about a half-million or more pink salmon a day. Sunday’s catch of 641,778 and yesterday’s haul of 621,070, boosted the season total over 8-million. East and northeast Kodiak area fishermen have....

1:33 PM TUE AUGUST 6, 2013
Nushagak Opener Ends With Strong Coho Catches
Some fishermen still waiting for tenders to come back from Togiak and pick up the rest of the fish.
DILLINGHAM:  Monday was reportedly another good day of fishing for silver salmon in the Nushagak District. "Yesterday the fish hit pretty hard," said Voita Novak, the General Manager at Togiak Seafoods. Togiak Seafoods is the only processor buying silvers right now. "Almost everybody loaded up, I had to stop buying because all the tenders were full," he said. "People were catching between five and twelve thousand pounds, just last....
Unalaska: Collaboration Sparks New Warehouse Development
By Audrey Carlsen
Tuesday, August 06 2013
A brand-new warehouse has sprung up in a matter of months along Unalaska’s shoreline. Last Thursday, the building’s joint owners celebrated its completion. They’re holding it up as an example of how cooperation is key when land is limited....
...............the result of a joint venture between fuel supplier Delta Western and Glacier Fish Company....

Judge upholds approval of Arctic spill plans
Posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:49 am | Updated: 1:10 pm, Tue Aug 6, 2013.
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska - Interior Department approval of oil spill response plans for an Arctic drilling program off the Alaska coast did not violate environmental laws and policies, a federal judge has ruled. Monday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline comes in consolidated cases over the approval of Shell Oil's response plans for the Beaufort and Chukchi seas by the department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, or BSEE......

Kake cannery: one of America’s most endangered historic landmarks
by Erik Neumann, KCAW
August 6, 2013 4:01 pm
In June, the Keku Cannery in Kake was named one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the country by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The building is an artifact of Alaska’s salmon canning industry and its a reminder of the different people that worked there. “The heartbeat of the community surrounded the operations at the cannery, back in its heyday,” said Gary Williams. He’s the Executive Director of the Organized Village of Kake, the town’s tribal....

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True Cost of Fish Fraud Remains Unknown
By Ben DiPietro
When consumers think they are paying for one type of fish, but are sold a fish of lesser quality or value, they are victims of a fraud that costs them money. Just how much money Americans lose as a result of such species substitutions is unknown, in part because of the lack of traceability throughout the seafood supply chain, says a new report from environmental group Oceana. There are some 1,700 species of fish and shellfish sold in the U.S., entering supermarkets, fish stores and restaurants via a complicated and...

Alaska’s harbor of waste: Federal port project behind schedule, badly over budget

By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times Tuesday, August 6, 2013
What happens when your project drags on eight years after its deadline and costs nearly five times its original budget? If you’re the Transportation Department's Maritime Administration (MARAD), you get rewarded with more projects. Federal investigators said Tuesday that they have uncovered evidence of poor planning and oversight in MARAD’s supervision of a modernization project for the Port of Anchorage in Alaska, which was....

It’s Wild-Salmon Season
Published: August 7, 2013
............. Wild salmon is seasonal, and we’re smack in the middle of that season. Unless you live in Alaska or the Northwest, where fresh wild salmon are practically flung onto your doorstep along with the morning paper, these fish remain a rare treat, shipped to markets around the country for a few precious weeks in mid- to late summer.........

First completely vegetarian diet for marine fish
Wednesday, August 07, 2013, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
For the first time scientists have been able to develop a completely vegetarian diet that works for marine fish raised in aquaculture; the key to making aquaculture a sustainable industry as the world's need for protein increases. The findings led by Aaron Watson and Allen Place at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology, are published in the August issue of the journal Lipids. "Aquaculture isn't sustainable because it takes more fish to feed fish than are being.....
Fishing industry groups challenge the ‘no-otter’ zone ban
Wednesday, August 07, 2013, 03:50 (GMT + 9)
Conservationist groups back up the US Fish and Wildlife decision to abolish the ‘no-otter’ zone in the south of California but the move has been met with annoyance by some fishing industry groups which have recently filed a lawsuit for the alleged 'illegal termination' of the programme.  Jim Curland, advocacy programme director for Friends of the Sea Otter told Los Angeles Times that "The problem is that the shellfish industry flourished after sea....