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#08-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup (webcam static)
Blue North fined, ordered to pay $179,000 in restitution after guilty plea to illegal cod catch
From the Alaska State Troopers:
Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Sentencing
On 12/15/10 Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Dutch Harbor were contacted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which reported that the F/V Blue Ace, a 124-foot catcher-processor, had taken Pacific cod with longline gear in state waters closed to vessels 60 feet or greater.....

Research commission to meet in Unalaska
August 23rd 11:38 pm | Jim Paulin
What are your thoughts on the future of this region? Are the fisheries well managed? Is enough being done to protect the endangered Steller sea lion? What about offshore oil development? Does the oil rig Kulluk represent a bright economic future, or the second coming of the Exxon Valdez? The U.S. Arctic Research Commission wants to hear from local residents next week in Unalaska, in addition to the state representatives and senators flown into town as guests of the city government. And the city government invites everybody in town to a reception and plenty of free food at the Margaret Bay Café at the Grand Aleutian Hotel Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The reception provides an opportunity for talking with policy makers on an.....

EPA official to stop in Fairbanks this week
Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:15 am
FAIRBANKS — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will be in Fairbanks on Wednesday on a trip touting President Obama’s climate change policy and to discuss local air quality.
Details about McCarthy’s Fairbanks visit have not been finalized, EPA spokeswoman Marianne Holsman in Seattle said in an email. An announcement about McCarthy’s trip said only that she would “discuss ongoing air quality issues facing the community” while in Fairbanks.......

Kodiak project wants to know why you love salmon
By NICOLE KLAUSS  Kodiak Daily Mirror
First Posted: August 24, 2013 - 10:03 am
Last Updated: August 24, 2013 - 10:05 am
KODIAK, Alaska — A Kodiak woman is leading a study to find out why Alaskans love salmon. The Salmon Project, still in an exploratory phase, aims to find out about the deep connections Alaskans have with wild salmon. "We wanted to understand how it relates to people's lives and what values were associated with salmon fishing, salmon viewing or salmon eating," project organizer Erin Harrington said. Harrington is leading the investigation to figure out whether Alaskans are interested in being united in talking about salmon and.....

Fish Factor
The snubbing of Alaska salmon
August 24, 2013
Alaska salmon continues to get snubbed by ill informed, far away big wigs who believe they are  best suited to make  the seafood choices for their customers. Last week Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food purveyors - said its policy is to only serve seafood certified by (you guessed it) the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.  In this case, the fish is targeted to the US troops. Sodexo, a Fortune 500 company home based in France, has an eight year contract to provide food services to US military mess halls, including $22 million of seafood each year. It’s likely that many other Americans also are not benefiting from Alaska seafood, as Sodexo provides foods to hundreds of federal, state and private hospitals, schools, prisons, assisted living centers and other facilities across the country......

Family sails the globe to inspire change
By Heidi Zemach
August 22, 2013
An energetic and adventurous young Swiss family sailed into Seward Small Boat Harbor Monday, August 12th aboard the S/V Pachama. The 50-foot aluminum sailboat was notable for the “ Global Climate Expedition” label on its hull and sail, and its mainsail, which featured a Swiss Army knife. It also has two small wind turbines mounted at the back, and its top is covered with solar panels. Dario Schwörer, its captain, is a climatologist, and international ski and mountain guide. His wife Sabine is a nurse. They have been circumnavigating the world on all seven seas for more than a dozen years, and stopping on each of the seven continents to bear witness to climate change while cycling, hiking, and....

Originally published Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 5:02 PM
New rules in effect for cruise-ship shopping guides in Alaska
AP - JUNEAU, Alaska — Shopping guides aboard cruise ships that come to Alaska have new rules to abide by, following complaints that they were misleading passengers and smearing local stores. The state earlier this year agreed to a $200,000 settlement with the three Florida-based companies that put port lecturers on Alaska cruise ships.....