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#08-26-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

10 more companies certified via ASMI program
Posted 08/26/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Ten more companies have joined the list of over 40 seafood entities that have met requirements of the sustainable fisheries certification program sponsored through the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, ASMI officials said Aug. 20..... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/133510-more-companies-certified-via-asmi-program

Seven harvesters cited for fishing violations
Posted 08/26/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Alaska State Wildlife Troopers note in their online reports seven recent incidents in the Cordova area that involve commercial fish harvesters.
Michael A. Babic, 30, of Cordova, operator and permit holder on the F/V Beverly Ann, pled no contest in Cordova District Court on Aug. 20 to a charge of commercial fishing in closed waters of Beartrap Bay. He was fined $3,000, with $1,500 suspended. The court also forfeited the value of the illegally taken 51,870 pounds of salmon seized by troopers on June 28 to the state. The salmon was valued at $21,054, troopers said... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1335seven-harvesters-cited-for-fishing-violations

ASMI Hires New International Program Director
Alexa Tonkovich takes on international markets for Alaska Seafood.
Juneau, Alaska (PRWEB) August 26, 2013
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has selected Alexa Tonkovich to take over as the International Program Director. Ms. Tonkovich will be responsible for managing all of ASMI’s overseas marketing efforts and an approximately $8 million budget. Ms. Tonkovich has worked as ASMI’s Asia.... http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11058633.htm

Poll ranks Alaska as having worst food in the nation
Restauranteurs and visitors agree the method must be flawed
By Lacie Grosvold
Story Created: Aug 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM AKDT
Story Updated: Aug 25, 2013 at 9:39 AM AKDT
ANCHORAGE - A recent U.S. poll ranked Alaska as the state with the worst food. The Business Insider poll questioned thousand of Americans on what they thought of their fellow states. They ranked the 50 states on things like "drunkest" and "dumbest." While Alaskans are used to battling misconceptions.... http://www.ktva.com/news/local/Poll-ranks-Alaska-as-having-worst-food-in-the-nation-221008201.html

Bethel’s movie theater-store project on track
by ANGELA DENNING-BARNES on AUGUST 20, 2013
It’s hard to miss the new construction project that’s being erected near the YKHC administration building along Bethel’s main highway. It’s enormous by Bethel standards covering 60,000 square feet. The project, named Kipusvik, combines a new super store and movie theater and it’s on track to open next July..... http://kyuk.org/bethels-movie-theater-store-project-on-track/

Investigating the real science behind genetically-modified salmon
Aug 25, 2013
BY CHANELLE BERLIN JOHNSON
Though more than 275,000 US farms already harvest some kind of genetically-modified produce, such as soy and corn, having a modified animal for dinner has never been an option. Until now. Genetically-modified salmon are poised to become the first genetically-modified meat protein legally approved for human consumption. For our pilot episode, "TechKnow" contributor Cara Santa Maria travels to Washington, Alaska and Vancouver, Canada, to learn more about the science behind genetically-modified salmon.... http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/techknow/blog/2013/8/6/investigating-therealsciencebehindgeneticallymodifiedsalmon.html