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#08-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

A New Report Documents the Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry
2:24 PM WED AUGUST 28, 2013
The value of the seafood from Alaska in 2011 was well over $6-billion dollars according to a new report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. The report is titled the “Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry” and it was prepared for ASMI by the McDowell Group.....
New EPA chief steps into Alaska mine controversy
By Sean Cockerham | McClatchy Washington Bureau
August 28, 2013
DILLINGHAM, Alaska — President Barack Obama’s top environmental official was visibly moved as people in this fishing town told her the giant Pebble Mine would kill wild salmon and destroy their culture. “You remind why we’re all here, what we work for every day and why I am probably the most blessed person in the world to be....

Comments received in halibut CSP
Posted: August 28, 2013 - 4:41pm
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–Fisheries officials estimated thousands of comments were received on the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan. The comment period closed Monday. Officials are reviewing comments and haven’t determined a final number. The CSP regulations would replace the current charter guideline harvest level with a percentage allocation for each area of the combined catch limit as determined by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The catch would be split between the commercial and charter fisheries....

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Interior Secretary Will Get First Hand Look
at Proposed King Cove Road Corridor
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is in Alaska this week to attend public meetings in King Cove and Cold Bay to get information toward a pending decision on the proposed Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Land Exchange and road corridor as directed under the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. She will also spend time visiting Alaska’s North Slope and the....

Chinese ambassador visits Anchorage to talk trade
China is Alaska’s largest export market
By KTVA CBS 11 News
Story Created: Aug 28, 2013 at 7:33 AM AKDT
ANCHORAGE - China is Alaska’s largest export market, and the country's ambassador to the U.S. says it would like to do more business with the Last Frontier. Tuesday Ambassador Cui Tiankai and Senator Mark Begich spoke about building a stronger business relationship. The ambassador expressed....

Southeast History: Sharing history
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
By Pat Roppel
Sharing history is a pleasure, but receiving history from my readers is a special treat! Opening my e-mail is always a surprise because I learn so many things (and receive a few corrections).
The unpleasant stuff first: I find that geography seems to cause me problems. Dave Meiners of Juneau reminded me that Washington Bay indents the western shore of Kuiu Island not Admiralty Island. This mistake is in my Washington Bay cannery column. Memories people share are always welcome! Wayne Alex wrote me about some old-timers, including Roy Allen. "I shot five deer at Burnett Inlet the fall of 1966 with Roy's old 30-30," Alex said. "He smoked some and canned....

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Puget Sound Crab Harvest
What goes down will come back up…
By Michael A. Moore
Puget Sound Dungeness crab harvests have been at record levels for the last four seasons, fluctuating between 8 and 11 million pounds total harvest. The 2011-12 season holds the record of close to 11 million pounds, with 2012-13 down to 9 million pounds. The 2013-14 season may be lower than that. “My friends who crab on Whidbey Island tell me this year’s catch is off from last year,” said David Armstrong, Director of the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences at UW. “We don’t have any good explanation for the drop-off, but the trend seems to be that adult crab harvests fluctuate in four year cycles. The good...

Ore. gillnet fishermen still in limbo
The Oregon Court of Appeals in Salem heard oral arguments Monday on a petition requesting a stay of enforcement for rules affecting the commercial gillnet fishery on the Columbia River. A decision on enforcing a stay could be determined in the coming weeks by the court, which would be in....

Gray Aqua files for bankruptcy protection
Government to wait 30 days to see how $3.8-million equity stake will shake out
By Jamie Baker, CBC News Posted: Aug 28, 2013 3:53 PM NT
Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Derrick Dalley says it's not clear at this point what will happen to Newfoundland and Labrador's $3.8 million equity share in the Gray Aqua Group given that the company has now filed for bankruptcy protection. The company was recently hard hit by a series of infectious salmon anemia cases, resulting in millions of dollars worth of fish having to be destroyed. At the same time, Gray's has been ordered by the courts to repay Corey Nutrition just under $650,000 that it owes for fish feed supplied to its farms in Newfoundland. Dalley says...