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#09-06-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska officials lobby Wal-Mart on salmon-critical move
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Thu Sep 5, 2013 8:58pm EDT
By Yereth Rosen and Eric M. Johnson
(Reuters) - Alaska officials lobbied Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday to keep selling the state's wild-caught salmon despite their decision to drop an environmental certification label required by the world's largest retailer. Any decision on salmon by Wal-Mart, the largest food seller in the United States, and by possibly other companies, could ripple through the grocery...

Salmon fishery completes second annual audit
Posted 09/06/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute officials said Sept. 2 that the Alaska salmon fishery has completed its second annual audit of the FAO-based responsible fisheries management certification.....

NPFMC offers summary on catch sharing plan
Posted 09/06/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
The final rule on a halibut catch-sharing plan that has been under development for years is expected to be published in time for the December meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage.....

AK salmon season wrapping up; Record catch=Record Value?
September 5, 2013 by Laine Welch
.... Alaska’s highest value salmon catch was over $700 million in 1988 but that is considered an outlier result. Bruce predicts the 2013 season is in the running for Number 1.....

Nautical Charts: An Old Art and a Modern Science
Sep 05,2013
.............Forney was in Kodiak last week working with the Coast Guard on bottom surveys around the islands. “They were just operating in Bechevin Bay. And Bechevin Bay, False Pass area, is an area that’s very dynamic. High currents and the channel changes from year to year, as well as it ices over. So they actually have to place the buoys every spring and remove them every fall. And for them to be able find the channel, they actually run around and plot it out, using their small boats’ fathometers," he said. "So, since they’re already putting in that effort, we figured ‘hey, why not take the data and use it for the good of all mariners.”....

Reducing obesity in Alaska's schools
Jerzy Shedlock
September 5, 2013
..............Perhaps more Alaskan is the Fish to Schools program, which falls under the farms program. Local fishermen in the communities of Dillingham, Kodiak and Sitka dedicate entire days of fishing to catching salmon for students and donate the haul to their local school districts. Kodiak is leading the pack. During the 2011-2012 school year, roughly 5,400 pounds of fish were donated to the island community’s school district. As of late May, when the Kodiak school district published its Farms to Schools annual report, about 500 pounds had been donated. In some cases, students at those districts eat salmon once a week all year long. “I think the beauty (of Alaska) is that we have potential to be healthier than the rest of the nation,” Fink said. “We have so many resources and we’re a rich state. We should be doing a better job, and we could be, and I think part of what we’re trying to do through the grant program is to start connecting all the dots and establishing protective factors.”........

Can impact investing successfully cross from land to sea?
Kristine A. Wong, Thursday 5 September 2013 16.00 EDT
As impact investors savvy about food and agriculture ventures seek their first ocean deals, here's what they need to know................... For one thing – as Goodman observed through a RSF Social Finance loan to Kuskokwim Seafoods, a Native Alaskan-run fishing company – the seafood supply chain is made up of a more concentrated monopoly of only a few companies and is disconnected from local food systems. "The system is broken," Goodman said. "Getting in to process fish is very difficult – you go head to head with the big guys." Though Kuskokwim made a deal agreeing to process everything it caught, Goodman said, "the deal went south. No money was made because you're competing with others and not building out your supply chain." Seafood supply chains are filled with middlemen.....

Watershed Council, APU partner on Kuskokwim River study 
Published: 2013.09.05 11:00 AM
While many Alaskans are winding down their summer adventures by the end of August, Martin Leonard was just getting his started. By early September, Leonard planned to leave on a several week canoe trip to chart much of the Kuskokwim River. The Kuskokwim starts at the foothills of Denali in the Alaska Range. Leonard’s trip will begin at the main stem in McGrath, and end at the Bering Sea. “We’re coming down the river and we’re........

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Sep 05, 2013
Coming up this week, fishermen take matters into their own hands when it comes to Walmart’s snub of Alaska seafood; the rain has come in the nick of time for spawning salmon in Sitka, and speaking of the Paris of the Pacific, kindly check your firearms at the door. We had help from the KCAW News Team of Robert Woolsey and Ed Ronco in Sitka, and KYUK’s Angela Denning-Barnes in Bethel.....

One of the solar system's largest volcanoes discovered in the Pacific Ocean
By Jacob Kastrenakes on September 5, 2013 07:23 pm
One of the largest known single volcanoes in the solar system is right here on Earth. Researchers from the University of Houston have determined that a structure long-hidden beneath the ocean, Tamu Massif, is actually one large volcano — not a series of smaller ones. At just over 400 miles wide, it has an area that's about the size of the British Isles and compares to Mars' massive Olympus Mons, the biggest known volcano in the solar system. But despite Tamu Massif's gigantic size, determining what exactly it is has taken years.....

Shell Agrees to $1M Fine for Arctic Air Permit Violations
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, September 05 2013
Shell will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $1.1 million in fines for allegedly violating air permits during their 2012 drilling season in Alaska. According to a press release from the EPA, Shell has agreed to pay $710,000 for violating the Clean Air Act permit on the Noble Discoverer drill rig, and $390,000 for....

The other CO2 problem: Oceans are becoming more acidic
Posted: September 5, 2013 - 6:39am  |  Updated: September 5, 2013 - 6:41am
By Tony Lewkowski
Kachemak Bay Research Reserve
We often hear about climate warming and melting arctic sea ice in the news, but have you ever wondered what effect climate change is having on our oceans? Despite being a vital link in the world’s food web, we are often unaware of the effects our....


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