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#09-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska's mariners benefit from technological advances 24-hour maritime monitoring network
Juneau Empire
based in Juneau

Posted: September 7, 2013 - 9:08pm  |  Updated: September 8, 2013 - 12:07am
The Marine Exchange of Alaska provides a service so fundamental to boating safety most might assume the U.S. Coast Guard, or another governmental agency, runs it. The exchange tracks and collects data on vessels equipped with an onboard tracking system; it does for boats what the Federal Aviation Administration does for planes — and it’s run as a non-profit by a couple of retired Coasties. The exchange is housed in a modest building....  > Update 09-09-2013 #NoPaywall: Juneau Empire is +paywall again. So the popular story about Marine Exchange and AIS has been changed.)

Russia Intensifies Control Over Northern Sea Route Shipping, But Suez May Still Win
As larger cargo volumes and more international vessels move through Arctic waters, or the Northern Sea Route as the passage is generally called in Russian (SMP is the cyrillic acronym, NSR in English), the Kremlin’s strategy is to fund the construction of the most powerful nuclear icebreakers in the world, and ensure they dominate future navigation and convoys. These vessels are very expensive to build and to operate, however. So costly that just a few days of extra time navigating the icepack could eliminate the cost advantage which the Northern Sea Route is currently advertising over the Suez Canal alternative........

Wal-Mart Execs Respond to Begich Request, Meeting on AK Seafood a Success
Begich Pressure on the Retail Giant Nets Results
Publish Date: 2013-09-08
........ “In this meeting, Wal-Mart gave assurances that they would work with Alaska to develop strategies to ensure Alaska seafood can still be sold in their stores,” said Sen. Begich. “While I applaud Wal-Mart’s dedication to sustainable fisheries, their reliance on sustainability certifications like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) criteria could have exclude Alaska salmon from being sold in their stores nationwide—even in Alaska.”....

In the U.S., Good News on Fisheries
Around the world, the status of fish and fisheries is grim indeed. Approximately 85 percent of global fish stocks are either over-exploited, fully-exploited, depleted or recovering from depletion. But rigorous management efforts have resulted in some American fisheries making a comeback. The new report by the National Research Council assessed 55 fisheries and found 10 that have been rebuilt and five that showed good progress toward rebuilding; only nine continue to experience overfishing. What about the rest? Eleven have....

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