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#09-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup #NeverForget

What will Walmart do?
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Jes Hathaway
I haven’t shopped at Walmart in decades. However, if I did make a habit of going there, I’d be on a break with the retailer over their short-sighted policy to refuse Alaska salmon on the grounds that it no longer carries the Marine Stewardship Council blue label. Seafood leaders from Alaska met with decision-makers at Walmart last week, and reportedly, the retail giant seems open to revising its policy. But why is this all coming up now? Alaska announced it was dropping MSC certification two.....

10:36 AM TUE SEPTEMBER 10, 2013
Economist Scott Goldsmith Suggests the Pebble Mine Could Significantly Impact Alaska's Economy
The proposed Pebble Mine could make a significant contribution to the Alaska economy according to a leading economist. Scott Goldsmith is a Professor of Economics with the University of Alaska’s Institute of Social and Economic Research. Recently he outlined details of Alaska’s economy for a special publication distributed by the First National Bank of Alaska.....
VIDEO: A Look at Alaska's Wild Salmon
Posted: 09/11/2013 8:43 am
Buying a fish at the fish counter in a grocery store is so disconnected from the reality, that it's often hard to imagine why a wild Alaskan salmon might be so much more expensive than a similar looking farmed salmon. But head out to Alaska and take a ride on a fishing boat, and the differences become clear quite quickly. We went to Juneau to get the real story behind Alaskan Wild Salmon....

Forest Service's Decision on Greens Creek Mine Welcomed By Trout Unlimited
September 10, 2013
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - Trout Unlimited welcomed the decision by the U.S. Forest Service to protect sensitive fish habitat in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest while allowing for the expansion of a silver mine that is an important regional employer. Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole issued a decision on Friday, September 6, that allows Hecla Mining Co., operator of Greens Creek Mine, to expand its waste rock facility by about 18 acres to the south of the mine. The....

Southeast leaders consider region’s maritime industry
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on September 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm
About 250 Panhandle business, government and nonprofit leaders will gather in Sitka Sept. 17-19. It’s the annual meeting of the Southeast Conference, one of the region’s larger organizations. This year’s meeting will look toward the sea. That’s according to Shelly Wright, executive director of the Southeast Conference, which is headquartered in Juneau. “We’re really focusing on the maritime industry in Southeast Alaska, the seafood industry, some of the transportation industry pieces (and) workforce development,” she says. “(We’re) trying to.....

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
'There's fish in them thar waters!'
By Knute Berger
Today's fishery in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest grew out of the Alaska Purchase and the prodding of the state legislature by a feisty fisherman.
Today, we take it for granted that Seattle is homeport to a large Alaska fishing fleet and a related multi-billion dollar fish and maritime industry. TV shows like the Discovery Channel’s "Deadliest Catch" have made people more aware of what goes on in the Northern Pacific and the lucrative dangers of the Bering Sea fishery. But that industry wouldn't have happened for us Americans if it weren't for the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 — and that transaction might not have occurred without a nudge from Washington's own pioneers. It is little remembered today, but Seward's Folly, as the Alaska annexation was called, happened when it did in part because of a prod from the legislature in Olympia. Yes, sometimes they get it right. Let's dial back to the mid-19th century when the Pacific Northwest was being settled. Pioneers fed on an abundance of local fish--salmon in particular — and seafaring Native Americans had been fishing and whaling our rich waters for generations. There was little incentive to go far afield for fish, and few major markets to sell to if you did. New England whalers plied the waters....

1:00 AM
Natural Foodie: It's been a bumper year for anti-GMO action
After last year's narrow defeat of a citizen-initiated referendum in California that would have required genetically engineered foods to be labeled, the issue of GMO food has done anything but disappear from the spotlight. Instead, the debate over GMOs (genetically modified organisms) gained visibility during the summer, particularly with consumers but also with policy makers, regulators and food producers. In May, millions of protesters in more than 50 countries took to the streets to draw attention to agribusiness giant Monsanto's role in promoting GMO food. The Millions Against Monsanto protest organizers in Portland estimated more than 700 people turned out for the rally in Monument Square. In July, the New York Times released the results of a poll about GMO food, which found 93 percent of respondents want transgenic food to be labeled. These results mirror similar national polls conducted by other organizations......

September 11, 2013
Editorial: Science report shows need for Magnuson changes
Gloucester Daily Times
Last week’s report from the National Research Council — a wing of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences — is being spun by NOAA officials and the giant green nonprofits as showing that the agency’s steps toward rebuilding many fish stocks have proven successful. And the report indeed finds that 43 percent of the stocks initially categorized as being “overfished” are in full or partial.....

Monday September 9, 2013
.ca: Foreign vessels are catching lots of cod in NAFO areas next to us
We'll meet two students who were part of a once-in a-lifetime Arctic expedition this summer.....