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#09-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Rep. Young Brings Up Sustainable Fishing Certification at Hearing
Sep 12, 2013
MSC ecolabel
MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaska seafood marketers and other state officials met a week ago with executives from Walmart corporation about its policy of not sourcing Alaska salmon because it does not have a Marine Stewardship Council endorsement. Alaska Congressman Don Young brought up certification schemes such as MSC’s, during a Natural Resources Committee hearing this week. Young questioned fishing industry officials and scientists about the certifications. He asked Rod Moore, the executive director of the West Coast Seafood Processors Association about....

Commercial gillnet boat damaged by fire delivered to Ketchikan
September 14, 2013 - 5:13 am EDT
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — A commercial gillnet boat has been delivered to Ketchikan after being damaged in a fire. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the 36-foot Shelo was salvaged Tuesday following the Sept. 3 fire....

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Washington Company to Study Hydro Idea at Thomas Bay
Harbour of Petersburg, Alaska
Harbour of Petersburg, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK - Petersburg | September 13, 2013 - 2:50 pm
Another company out of Washington just won permission to study the potential development of a new hydro-electric plant at a mountaintop lake within the Petersburg Borough. The federal government has awarded a preliminary permit for the Cascade Creek Project to Hydro Development LLC. The company’s plan is almost exactly the same as that of a previous permit holder which had earlier lost its bid to continue working on the controversial project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the permit to Hydro Development LLC on August 29th. It allows the company three years to study the potential for a power plant at Swan Lake and Cascade Creek at Thomas Bay on the mainland, about 15 miles...

City Manager: Kenai's new well nearly online
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 8:35pm  |  Updated: September 12, 2013 - 8:48pm
By Dan Schwartz
Peninsula Clarion
The city of Kenai’s new high-production well will be online in no more than a month once city workers configure the machine’s programming and functions, City Manager Rick Koch said. Installation of the new well comes months after summer-long city water shortages. During the shortages, the city supplemented water demands from two low-production wells — wells....

Alaska's Halibut Cove on Ismailof island is a quietly beautiful artists colony
A portion of Halibut Cove, Alaska.
A portion of Halibut Cove, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Happy Place: Halibut Cove, a former fishing settlement on the Alaskan island of Ismailof is now an artists colony and summer apparition.
By Christopher Reynolds
September 15, 2013
More often than it should, my mind slips away to Alaska. To follow, you'd need to fly to Anchorage, rent a car, then drive to Homer, as I did in the summer of 1994. Homer is nice — a quirky hamlet on the Kenai Peninsula where eagles fly, bears swat at leaping salmon and your halibut might outweigh you. But Homer is only the jumping.....,0,4704524.story

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Why are Alaska State Troopers mum about botched rescue on Safety Sound?
Craig Medred
September 12, 2013
If not for the alertness of a Nome pilot, 81-year-old Carl Toshavik might have died on Safety Sound in Northwest Alaska last month due to a botched rescue on the part of Alaska State Troopers, who are refusing to say what went wrong. In a front-page story headlined "Botched Rescue Raises Questions," the Nome Nugget is reporting "a string of misunderstandings and non-communication left the elderly Toshavik in the remote area ... for days before help came, not by SAR or troopers, but courtesy of observant civilians." SAR is the acronym for "search and rescue," a responsibility assigned troopers in the 49th state. The Nugget reported a SAR was to have been organized out of Nome after a passenger on a Bering Air charter flight over Safety Sound on Aug. 9 reported spotting Toshavik waving a white plastic bag, a clear sign of distress. The sighting was relayed to both troopers and the Nome Volunteer Fire Department, which assists troopers with SAR operations in the Nome area. The fire department, per protocol, alerted troopers of the need for a rescue and waited to be assigned to help.
Nothing happened. >

Thursday September 12, 2013
.ca: What happens when you can't sell the cod you already have?.....