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#09-23-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

NSEDC fisheries dispute with long-time critic gets nasty
Published: 2013.09.19 03:26 PM
A Sept. 30 Superior Court hearing in Nome could determine whether a protective order commonly sought to protect potential sexual assault victims was improperly employed to prevent an outspoken critic from speaking directly to the board of the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. The order sought against Tim Smith, president of the Nome Fishermen’s Association, was requested by Kyan Olanna, the staff attorney for NSEDC. The matter is the latest chapter in a years-long feud between NSEDC and Smith, who has led salmon enhancement efforts in the Nome region over several years, sometimes with....

Homer voters to vote on repealing plastic bag ban
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 8:56 am
Associated Press
HOMER, Alaska — Homer voters will consider repealing its ban on the use of plastic shopping bags during the city election on Oct. 1. Resident and city council candidates Justin Arnold gathered enough signatures to get the initiative on the ballot, the Homer News reported...

Suspected tsunami debris continues washing ashore
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 8:51 am
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — Two-and-a-half years after an earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of Japan, suspected debris from the disaster continues to quietly wash ashore in Hawaii and along the West Coast of North America. Officials in Hawaii have confirmed seven items of tsunami debris this year alone, including a blue plastic bin that had a live bird inside. In Alaska, Chris Pallister reports his group, Gulf of Alaska Keeper, has picked up a quarter-million pounds of debris during this soon-to-end cleanup....

ITN, Other Community Groups Tackle Marine Debris on Local Beaches
Sep 23, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
It’s been about four months since Kodiak Island Trails Network hosted a road system beach clean up, but results are finally in. The Coast Walk event took place the first two weeks of June and targeted 81 beaches along Kodiak’s road system for volunteers to...

Story +TechCrunch 
Visualead Raises $1.6M For QR Codes That (Kind Of) Blend In
posted 5 hours ago
QR codes (you know, those square images that can be scanned by your phone and point you to mobile websites) have never quite taken off with a mass audience, but some startups aren’t giving up the technology. For example, there’s Tel Aviv-based Visualead, which just raised $1.6 million in Series A funding. The idea of QR codes is appealing because the codes promise to connect physical, printed objects....

Taxpayers on hook for molasses-spill clean up in Hawaii
Published September 23, 2013
It's going to cost Hawaii taxpayers millions of dollars to clean up a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor that killed thousands of fish. Matson Navigation Co. allowed 233,000 gallons of molasses to leak into the ocean, causing $3 billion in damage. The state estimates it will cost millions of dollars for the clean up, and taxpayers are on the hook even though Matson's parent company, Alexander & Baldwin, said....

ISA and sea lice prevalence in salmon on the rise
Monday, September 23, 2013, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) reported that there has been an increase in the prevalence of two pathogens that harm domestic salmon: the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus and caligus or sea lice. According to the Health Status Report on ISA/caligus prepared by Sernapesca, during the first half of 2013 there were no new outbreaks of ISA virus. The latest....

Super factory trawler ban to be reviewed
Monday, September 23, 2013, 03:50 (GMT + 9)
New scientific research is to be carried out to determine the status of the stocks of small pelagic in order to take decisions on whether super factory ships will be allowed in Australian waters based on science. The study will be conducted on top of the one that was started by an expert panel....

Friday September 20, 2013
.ca: Protecting sensitive coral zones
Sensitive coral zones in the offshore may be off-limits to fishing, but what about oil drilling?  We find out more about corals and sponges and how they may or may not be protected.  And a new study looks at ways to predict fishery declines long before they happen.......

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