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#09-26-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Commercial red crab closed again in SE
by Matt Lichtenstein
September 25, 2013 2:25 pm
There will be no commercial fishing for red and blue king crab in Southeast again this year. The stocks are still in poor shape according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game which announced the closure last week. Matt Lichtenstein reports...

NFI: NOAA should lead US sustainable seafood debate
By SeafoodSource staff
24 September, 2013 - The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard on Tuesday held a hearing to examine third-party sustainability certification of U.S. seafood and its impact on the seafood options in grocery stores and restaurants. The hearing also explored ways to make sure current and future sustainability certification efforts can benefit both the seafood industry and consumers. Chaired by Alaska Senator Mark Begich, the list of panelists included Stefanie Moreland, special assistant at the office of....

GSA Removes MSC Reference in Guidlines
Sep 25, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaska Senator Mark Begich convened a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard to explore ways to make sure current and future sustainability certifications benefit both the seafood industry and consumers. Begich and others have been at odds with organizations that rely solely on....

What others say: A good salmon flip-flop
Posted: September 25, 2013 - 6:49pm
Juneau Empire editorial
Changes in government policy concerning seafood aren’t always welcomed in Alaska, but a change noted by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Monday is good news indeed for Alaska’s fishing industry. The General Services Administration has refused, upon review of their policies, to allow non-governmental organizations that “certify” sustainable fishing practices to dictate the sources of fish the federal government...

ASD to christen first large fishing vessel built in Alaska

SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 — Alaska Longline, LLC, and Vigor Industrial's Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD) are scheduled to christen the 136 ft freezer longliner F/V Arctic Prowler in an October 5 ceremony at ASD's Ketchikan Shipyard. The Arctic Prowler is the first large commercial fishing vessel built in Alaska. It will have 16,300 cubic feet of freezer space, have the ability to both catch and process at sea, and the capability of fishing 56,000 hooks per day. The Arctic Prowler has been designed and built with an emphasis on economic use of space allowing room for state of the art fishing and factory equipment producing very high quality products. Freezer capacity is ample as is fuel capacity allowing extended fishing voyages. Design criteria include comfortable crew accommodations necessitated by the extended range of the vessel. Fishing....

Council Sketches Out Ideas for Harbor Overhaul
By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, September 25 2013
City council has gotten a preview of what the Bobby Storrs small boat harbor might look like after an extensive renovation. The ports department hired PND Engineering to do scoping work on the renovation project in January. Last night, PND’s engineer, Dick Somerville, called in to present council with some options for overhauling the facility. All five councilors present said they wanted to see the floats....

Gov. Parnell talks Chuitna/Pebble Mines, water rights, radiation testing
September 25, 2013 by Laine Welch
Governor Parnell took questions from Alaskans yesterday on APRN’s Talk of Alaska. Of fishing interest:   A set netter asked about his stance on the proposed Chuitna coal mine in Cook Inlet that would remove 11 miles of salmon streams....

No Effort, Bad Prices, and Low Fish Counts… Fall Cod is a Snooze
September 25, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. The Fall Cod Season is a Snoozer.....

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Pew Proposes Improved Standards for Offshore Drilling in the Arctic
A global research and public policy group is offering the Interior Department recommendations for world-class Arctic standards for oil and gas exploration, development and production. Pew Charitable Trusts, the sole beneficiary of trusts established by the children of the founder of Sun Oil Company, made its recommendations in a 142-page document released on Sept. 23. The complete document – Arctic Standards: Recommendations on Oil Spill Prevention.....

Local bar owner travels to Alaska to bring salmon to the area
Laramie is about 3,000 miles from Bristol Bay, Alaska, but that doesn’t stop a local bar from serving “some of the best salmon in the entire world.” Dennis Small and Danny Punches, owners of 3rd Street Bar, have been serving wild-caught Alaskan salmon for the past three years. “It’s something unique we can offer,” said Small, who’s been salmon fishing in Alaska for 27 years. “I can bring the fish down.....

September 25, 2013
Fishing crisis' collateral damage
Fishing crisis devastating crews, families, too
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
They don’t know what to do. It’s as simple as that. The rumble they hear, louder by the moment, is their world collapsing around them and Everett and Jenice Sawyer simply don’t know what to do. Everett, 42, will leave on Thursday, heading out to fish aboard the offshore dragger F/V Sammy Jo out of Boston, out to Georges Bank, looking to land pollock. That will leave 46-year-old Jenice, slowed by a series of health problems, to pack up the remainder of their stuff from their....

Russia’s Imprisonment of Greenpeace Freelance Photographer Crosses the Line
It’s clear that the entire spectrum of opinions is covered when it comes to the arrest of the Greenpeace activists on September 19th. Some people are fervently in favor of such actions, others literally think the Greenpeace activists are pirates and should be treated as such. Perhaps the activists were expecting a more cordial reception such as what they received....