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#09-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

An open letter and fact sheet to address negative and inaccurate statements about the MSC program by ASMI, Alaska elected officials and trade journal reporting
Alaska State Capitol, Juneau
Alaska State Capitol, Juneau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Kerry Coughlin
September 26, 2013
For many years, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) worked closely and collaboratively with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) to support its charter to market Alaska seafood in global markets.  With demand for credible, independent third-party scientific confirmation of sustainability by many market buyers, MSC certification has served as a benefit for Alaskan and other fisheries in marketing to these buyers.  We are proud of our relationship with the Alaskan fishing industry and proud to help bring fishermen, industry members, government fishery managers and state leaders recognition for their demonstrated commitment to sustainable fishing.

For the last few years as ASMI has developed and promoted its own certification program, MSC has stayed focused on continuing its partnership with the Alaskan fishing industry regardless of attacks and misinformation as ASMI has attempted to discredit MSC in order to gain acceptance of its own program.  We greatly value the participation of Alaskan fisheries in the MSC program, and we have harbored hopes of resurrecting a cooperative and productive relationship with ASMI to support the Alaska fisheries that continue to choose MSC certification.  However, in the face of escalating misinformation by ASMI, elected officials, and inaccurate and unsupported conclusions by John Sackton in particular in writing for the Seafood News and Undercurrents trade journals, MSC is compelled to speak out against falsehoods regarding the MSC. The debate around MSC not only is being framed wrongly, but narrowly.  What is....

New cod processor expected to boost Adak economy
Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA).
Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted 09/27/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
A decision by a successful salmon processor who opted to sell his business and move into the Pacific cod fishery is being hailed as a boost for Adak's economy by the Aleut Enterprise LLC and the city of Adak. Aleut Fisheries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aleut Enterprise LLC, has signed 20-year lease with John Lowrance, president of Adak Cod Cooperative, to operate the Adak seafood processing.....

Sea lions, Gulf quotas, salmon bycatch top council agenda
Steller sea lion
Steller sea lion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Published: 2013.09.26 11:04 AM
A final decision is scheduled for Steller sea lion protection measures at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s October meeting. The council will meet Oct. 2-8 in Anchorage, with Steller sea lion protections slated to come up Oct. 3. The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, is in the midst of a court-ordered process to reconsider the Steller sea lion protection measures implemented in 2011. The western....

Electronic monitoring for fishing vessels back for review
Published: 2013.09.26 11:04 AM
The restructured observer program, and plans for 2014, will be up for discussion at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in October, including the electronic monitoring component of the program. The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, has been working on a pilot project to see how electronic monitoring, or EM, could be used as part of the observer program. That’s something many in the industry hoped would be part of the program all along.....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Sep 26, 2013
Coming up this week, there’s bad news, good news, and then more bad news about wild salmon versus farmed; It may have taken a senate hearing, but it looks like Alaska salmon will remain welcome on store shelves no matter who certifies them; and why we should choose salmon over logging. Thanks to Heather Hardcastle for her commentary.....

Doing it right
That's the way it should work in Alaska — Alaskans doing business with Alaskans to improve the economy and, specifically, the manufacturing industry. That's what Alaska Ship & Drydock and Alaska Longline Co. did over the past two years. Their crowning achievement will be unveiled next week in a christening of the Arctic Prowler, a.....

Weather Service Changing Marine Forecast Zones
Sep 25, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Folks around Alaska can expect to hear some different marine weather forecasts in a few weeks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service is modifying certain forecast zones for maritime weather starting October 1. Louise Fode is the marine, public and severe weather program manager for the weather service’s Alaska Regional Headquarters and said the changes have been a long time coming. She spoke on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock and said they’ve received feedback....

Sitka salmon shares, sizzles at Lake Storey

Galesburg partnership brings a salmon bake to galesburg
By Oscar Hallas
September 26, 2013
It’s not every day Galesburg officially honors the efforts of people 3,000 miles away, but with the dubbing of Sept. 21 as Wild Alaskan Salmon Day in Galesburg it seems a space for such an effort has opened. “The City of Galesburg (IL) is now permanently linked to hard-working fishing families in Sitka and Juneau, Alaska,” Galesburg Mayor John Pritchard said on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Lake Storey, where the Sitka Salmon Bake took place. He expressed a thankfulness for the event and its success, saying  that the event “brings people together, as we can see, [from] the hundred or so people gathered....

Farmed salmon not sustainable alternative
Yesterday the Washington Post published a dangerously misleading article about farmed salmon. Lauding improvements in the salmon farming industry, they assert that farmed salmon is a viable alternative to wild-caught fish. We'd like to set the record straight: farmed salmon is a terrible choice for our oceans......

Wild Washington king salmon gets waxed by Costco frozen, farm raised in blind taste test
BY JOSH KERNS  on September 26, 2013 @ 3:33 pm (Updated: 4:32 pm - 9/26/13 )
Most foodies would insist wild salmon tastes far better than farmed. So there's plenty of surprise among even experts about a new Washington Post blind taste test that gave the highest marks to Costco frozen Atlantic salmon over wild Washington salmon and a number of other samples from around the world. The Post enlisted a panel of experts including noted D.C. area seafood chefs and a seafood wholesaler, along with members of its award-winning food section. Noted chef Scott Drewno of the Source by Wolfgang Puck cooked the fish, steaming filets with just a little...

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