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#09-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Senate hearing focuses on sustainability certification
Posted 09/27/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Executives from two multinational corporations told a Senate subcommittee in Washington D.C. Sept. 24 they are willing to consider several sources to assure the sustainability of seafood purchased for their vast retail and food service businesses. At the same time, neither retail giant Walmart, nor Sodexo, which does millions of dollars in business with federal government agencies and many private sector entities in food services and facilities management, have yet to lift their commitment to seafood certification via the Marine Stewardship Council. The Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard, chaired by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, was held to explore ways to make sure current and future

Chum Bycatch Tops 100,000 Fish
By Ben Matheson
Friday, September 27 2013
Pollock B season is winding down quickly, with just a handful of vessels still out fishing. Almost all of the quotas has been taken -- but so have more than 116,000 chum salmon, as bycatch. That’s almost seven times as much as last year. Karl Haflinger is president of Sea State, the organization that analyzes bycatch data. He says a lot of the chum bycatch came....

4:22 PM FRI SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
The 2014 Sockeye Run to Bristol Bay was the Earliest on Record
By most accounts the 2013 sockeye run to Bristol Bay was the earliest run on record. How early was it? KDLG’s Mike Mason tried to answer that question in this report.....

Alaska seafood: we could learn a thing or three

By Jamie Baker, CBC News Posted: Sep 28, 2013 7:38 AM NT
It's always been a common way of doing business in eastern Canadian fisheries. When markets take downturns and prices dip, the answer is simple: catch more fish. Look at the Atlantic lobster fishery. At a time when prices are reaching record lows, catches are reaching record highs. A market that is stuffed and glutted, gets stuffed and glutted some more, and the downward pressure on price grows. It is, of course, lunacy. But we keep doing it anyway. We have to. We don't have any other option. But what if we did have an option? What if we actually had coordinated marketing for our seafood so that we could drive demand, instead of just increasing supply every time we hit a bump in the road? Seems like it's working out fine for Alaska. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) has been around since 1981, and is held up as an example of how fish marketing should be done. They have drawn the harvesting and processing industries together under one coordinated banner for the betterment of all. Oh, it's......

Why Miners Walked Away From the Planet's Richest Undeveloped Gold Deposit
By Brad Wieners   September 27, 2013
Before pulling out of the Pebble Mine project last week, Anglo American (AAUKY), one of the world’s biggest mining companies, had invested six years and at least $541 million—in a partnership with Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals (NAK)—to develop the site in southwestern Alaska. Wait, pause on that number for a sec: $541 million. That’s right, the London-based multinational and its U.S. subsidiary (AA Pebble) just forfeited a return on more than half a billion dollars of its shareholders’ money. By the end of its 60-day withdrawal from....