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#09-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Scientists aims to improve Alaska fisheries
Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 9:20 am
Tom Hesse / Daily Sitka Sentinel
SITKA, Alaska - Jamal Moss is one of the scores of scientists working on the most exhaustive studies to date on the fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska. Moss, a principal investigator for the ongoing Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystems Research Project, was in Sitka last week preparing for another study of Southeast fisheries. The multi-year project started with a pilot study in 2010 and focuses on the survival rates of black cod, Pacific cod, rockfish, pollock and the arrowtooth flounder. One of the goals of the project is to gather information so that fisheries managers can....

Food Services of America Makes Commitment to Sustainable Fish
MSC ecolabel
MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
30 September 2013
US - Food Services of America (FSA), one of the largest broadline foodservice distributors in the United States, will begin supplying customers with Marine Stewardship Council certified seafood in a commitment that coincides with the beginning of National Seafood Month in October. FSA supplies fresh and frozen seafood to customers from 10 regional distribution centers throughout the Mid-West, West and Alaska. The first location that.....

SEPTEMBER 29, 2013
A bounty of fish: Questions about sustainability
Seattle's fishing fleet provides a rich catch of pollock for a hungry world. But is the future of the huge pollock fishery as secure as it may seem?
By Daniel Jack Chasan
Editor's Note: This is part of our "Thanks for all the fish" series, which looks into the billion-dollar commercial fishing industry that has defined and sustained Seattle since its founding. It sounds too good to be true: There are so many fish that Seattle-based boats haul in more than a million metric tons of them every year without depleting the population. "It still boggles my mind how much is a million tons of fish," says David Fluharty, an associate....

Jack-up rig returning to Homer
Council hears report from city manager on winter docking  schedule
Sep 25th, 2013
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
The Buccaneer jack-up rig Endeavour Spirt of Independence likely will be docked at the Homer harbor again this winter, a boon not sealed yet but embraced by city officials. City Manager Walt Wrede told the Homer City Council and the public that he is involved in talks with the jack-up rig’s owners about winter dockage. He wrote a letter of approval to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as part of Buccaneer’s permit application to winter over. “This is in discussions again this year. I took from our discussions last year that the Homer Port is open for business,” Wrede said. The Endeavour spent from late August 2012 to late May at the Homer Deep Water Dock while completing preparatory work on the rig to make it suitable for Alaska’s...

Bumble Bee and WWF join efforts towards seafood sustainability
Bill Clinton in Portland
Bill Clinton in Portland (Photo credit: brentdanley)
Monday, September 30, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Leading seafood firm, Bumble Bee and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have announced a collaboration initiative to ensure seafood sustainability. The announcement was made by Chris Lischewski, Bumble Bee’s President and CEO and Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF at the Clinton Global Initiative....

.ca:  The latest on that major salmon escape (audio)
Friday September 27, 2013
Tonight in part two of our science feature, we'll find out what the future might hold for both commercial species.....

Fishing trials resume off Fukushima coast
Fishermen are back on the water along the coast of Fukushima after operations were suspended last month after large amounts of contaminated water from the crippled Dai-ichi nuclear power station were found leaking into the Pacific Ocean.....

Ocean warming and acidification deliver double blow to coral reefs
Under business-as-usual conditions, corals start dissolving into the oceans.
by Jeremy Jacquot - Sept 30 2013, 7:38am ADT
The dual threats of ocean acidification and anthropogenic warming have the potential to wreak havoc on marine life over the coming decades. Corals require acid-sensitive calcium carbonate for structure and heat-sensitive symbionts for sustenance, so they seem to have the most to lose from a warmer, more acidic ocean. Indeed, numerous studies have already indicated that calcifying organisms, including corals, would be among the worst to suffer. Although many studies have looked at heat and acidification, few have addressed the possible synergistic effects of these processes on intact coral reefs. To that end, a team of Australian researchers exposed patches of....