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#10-09-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

3:18 PM TUE OCTOBER 8, 2013
Alaska's Salmon Fisheries are One Step Closer to MSC Certification

Another step has been taken towards getting Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries recertified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Last fall the MSC sustainability certification of Alaska’s commercial salmon fisheries was allowed to lapse after most of the major seafood processors that operate in the state pulled their support. However, the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association stepped up to serve as the client for getting the fisheries re-certified.....

Towing the Line
Submitted by Ted Williams on Wed, 10/09/2013 - 10:12.
The U.S. is setting the standard for ecologically sustainable longline fishing. Now it's time to make sure the rest of the world gets onboard. By Ted Williams Published: September-October 2013 In 1991 the United States banned large pelagic driftnets because of the enormous "bycatch" of seabirds, sea turtles, marine mammals, and non-target fish. So commercial fishermen began switching to longlining. Gear can consist of up to 55 miles of main line with 1,400 600-foot branch lines from which dangle thousands of baited hooks. Bycatch remained horrendous. By 2003 longliners from 40 nations were killing at least 300,000 seabirds (including 22 endangered species) and countless billfish and sharks. The United States is the world leader in innovations to reduce longlining bycatch of birds, but we haven't come nearly as far with protections for non-target fish and sea turtles. Many other nations don't use mitigation for any kind of bycatch. Largely as a....

Deadliest Catch'-22: Shutdown may ground crabbing fleet, spoil industry's richest month 
Bill Briggs NBC News contributor
NBC News
20 hours ago
Thanks to Capitol Hill’s political snag, the Super Bowl of fishing seasons may be delayed or canceled, spawning global crustacean frustration, from wholesale markets and restaurants touting their superior shellfish to the world’s most crucial red king crab consumers – Japanese....

Unalaska Tries to Plan Ahead for Distressed Vessels
By Ben Matheson
Tuesday, October 08 2013
The thousands of cargo ships that sail through Unimak Pass will soon meet nasty fall storms. As a port of refuge, Unalaska is where they will go in emergencies -- and the city's new emergency mooring buoy is where they'll tie up.....

Alaska slams feds for keeping hunters off land
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Alaska lawmakers accused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of violating federal law by shutting down hunting on its lands during the government shutdown, saying a 1980 law guarantees state residents must have access to the land. “It seems that agencies are working harder to keep people off federal lands than they have ever worked before to get them to visit federal lands,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, who questioned the Obama administration’s decisions during the week-old shutdown....

3:39 PM TUE OCTOBER 8, 2013
The Coast Guard Rescues an Injured Crewman from a Bulk Carrier in the Bering Sea
An injured crewman was successfully medevaced Monday from the bulk carrier Anne Mette in the Bering Sea. A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak met the Anne Mette about 200 miles southwest of Adak and hoisted the injured crewman aboard.....
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WaPo/SeattleTimes: In taste test, farmed salmon beat wild salmon, hands down
Originally published October 9, 2013
By Tamar Haspel
The Washington Post
In a surprise turn, a tasting panel found farmed salmon tastier than fresh, wild-caught fish..... more

First offshore aquaculture farm awaiting federal approval
Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 04:50 (GMT + 9)
The first oceanic aquaculture farm could come true if a venture to produce mussels in 30 acres (12.4 hectares) of water under federal jurisdiction is approved. The new farm would be installed in Nantucket Sound, next to the area rented by the marine wind farm Cape Wind on Horseshoe Shoal. It is a venture which has been needed in the area for a long time, given that 90 per cent of the mussels consumed in the United States is imported from other countries....