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#10-10-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Shutdown may hit Alaska "Deadliest Catch" fishery
October 9
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska red king crab fishery that's featured on the popular reality show, "Deadliest Catch," faces an uncertain start because of the federal government's partial shutdown, and a late opening could have costly implications in Japan.

MSC speaks out on its certification program
Posted 10/09/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
A top official of the Marine Stewardship Council's office in Seattle says the organization remains focused on continuing its partnership with the Alaskan fishing industry regardless of criticism about its sustainability certification 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 (Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute) to support the Alaska fisheries that continue to choose MSC certification," said...

Board of Fisheries to take up Yukon River salmon proposals out of cycle
Published: 2013.10.09 05:40 PM
GIRDWOOD — Alaska’s Board of Fisheries has agreed to consider out-of-cycle issues on the Nushagak and Yukon Rivers this year, but that could change under a motion for reconsideration scheduled for Thursday morning. At its annual fall work session today, the board, or BOF, accepted four agenda change requests, or ACRs, that address Yukon River salmon fisheries. Yukon issues were discussed in-cycle last January, but the board agreed that the ACRs submitted for this...

4:15 PM WED OCTOBER 9, 2013
Oral Arguments Heard in a Lawsuit Against Dillingham's Recent Annexation of Nushagak Bay
An effort is underway to overturn the 2011 decision by the Local Boundary Commission that allowed the city of Dillingham to bring the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District into the city limits. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Federal Fisheries Managers Take Another Look at Bering Sea Salmon Bycatch
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has asked its staff for a discussion paper that evaluates the regulatory changes needed to incorporate Bering Sea chum salmon bycatch avoidance into its Chinook salmon incentive plan agreements. The goal, as seen by Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell, is lower incidental catch of king and chum salmon during pollock fisheries. “The objectives of this action are to prioritize Chinook salmon bycatch avoidance, while....

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Groundfish, Halibut Harvest Retention Higher in BSAI Than GOA
Preliminary data on the first year of the restructured North Pacific groundfish and halibut observer program shows greater overall retention of the harvest in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands than in the Gulf of Alaska. The preliminary findings presented to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage in early October came from officials with the National Marine Fisheries Service. For halibut alone, the preliminary data showed that an estimated 1,532 metric tons of halibut were retained by hook and line catcher vessels in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands between...

Students starting to 'eat local'
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Story last updated at 10/9/2013 - 1:17 pm
By Amy O'neill Houck | For the Capital City Weekly
"Eat local" is a relative term for Southeast Alaskans. Commercial produce grown in the state comes mainly from the Mat-Su Valley some 800 miles away. Our food arrives by truck, barge, and even air, and getting it here from the Lower 48 is expensive and the travel takes its toll on fresh produce. Around town, local ingredients are prized in restaurants and shops: rhubarb ice cream at Coppa, home grown sourdough bread at Wild Oven, or....

Kachemak Bay Water Trail – Connecting Communities
By Alaska Trails | October 10, 2013 - 7:00 am
What is a water trail anyway?
While the concept of a water trail might sound foreign to many, Alaska boasts a couple popular water trails that generally go by another name. The Swanson River Canoe Trail and the Nancy Lake Canoe Trail are both well-traveled water trails. According to the National Water Trails System: “Water trails are recreational routes on waterways with a network of public access points supported by broad-based community partnerships. Water...

Fin-fish farm issue resolved, Jefferson County officials say
By Charlie Bermant
Peninsula Daily News
October 09. 2013 5:42PM
PORT TOWNSEND — Jefferson County’s updated shoreline management plan is expected to be in place by mid-December now that the conflict over fin-fish aquaculture has been resolved, according to the county’s lead on the project. “We will allow the use of net pens, although only in certain geographical areas and with a conditional-use permit,” said Associate Planner Michelle McConnell, whose department is preparing paperwork that the three county commissioners will consider for approval Nov. 18. “Having a plan in place will also allow people who have been...

On the menu at Gorton’s/New England Aquarium lunch: Fish sustainability
By Chris Reidy / Globe Staff / October 9, 2013
Captain Ahab had Moby Dick. For Gorton’s, the Gloucester-based seafood company, the holy grail is the sustainable fish stick. Fretting about supplies of Alaska pollock, tilapia, and salmon, Gorton’s turned to the New England Aquarium for help on how to promote sustainable fishing practices and responsible aquaculture. Gorton’s isn’t the first company to look to the New England Aquarium for advice. Since 2000, the aquarium has been advising the Stop & Shop supermarket chain on...

Barge owners: Hike our tax to fix waterways
By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 10/10/13 7:25 AM EDT
The nation’s barge owners are begging Congress to raise their taxes in a bid to generate $2 billion to fix up nation’s locks and dams....