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#10-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Most of Alaska salmon will not be sold as MSC certified, ASMI clarifies
English: Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis...
English: Grizzly Bear
(Ursus arctos horribilis)
catching salmon at Brooks Falls in
Katmai National Park, Alaska.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Monday, October 14, 2013, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) would like to clarify that although the bulk of the Alaska salmon fishery has earned MSC certification, the majority of Alaska salmon processing companies (27 companies in total) will not be selling MSC certified Alaska salmon. This means approximately over 80 per cent of the Alaska salmon supply will not carry the MSC eco-label....
Bennan: Pebble may have to high grade its Bristol Bay prospect
Tom Brennan - October 13, 2013
I hate to kick an economically promising project when it’s down, but plans for development of the Pebble mineral prospect have been dead on arrival for as long as I can remember. A majority of the Alaska people have been against Pebble for years. Public opinion – to the extent it has been measured and the measurements made public – has long considered the ....

Public Speaks On Subsistence Boundaries During Board of Fisheries and Game Meeting
Posted yesterday at 10:41pm
More than a dozen members of Alaska fishing community voiced their concerns on the first day of the joint Alaska Board of Fisheries and Game meeting, which began Saturday in downtown Anchorage. The board is in the process of reviewing 41 proposals, with plenty of concern surrounding subsistence boundaries. On Saturday, more than 30 people attended the meeting, being held at the Hilton Hotel, and most say they wanted to learn about the proposals related to subsistence rights. Ana Hoffman, President & CEO of Bethel Native Corporation, which has about 1,800....

Coast Guard medevacs ailing fisherman near Cold Bay, Alaska 
HG Keywords "Alaska Juris"
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed in Cold Bay, medevaced an ailing fisherman from the 210-foot fishing vessel Alaska Juris near Cold Bay Sunday.

The Jayhawk crew rendezvoused with the Alaska Juris approximately 110 miles north of Cold Bay, safely hoisted the man aboard the helicopter and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services in Cold Bay for further care.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a request for assistance from Healthforce Partners when the fisherman aboard the Seattle-based Alaska Juris reportedly suffered a hernia and required medical assistance.

Additionally, an Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, forward deployed in Dutch Harbor launch to provide cover and self-rescue capabilities and an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Kodiak was launched to provide communications support.

“This case illustrated the importance of forward deploying our assets to remote areas of Alaska, as well as the training and coordination of our aircraft crews,” said Lt.j.g. Alaina Fagan, a watchstander at the Coast Guard 17th District command center. “Without having the coverage and coordination of these crews, a proper and timely rescue may not have been possible.”

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 28 mph winds and 4-foot seas.

SEAPA CEO: 'Overwhelming misinformation' in TBPA debate
October 10, 2013
Southeast Alaska Power Agency CEO Trey Acteson this week decried what he called the ‘overwhelming amount of misinformation’ circulated at a city council meeting Sept. 24. Acteson focused primarily on accusations made at that meeting during the public comments section. In particular, he cited rumors of a rate increase, the possibility of new diesel construction, and statements about the SEAPA payroll, saying they were false. At least one SEAPA board member disagreed with Acteson’s characterization of the debate. Both he and SEAPA keep the wallets of Southeast consumers at heart, Acteson said. “My goal as CEO is to hold rates steady,” he said. Southeast has maintained a wholesale rate at 6.8 cents per kilowatt-hour – a standard measurement of energy used for billing, enough to burn a 60-watt bulb for more than 16 hours, or a 1,000-watt heater for one hour – for the past 16 years, according to a....