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#10-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Shutdown could hit crabbers hard

With NOAA furloughed, fishermen can't get their crabbing permits
By Heather Hintze
Story Updated: Oct 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM AKDT
ANCHORAGE - The government shutdown could have a disastrous impact on Alaska's crabbing season that opens Tuesday. Workers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are furloughed, which means even though fishermen have already paid for their special permits for the Bering Sea, they won't get them before the season starts. Mark Gleason, the executive director of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers said about 80 boats in Dutch Harbor are impacted. Each spends more than $1,000 a day to keep up operations in case the permits go...

1:39 PM MON OCTOBER 14, 2013
2014 Togiak Herring Forecast Released
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the Togiak herring forecast for next year and its down slightly compared to this year’s forecast. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details....

Fish fight: Walmart caught in the middle of Alaska salmon tangle
After a push from Alaskan salmon fisheries, Walmart considers alternative seafood certification systems. Will this undermine the Marine Stewardship Council's dominance?
Clare Leschin-Hoar -, Monday 14 October 2013 11.00 EDT....
Alaska State Ferry M/V Matanuska departing Wra...
Alaska State Ferry M/V Matanuska departing Wrangell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Harbor work nearing completion
October 10, 2013
Contractors were hard at work Monday closing out the last big construction project of the season at the marine haul-out facility. Their tasks included installing rebar, over which concrete will eventually be poured to replace the gravel surface and create a smooth, even surface. The work will also eventually include the...

2013 Salmon Harvest Sets New Records
Title of most valuable salmon fishing area in Alaska belongs to Southeast
October 14, 2013
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska -The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has completed compilation of preliminary values for the 2013 commercial salmon fishery. Powered by a record pink salmon harvest of 219 million fish, this year’s harvest ranks as the second most valuable on record. At $691.1 million, 2013 is only exceeded by the 1988 harvest value of $724 million. In addition to setting a record for pink salmon, the total number of salmon harvested also set a new record at 272 million fish.....

Pregnancy fears about fish unfounded
By Mike Urch, SeafoodSource contributing editor
11 October, 2013
Women should eat more fish, not less, during pregnancy, according to the results of recent studies. Research carried out at the University of Bristol suggests that concerns about mercury levels in fish may be unfounded, while the Nutrimenthe project reports that women who eat plenty of oily fish during pregnancy give birth to better behaved children. The research at Bristol University found that fish accounted for just 7 percent of the mercury levels in the bodies of the 4484 women whose blood was analyzed as part of the university’s....

AMHS Releases Summer 2014 Schedule
October 14, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) today announced the release of its 2014 summer schedule. “Our goal each year is to release the summer schedule as early as possible,” said AMHS General Manager Captain John Falvey. “By doing so, Alaskans will have more time to plan their travel and visitors traveling to Alaska during the busy summer months may book their travel well in advance.” Release of the 2014 summer schedule was dependent upon....

Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants: New Technology to Protect the Ocean
The shipping industry is well on its way to becoming greener. However, being aware of global environmental regulations, let alone knowing how to be compliant, can be challenging for even the most seasoned ship owner. Earlier this year, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), issued the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP), and part of it regulates the use of lubricants onboard vessels traveling through US waters. With this step, the EPA has been the first to introduce....

Government to boost Halibut PEI farm expansion
Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The Governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island have jointly expressed their support to Halibut PEI for the land-based farm to expand its halibut operations in Victoria-by-the-Sea. In 2012 the firm was granted permission for expanding to an adjacent provincial park as part of a plan to boost fish annual production from 35 to 75 tonnes and ....