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#10-23-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

As Alaska goes...
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Today's New York Times story on Alaska's row with Walmart is surprisingly well-informed. (That's no slant on the Times, but anyone who follows American fisheries knows mass media tends to grasp neither the big picture nor the nuance of the industry.) The story covers how the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute decided to move away from Marine Stewardship Council certification and toward Responsible Fishery Management through certifier Global Trust (using FAO guidelines). One hiccup? As David Jolly writes, "Someone forgot to check with Walmart." It's pithy, but it's wrong. No one forgot to check....
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
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New Group Forms to Oppose Pebble Mine
Posted today at 9:34am
A new group has formed to speak out against the proposed Pebble Mine project. Bristol Bay United seeks to highlight the risks it sees ....

Herring a hit at high end restaurants: Could be worth $$ more to Alaska
October 22, 2013 by Laine Welch
Catches for next year’s roe herring fisheries are starting to trickle in – at Alaska’s biggest herring fishery at Togiak, the harvest will be almost 28,000 tons, slightly less than last year. In Alaska, the female herring are valued for their eggs; the male fish are worth next to nothing and mostly ground into fish meal. Togiak fishermen averaged $100 a ton for herring last year – their...

Fairbanks City Council supports labeling foods for GMOs
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 By Sam Friedman FAIRBANKS — Mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods has the support of both local governments. By a 5-1 vote Monday night, the Fairbanks City Council passed a resolution in support of labeling requirements for food containing GMOs, organisms that have been genetically engineered for characteristics such as faster growth or pest resistance. Critics of GMOs, such as the Alaska group GMO Free Alaska, have expressed concerns that....

5:23 PM TUE OCTOBER 22, 2013
The Board of Fish Agrees to Look at Fixing a Hazard to Navigation in the Ugashik River
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has agreed to consider a complicated proposal intended to fix a navigational obstruction in the Ugashik River that occurred during this year’s setnet salmon fishery. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

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1:26 PM TUE OCTOBER 22, 2013
BBEDC Gives Over $194,000 Dollars to SAVEC
A new initiative to help train local Bristol Bay residents for jobs in the fisheries industry recently received a big financial boost from the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. Last year the Bristol Bay Native Association received a grant of over $405-thousand dollars from the Federal Government to fund the “Bristol Bay Jobs Accelerator Project”. As part of the project BBNA is working with the Southwest Alaska Vocational and Education Center in King Salmon to build the capacity to train local residents for jobs in the seafood harvesting and processing sector....

Examination of salmon scales may determine age
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
Oct 22nd, 2013
If only salmon could talk. Biologists could solve some of the age-old mysteries about these wild, wily creatures, and answer questions regarding Alaska king salmon that have become increasingly worrisome in recent years. It might go something like this: How you been? Back so soon? Been getting enough to eat?
In a way, salmon can talk, at least so far as communicating information about themselves. It just takes a trained eye, rather than ear, to “listen.” And a fish scale, rather than mouth, to “speak.” A single scale can say a lot about a salmon — its age, its growth patterns, its general life history. Similar to how a tree can be aged by counting its rings, calcified structures in fish, such as their scales and otoliths (ear bones), develop....

Oct. 22, 2013 6:41 PM ET
Kodiak takes part in mock tsunami exercise
Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Emergency management personnel in Kodiak took part in a drill this week to test their tsunami readiness. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports....

Bethel Will Remain A Subsistence Use Area
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | October 22, 2013 - 11:09 am
The Joint Board of Fisheries and Board of Game opposed establishing a non-subsistence use area for Bethel in a meeting in Anchorage last week. The proposal was submitted by Fairbanks trapper Allen Barrette which stated that Bethel would appear to qualify as a non-subsistence area. The joint board considered a 50 square mile area which makes up the incorporated City of Bethel. Designating it as non-subsistence would repeal the subsistence priority. It would prevent subsistence hunting and fishing on state land there. The Department was neutral on the issue but asked the Board to....

New research finds there are super foods critical for pregnant women (video)
Posted on October 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- Many people know that lifestyle and diet during pregnancy have a significant impact on a child's health. But now research shows it's crucial for more than the nine months of pregnancy.
The latest research finds there are super foods critical to the health of your child, before conception, during pregnancy and into life. "If you're missing just one nutrient at a crucial time of development, that can be a problem. For instance, sperm motility depends directly on....

$5 million grant announced to support U.S.-Canadian salmon research
By Contributed - Campbell River Mirror
Published: October 22, 2013 2:00 PM
Updated: October 22, 2013 2:22 PM
The needs of salmon on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border will get  a hand from a $5 million announcement last week. The Southern Fund Committee and the Pacific Salmon Commission announced a commitment of $5 million dollars (U.S.) during the next five years to support the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, a....

Jellyfish destroys thousands farmed salmon
Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
An invasion of the mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) has killed off thousands farmed salmon off the Irish coasts, causing significant losses to Marine Harvest. According to RTE, the invasion caused the loss of as much as 40 per cent of the stock at Co Mayo aquaculture farm, located off Clare island. Although Marine Harvest was unable to confirm exact numbers, what it could say...

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