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No Tricks -- #10-31-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Progress of Electronic Monitoring Program Scrutinized
An electronic monitoring program aimed at keeping fish harvesters in compliance with catch limits, incidental catch rules and other marine regulation is under fire from a national non-profit group dedicated to upholding environmental laws and values. “Cost-effective electronic systems that meet both regulatory and scientific demands are nowhere near deployment,” says Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Ruch noted in a statement released on Oct. 28 that earlier this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a series of white papers cataloging an array of obstacles.....

Objection Filed to Proposed Certification of Alaska Salmon Fishery
31 October 2013
Haring snacks met MSC vlaggetjes / Herring sna...
Haring snacks met MSC vlaggetjes / Herring snacks
with MSC flags (Photo credit: MSCkeurmerk)
US - An objection has been submitted over the Final Determination Report by Intertek Moody Marine (IMM) that concluded 13 of 14 units of certification in the independent, third party assessment of the Alaska salmon fishery meet the Marine Stewardship Council standard for a sustainable and well-managed fishery. The final report notes the Prince William Sound unit of certification remains in assessment. The objection was filed by Wild Fish Conservancy, based in Washington state and Watershed Watch Salmon Society, Skeena Wild Conservation Trust, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation, all based in British Columbia, Canada.....

Governor Announces Nominees to Pacific Salmon Commission
October 31, 2013
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell announced his nominations of Alaskans with experience in salmon fisheries for service on the Pacific Salmon Commission as public members. The Governor's nominations are subject to final approval and appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. To the Pacific Salmon Commission, Northern Panel, the Governor nominated: Clay Bezenek, of Ketchikan, has been a commercial fisherman for 30 years. He has significant knowledge of fisheries subject to the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Bezenek currently serves as a member of the Alaska Fisherman’s Fund Advisory Board, United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters, Southeast Alaska Fisheries Alliance, United Fishermen of Alaska, and Ketchikan Fish and Game Advisory Committee. This is.....

Petersburg remains among nation’s top fishing ports
Harbour of Petersburg, Alaska
Harbour of Petersburg, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Joe Viechnicki
October 30, 2013 3:29 pm
Commercial fishing boats landed 52 million pounds of seafood worth 50 million dollars in Petersburg last year. Those landings rank the volume of Petersburg’s catch at 24th among fishing ports in the nation for 2012. By value of catch, Petersburg ranked 20th....

No sweeping changes in Pacific cod fisheries
Posted: October 30, 2013 - 1:54pm
By Cristy Fry
The Alaska Board of Fisheries met last week to hash out proposals for the Pacific cod fisheries, but declined to make any of the substantial changes to state-water cod allocations that some fishermen were seeking. There were a suite of proposals that would have shifted allocations to state waters in Chignik, Kodiak and Cook Inlet, and the board voted them down unanimously. Those three areas are allotted 25 percent of the federal total allowable catch, with 3.75 percent for...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Efforts Increase to Provide Great Seafood Variety Year-Round
For lovers of wild Alaska seafood, there are new options in Anchorage this winter to purchase a wide variety of fresh, refreshed and frozen fish in a mall market also featuring fresh herbs, vegetables, honey and baked goods. It’s the South Anchorage Winter Market, at the Dimond Mall, where wild king salmon fillets, both red and white, are for sale along with halibut, cod, oysters, sablefish and other varieties of seafood harvested in Alaska waters. In addition to seafood from Arctic Choice, the marketplace offers vegetables, herbs, honey and loaves of fresh bread – all Alaska grown or....

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
ASMI Opts For High Tech Marketing to Boost Sales of Wild Alaska Seafood
Seafood industry insiders are in Anchorage this week for an update from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute on its progress in promoting wild Alaska seafood to international markets, food service and retail outlets. ASMI board members will get reports today from operational committees working to increase sales in all three areas. During presentations Oct. 29 at the Captain Cook Hotel in downtown Anchorage, several ASMI presenters emphasized the use of social media and high-tech websites and programs used to.....

October 31, 2013
(SitNews) Sitka, Alaska - The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Sitka Campus will receive $2.5M for the growth and expansion of its Fisheries Technology degree program. The grant will foster the training and job preparation of a fisheries workforce in communities from Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea. The award, which extends over four years, will allow students in coastal communities the opportunity to complete their coursework without leaving home. The grant advances the University’s Fisheries/Seafood/Maritime Initiative (FSMI), which........

Land Trust increases land ownership on Anchor River
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
Oct 30th, 2013
Climbing through the tangle of willow bushes and tall grasses topped by cottonwood trees and interlaced with streams, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust Executive Director Marie McCarty stops, looks around and comments on how beautiful the surrounding scene is. “And you know the best thing,” she asks, sidestepping a large, groundwater-fed pool. “The best thing is that this land is going to stay just like this.” For several years, the land trust has been working to identify parcels along the Anchor River that have significant value in protecting the health of the popular fish resource. The Anchor River, as well as many other rivers in Alaska, runs the risk of being impacted by increasing water temperatures as the Alaska climate changes. Areas of the stream with overhanging banks help provide cool spots for salmon, as long as they aren’t developed or damaged by human impacts. More than a decade ago, the land trust began to identify parcels of interest from a conservation standpoint along the river. A 55-acre donated parcel near Blackwater Bend jumpstarted those acquisitions. The land trust was able to use that donation to help....

National Restaurant Association Urges Congress To Maintain Menu Labeling Regs For All
by KERRY PICKET  31 Oct 2013, 5:59 AM PDT
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Congress to ensure that grocery and convenience stores are subjected to the same uniform menu labeling regulations that requires restaurants, including franchised chains with 20 or more locations, to post calorie and nutritional information for all of their products on in-store menu boards. Interestingly, the NRA lobbied government for this Obamacare legislation located within section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act.....

Organic standards for farm-raised fish come slowly
By JENNY HOPKINSON | 10/30/13 5:09 AM EDT
Farm-raised fish is one of the few types of food not currently available at the grocery store with a U.S. Department of Agriculture organic label on it, but the agency shouldn’t be in too much of a rush to rectify that, a handful of organic and consumer advocacy groups warn. The National Organic Standards Board has received more than 900 letters in relation to its request for comments regarding the use of certain synthetics by aquaculture operations hoping to secure future organic accreditation. In particular, the NOSB is looking for reaction to petitions submitted in relation to allowing the use of trace minerals and vitamins, chlorine to be used as a disinfectant and tocopherols to delay rancidity in fats......

Dead meat: how to raise livestock in a post-antibiotic era
When will American farmers put antibiotic drugs out to pasture?
By Katie Drummond on October 31, 2013 11:42 am
We've been warned for years that our reckless use of antibiotics threatens to render the drugs useless — ushering in a public health crisis that could see once-benign germs become deadly. But overzealous prescriptions for human patients are only one part of the problem: experts increasingly agree that antibiotics in animal agriculture contribute to resistant infections in people. And some are now investigating surprising techniques, from probiotics to vitamins to garlic extracts, to curb antibiotic dependency among meat producers. Antibiotics are....

Feds keep ban on aquaculture development in northwest B.C.
Federal government commits $57.5 million to better science and regulation, fisheries minister says
The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:26 PM PT Last Updated: Oct 30, 2013 6:26 PM PT
Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea says she will not lift the moratorium on aquaculture development in B.C.'s Discovery Islands for the foreseeable future. The announcement came Wednesday, almost a year after Justice Bruce Cohen released his report into the collapse of the Fraser River sockeye run in 2009 and amidst criticism by environmentalists that the federal government hasn't acted on the recommendations to protect the stock. Shea also announced the government included "three major measures" in its Economic Action Plan 2013 to address some of Cohen's 75 recommendations — a statement that was challenged by Stan Proboszez, a fisheries biologist who works with B.C.'s Watershed Watch Salmon Society. "What she basically is saying comes out of this black box in Ottawa, I....

October 31, 2013
Fisheries report spotlights revenue losses
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
The results of NOAA’s Fisheries of the United States report released Wednesday show what Gloucester fishermen have been saying repeatedly for the past two years: They now have to work much harder to make less money than ever before. The report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which serves as an annual appraisal of American fisheries, shows a national decline in the volume and value of seafood landed by...

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