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#11-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska black cod fishery completes 2nd annual audit for RFM certification
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
The Alaska black cod/sablefish fishery has completed the 2nd Annual Audit of the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification. The objective of the audit is to monitor any changes since the previous assessment. No non-conformances were issued or are active for this fishery. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (AMI) requested assessment of the Alaska sablefish (black-cod) commercial fisheries to the FAO Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Programme. The application was made in April 2010. Assessment commenced in April 2010 with assessment validation before....

First hatchery-reared king crab released into Kodiak waters

The Cordova Times
November 10, 2013
The first experimental release of hatchery-reared red king crab in Alaska has been completed, state researchers announced. The juvenile crab, from broodstock -- egged females -- collected at Alitak Bay, Kodiak Island, were reared at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and transported to the NOAA Kodiak Laboratory. They were released at Cozy Cove near the village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island Sept. 25. The site was selected because it is well sheltered with plenty of red king crab habitat....

ASMI targets pink pack for marketing
Posted 11/11/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
A record pink salmon harvest of 219 humpies million has the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute scurrying to provide markets for all that fish. During ASMI's all hands meeting in Anchorage Oct. 28-30, the board directed staff involved in marketing on the domestic and international front to come up with a budget up to $1.5 million over their current budgets in those areas on how to promote the millions of pink salmon landed during the 2013 fishery. The board wants to hear from those engaged in...

Safety First with Niosh Hatch and Door Monitoring Systems
November 11, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.  Hatch and door monitors are now available for fishing boats.
More than half of all fishing fatalities come from vessels going down. For example, the sinkings of the Alaska Ranger and Katmai five years ago  where 12 men died both stemmed from flooding through open hatches. That highlighted the need for a....

Alaska gains rep on climate change task force
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration ...
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration observatory, Barrow, Alaska, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted 11/12/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor Reggie Joule has been appointed to the White House's State, local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness, bringing an Alaska perspective to discussions on dealing with climate change....

Sixth annual salmon symposium set for Mat-Su
Posted 11/11/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
David Batker, executive director of the Tacoma, WA based nonprofit Earth Economics will be the keynote speaker at the sixth annual Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium Nov. 13-14 in Palmer.....

Study: Americans eating less seafood
The effect of the consumption decline on restaurants could be limited
Nov. 11, 2013
Bret Thorn
Seafood consumption in the United States continued its seven-year decline, according to the National Fisheries Institute, a seafood industry trade association, but the effect on restaurants might be limited. Citing data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NFI reported that Americans on average ate 14.6 pounds of...