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#11-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Homer regains status as the halibut capital
Homer welcome sign.
Homer welcome sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
Nov 13th, 2013
Homer is No. 1 once again when it comes to halibut, landing some 4.4 million pounds and beating out Kodiak this year by 1 million pounds.
Homer has traditionally led the pack in halibut landings, reportedly the No. 1 halibut port for commercial landings since the IFQ program was put in place in the mid-1990s.
But in 2011 and 2012, Kodiak beat out....

MSC trying to ‘whitewash’ the record books of Alaska salmon objection, say NGOs
MSC ecolabel
MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
November 13, 2013, 8:42 am
Jeanine Stewart
The conservation groups that objected the the Alaska salmon fishery’s re-certification, which became final Tuesday, say the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) appears to be trying to whitewash the objection from the record books. They bring forth what they claim is an error in the MSC’s fisheries update for Tuesday. In the update, the MSC stated the Alaska salmon fishery had been re-certified after “no objections were received“. It is not clear to Undercurrent News why that statement was...

MSA Hearings Continue
Posted: November 14, 2013 at 6:29 am
Hearings on the re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) are continuing today as the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hears how the Act is working in areas around the Gulf of Mexico and the Carribean.....

Juneau moves forward with new cruise docks despite not owning submerged land
By Casey Kelly
Posted on November 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Juneau’s Docks and Harbors Department is moving forward with plans to build two floating cruise ship docks on the downtown waterfront even though the city does not own the underwater tidelands above which the project will be built. Port officials say the issue is not a major concern, and they expect the submerged land to be deeded to the city by its current owner, the State of Alaska, before construction gets...

Delegation Supports Aid for Fisheries Disasters
Posted today at 9:23am
Alaska's congressional delegation is seeking $150 million in federal aid for fisheries disasters. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young are among the 38 members of Congress who've signed a letter asking legislative leaders to include....

November 13, 2013
Fish aid bill would still KO NOAA jobs here
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
Massachusetts U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey could find themselves in a bit of a political pickle, and Gloucester could potentially lose as many as 200 jobs, depending on the final configuration of a Senate appropriations bill that includes the coveted $150 million in direct disaster aid to commercial fishermen in New England and elsewhere. The bill that currently sits in the Senate Appropriations Committee retains the $150 million in federal direct aid to the fishing industry — the very same $150 million that...

Sens. Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren continue to lead charge for federal disaster
By Robert Rizzuto, The Republican
on November 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM assistance for Massachusetts fishing industry
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren are continuing to lead a bipartisan push to finally bring federal disaster relief to the troubled Massachusetts fishing industry. Markey and Warren along with all eight of the state's Democratic congressmen sent a letter on Wednesday asking leaders in the House and the Senate for $150 million in federal aid for the Northeast U.S. as well as five other regions where fishing industry disasters have been declared. The money, if approved, would be included in an appropriations bill for the 2014 fiscal year. "For the communities they affect, fisheries disasters are as devastating as other federally-declared disasters," the letter states. "These funds could be used in a variety of ways to provide fishermen vital help including support for emergency financial assistance, operational costs where necessary, economic development programs, and...

With New England Cod Scarce, Industry Turns Its Hopes Toward Dogfish
By Rachel Gotbaum November 12, 2013
BOSTON — Cod has been king for centuries in New England. And for generations, it sustained a vibrant fishing industry here. But in recent years, federal regulators have imposed strict catch limits on cod and other groundfish, and fisherman say they can’t even meet those quotas because it’s getting harder to find cod in local waters. So with a shortage of local cod, there is an effort underway to lure diners away from the revered species and steer them towards new types of fish that are abundant. But it’s not easy to increase consumer demand for what’s long been considered “trash fish.” At a fundraising dinner at the Cambridge restaurant Area Four, diners were not eating the usual fare. Redfish, surf clam and dogfish — sometimes known as “trash fish” — were on the menu. Michael Leviton, chef and owner at Area Four, said the species are hardly household names. The point of the dinner was to highlight overlooked fish that are abundant in local waters. One of the offerings was lionfish ceviche with ruby grapefruit and a candied lemon zest. “We’re hosting a dinner tonight that brings together nine chefs, each who are cooking a...

Peruvian anchovy worth more as food than as feed: study
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The true potential of Peruvian anchovy lies not in fishmeal but as food for people and as part of the ocean food web, according to Canadian and Peruvian researchers. The Peruvian anchovy is the world’s biggest fishery resource, with annual landings of five to 10-million metric tons. It generates up to one-third of the world’s fishmeal supply. But a new study reveals the bulk of the revenue and employment comes....

November 13, 2013
Editorial: Farm Aid lobster delivers key message
Gloucester Daily Times
When Niaz Dorry of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance and four fishing families attended this fall’s Farm Aid, they delivered more than lobsters from Gloucester’s Mortillaro Lobster Co. and helpings of...

Identifying Tomorrow’s Markets Today
(UNITED STATES, 11/13/2013)
Recognizing the importance of identifying and commercially developing new products from sustainable fisheries, American Seafoods Group created American Marine Ingredients (AMI), staffed it with its best product development and industry experts, and invested the resources to ensure to efficiently maximize the value of the company's fish harvests. American Marine Ingredients satisfies the worlds’ growing nutritional needs with quality marine ingredients made from sustainable and natural fisheries resources for foods, dietary supplements, and animal nutrition.....

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