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#11-21-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

More Fishing Jobs in Alaska
Wed, Nov 20, 2013
By Mike Mason
Some new data from the State of Alaska indicates that the number of fishing jobs in the state of Alaska has been inching upwards over the last few years. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

Feds finailze otter use guidelines
by Matt Lichtenstein
November 20, 2013 10:05 am
The federal government has finalized new guidelines on the use of sea otters by Alaska Natives. The change is aimed at better-defining a requirement that hides must be “significantly altered” in order to be considered authentic native handicrafts or clothing that can be sold to non-natives. “These are guidelines and they are to help the native artisans to understand what exactly qualifies as significantly altered,” Andrea Medeiros is a spokesperson for the US Fish and Wildlife Service which has been working on the revised wording for more than a year. The final guidelines say a sea otter will be considered “significantly altered” when it’s.....

What exactly is the impact of setnet bycatch on Alaska's Kenai River king salmon fishery?
Craig Medred
November 20, 2013
Commercial setnet fishermen in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, who find themselves under fire from an initiative aimed at shutting them down, are not alone. All along the U.S. Pacific Coast, it seems, efforts are underway to ban or restrict an old commercial fishing gear type that’s unable to discriminate between various species of salmon. Commercial fishers in Washington state this summer failed in a court bid to stop a ban on gillnets in the main stem of the Columbia River. Commercial fishers in Alaska are now considering similar litigation in an attempt to stop the proposed ballot initiative imposing a set-gillnet ban in non-subsistence areas....

I-522 supporters lost their first fight to label genetically engineered foods in Washington; now it's on to Round Two
by Deanna Pan
When the campaign to label genetically modified food in Washington conceded last week, Initiative 522 had definitely failed — 51 to 49 percent — with too few uncounted votes left to pull off a win. I-522 was leading in just seven counties, all on the western side of the state. The Yes on 522 campaign had been outspent 3-to-1. But as Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, one of the initiative's legislative sponsors, says: "This is just the opening round." Backers of GMO labeling are already vowing to return in 2016 with another ballot measure, and Chase and Rep. Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, are preparing bills for the upcoming legislative session to keep the momentum for labeling alive. "I don't think anyone should be disheartened," Condotta says....

Forget Trendy Coffee Beans — Now Seaweed Innovation Gets Techie Money
NOVEMBER 20, 2013 AT 11:33 AM PT
First, it was twee organic coffee bean purveyor investments. Then it was better-for-you candy bar funding and soy-based meal replacement. And now? Seaweed, naturally.....

November 21, 2013
Russia through the Peanut Hole #LOST
By Kim Zigfeld
You may have heard about Russia's land grab in the Arctic, where the already enormous and unwieldy nation seeks dominion over natural gas and oil reserves to the exclusion of other countries. You may even know that Russia and Japan are still fighting World War II, having never made peace because of Russia's aggressive land grab in the Kuril Islands just to the north of Japan. But you likely have not heard about what is going on just north of there, in the Sea of Okhotsk, where Russia is yet again seeking to furtively seize another big chunk of the globe. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, every nation bordering the ocean has an "exclusive economic zone" (EEZ) that stretches into the ocean for 200 nautical miles from its coastline. Within the EEZ, the bordering....

Sturgeon disappearance sparks demand for caviar
November 21, 2013 Yaroslava Kiryukhina, RBTH
Decline in sturgeon numbers sparks global demand for black caviar.....