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#11-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Aquabounty GM salmon cleared for commercial production in Canada
November 25, 2013, 9:48 am
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Aquaounty Technologies has been cleared to produce salmon eggs in Canada for commercial purposes, according to a press release on Nov. 25. Environment Canada has decided that ‘AquAdvantage salmon’ is not harmful....

Arctic Marine Survey Work: NOAA & Coastguard Join Hands - Installing survey monitors on cutter Spar
Sunday, November 24, 2013
With the Alaskan coast comprising 57% of the U.S. navigationally significant waters, a multi-agency partnership for hydro survey data is necessary for maritime safety.
Since 2008, NOAA has been....

Shrinking Fishing Towns Wonder, Where Did All the Salmon Go?
Posted by alaskanfood in Explorers Journal on November 24, 2013
On a sunny day in Nome, we strapped our gear onto our ATVs and rode along the Bering Sea.  Driving ATVs on the beach, manoeuvring between driftwood, riding over rocks and skimming through the cold water gives an adrenaline rush. Our destination was Fort Davis, a local fish camp and home to fellow expedition member, Jenny’s great grandparents’ cabin. Fish camps are where families will go to harvest, process, and dry fish. Or at least they used to. When we arrived, Fort Davis was essentially abandoned. Jenny’s family cabin had been beaten by a harsh storm that hit the north-west coast of Alaska several years ago, and its remaining skeleton had been bleached grey by the sun. Though the cabin was boarded up, we could peer....

Alaska fisheries blogger shares video of alleged misuse of halibut bycatch
Craig Medred
November 24, 2013
After going dark for more than a month, Tholepin -- an anonymous, Kodiak-based blogger who has been a thorn in the side of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) -- has resurfaced with what is reported to be a video of a trawler crew tossing halibut bycatch off the deck of a boat in the Kodiak harbor. The video is of low quality, the date on which it was shot impossible to determine, and its validity impossible to independently confirm. But it clearly shows flatfish that appear to be halibut being...

Alaska Gateway schools win grant to buy local food
Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 12:00 am
Alaska Gateway School District, encompassing Tok, Eagle and the surrounding area of the state’s eastern border with the Yukon, won a grant from the federal government to provide more local foods to students.....

Recipe: Roasted spot prawns, winners of Alaska Sustainable Seafood Cook-off
Kim Sunée
November 24, 2013
The more I settle in and get to know the Alaska food scene, the happier I am to discover the dedication of local food lovers, writers, and organizations here. This year for Food Day -- a nationwide event that helps promote healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food -- Anchorage was right in the hub of it all with a Sustainable Seafood Cook-Off, which also benefited the Downtown Soup Kitchen. Sponsored by the Alaska Food Policy Council, The Alaska Marine Conservation Council, and Rob and Carolyn Kinneen of Fresh49, the Cook-Off was held on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the newly-opened Soup Kitchen, which serves close to 450 meals a day.....

The ups and downs of commuting by plane in rural Alaska
Jill Burke
November 24, 2013
BETHEL -- Imagine flying to work in Anchorage from Eagle River. Or from Potter Marsh to downtown Anchorage. The few miles that seem like a simple road commute for Alaska’s big-city dwellers is an altogether different adventure when you leave the road system and get into rural Alaska. In the communities surrounding Bethel, a hub city in the western part of the state, commuting often means taking a boat ride along the river, or zooming along in winter on a snowmachine. Bethel sits at the mouth of the state’s second largest river, the Kuskokwim, about 40 miles inland from the Bering Sea. But in that in-between state between Fall and Winter, when the Kuskokwim river is too iced over to travel by boat but not icy enough to safely hold the weight of snowmachines and other vehicles....

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Delta, Alaska turn up competition at Sea-Tac amid strategic partnership
High-flying alliance may be giving way to fierce rivalry
Staff writerNovember 24, 2013
At first, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Now that heavenly alliance of two of the nation’s leading legacy airlines, Alaska and Delta, crafted nine years ago as a symbiotic partnership, appears troubled as each airline fights for market share at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The partners, SeaTac’s Alaska Airlines, a relatively small but consistently profitable legacy carrier with its major hub at Sea-Tac, and Delta Air Lines, the nation’s second-largest carrier based in Atlanta, are now in an undeclared war at Sea-Tac. It wasn’t always that way because the initial logic of their partnership was compelling. As the partnership first unfolded, Delta provided the flights from its big hubs in.....

Portland Local News
Ore. commercial Dungeness crab season delayed
Posted on November 25, 2013 at 6:32 AM
Updated today at 6:31 AM
NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Fish and Wildlife officials say the commercial Dungeness crab season on the Oregon coast will be delayed through at least Dec. 15 to allow the crabs to fill with meat.....

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