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#11-26-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Map of the Bering Sea, with the Aleutian Basin...
Map of the Bering Sea, with the Aleutian Basin clearly discernable here in the southwest portion of the sea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pollock quota looks to stay flat
The 2014 quota for Bering Sea pollock isn't likely to change much from the current year....
Silver Bay Seafoods fined for tendering undersized Tanner crab
by Emily Forman, KCAW
November 25, 2013 12:15 pm
The Sitka District Court has fined Silver Bay Seafoods $16,000 for tendering what State Troopers estimate to be over 3,000 pounds of undersized Tanner crab earlier this year. The judgement was signed by Magistrate Leonard Devaney on Wednesday (11-20-13). In February, Alaska Trooper Tim Hall discovered the unlawful commercial Tanner crab while monitoring the offload of a vessel, called the Grace C. at Silver Bay Seafoods. Out of....

The End of the Year Fisheries Wrap Up
November 25, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. The end of the 2013 fishing season draws near.
As the end of the year approaches fishermen tie up the loose ends of what’s left in the 2013 season.
Out in the Bering Sea…...

10:16 AM MON NOVEMBER 25, 2013
Double Digit Unemployment for Southwest Alaska
The Southwest region of Alaska posted double-digit unemployment numbers last month. Southwest is the only region in the state with double-digit unemployment. The October unemployment numbers from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development puts the unemployment rate for Southwest Alaska at 13.4-percent. That’s well above the 6-percent recorded in Southeast and in the Interior region. The Northern region posted an October unemployment rate of 8.8-percent and.....

Alaska's road to Nome appears dead, but advocates not giving up
Pat Forgey
November 25, 2013
JUNEAU -- A road to Nome has been a dream for years or decades, but the project that was put on the front burner by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been moved to the back burner by current Gov. Sean Parnell. A study that Palin commissioned in 2009 and pitched in her State of the State address has apparently stalled. "There is no 'Road to Nome Project,'" said Hannah Blankenship, spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Transportation. The study started under Palin, and completed in 2011, found that such a road beginning along the Dalton Highway and heading west to the Bering Sea would cost up to $3 billion. "That kind of money just doesn't exist," said Jeff Ottesen, the state's.....

Washington still hooked on fishing
A new report finds the sprawling, 150-year-old maritime industry continues to be a major mainstay of the state's economy.
By Stephen H. Dunphy
Water, water everywhere and lots of jobs to boot. That’s the gist of a new report on the economic impact of the maritime industry in Washington State. The report spotlights the important role the maritime industry plays in the state’s economy, estimating that the sector generates $30 billion in total revenues and about 148,000 jobs.....

Fishing Industry At Risk Of Disappearing In New England
By Jonathan Elias, WBZ-TV
November 25, 2013 11:36 PM
GLOUCESTER (CBS) – The industry that built New England is at risk of disappearing. Fishing has always been a mainstay, but things have drastically changed. Environmentalists say global warming has depleted fish stocks. Fishermen argue there are fish, and regulations that defy common sense. “It’s killing me,” says Joe Orlando. “I come down to the dock every day and look at my boat rusting away.” Joe Orlando has fished off Gloucester his whole life. A couple years ago WBZ-TV was at sea with him and his son. At that time he said....

Ban on import of seal products omitted from talks between Canada, EU
CBC NewsEye on the Arctic
November 25, 2013
The European Union's ban on the import of seal products was not discussed as part of the free trade negotiations between Canada and Europe. A source close to the negotiations told CBC Radio’s Fisheries Broadcast that the seal ban was considered, but it was felt that the issue was a dispute best left to be resolved under the ongoing World Trade Organization dispute process. The European Union officially banned the import of seal products in August 2010 over disputed and controversial animal welfare concerns. Canada appealed the ban at the World Trade Organization on the grounds that the seal harvest is sustainable and humane, and that the ban....

Friday November 22, 2013
.ca: Recommendation that several commercial fish species be listed as endangered (audio)
We'll hear what the premier has to say now about CETA and fish processing.....

New sensor chip to take guesswork out of packaged fish 
26 November, 2013
PhD candidate Jennele Heising from Wageningen University in The Netherlands is developing a new packaging innovation for seafood that lets consumers know how fresh the product is without opening the package. The innovative packaging features a built-in sensor, or chip that communicates the freshness of the fish via smartphone before....

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