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#12-04-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska beefs up its fish drive into UK and Europe
Published:  04 December, 2013
THE Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is to make a big  push into the UK and Northern Europe following the appointment of the experienced London PR firm  Lotus UK to be its marketing and trade representation in that region of the world.... The apppointment comes amid reports of a bumper pink salmon harvest this year which has given the Institute the task of trying to find new....

Assembly Backs Set Netters
Posted: December 4, 2013 at 7:05 am
There was wide-ranging support for set netters at last night’s Borough Assembly meeting…
Asm. Pierce(Sterling): “Resolution 2013-081 supporting the continuation of set netting in Cook Inlet, and this was brought to us by Assemblyman Bagley, Johnson, and Johnson and the Mayor sponsoring it, and also Hal Smalley is sponsoring it. Public: “I’m in support of this resolution. Wanted to....

Canadian First Nations chief lays blame on Alaska catch for low Yukon salmon runs
CBC NewsEye on the Arctic
December 3, 2013
Preliminary data indicates the 2012 Chinook salmon run on the Yukon River was the worst ever. The International Yukon River Panel is meeting in Whitehorse, the capital city of Canada’s Yukon territory, this week to plan a management strategy for 2014. Federal Fisheries officials who represent Canada at the talks refuse to say how they plan to address the issue. Closed-door meetings were held Sunday and continued Monday with a public session beginning Tuesday......

Crab chat aims to haul in stories
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
Dec 3rd, 2013
Back in the day, residents of Kachemak Bay pulled more than big flatfish and frisky salmon from the waters. Those who have lived on local shores for 30 years or so remember a day when it was possible to jig for crab, not to mention make a descent living from harvesting king and Tanner crabs. Those memories — as well as a tank full of tiny juvenile crab courtesy of the Seward hatchery — are the subject of an exhibit currently on display at the Pratt Museum entitled “When Crab Was King.” A community conversation to be held...

HB 77 video draws attention
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
Dec 3rd, 2013
A video featuring many familiar Homer faces is circulating social media sites this week, but the faces have a disturbing feature — two strips of black tape making an “X” across their mouths.
The video is an effort to draw attention to concerns about House Bill 77, which opponents say restricts the right of Alaskans to voice opposition to State Department of Natural Resource decisions.
The proposed bill, which will be taken up again when the Alaska Legislature reconvenes in January, allows only public entities — not tribes, individuals or organizations — to apply for water reservations; a tool used to conserve fish habitat. Filmmaker and opponent of HB77 Bjorn Olson said the idea to create a film that would, “do more than preach to the choir,” came from a meeting organized by...

Fairbanks: GVEA to finish coal plant deal today
Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 11:59 pm
Jeff Richardson
FAIRBANKS — Golden Valley Electric Association expects to finish the purchase of a dormant Healy power plant today, a step that puts the Interior utility on pace to restart the coal-fired plant by early 2015.
GVEA President Cory Borgeson, who spoke at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce weekly luncheon on Tuesday, said the utility will acquire the Healy No. 2 coal-fired plant from the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority for about $44 million. The deal doesn't....

Illahe wine pairs perfectly with salmon
Illahe 2012 GrĂ¼ner Veltliner pairs perfectly with Keta salmon poached in white wine
Dec. 3, 2013 11:23 PM
Keta salmon from Alaska is still available in our area and last week, it was at a very low price at Winco when I was shopping. This salmon is probably the mildest-flavored species of salmon that I’ve tasted. According to the NOAA’s Fishwatch Food Facts, this is one of the lowest-priced salmons on the market and is a leaner, less oily salmon harvested from Alaska to Tillamook Bay. This...

Crab fishing on hold; price keeps commercial fishermen on the docks
Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
POSTED:   12/03/2013 02:36:47 AM PST
The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in Northern California is on hold indefinitely, as fishermen and wholesale buyers continue to haggle over prices. ”We're 50 cents apart,” said local fisherman Dave Bitts. “It looks like, maybe, they just don't really want to buy crabs very bad right now, which means maybe the market is just soft. If that's the....

Rio 2016 to support MSC and ASC certified seafood
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will promote Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certified seafood at the 2016 Rio Games. This landmark announcement means that all of the seafood served to the athletes, officials, press and at the onsite restaurants will be certified as sustainably wild caught (MSC) and responsibly farmed (ASC). With over 14 million meals served over 27 days, the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ catering represents a huge...

Marine Harvest, WWF call for proper GM salmon labelling
Wednesday, December 04, 2013, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
Marine Harvest, the world’s largest farmed salmon producer, does not support the introduction of genetically modified salmon and is calling for it to be labelled as GM if approved for the American market. The company recalls that amid the ongoing debate in the US on the introduction of genetically modified transgenic salmon, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received an application for approval of GM salmon for human consumption in the...

Vancouver king for crabs
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Siu Sai-wo
I went to Canada to attend a Sing Tao Group meeting, and Vancouver was the first stop.
The early winter air temperature was hovering just above zero in the city, and it was king crab season, so the dish featured prominently on the menu of....