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#12-16-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Geoduck sector affected by Chinese shellfish import ban
Monday, December 16, 2013, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Geoduck harvesters have requested the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to negotiate with the Chinese government so as to re-start shellfish trade after a ban imposed shellfish imports from the West Coast of the United States. Trade was interrupted after the government of the Asian country found geoduck clams from Northwest waters contained high levels of arsenic and a toxin that...
OPINION: Canada and Russia edging toward Arctic territory battle
December 13th 11:42
Carey Restino
As if on cue on the heels of an editorial last week in the New York Times by Michael Klare warning of this very sort of issue, Russia and Canada appear to be headed toward a territory dispute over parts of the Arctic. At the heart of the dispute is an undersea mountain range between Ellesmere Island in Canada and Russia's Siberian coastline. Russia says it owns the ridge, citing a 2007 mission in which divers actually planted a flag on the seabed. But last week, Canada went the bureaucratic route and applied to the United Nations commission asking to increase its nautical borders by half a million square miles. As it stands now, the Arctic is "owned by five nations, each limited to that area 200 nautical miles from their northern coasts. But as the valuable resources alleged to be beneath the surface of the Arctic beckon, that's...

Dungeness crab season settled to start this week
Monday, December 16, 2013, 06:30 (GMT + 9)
Commercial Dungeness crab season has been delayed this year because it was evidenced during the pre-season testing that the crustacean on some areas of the coast had not reached the requested measure. Commercial crabbing starts on 1 December every year but this year the percentage of meat in the crab hadn’t met the minimum test criteria, calculated by weight, by....

U.S. Navy expands sonar testing despite troubling signs
— Dec. 15, 2013 6:44 PM EST
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago. Scientists think the sounds scare animals into shallow waters where they can become disoriented and wash ashore, but technology capable of close monitoring has emerged only in about the last decade. Aside from strandings, biologists are concerned....

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