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#12-17-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Post Doctoral Fellow Finds New Home in Kodiak
Dec 16, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Abhijit Chatterjee never thought he’d call Alaska home. But his academic interests laid out a path that ultimately led him to Kodiak where he is currently a post doctoral fellow at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center. Chatterjee grew up in Kolkata, India, where he earned his bachelors in chemistry and then later pursued a bachelors and masters in food technology and biochemical engineering. In 2007 he embarked on a huge adventure, and decided to...

Will FDA Salmon Ruling Lead to Labeling Law?
By Georgina Gustin
Roll Call Staff
Dec. 16, 2013, 3:29 p.m.
........... Earlier this year, Begich introduced a bill that would require labels on the genetically engineered salmon. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, attached the measure to the 2014 Agriculture appropriations bill, winning a 15-14 vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee in June. The spending bill would require the FDA to spend at least $150,000 on a label identifying genetically engineered fish. “So we’re kind of creating a back door, so if in their lack of wisdom, they approve this, FDA has to create a label,” Begich said. Alaska salmon has its own label: Wild-Caught Alaska Salmon.....

4:44 PM MON DECEMBER 16, 2013
UFA Released Updated "Community Fishing Fact Sheets"
The United Fishermen of Alaska has updated their “Community Fishing Fact Sheets” to include data from 2012. The fact sheets cover specific areas that are generally either municipalities or census areas. The updated fact sheet for the Dillingham Census Area shows that there were 613 CFEC commercial fishing permit holders in the area last year that owned a total of 780 permits. The data indicates that just 411 of those permit holders actually fished in 2012. When you include the 697 licensed crew members, the number of those who actually fished in 2012 was just over 1.1-thousand. The data shows that just over 22-percent of...

Pebble Partner Says Fisheries Not To Blame For Withdrawl
Posted: December 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm
The remaining Pebble Partner, Northern Dynasty Minerals, says environmental concerns weren’t to blame for Anglo American’s withdrawal from the project earlier this year. NDM President Ron Thiessen said this week that “Anglo American has made it clear that....

Alaska, Cook Inlet from Ninilchik
Alaska, Cook Inlet from Ninilchik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fish board adjusts commercial regulations in lower Cook Inlet
Posted: December 14, 2013 - 8:00pm
By Molly Dischner
Alaska Journal of Commerce
Lower Cook Inlet commercial fishermen will see some changes in the boundaries for certain fisheries next year. Alaska’s Board of Fisheries tackled a handful of proposals that will affect commercial boundaries and markers at the Lower Cook Inlet meeting in Anchorage last week. Salmon seiners will operate under redefined boundaries and use latitude and longitude...

Cod continues to move north into Arctic - scientists
Published:  17 December, 2013
COD shoals appear to be moving further north and well into the Arctic Ocean, new research suggests. The main driver behind this sizeable  migration is warmer seas further south. Marine scientists from five countries bordering the Arctic Ocean  met in Tromso, Norway recently to discuss this phenomenon and concluded that cod stocks in the Barents....

Ocean mapping leads to new ship route in Canadian Arctic
CBC NewsEye on the Arctic
December 16, 2013
Iqaluit, anglican church St. Jude
Iqaluit, anglican church St. Jude (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ocean mapping efforts in Canada's Arctic have uncovered a new passage for increasing ship traffic to Iqaluit, the capital city of Canada's eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut. The isolated region receives most of its supplies through shipping, so the discovery of the new shipping highway, due in part to New Brunswick-based researchers, is significant. “It’s a much better approach to Iqaluit,” says Weston Renoud, a masters student in hydrography at the University of New Brunswick. “It’s a deeper and wider approach. This is great for shipping. “The existing channel is fairly narrow and shallow, so only one vessel can go through at a time, and it has to be timed for the right tide,” he says. “Much like the Bay of Fundy, Frobisher has quite extreme tides,” explains Renoud. “We often...

Pacific Seafood Named A Most Admired Company In Oregon
by Pacific Seafood
Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:50PM EST
PORTLAND, Ore. – Pacific Seafood, the family-owned seafood company based in Portland, Ore., was honored at The Portland Business Journal’s annual Oregon’s Most Admired Companies luncheon yesterday with over 800 Oregon executives in attendance. Pacific Seafood was named Oregon’s 8th Most Admired Company in the agriculture and forest products category and was similarly honored in 2011 and 2009. Winners were based on a survey the Portland Business Journal conducted via a phone survey of CEOs across Oregon. Participants were asked...

Calm under pressure
From U.S. Coast Guard reports
Late one February evening, the seven-man crew of a 106-foot steel trawler was making a last tow 60 miles off the New Jersey coast in deteriorating weather conditions. The skipper decided to haul his gear and ride out the weather.  Around 10:30 p.m., the trawler's mate and engineer entered the wheelhouse after making his rounds in the machinery and engine spaces. He told the skipper all was secure below and that he saw....

December 17, 2013
Editorial: Fish panel must heed community impact in changes
Gloucester Daily Times
The New England Fisheries Management Council’s monthly meeting, a three-day session that began Monday in Danvers, holds immense potential for creating important new guidelines for fishermen out of Gloucester and elsewhere to move forward. Yet this council — a policy arm of NOAA that is supposed to bring the input of fishermen, federal government officials and the environmental community to the same table, yet too often fails the fishermen – could also bury small, largely independent....

Blue carbon
World's mangroves, salt marshes hold potential for reducing carbon emissions
10:04 a.m., Dec. 16, 2013
Mangroves, the dense forests found along tropical and subtropical coastlines, have some specialized trees that can take in air through their roots at low tide and excrete salt right out of their leaves. The unusual ecosystems can also absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide, making them a natural solution for controlling greenhouse gases. Disrupt them, however, and they’ll put that carbon right back into the atmosphere......

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