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#12-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Hatcheries provide 30% of AK wild salmon
December 19, 2013 by Laine Welch
Fish Radio
December 20, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Hatcheries make a huge impact on Alaska’s salmon haul. Each year about one third of Alaska’s salmon catch comes from fish hatcheries.
The numbers aren’t out yet, but this year more than 65 million hatchery produced fish were...

The Alaska Fisheries report
Dec 19, 2013
Coming up this week, China surprises Alaska and the West Coast with a shellfish ban, Bering Sea, Aleutians and Gulf groundfish TACs have been set, and the glory that is nine-tons of vac-packed salmon steaks, all coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUOW’s Ashley Ahern in Seattle,’s John Sackton in Lexington, Mass., CoastAlaska’s Ed Shoenfeld and KTOO’s Lisa Phu, both in Juneau....

DECEMBER 19, 2013
The Nushagak Cooperative is Halting Work on the Proposeed Hyrdo Projects in a Nearby State Park... // Nuvista To Ask Legislature to Clear Way for Hydro Study at Chikuminuk... #SmartGrid

Monitoring Water Temperatures in Streams and Rivers in Bristol Bay
4:33 PM THU DECEMBER 19, 2013
An effort is underway to begin monitoring the water temperature in several rivers and streams in the Bristol Bay region in an effort to see if there are any impacts from climate change that could harm the regions tremendous salmon resource. The details of the project were outlined earlier this month during the Southwest Alaska Salmon Science Workshop held in Anchorage. The partners in the project include the Bristol Bay Native Association and the water quality watchdog group “Cook Inlet Keeper” based in Homer, which has been monitoring water temperatures in....

MSC ecolabel
MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marine Stewardship Council dismisses scallop fishing objection
By Ben Martens, Maine Coast Fishermen's Association
Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 1:30pm
In an attempt to close a management loophole that threatens the viability of the Northern Gulf of Maine scallop fishery, Togue Brawn of Maine Dayboat Scallops, Inc., with the support of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, filed an objection to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) proposed certification of sustainability for the United States Atlantic scallop fishery. The certification was sought by the American Scallop Association, which represents companies and individuals involved with the Limited Access scallop fleet. The Limited Access scallop fleet is responsible....

Algae converted to crude oil in just minutes
Friday, December 20, 2013, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup. The research by engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was reported recently in the journal Algal Research. A biofuels company, Utah-based Genifuel Corp., has licensed the technology and is working with an industrial partner to build a pilot plant using the technology. In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical....

Conference Report: “The Arctic: Region of Cooperation and Development”
By Elizaveta Kozlova On 2-3rd December 2013, “The Arctic: Region of Cooperation and Development” international conference took place in Moscow, Russia. The conference was organized by the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and its partners – the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of World Economy and International Relations (RAS IMEMO), International Maritime Law Association, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The conference enjoyed a high-level opening ceremony which featured the Russian President’s Special Representative for International Cooperation in The Arctic and Antarctic Arthur Chilingarov, Senior Arctic Official for Russia Anton Vasilyev, RIAC Director Andrey Kortunov, RAS IMEMO Director Alexander Dynkin, followed by Director of....