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UFA Update: Health Exchange Info for Fishermen and Fishing Groups

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) ufa-fish.org -   Sept 01, 2013  4:33 PM  Health Care Open Enrollment to start  October 1 Info on the Affordable Care Act for Fishermen and Fishing Groups The Affordable care act provides an opportunity for self-employed individuals and families to apply for health insurance through the “Marketplace”,  regardless of previous conditions or non-coverage. The Act requires individuals to have coverage beginning  January 1, 2014 , and provides tax credits to help pay for coverage for some individuals, with penalties of $95 or 1% of annual income for not having coverage.  For those already paying for health insurance, there are potential refunds for qualified individuals and small businesses. The Act provides small businesses that do not currently offer coverage the opportunity to shop for group coverage, with tax credits available to qualifying small businesses.

#09-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Scientists aims to improve Alaska fisheries Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 9:20 am Tom Hesse / Daily Sitka Sentinel SITKA, Alaska - Jamal Moss is one of the scores of scientists working on the most exhaustive studies to date on the fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska. Moss, a principal investigator for the ongoing Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystems Research Project, was in Sitka last week preparing for another study of Southeast fisheries. The multi-year project started with a pilot study in 2010 and focuses on the survival rates of black cod, Pacific cod, rockfish, pollock and the arrowtooth flounder. One of the goals of the project is to gather information so that fisheries managers can.... http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/scientists-aims-to-improve-alaska-fisheries/article_6cb2ba56-292b-11e3-af33-0019bb30f31a.html Food Services of America Makes Commitment to Sustainable Fish MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) 30 September 2013 US - Food Services of America

#09-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Here's Sunday's front page pic.twitter.com/Z5pfJc3GDl — Anchorage Daily News (@adndotcom) September 29, 2013 Posted on Sunday, 09.29.13 In Pebble Mine project, Alaskan villages see perils, promise BY SEAN COCKERHAM MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU ILIAMNA, Alaska -- In the vast, green, windswept tundra of Southwest Alaska, the planet’s greatest remaining stronghold of wild salmon, an open-pit mine of staggering proportions is being hatched. Right now it’s just a cluster of buildings in a remote valley, where the silence is broken by the buzz of helicopters bringing workers to collect core samples. But the proposed Pebble Mine could become the largest open-pit mine on the continent, and the Environmental Protection Agency figures it could wipe out nearly 100 miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands. The deposit of copper and gold is a potential... http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/29/3652588/in-pebble-mine-project-alaskan.html Fisheries board focus will be on P-

#09-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Senate hearing focuses on sustainability certification http://sustainability.alaskaseafood.org Posted 09/27/2013 by - Margaret Bauman Executives from two multinational corporations told a Senate subcommittee in Washington D.C. Sept. 24 they are willing to consider several sources to assure the sustainability of seafood purchased for their vast retail and food service businesses. At the same time, neither retail giant Walmart, nor Sodexo, which does millions of dollars in business with federal government agencies and many private sector entities in food services and facilities management, have yet to lift their commitment to seafood certification via the Marine Stewardship Council. The Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Coast Guard, chaired by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, was held to explore ways to make sure current and future http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1339senate-hearing-focuses-on-sustainability Chum Bycatch Tops 100,000 Fish By Ben Math

Fairbanks International Airport: Apple Maps = Cluster ....

Directions turned off Wedensday but now back on and passing through "Taxiway B" >  http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130927/apples-map-app-strikes-again-fairbanks-taxiway-closed-drivers-tarmac Apple's map app strikes again: Fairbanks taxiway closed by drivers on the tarmac http://t.co/2XyiAKusjr — Dermot Cole (@DermotMCole) September 28, 2013 Apple maps route to Fairbanks airport runway reactivated (new route but still faulty directions to runway) http://t.co/3d6GECcUbN — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) September 28, 2013 More Apple Maps fallout in Fairbanks, Alaska? Third person in less than a month attempts to cross runway in car. http://t.co/L7SvfVgLWn — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) September 28, 2013 Apple disables faulty iOS Maps app driving directions to the Fairbanks International Airport http://t.co/3wH1gZhg8F pic.twitter.com/rR2fgsOwgC — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) September 27, 2013

Murkowski Comments re: Denali Comission

Post by Lisa Murkowski . Chill sets in at Alaska-based federal agency after one boss asks DC to shut it down | Fox News http://t.co/aOAiiXHMwd #DenaliCommission — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) September 27, 2013 Inspector General recommends shuttering Denali Commission; Federal body funds AK infrastructure, community projects http://t.co/sUwylb4fKf — KTVA CBS 11 News (@KTVA) September 28, 2013

#09-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

An open letter and fact sheet to address negative and inaccurate statements about the MSC program by ASMI, Alaska elected officials and trade journal reporting Alaska State Capitol, Juneau (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) By Kerry Coughlin September 26, 2013 For many years, Marine Stewardship Council ( MSC ) worked closely and collaboratively with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute ( ASMI ) to support its charter to market Alaska seafood in global markets.  With demand for credible, independent third-party scientific confirmation of sustainability by many market buyers, MSC certification has served as a benefit for Alaskan and other fisheries in marketing to these buyers.  We are proud of our relationship with the Alaskan fishing industry and proud to help bring fishermen, industry members, government fishery managers and state leaders recognition for their demonstrated commitment to sustainable fishing. For the last few years as ASMI has developed and promoted its own certifica