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#01-03-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Foes in court, friends in port? Anchorage hires CH2M Hill to oversee stalled project
Sean Doogan
January 2, 2014
The Municipality of Anchorage has hired engineering and construction company CH2M Hill to oversee the troubled Port of Anchorage Intermodal Expansion Project. If the company’s name sounds familiar, it should: The city is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with CH2M Hill over work already done on the port. Mayor Dan Sullivan insisted at a Thursday press conference at City Hall that the legal dispute will not affect the city’s work with CH2M Hill going forward. The project management award would pay CH2M Hill $30 million over five years, with the option of two two-year extensions for $12 million each. The money would pay for CH2M Hill’s management of the effort to repair old work already done at the port and continue the proposed.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20140102/foes-court-friends-port-anchorage-hires-ch2m-hill-oversee-stalled-project

Yukon Commercial Fishermen May Be Able To Use Purse Seine Gear
By Ben Matheson, KYUK - Bethel | January 2, 2014 - 5:28 pm.... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2014/01/02/yukon-commercial-fishermen-may-be-able-to-use-purse-seine-gear/

Vote Stands in Fish Committee Debate
Posted: January 3, 2014 at 6:09 am
The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee will stand by a previous vote to support Board of fish proposal 242, after a change in the committee and the addition of the sponsor’s testimony reopened debate. Committee Chair Mike Crawford said last night that.... http://radiokenai.net/vote-stands-in-fish-committee-debate/

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Jan 2 2014
Coming up on this first show of the New Year, we get a projection for this year’s king run on the Nushagak, and just how many people are employed in the seafood industry in Alaska.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5327

Sentinel looks back on 2013.... http://www.wrangellsentinel.com/story/2014/01/02/about-town/sentinel-looks-back-on-2013/1760.html

2013 Year in review.... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/story/2014/01/02/about-town/2013-year-in-review/1988.html

2013 Year In Review... http://www.thesewardphoenixlog.com/story/2014/01/02/features/2013-year-in-review/2195.html

2013 Year in Review... http://www.thetundradrums.com/story/2014/01/02/features/2013-year-in-review-july-through-december/999.html

Gray-whale sightings off West Coast hit 3-decade high
Biologists, whale watchers delight in the large numbers. An expert attributes the high number in December to a healthier-growing population.
By ERIKA I. RITCHIE / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Published: Jan. 2, 2014 Updated: Jan. 3, 2014 7:33 a.m.
DANA POINT – December sightings of whales fluking, spy-hopping and diving by the Southern California coastline continued a strong trend of rising from a low point seen four years ago. Whales are on their annual migration from feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to breeding and mating spots in the lagoons off Baja. Whale-watch captains on boats from San Diego to Santa Barbara can't miss them. On New Year's day, marine biologists and whale aficionados lined the coast in Rancho Palos Verdes near the Point Vicente... http://www.ocregister.com/articles/whales-595841-gray-whale.html

Original Cheerios to go GMO-free
Candice Choi The Associated Press
NBC News
15 hours ago
General Mills says some Cheerios made without genetically modified ingredients will start appearing on shelves soon.  The Minneapolis-based company said Thursday that it has been manufacturing its original-flavor Cheerios without GMOs for the past several weeks in response to consumer demand. It did not specify exactly when those boxes would be on sale. Original Cheerios will now be labeled as "Not Made With Genetically Modified Ingredients," although that is not an official certification. The labels will also note that trace amounts of GMO ingredients.... http://www.nbcnews.com/business/original-cheerios-go-gmo-free-2D11844100

The price of success
Thursday, 02 January 2014
In 2012, a year after implementing catch shares in the West Coast groundfish fishery, NOAA was calling the program a success. It was hard to argue with the numbers: The fishery made $54 million in 2011 compared to its historical average of $38 million for 2006-2010. In addition, bycatch was down from 15 percent to 1.3 percent. But some California fishermen are telling a different story about catch shares. Jeremiah O'Brien, director of the Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization, called the program the "worst thing that ever happened... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/blogs/coastlines/2816-the-price-of-success

Editorial: At NOAA, a crisis at the top
The word that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s strategic management has drawn scathing reviews in a new survey assessing federal worker satisfaction should come as no surprise. By all appearances, NOAA has no meaningful national leadership since last February’s overdue exit by then-administrator Jane Lubchenco, whose willful destruction of the fishing industry through her catch share.... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/news-events/top-news/2819-editorial-at-noaa-a-crisis-at-the-top

Tuesday December 31, 2013
.ca: A year in review for 2013
Tonight we'll put ON our 20-20 hindsight goggles and look back at some of the issues, events and people who made headlines in 2013..... http://www.cbc.ca/fisheriesbroadcast/episodes/2013/12/31/a-year-in-review-for-2013/

Two salmon importers fined for participation in cartel
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Friday, January 03, 2014, 04:10 (GMT + 9)
The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) imposed fines on Russian Sea Group and SK Retail companies for their participation in an alleged cartel that operates in the wholesale market for salmon and trout exported from Norway to Russia. In July 2013, the FAS determined that a group of people of Russian Sea Group... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=65504








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