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#01-04-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

State Officials to Host Walmart Meetings - January 3, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – Ahead of meetings between Walmart executives and
state officials in Alaska next week, Governor Sean Parnell reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring Walmart’s customers will continue enjoying wild, natural, and sustainable seafood from Alaska.

“We are pleased to see Walmart continuing to work with the state on this critical issue,” Governor Parnell said. “This visit will give Walmart officials the opportunity to see firsthand the commitment to sustainable fisheries by Alaska’s seafood industry, including our fishermen, processors, and fisheries scientists. I look forward to continuing to work with Walmart.”

In a letter to Walmart incoming president and CEO Doug McMillon, Governor Parnell welcomed the company’s pledge to work toward a policy that supports the state’s commitment to sustainability, rather than a particular brand of seafood certification.

Governor Parnell, Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Commissioner Susan Bell, Special Assistant to the Governor Stefanie Moreland, and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Executive Director Mike Cerne will host the Walmart delegation in Juneau.
Crabbers want more gold and goldens
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Golden alaskan king crab (Photo credit: kasio69)
January 3rd 12:18 pm | Jim Paulin
Golden king crab fishermen have established a nonprofit science foundation to help increase their profits by doing research to justify bigger catches along the Aleutian Chain. The campaign to catch more crab involves two groups. The science arm is the Alaska King Crab Research Foundation, which wants crab boats to double as research vessels, while political advocacy is conducted by the Golden King Crab Coalition. While the two groups have different roles, they share board members, according to the foundation's new science...

Lt. Governor to Issue Set Net Decision Monday
Posted: January 3, 2014 at 1:01 pm
Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell has until Monday to decide if the petition to ban set nets in urban areas is legal. Michelle Toohey, Treadwell’s chief of Staff, said he’s been reviewing the information from the Attorney General’s office....

ASMI Prepared Foods Challenge Winner
by Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI)
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 3:27PM EST
Juneau, Alaska  - The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Alaska Seafood Prepared Foods Challenge. Designed to celebrate both National Seafood Month and the retail culinary professionals who prepare delicious, healthy food for legions of busy shoppers every day, the challenge ran from October 1-31, 2012 and was open to all U.S. retail chefs. Chefs were invited to submit...

The History of Upper Cook Inlet Salmon Fisheries
A Century of Salmon
By Katie Sechrist and Joe Rutz
01-2014 - The salmon-rich waters of Cook Inlet in Southcentral Alaska have given rise to several unique fisheries over the past century. The Kenai River boasts some of the most active fisheries in the state. Thousands of recreational fishers flock to the crowded banks every year with their rods, reels, and dip nets, ready to take home their limit of salmon. Alaska's recreational fisheries are a relatively new concept (the majority of the state’s historical fisheries being largely commercial) but have grown to become an integral part of the state’s income and fisheries management. Many people who depend on salmon as a source of food also participate in the personal use fisheries. Personal use is described in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Laws and Regulations as, “the taking, fishing for, or possession of finfish, shellfish, or other fishery resources, by Alaska residents for personal use and not for....

Documenting the Harvest of Alaska’s Wild Food (kusko fish camp)
ADF&G’s Division of Subsistence
By James Van Lanen and Meredith Marchioni
01-2014 - The ADF&G Division of Subsistence mission statement is to scientifically quantify, evaluate, and report information about customary and traditional uses of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources. In our interactions with the public as Subsistence Resource Specialists (SRS) with the Division of Subsistence, we often find that citizens of Alaska are unclear about why the division exists and what services the division provides the citizens of Alaska. This two-part article will explain the legislative mandate of the division and will provide an overview of current projects and activities. In this first installment we will review the division’s Southern Region Program which includes Southwest, Southcentral, and Southeast Alaska and in the second installment division SRS Lisa Slayton will describe current projects in the division’s Northern Region Program, which includes the Western, Interior, and the Arctic regions of Alaska. In 1978 the Alaska Legislature passed the.....

Jan. 3, 2014 5:34 PM ET
Corps of Engineers advances Arctic port study
By DAN JOLING, Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to recommend a configuration of port facilities in western Alaska that could serve ships sailing to Arctic waters. The Corps in early March will announce which configuration of docks, harbors and other infrastructure could best serve vessels in northern U.S. waters. The choice could be Nome, nearby Port Clarence, or a combination of the Seward Peninsula locations. The Alaska office of the Corps, performing a feasibility study on behalf of the state of Alaska, has made its preferred choice from 19 iterations, said Lorraine Cordova, who heads the study. "The part of the process we're in....

12:56 PM FRI JANUARY 3, 2014
Wear Your PFD All the Time, says NIOSH
Of the 178 deaths from fishermen falling overboard between 2000-2012, only one was wearing a PFD according to CDC. Fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Last year the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked fishing as the second most dangerous profession, behind logging, based on the number of fatalities. Between 2000 and 2012, there were 623 commercial fishing related deaths nationwide, according to a database run....

Dancing with the Kulluk, part 2
January 3rd 11:54 am | Carey RestinoPrint this article    Email this article    Create a Shortlink for this article
The crew of the Tug Alert had just narrowly escaped potential disaster as worsening weather made tandem towing of the Kulluk dangerous on New Year's Eve off the coast of the Kodiak Island. The tug was being pulled backward into the waves and rolled dangerously with each swell. The captain sounded the emergency alarm, calling all crew up to the wheelhouse as the waves grew larger. Finally, the Shell tug Aiviq which had been towing with them, broke its tow with the Kulluk, allowing the Alert to come back around in front of the conical-shaped drill rig. Now, they were no longer being pulled dangerously into the waves, but there was a new problem. Now, even the 10,000-horsepower....
Trying Very Hard To Die: The Preventable Disease in Commercial Fishing
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English: Logo for the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Yesterday, the New York Times published an outstanding piece of journalism – A Speck in the Sea by Paul Tough. In it, Tough tells the story of John Aldridge, a Montauk lobsterman who fell overboard off Long Island this past summer. Aldridge spent 12 hours in the Atlantic using his boots for flotation until a Coast Guard helicopter spotted him and returned him, alive, to shore. Tough’s writing is outstanding, the story is incredible, and I think anyone who works offshore should read it. But what struck me most wasn’t Aldridge’s will to live or the harrowing details of his survival; it wasn’t the incredible search effort to find him, either. It was that Aldridge, like so many commercial fishermen before him, seemed to be trying very hard to die. I’m beginning to think there is a disease that is caught early in a working fisherman’s life; it’s as if there is something in the scales of fish that wants to pay them back, something that gets......

Leap of Science: Rearing salmon spawns hopes in Knappa
Students delve into fisheries program
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 11:03 am
By Edward Stratton
The Daily Astorian | 0 comments
Just before winter break, science instructor Spencer Johnson’s students filed down a muddy nature loop west of Knappa Elementary School. Tape measures in hand and waders on, they split into teams along a small, spring-fed stream on the western side of campus, searching for suitable salmon habitat and the future of their school’s program..................
.............“I would like to make this a combined forest ecology and fisheries class,” said Johnson. “I actually want to give the kids a working knowledge of the scientific process.” Knappa receives salmon eggs from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to spawn in an aquarium. Students help spawn salmon at local hatcheries like Big Creek and Gnat Creek. They catch brood stock in the Grays River in Pacific County, Wash., and they learn about fish in class.....

Group turns Christmas trees into salmon habitat
Before you kick your dying Christmas tree to the curb, consider this: Members of the conservation group Trout Unlimited would love to turn that tree into fish habitat. On three Saturdays in January, the Tualatin Valley chapter of Trout Unlimited will be collecting Christmas tree donations at two locations in the Portland metropolitan area. Later, they'll place the trees into a side channel ....

Genetically altered ‘Arctic’ apples may be headed to market
Posted Friday, Jan. 03, 201
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — An apple genetically engineered not to turn brown is putting the Agriculture Department and the apple industry on the spot. The department appears inclined to approve the so-called Arctic apple, designed by a small Canadian company. First, though, officials must confront some enduring public distaste for genetically modified foods. “This is an economic disaster,” Henry House, an organic apple grower in Davis, Calif., recently warned the Agriculture Department. Organic growers such as House fear that honeybees will spread genetically engineered apple pollen and contaminate organic orchards. Some consumer advocates maintain a more general antipathy toward engineered foods, while industry groups that include the Northwest Horticultural Council in Yakima....

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