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#01-06-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Purse seine proposal for Yukon River would aid catch-and-release of king salmon #SmartGrid
Craig Medred
January 5, 2014
Catch-and-release salmon fishing on the Yukon River is being pitched to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, only this time there's a big twist. Where normally catch-and-release is thought of as a sport-fishing technique to allow fishing as a cultural pursuit in times when fish are few in number, what is being proposed on the Yukon is catch-and-release in a commercial fishery. The idea is not new. It has been pioneered on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest where wild king salmon -- or Chinook as they are more often called there -- are in short supply. Three years ago, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Colville Confederated Tribes, which hold treaty fishing rights on the Columbia, began experimenting with the use of purse seines to corral schools of salmon. Wild fish were removed unharmed from the seines, while hatchery fish were harvested. The tribe calls this "the friendliest catch." The technique is now being expanded into other mixed-stock, commercial fisheries on the Columbia, both tribal and non-tribal. And the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association thinks the technique is the answer to a troubling bycatch problem on the Yukon......
Video h/t AK Dispatch

Kenai Dipnet Work Session Tonight
Posted: January 6, 2014 at 8:04 am
The Kenai City Council will hold a public work session on dipnet and Board of Fish issues tonight. At 6pm, the dipnet fishery will be under the microscope. Last Thursday, the Council voted to support a proposal to end 24-hour dipnet fishery openings, but councilman Mike Boyle said he didn’t agree...

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute counters scaremongering claims of radioactive salmon
January 05, 2014 - 6:13 am EST
KODIAK, Alaska — The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute says it's taking steps to counter inflammatory stories on websites that claim Alaska-caught salmon is unsafe. ASMI (AZ'-me) communications director Tyson Fick says the....

trident (Photo credit: Lisa Brunette)
Trident sues to safeguard its name
Trident Seafoods Corp. is suing Triton Seafoods LLC. Why? Because that name, Triton, looks and sounds too much like Trident, the lawsuit argues. Trident is the largest seafood company in the United States, and has used the term Trident as a trade name and trademark since 1973....

Begich seeks changes in feds Alaska, China diplomat policy
Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 12:15 am
Weston Morrow
FAIRBANKS — Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has set his sights on an obscure federal policy that disallows high-level Chinese diplomats from visiting Alaska without special permission from the U.S State Department.....

West Coast sardine crash could radiate throughout ecosystem
If sardine populations don't recover soon, experts warn, the West Coast's marine mammals, seabirds and fishermen could suffer for years.
By Tony Barboza
January 5, 2014, 4:50 p.m.
The sardine fishing boat Eileen motored slowly through moonlit waters from San Pedro to Santa Catalina Island, its weary-eyed captain growing more desperate as the night wore on. After 12 hours and $1,000 worth of fuel, Corbin Hanson and his crew returned to port without a single fish. "Tonight's pretty reflective of how things have been going," Hanson said. "Not very well." To blame is the biggest sardine crash in generations, which has made schools of the small, silvery fish a rarity on the West Coast. The decline has prompted steep cuts in the amount fishermen are allowed to catch, and scientists say the effects are probably radiating throughout the ecosystem, starving brown pelicans, sea lions and other predators that rely on the oily, energy-rich fish for food. If sardines don't recover soon, experts warn, the West Coast's marine mammals, seabirds and fishermen could suffer for years. The reason for the drop is unclear. Sardine populations are famously volatile, but the decline is the steepest since the.....,0,3689464.story

Salmon returning to San Joaquin River
California's chinook salmon may be expanding their territory a bit further south with a so-called "experimental" population newly approved for the San Joaquin River upstream of its confluence with the Merced River, south of Modesto.....

Senegal seizes Russian trawler for illegal fishing
DAKAR Sun Jan 5, 2014 2:06pm EST
(Reuters) - Senegal has seized a Russian trawler fishing illegally in its waters, the fisheries minister said on Sunday, as it seeks to curb heavy losses from fish poaching. The trawler, the Oleg Naydenov, was captured on Saturday near the maritime border with Guinea-Bissau with 50 crew onboard, most of them from Russia or Guinea-Bissau....

Battle over GMOs percolating in U.S., with 93 percent of Americans in favor of labeling
By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, January 5, 2014 11:47 EST
A GMO labeling battle is rumbling in the United States, with those demanding full disclosure of genetically modified organisms in food products pitted against big companies. Although some giants such as General Mills have recently taken timid steps toward being more upfront with consumers, the United States, unlike some 60 other countries, lacks a legal requirement to do so. Still, in the world’s largest economy, where almost all soy, sugar beet, corn and canola crops are genetically engineered, bills requiring labeling for GMO foods were introduced in 26 states last...

Canada, Russia and the great North Pole debate
Mia BennettEye on the Arctic
January 5, 2014
“We do not give up the North Pole. Canada’s claims to the North Pole are no more than ambition.” So declared Russian polar explorer and scientist Artur Chilingarov on Dec. 11, whom President Vladimir Putin named a “Hero of Russia” after he famously planted his country’s flag on the seabed underneath the North Pole in 2007. Chilingarov was reacting to Canada’s announcement earlier this month of...

Lobster group launches campaign to make ‘Canada’s most iconic shellfish’ a national symbol like maple syrup
Joseph Brean | January 5, 2014 | Last Updated: Jan 5 9:56 PM ET
The Lobster Council of Canada — an industry group composed of people, not lobsters — thinks the time has come to elevate the noble Atlantic crustacean to national iconic status, alongside such quintessentially Canadian treats as maple syrup and peameal bacon. To that end, it has launched a campaign to promote the Canadian essence of this conveniently red delicacy, and to create a logo that sets the hardy hard-shell apart from the soft-shelled moulters of nearby Maine and the spiny lobsters — glorified shrimp.....

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