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#01-08-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

3:36 PM TUE JANUARY 7, 2014
Senator Begich Presses Wal-Mart to Stock Products Made With Alaska Salmon
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MSC ecolabel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
U.S. Senator Mark Begich is joining a growing list of fishermen and lawmakers calling on Wal-Mart to change its policy in regards to stocking sustainably caught salmon products. On Wednesday executives with Wal-Mart will be in Alaska for a meeting with Governor Sean Parnell and his staff about sustainability labels. Recently Wal-Mart announced that it would only be stocking salmon products that carry the Marine Stewardship Council’s label of sustainability. The vast majority of the large salmon processors in Alaska have stopped supporting MSC in favor of a rival sustainability...
Letter to Governor Sparks Outrage in Mat-Su
Posted today at 2:27am
.... The Mat-Su Borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission wrote Governor Parnell December 16 expressing concern about the legislation. "When we wrote our letter, we directed our comments almost exclusively to fishery issues," said Acting Chairman Larry Engel. Engel, and other opponents such as former Mat-Su Assemblyman Warren Keough, are worried HB77 would deprive salmon of enough water to survive and spawn.....

2:13 PM TUE JANUARY 7, 2014
BB-RSDA Releases the "Long List" of Projects Up For Possible Funding
The Board of Directors for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association will meet later this week to whittle down the list of projects that might garner funding this year. The BB-RSDA is made up of all of the driftnet permit holder who fish each summer in Bristol Bay. Permit holders give the Association 1-percent of the value of their catch to fund the Association and to help pay for projects intended to help the salmon fishery in the Bay. The long list of projects under consideration was released Monday in advance of this week’s meeting. Several of the projects were submitted by the Alaska Department of....

City Hesitant to Take Fish Proposal Stance
Posted: January 7, 2014 at 11:59 am
The Kenai City Council was split last night as they considered various Board of Fish proposals. Written comments on the proposals are being taken until January 17, but some last night felt they weren’t qualified to take a position on the proposals. Councilman Mike Boyle disagreed, saying it’s time for the City to get involved....

Proposal Calls for Daily Reporting For All Fishermen
Posted: January 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm
A group of young fishermen has submitted a number of proposals to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Megan Smith explains that one of their proposals would require all fishing industries to report their catches within 24 hours...

State pushes Susitna-Watana dam timetable back by more than a year #SmartGrid
Dermot Cole
January 7, 2014
FAIRBANKS -- With a 90 percent budget cut for the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydro project, the Parnell administration is pulling back from its financial commitment to the 735-foot-tall dam, at least temporarily. Gov. Sean Parnell has called the proposed $5 billion dam one “cornerstone of a long-term and comprehensive energy strategy,” but his proposed budget for the next fiscal year sliced Susitna spending by $114 million, compared to projections released a year ago.....

Researchers Say Ocean Acidification Could Make Fish Anxious, Impact Fisheries
By Annie Ropeik
Tuesday, January 07 2014
Scientists have been saying for years that more carbon dioxide in the oceans is hurting sea life. But a new study says the impact goes beyond the physical. It says ocean acidification is changing behavior in fish. As KUCB's Annie Ropeik reports, that could be a problem throughout the ecosystem -- including for fisheries in Alaska......

Wild salmon from Alaska is a healthy, tasty choice
Jan. 7, 2014 11:18 PM
Only a few short years ago, we could only find farmed salmon at the winter fish counter. But recently, frozen wild Alaskan salmon has become commonly available through the winter at most of our local grocers. According to Prevention Magazine, wild salmon has 32 percent fewer calories and half the fat of most farmed salmon, and the fat is of higher quality. Wild salmon has more calcium, iron and potassium and less sodium. Monterey Bay Aquarium rates fish varieties on its website, telling us the best choices, good alternatives, and which fish to avoid due to....

Originally published January 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Geoducks tested, safe to eat, state health officials say
China banned geoducks imported from Washington state after finding high levels of arsenic.
By Coral Garnick
Seattle Times business reporter
After testing the arsenic levels in geoduck clams, the Washington Department of Health has found the geoduck clams in the area outside Federal Way are safe for human consumption. Chinese authorities detected arsenic in a November shipment of geoducks from Washington and on Dec. 3 banned all imports of bivalve shellfish, such as clams and oysters, harvested in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Northern California. The state Department of Health reported Tuesday that it conducted its own tests on the edible portions of 36 geoducks from the Redondo Tract, finding the levels of inorganic arsenic well below China’s standard of 0.5 part per million. Dave McBride, a toxicologist for the state Department of Health, said Washington did have one test result above China’s standard when a whole-animal test was conducted, including the inedible portion — the skin. “Of the portions that were tested, the skin tissue had the highest concentration. But people do not generally eat the skin,” said McBride. “But, if you....

Food industry to fire preemptive GMO strike
The giants of the U.S. food industry who have spent millions fighting state-by-state efforts to mandate new labels for genetically modified organisms are taking a page from their opponents and pushing for a federal GMO law. But the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents such food and beverage leaders as ConAgra, PepsiCo and Kraft, isn’t exactly joining the anti-GMO movement. It’s advocating for an industry-friendly, law with a voluntary federal standard — a move that food activists see as a....

U.S. environmental group puts Canadian fisheries on its target list
JANUARY 7, 2014
WASHINGTON - A prominent U.S. environmental group is targeting seafood imports from countries that don't follow American fishing standards — and Canada is on its hit list. The criticism is in a report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defence Council, which is lobbying the U.S. administration to start enforcing a domestic law that bans imports from countries that fail to...

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