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#01-09-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Walmart Execs Have 'Very Productive' Visit on Alaska Salmon
Gov. Sean Parnell, Walmart leaders meet in Juneau to discuss sustainability certification controversy
Walmart leaders visit a Juneau laboratory as part of a
visit to discuss sustainability issues with Alaska political leaders. - ktuu
Austin Baird, Political, Rural Reporter
POSTED: 07:33 PM AKST Jan 08, 2014
Walmart decided this summer that Alaska salmon fisheries may not be up to par ecologically, prompting state leaders to embark on a lobbying effort to make sure the state’s famous fish stay on the shelves of the world’s largest retailer. A few months ago, a group of state leaders trekked all the way to Bentonville, Ark., where Walmart is headquartered, to make a sales pitch that continued Wednesday in Juneau. Controversy stems from Walmart’s insistence that fisheries providing the company salmon hold a sustainability certification issued by London-based Marine Stewardship Council. The Alaska Congressional Delegation....

3:08 PM WED JANUARY 8, 2014
Short Taglines on Brailers in Bristol Bay May Negatively Impact Salmon Quality
The Board of Directors for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association will meet Friday and Saturday in Seattle to consider several proposals submitted for possible funding this year. As KDLG’s Mike Mason reports, one of....

Lane, Alverson to join Balsiger on IPHC
Published: 2014.01.08 03:41 PM
The White House has finally made a decision on the International Pacific Halibut Commission nominees, according to an announcement from Sen. Mark Begich's office. Don Lane, a commercial fisherman from Homer, and Bob Alverson, from the Fishing Vessel Owners Association in Seattle, will join Jim Balsiger to comprise the American delegation. Balsiger, who is the Alaska Region administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service, was reappointed; he has served in the seat intended for a federal fishery management....

Retired Biologist Steps Down From KRSMA
Posted: January 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Retired State Fisheries Biologist Ken Tarbox has resigned from the Kenai River Special Management Area Board amid controversy about the makeup of the board....

NOAA: Coastal ocean aquaculture can be environmentally sustainable
Thursday, January 09, 2014, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
Specific types of fish farming can be accomplished with minimal or no harm to the coastal ocean environment as long as proper planning and safeguards are in place, according to a new report from researchers at NOAA's National Ocean Service.....

Elver fishermen split on derby-vs-quota proposals
BREWER, Maine — Several weeks after the issue was debated at a public meeting in Augusta, elver fishermen seem to remain split on whether the state should implement one statewide quota or hundreds of individual quotas to reduce Maine’s 2014 elver harvest....