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#01-21-2014 - ComFish News Roundup (Pollock is now called cod?)

Alaska flatfish fishery receives RFM certification
State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
The multi-species Alaska flatfish fishery (soles, flounders), the largest flatfish fishery in the world, has received certification for Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM). The Alaska flatfish fishery is one of the most proactive fisheries in the world dedicated to reducing bycatch through collaborative science and cooperative fishing. Randy Rice, Technical Director with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI)....

What's in a name?
Published: 2014.01.20 03:24 PM
Fishermen, processors and seafood marketers may start pondering Shakespeare’s famous question now that Alaska’s pollock has a new scientific name. Tradex reported today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has confirmed a change to the scientific name for...

Begich Announces His Opposition to Pebble Mine, Comments on Findings of Bristol Bay Assessment
Others say EPA Assessment poorly conceived and poorly executed, and cannot serve as the scientific basis for any decisions concerning Pebble.
January 20, 2014
(SitNews) - While others are saying the EPA's Bristol Bay Assessment is poorly conceived, poorly executed and cannot serve as the scientific basis for any decisions concerning the Pebble Mine, U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) today announced his opposition to the project commenting that the mine is not worth the risk. In a prepared statement today Begich said, “I have long been a strong supporter of Alaska’s mining industry and believe we must do all we can to support resource development industries that provide family wage jobs for Alaskans and keep our...

Murkowski in Kenai on Wednesday to Watch Fisheries
Posted: January 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will visit Alaska this week, stopping in Kenai to observe the Cook Inlet Fisheries Panel at noon. Johna Beech with the Kenai Chamber said the panel will feature local fishermen...

HB77 fails to define 'irreparable' damage to fish habitat
Melanie Brown
January 20, 2014
While fish and game habitat is often sacrificed in the name of development, Alaska has never said no to a large mine permit application. Yet the Alaska Department of Natural Resources is attempting to gut the permitting process, the only process through which Alaskans can weigh in on permit decisions, by streamlining this critical public participation via a piece of legislation called House Bill 77. The bill narrowly escaped being ratified by the Senate before the state Legislature called its recess last spring. If this bill becomes a law, the DNR commissioner will have singular power to approve general permits as long as he thinks that the development will not cause significant and irreparable harm. The bill does nothing to define what the commissioner views as “irreparable.” For instance, does....

Corkline-News for Southeast Gillnetters, January 20, 2014

Fishermen test their own salmon for radiation
Is it safe to eat fish from the Pacific Ocean in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? The consensus since the 2011 power plant failure has been a yes, but Seattle’s Loki Fish Co. found customers remained concerned. The fishing company, a local institution, went on to do its own testing for radiation levels in its fish, and...

Monday, January 20, 2014
Injunction Denied for Bay Area Herring Fishing
(CN) - Commercial fisherman in the Bay Area cannot gather spawning herring within a protected quarter-mile, a federal judge ruled, refusing to issue an injunction. The herring season begins in January and ends in March, according to the Department of Fish and Game's website. Recent seasonal quotas generally range around 3,000 tons, but a decline in fish led to the cancelation of the entire season in 2009. U.S. officials informed Bay Area fisherman in November 2012 that fishing would not be allowed within one quarter of a mile offshore of the shoreline of the....

China fires back at U.S. for criticism on fishing curbs
BEIJING Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:54am EST
Jan 10 (Reuters) - China defended on Friday its new fishing restrictions in disputed waters in the South China Sea against criticism from the United States, saying the rules were in accordance with international law. The rules, approved by China's southern Hainan province, took effect on Jan. 1 and require foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval to enter the waters, which the local government says are under its jurisdiction. Beijing claims almost the entire oil- and gas-rich South China Sea and rejects rival claims to parts of it from the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam. Washington called the fishing rules "provocative and potentially dangerous", prompting a....

Expanding Arctic ocean to get its own shipping rules
Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:36am GMT
By Balazs Koranyi
TROMSOE, Norway, Jan 21 (Reuters) - New shipping rules are soon to be agreed for the Arctic, where summer sea ice has shrunk by about two-thirds over three decades, opening a new ocean with vast natural resources. Maritime nations are close to a landmark deal on the Polar Code, aimed to improve safety, lead to lower insurance premiums and help the rise of traffic, industry insiders said. About a tenth of the world's undiscovered oil and close to a third of its undiscovered gas is thought to lie under Arctic waters. The Northern Sea Route along Russia's edge can reduce.....

Jan. 21, 2014 7:45am
Iran Moves Group of Warships to Atlantic Ocean |
Iran is moving a group of warships to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in the country’s history, as its navy held a ceremony on Tuesday in honor of the launch, Iranian media are reporting. The semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Iranian Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi told the sailors gathered in southern Iran that the flotilla bears a message of peace and friendship to the world and aims to demonstrate the Islamic Republic’s defensive power. “The flotilla, which is the first dispatched to the Atlantic, but the....

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