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#01-22-2014 - ComFish News Roundup (Group to challenge state decision not to certify setnet ban initiative)

2pm Update: Fisheries Alliance to Sue the State Posted: January 22, 2014 at 11:14 am >
Judge: Protect wild fish from hatchery operations
Associated Press
POSTED:   01/21/2014 10:14:16 AM PST
PORTLAND, Ore. — A judge has ordered federal fish managers to do more to ensure that hatchery fish don't harm wild salmon and steelhead on the Sandy River this year. Federal Judge Ancer Haggerty's ruling could jeopardize the release of hundreds of thousands of juvenile fish from the Sandy Hatchery this spring — and mean fewer fish returning to the river for...

KSRM To Air Cook Inlet Fisheries Panel
Posted: January 22, 2014 at 6:40 am
There’ll be a full house today at the Cook Inlet Fisheries Panel, after the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers were overwhelmed by RSVPs. Johna Beech, Executive Director with the Kenai Chamber, said they have no space left, despite rearranging the room to add more seats....

Commercial, Private Fishermen Support Spawning Protection
Posted: January 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm
In the 200+ pages of Upper Cook Inlet fisheries proposals, commercial and private fishermen have rallied around Proposal 219, which would limit sportfishing on King Salmon spawning beds. Dwight Kramer will represent private sportsfishermen at this week’s Cook Inlet fisheries panel, and sat on last year’s King Salmon Task Force...

Unalaska: Crew Members Aboard 2 Fishing Vessels Injured Sunday
By Annie Ropeik
Tuesday, January 21 2014
The Department of Public Safety was called to help two injured crew members aboard fishing vessels in Unalaska on Sunday. A crew member aboard the factory trawler Starbound was injured after the boat’s crane broke loose from its base and fell off the bow early Sunday morning. Fire Chief Abner Hoage says the Starbound was offloading fish....

Chenault, Huggins Discuss Education, Gas Line, And Fish Politics
By Lori Townsend, APRN - Anchorage | January 21, 2014 - 4:28 pm
As lawmakers begin the 90 day session, House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Charlie Huggins say there is just one must pass bill this session- the budget. But the majority party has other items on their agenda, along with a commitment to fiscal restraint. I asked Speaker Chenault to outline his priorities.....

New Data Offer Few Clues To Declining Beluga Whale Stocks
By Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai | January 21, 2014 - 11:31 am
Fisheries scientists gathered in Soldotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. The information those scientists shared provides a baseline for future studies of Belugas. Jennifer Dushane has a thing for Beluga whales. She’s a marine biologist based in Anchorage, and she’s one of many scientific minds who came together to produce one of the largest bodies of research yet on Cook Inlet beluga whales....

9:17 AM TUE JANUARY 21, 2014
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and Celebrity Chef Tom Douglas Will Rally for Bristol Bay
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell from Washington State is scheduled to participate in a rally Thursday afternoon in Seattle in support of the EPA stepping in and stopping development of the proposed Pebble Mine. The “Rally for Bristol Bay” will be held Thursday afternoon at 12:30 at the Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle....

Waiting for Begich
Added by Editor on January 21, 2014.
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We note with interest U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s leap – finally – into the fracas over whether the Pebble Mine should be developed, now that taking a hard position on the issue is safe and certain to curry favor with rural voters he will need later this year. He told the Anchorage Daily News the Pebble project is the “wrong mine, wrong place, too big” and could affect the Bristol Bay fishery. That, only after the Environmental Protection Agency released a controversial scientific study that found a big mine posed significant risks to Bristol Bay salmon. Begich, running for re-election this year, is the...

Our View: Let's be clear - Pebble will kill salmon (no paywall for us as of now)
Anchorage January 18, 2014 Updated 12 hours ago
EPA and Pebble
Bristol Bay report makes clear that mine would destroy salmon habitat
The final version of the EPA's Bristol Bay Assessment refines what the agency's work concluded before: Development of the Pebble copper and gold prospect will destroy salmon habitat in the headwaters of the richest salmon fishery on Earth. If Pebble is developed, Alaskans will be trading some salmon for gold and copper. Despite the claims of some, including Gov. Sean Parnell and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, that they would never trade one resource for another, Pebble requires a measure of trade. The question is, how much salmon would Alaska have to give up, and for...

January 21, 2014, 03:00 pm
StarKist: Bumble Bee buzzing in error
By Frank Pogue
Last week, Bumble Bee’s CEO, Chris Lischewski, responded to news reports in The Hill regarding his company’s attempts to modify the USDA’s current Buy American requirements for the school lunch program.  Mr. Lischewski, and his efforts across the seafood industry, have left a positive impact on both his business and the industry overall.  That said, in his haste to ‘set the record straight’ regarding this issue, there were a number of factual errors regarding StarKist that need to be corrected:
1. In saying that StarKist “enjoys this monopoly without having a single mainland U.S. processing facility,” Mr. Lischewski infers that StarKist is somehow manufacturing in a less-than-American location.  For the last 50 years, StarKist has owned and operated a tuna processing and canning plant in....

New test allows faster salmonella detection 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
An array of tiny diving boards can perform the Olympian feat of identifying many strains of salmonella at once. The novel biosensor developed by scientists at Rice University in collaboration with colleagues in Thailand and Ireland may make the detection of pathogens much faster...

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