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#01-30-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Meet the greatest dating service agent in Iceland’s fishing industry
By Casey Kelly
Posted on January 30, 2014 at 6:00 am
Iceland’s seafood industry has its own dating service. The man behind it gave a talk Wednesday at the Juneau Economic Development Council’s Innovation Summit. If you’re a fisheries business in Iceland, Thor Sigfusson is kind of like your wingman. “I’m probably the greatest dating service agent in Iceland, and I’m proud of it,” said Sigfusson, who started the Iceland Ocean Cluster in 2011. In economic development terms, a “cluster” refers to an organization designed to foster collaboration within an...

China affirms spot as top importer of Alaska goods, spending $1.3 billion 
Alex DeMarban
Alaska Dispatch
January 29, 2014
China’s growing economy continues to roar for Alaska, with exports to the Middle Kingdom expected to reach $1.3 billion in 2013 as fears over food safety have the Chinese increasingly turning to wild seafood imports as a healthy alternative. Exports to the world’s most populated nation have reached “unprecedented” levels for Alaska, rising more than tenfold since 2000 when they were $103 million. “We have never seen a major market for Alaska exports grow as fast,” said Greg Wolf, executive director of World Trade Center Alaska.....

ASMI fights rumors of tainted Alaska fish
Posted: January 29, 2014 - 12:09pm
By Cristy Fry
For the Homer News
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is waging an informational campaign against persistent rumors online and in social media that Alaska seafood is tainted by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown caused by the massive March 2011 earthquake in Japan. While there have been problems with fish in the waters near the radiation leak, the affected species are not migratory, and are no threat to Alaska seafood. The rumors appear to have been started by media reports of the discovery of radioactive isotopes cesium-134 and cesium-137 in Pacific bluefin tuna that migrated from Japan to California waters....

Northern District issues also on tap for Board of Fisheries
 Published: 2014.01.29 03:28 PM
Kenai Peninsula issues won’t be the only decisions before the Alaska Board of Fisheries as it considers the Northern District during its two-week Upper Cook Inlet meeting that began Jan. 31. Northern District streams primarily flow through the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and that area contains the majority of the state salmon listed as stocks of concern. The source of the Mat-Su salmon woes is unknown, with some blaming interception by commercial fishermen in the Inlet, others blaming habitat issues, and still others asserting....

Local fishing organizations gear up for Cook Inlet meeting
Published: 2014.01.29 03:59 PM
KENAI — With more than 230 regulatory proposals, some several pages worth of suggested changes to the Cook Inlet finfish fisheries, nearly 500 written comments and several hundred pages of Alaska Department of Fish and Game opinions and reports, the seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries will have their work cut out for them in the coming two weeks. The board is scheduled to take up Cook Inlet issues from Jan. 31 to Feb. 13 at the Egan Center in Anchorage and several local organizations are gearing up for the....

State Looks to Move P/V Stimson from Unalaska to Kodiak
By Annie Ropeik
Wednesday, January 29 2014
Unalaska’s lobbyists will be gearing up for a fight to keep the state trooper patrol vessel Stimson homeported here. At last night’s city council meeting, city manager Chris Hladick told councilors that state legislators want to relocate the Stimson to Kodiak. He said it would save the state about half a million dollars as part of governor’s proposed budget for next year. But Hladick said it would be bad news for the Aleutians. "We are going to be talking to our legislators about this issue and trying to get them to change their mind," he said. "Number one.....

Sand Point Residents Weigh In on Wild Cattle Removal
By Austin Roof & Virgil Porter/KSDP
Wednesday, January 29 2014
On January 15, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held an open house in Sand Point as part of a public process to address unauthorized wild cattle herds. The animals are on two islands owned by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Refuge manager Steve Delehanty said the biologists were visiting Sand Point "just to learn, really." "To learn what the perspectives are of the people who live right here in Sand Point and are closer to the issue and know a lot about....

A New Opener for an Old Fishery
January 29, 2014
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This is Fish Radio.  I’m Stephanie Mangini.  Pre register for the state water scallop season. I’ll tell you more after this....

January 30, 2014
NOAA could award fishing research grants next week
Gloucester applicants among those seeking research money
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
Applicants for Saltonstall-Kennedy grants could hear within the next week if their projects will receive any portion of the estimated $5 million to $11 million expected to be doled out by NOAA in this year’s disbursement. Daniel Namur, NOAA’s Maryland-based program director for the Saltonstall-Kennedy grants, said yesterday that review panels have hit the home stretch of the merit review process for the 261 applications, including 123 from the....

Woods Hole detects only 1950's A-bomb radiation, Fukushima plume yet to arrive
January 29, 2014
Search online for information on Pacific Ocean radiation from Fukushima, and the search results fill up with fear filled claims the Ocean is burning up from the radiation, and we're all about to die. On Tuesday, initial results were announced by an effort organized by the Woods Hole Institute showing trace amounts of Cesium-137 and other radioactive elements in the Pacific, at levels scientists say are what's left over from atomic bomb testing in the 1950's. In March 2011, a Tsunami off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture crippled a nuclear power plant, leading to multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and explosions, and large releases of radiation into the surrounding area. TEPCO has been unable to regain control over the nuclear reactors and....

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