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#02-08-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

NOAA: The Abundant—But
Not So Tasty—Giant Grenadier
Grenadiers added to fishery management plans
Published: 2014.02.07 09:51 PM
SEATTLE — Grenadiers will be managed as an ecosystem component in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery management plans. Directed fishing for grenadiers will be prohibited under the amended fishery management plans, or FMPs, and vessels will be required to keep a record of the grenadiers they land and report those numbers. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, or NPFMC, voted unanimously in favor of adding the long-lived deep-water fish to...

Council talks crab, halibut bycatch
Published: 2014.02.07 10:17 PM
SEATTLE — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council spent much of the day talking about Bering Sea bycatch, and agreed to move forward on one related discussion paper. The council unanimously agreed to a motion on crab prohibited species catch brought forward by Nicole Kimball...

Reifenstuhl: Regional hatcheries return investment seven-fold
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
February 7, 2014 8:33 pm
Commercial fisheries have never been more important to Southeast Alaska, and the region’s hatchery programs are a critical part of that success. That was the message Steve Reifenstuhl delivered to the Sitka Chamber of Commerce this week (Wed 2-5-14). Reifenstuhl is the general manager of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association based in Sitka. NSRAA is one of two regional nonprofit hatchery programs in the panhandle, and one of the most successful in the state. In this brief excerpt, Reifenstuhl runs the numbers. Here’s what the fishing community brings to Sitka–to Sitka’s economy. Nearly 2-thousand people earn money catching fish or processing fish in Sitka. It’ by far the....

Northern Dynasty's new CEO is a former interior dep't mandarin
Michael Allan McCrae | February 7, 2014
Northern Dynasty (TSE:NDM) has brought on a political savvy operator to get their Pebble Mine project approved. Thomas Collier, who used to work as chief of staff at the US Department of the Interior during the Clinton era, is the miner's new CEO and has replaced outgoing John Shively. The company announced the change on Tuesday. Collier said his priorities are finding a partner for....

Decision on huge Bristol Bay mine belongs to Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski says
Posted on February 7, 2014 | By Joel Connelly
The state of Alaska, not the feds, should decide whether to allow a huge open pit copper and gold mine near two of Bristol Bay’s prime salmon streams, Sen. Lisa Murkowrski, R-Alaska, argued in a Seattle appearance Friday. Commercial and sport fisheries interests in Seattle — as well as leading restaurant owners — have strongly opposed the proposed Pebble Mine.....

SeaLife Center Lauds 2 Bering Sea Groups for Research Efforts
By Lauren Rosenthal
Friday, February 07 2014
Two Bering Sea organizations were honored by the Alaska SeaLife Center this year for their marine stewardship. The Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center, based out of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, received a Stewardship and Sustainability award. The research center is funded by an offshoot...

E-commerce growing business for US seafood distributors
February 7, 2014, 4:32 pm
Jeanine Stewart
Unfettered by the multiple hurdles to selling online – from tough food safety challenges to high shipping costs – distributor Seattle Fish Company is dedicating an entire employees’ job to a new e-commerce website. Online fishmonger Rachel Nobrega, formerly in sales and marketing for the company, got to work marketing the company’s newly launched Chef’s Fresh Fish website online just in time for the holiday season. “We’ve seen a steady increase in....