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#02-10-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Southeast crab fisheries delayed by weather
by Joe Viechnicki
February 9, 2014 6:07 pm
Crab boats in Southeast are waiting at least one more day for the start of two lucrative commercial crab fisheries in the region. Fishing was scheduled to open at noon Monday, February 10th, for golden king and Tanner crab. However, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sunday announced a 24-hour delay because of bad weather forecast for the early part of this week. The National Weather Service issued storm and gale warnings for Monday along with warnings for heavy freezing spray in parts of Southeast where the fleet will be fishing....

Alaska researchers looking for cause of West Coast starfish deaths
Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 4:37 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Starfish at the Anchorage Museum have shown signs of a wasting disease reported up and down the West Coast, and eight had to be euthanized last fall. The creatures are dying of sea star wasting syndrome, an affliction that causes white lesions to develop on the starfish's skin and an unnatural twisting of the arms, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The starfish die after losing their arms and their tissues soften. Marine scientists say the disease is killing massive numbers of starfish colonies up and down the West Coast, and it has been observed....

Kodiak: Exchange Aims at Providing Bikes for Cannery Workers
Feb 10, 2014
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
A handful of volunteers gathered at the Kodiak Baptist Mission Heritage Center on Saturday for a community bike exchange. Kodiak Island Trails Network, along with several other local charities and churches partnered to collect used bikes all day, with the hopes of fixing them up and providing them to cannery workers at reasonably low prices. Sandra West was one of Saturday’s volunteers and said they hoped to get stuff in, fixed and out within the day so they wouldn’t have to store bikes anywhere. “So the idea is to collect them in the morning and then we’ve got some great bike mechanics that are going to come work on them and make sure that we can get them.....

OPINION: Science, completed regulatory process should guide offshore oil development
February 7th 6:41 pm
Carey Restino
There is little question that Alaska is a resource-rich state. We have everything from gold to oil to fish and forests, and in general, we are a state that likes to take advantage of that fact. More than that, we are fairly dependent on these resources for our fiscal future, for better or worse. But few of us want to turn the state into a wasteland either. So where is the balance? One of the most popular lines coming from government and industry officials in recent months is that science should guide development. The line of thinking goes something like this — everyone has an opinion, but development should...

Alaska pollock surimi sees price hike to EU, Korea
February 10, 2014, 6:22 am
Undercurrent News
By Masahiko Takeuchi, Minato Tsukiji
The price of Alaskan pollock surimi for the current 2014 A season has roughly settled at 10% higher with EU buyers, due to the uncertain outlook for surimi supply from other producers, mainly in Southeast Asia. However, negotiations with Japanese buyers are still ongoing, locked in...

Traceability, eco-labels not a catchall solution
Feb. 10, 3pm
Eco-labels play a big part in the German market.
Germany is the European country with the highest rate of recognition of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) label, Marnie Bammet, representative of the Germanic region for MSC told Undercurrent News from the MSC’s booth at the exposition....

 Processors have the last word on MSC Alaska, Russian pollock
Feb. 10, 1.15pm
Now that 60% of Russian pollock fishery has been certified to the Marine Stewardship Council standard, Alaska pollock has a strong competitor to supply the German market. Asked about this challenge, Nelly Masson, marketing representative at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) for western and....

‘Safe’ levels of neurotoxin found in seafood may cause kidney damage
By Loren Grush
Published February 07,
A chemical commonly found in seafood may lead to kidney damage – even at levels considered safe for human consumption, a new study in mice has revealed.  In light of these findings, researchers are calling for more regulation of the neurotoxin, domoic acid, hoping that officials will reconsider how much is safe to eat. Produced by algae in the world’s oceans, domoic acid is a natural toxin that accumulates in bottom feeders such as mussels, clams and scallops.  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently limits...

Is Ocean Wise fish also palate-foolish?
Take that list of sustainable seafood with a grain of salt, or a pat of butter – flavour still matters
by Jacob Richler on Sunday, February 9, 2014 4:30pm
Imagine this: a 12-piece sashimi lunch special, featuring a couple of slices each of sockeye and Chinook salmon, some albacore tuna, a touch of sad, stringy and browning Yellowfin tuna, and something muddy that may have been farmed striped bass, or maybe not. No shellfish, no molluscs, no octopus, no tamago-yaki—not even any firm, fatty and lightly vinegared mackerel. For a cuisine wherein texture and mouth feel is paramount, here was an offering so texturally monotonous as to offer nothing but cold, damp, soft fish. In other words, just another downtown lunch special, cranked out by a mercenary Asian line-cook for the....

Boldt decision effects felt 40 years later
TACOMA, WASH. — George Hugo Boldt was not a man anyone would mistake for a revolutionary.
 He was a bespectacled and conservative Republican, a former Army officer who grew up in Montana and kept his close-sheared haircut intact throughout the turbulent '60s and beyond.....

Grease on government wheels
Thursday, 06 February 2014
Owners of fishing boats less than 79 feet will want to keep an eye on a proposed EPA regulation called the small Vessel General Permit (sVGP). If enacted, it would be the first regulation under the Clean Water Act to address discharges incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels less than 79 feet in length.....

A great Alaska earthquake meets California
Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 11:45 pm
Ned Rozell / Alaska Science Forum
FAIRBANKS — An expected event in Alaska could affect millions of Americans. Here’s how:
On Thursday, March 27, 2014, a slab of the seafloor larger than human imagination fractures, rumbling beneath the Alaska Peninsula. In several planet-ringing minutes, thousands of years of potential energy releases to become kinetic. A great earthquake occurs right where scientists predicted it would. The Pacific floor plows beneath Alaska in the region between Kodiak Island and the Shumagin Islands south of Sand Point. A block of sea floor the size of Kodiak Island rises. A bulge in the Pacific Ocean rebounds toward Los Angeles. Scientists from the National Tsunami Warning Center see the rise and fall of lonely buoys and consult online seismic information and tsunami models. They call....

Leading Industry Top Executives​’ join NASF Global White Fish Industry Summit March 6th
Published:  10 February, 2014
Who are the main drivers changing the global white fish industry?
Chaired by one of the world’s largest whitefish exporters; Torunn Halhjem from U.S. Trident Seafood’s in Seattle; 10 executives from 4 continents will discuss the outlook for this huge whitefish sector. This important NASF industry seminar gives you the opportunity to hear from some of the world’s top white fish operators about their businesses - and what they think about the structural changes....

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