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#02-24-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

1:47 PM SUN FEBRUARY 23, 2014
Rio Tinto Employee Resigns from the Northern Dynasty Minerals Board
A member of the Northern Dynasty Minerals Board of Directors has resigned. Stephen Scott is the General Manager with Rio Tinto’s copper division and he was appointed to the Northern Dynasty Minerals Board in 2007. In a press release, Northern Dynasty Minerals confirmed that the appointment was made in conjunction with an investment in the company made by Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto is a giant mining company that currently holds a 19-percent interest in Northern Dynasty Minerals. Rio Tinto has come under pressure recently to divest itself of its...

Mag: Alaskan Outrage As Obama Appointee Rejects Wilderness Road
Time Mag
The Department of the Interior's decision to nix a new road is a life-and-death issue for a remote Alaskan village
By Alex Altman Feb. 19, 2014
King Cove is a village of under 1,000 souls, perched on a slender finger of land near the tail of the Alaskan Peninsula. Even for Alaska, this is remote wilderness, ringed by volcanic mountains and forbidding seas. In bad weather, which is much of the time, it is blanketed with fog, engulfed by whiteout snowstorms or lashed with the bitter winds off the strait. King Cove’s residents, some 70% of whom are native Aleuts, endure or embrace its isolation because of the superb commercial fishing, the sense of community and the landscape’s stark beauty. But they have found that the federal government can intrude even here, at the edge of the world. For about three decades, the village has been fighting to...

Bristol Bay salmon keep Alaska open for business
Bud Hodson and Sonny Petersen
February 22, 2014
Salmon define Alaska’s renewable resource industry. They return, in incredible numbers, to our rivers each year. They support tens of thousands of Alaska jobs and contribute of billions of dollars to our annual economy. Salmon fill our freezers and smokehouses, fascinate our kids and visitors, and feed our economy, not to mention our bears, rainbow trout, and eagles. Bristol Bay’s salmon runs are spectacular even by Alaska’s very high standards. Bristol Bay’s tundra, wetlands, streams and rivers are all part of a hard-working landscape that supports salmon. Which, in turn, support at least 14,000 fishing jobs, a thriving lodge and tourism industry and $1.5 billion annual economy. It supports our businesses, our families, and many others in Bristol Bay...

Scientist’s Find the Fountain Of Youth in Salmon Eggs
February 21, 2014 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch — A new salmon-based skin cream is drawing raves overseas. More on ‘aquapreneurs’ after this...

Canada siding with U.S., Denmark on High Arctic fishing moratorium
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Feb. 23 2014, 11:30 PM EST
Last updated Sunday, Feb. 23 2014, 11:30 PM EST
anada is preparing to join the United States and Denmark in pressing for a moratorium on commercial fishing in the international waters of the High Arctic as climate change makes their bounty accessible for the first time in more than 800,000 years. Representatives of the federal Fisheries Department will take part in a meeting in Greenland next week where Russia and Norway will be urged to join the other three Arctic states in support of a proposed Arctic fisheries agreement....

February 24, 2014
NOAA set to cover cost of monitors
By Times Staff
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio...
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Gloucester Daily Times
NOAA officials say that the federal fisheries agency will once again cover the cost of the mandated onboard fishing monitors who have been a part of many fishermen’s traveling parties out of Gloucester and other Northeast ports since 2010. The announcement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service came at the recommendation of the New England Fishery Management Council, and after a renewed push by a Massachusetts’ congressional delegation. It also comes as the fishery council prepares to hold its monthly meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in Danvers, where....

‘Deadliest Catch’ captain to speak at fishermen’s forum in Rockland
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 24, 2014, at 6:05 a.m.
ROCKPORT, Maine — The annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum is known for having a full slate of seminars about new regulations, marketing strategies, management, fishing techniques and other related topics. This year, forum organizers are going the extra mile to bring in some entertainment, too. Keith Colburn is not a typical entertainer, but he is captain of the Alaskan crab boat Wizard, one....

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