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#03-11-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

1:41 PM MON MARCH 10, 2014
Lawmakers Hear About the Importance of Alaska's Seafood Industry
Pacific Horizon at Alaska Glacier Seafoods
Pacific Horizon at Alaska Glacier Seafoods (Photo credit: gillfoto)
The seafood industry is one of the pillars of the Alaska economy. Lawmakers and staffers in Juneau heard a detailed presentation about the industry last month as a way of informing the upcoming decisions on legislation that could impact the industry. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....

Homer: Committee Envisions Vessel Haul-Out Facility at Harbor
Ariel Van Cleave
Monday, March 10, 2014
The committee tasked with exploring the option of a vessel haul-out and repair facility at the Homer Harbor has started meeting. Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins has said making the facility a reality could be a few years out. Hawkins has been asking harbormasters, user groups and businesses that already deal with a facility like the one that’s been proposed.  And he’s been hearing a lot of pros; like how it’s a benefit to....

March 10, 2014
Monday PM
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The U.S. Navy will be holding a public meeting Tuesday, March 11, at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center Lobby in Ketchikan for the public review and comment period for the Northwest Training and Testing Draft Environmental Impact Statement (NWTT EIS).  Testing activities conducted at the Navy's Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility on Back Island north of Ketchikan are included in this study. The open house portion of the meeting is from 5 to 8 p.m.  At 6:30 p.m., the Navy will make a short presentation summarizing the analysis presented in the Draft EIS. The Navy will accept oral comments during a formal oral comment session following...

B.C. Mines Spark Worry in Southeast Alaska
March 10, 2014
(SitNews) - Concern is mounting among Southeast Alaska fishermen, community leaders and tribes about a mining boom in British Columbia that could affect wild salmon and other species on the U.S. side of the border. Spurred by the construction of a major power transmission line, and relaxed environmental regulations in Canada, a rash of mining activity is occurring in the transboundary region, a remote area laced with salmon rivers that joins Alaska and....

Fish and Wildlife calls Izembek bird hunting ‘spectacular’ but won’t allow road that might harm them
Posted on March 10, 2014
Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s staff is highlighting the irony in a U.S. Fish and Wildlife profile of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Among other things, the profile says that Izembek’s hunting opportunities are “world famous.” “Fall waterfowl hunting is spectacular,” in Izembek, the agency says.....
There Is No Quick-fix for California's Drought
Posted: 03/10/2014 12:21 pm EDT Updated: 03/10/2014 12:59 pm EDT
Short-term solutions could have long-term impacts
Despite recent rain, California is still in the midst of an historic drought. The past year has been the state's driest on record since 1895. We have seen a lot of news coverage on how the lack of rain and snowfall over the last three years is impacting farmers, ranchers, fishermen and small communities. Even large cities are suffering. But we....

The Fukushima Fearmongers
What unites the left and right: a radioactive plume headed for the West Coast...

Loblaws first to offer new responsibly-farmed certified Atlantic salmon
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, March 10, 2014 12:58PM EDT
TORONTO -- Grocery giant Loblaws (TSX:L) will be the first retailer in North America to sell a new type of responsibly-farmed salmon, an offering it hopes will differentiate itself amid intense competition from its grocery rivals. Loblaws, which is also the country's largest biggest buyer and seller of seafood, said the decision to stock Atlantic salmon certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) will give customers more choice when selecting responsibly farmed fish. The ASC is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in The Netherlands that certifies.....

March 11, 2014
Wait goes on for NOAA grants
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
More than a month ago, the NOAA director for the Saltonstall-Kennedy grant program said the agency was in the home stretch of determining which applicants would share in the $5 million to $11 million expected to be dispersed to grant applicants. In the interim, February has come and gone, one-third of March is in the books....

March 11, 2014
Editorial: Harbor report shows need for new fishery life line
Gloucester Daily Times
The Urban Harbors Institute report, sought by the Gloucester Fisheries’ Commission, indeed delivered some good news, noting that 210 commercial fishing vessels still berth at Inner Harbor wharves, including the Jodrey State Fish Pier. But the far more troubling numbers in the report — those that show a loss of at least 12-15 boats within Gloucester’s Designated Port Area between last spring and the end...
Florida joins lawsuit against BP
A Deepwater Horizon oil-spill lawsuit the state filed Wednesday over environmental damage shows legal wrangling over the 2010 spill could drag on for years....

University study reveals threat to wild salmon
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 02:30 (GMT + 9)
According to a university study, farmed salmon should be sterilised to prevent their genes crossing into wild populations. Researchers from the University of East Anglia consider that genetically different captive salmon often escape and that farmed fish are less adept at dealing with...