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#03-12-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Bristol Bay Sockeye to Splash Down in Boston
Bristol Bay Exhibiting at North America’S Largest Seafood Exposition
Bristol Bay, AK (PRWEB) March 11, 2014
For the first time, Bristol Bay sockeye salmon will be featured at Seafood Expo North America (formerly the International Boston Seafood Show), taking place March 16th – 18th in Boston, MA.
North America’s largest seafood exposition, this three-day trade show attracts over 19,000 seafood buyers and suppliers from around the world. During the Expo, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) will be hosting Booth #2518 on the show floor and participating in a...

Ketchikan Fisherman Pleads Not Guilty in Diver Death
POSTED: 05:30 AM AKDT Mar 12, 2014
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A 32-year-old Ketchikan commercial fisherman has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and criminal negligent homicide in the death of man who died while diving to harvest sea cucumbers. The Ketchikan Daily News reports Joshua Wodyga was arraigned Monday....

Kodiak fish processor slapped with $205,000 fine for illegally dumping ammonia
Jerzy Shedlock
March 11, 2014
Kodiak fish processor North Pacific Seafoods pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to illegally dumping ammonia into the Kodiak city sewer, while the processor’s chief engineer faces charges of his own. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline imposed $205,000 in criminal penalties, $55,000 of which should go to the city for “hazardous waste response training” and equipment for sewer and fire department employees, according to an Alaska U.S. Attorney's Office press release. Kodiak is located near the northeastern tip of Kodiak Island. Life on the island, the largest in Alaska and the second largest in the U.S., revolves largely around maritime activities including commercial fisheries and fish processing plants as well as a large U.S. Coast Guard...

Ketchikan-POW ferry aids seafood, retail, tourism
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 11, 2014 1:35 PM
A small southern Southeast Alaska ferry line is of large value to the region’s economy. That’s according to a new report studying the Inter-Island Ferry Authority. The authority, known as the IFA, carries about 52,000 passengers a year. A single ferry leaves the eastern Prince of Wales Island port of Hollis each morning. It arrives in Ketchikan about three hours later, and then waits ‘til the evening to sail back. A new study shows it’s an important part of the region’s economy. (Read the study’s report.) “No one is no more dependent on IFA’s daily timetable than those trying to get fresh or live seafood to market,” says Meilani Schijvens of Juneau-based Sheinberg....

Remembering the spill
Anger, frustration fresh quarter-century after Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
By Carey Restino
Homer Tribune
This is the first in a three-part series examining the impacts of the Exxon Valdez oil spill as the state nears the 25th anniversary of the environmental catastrophe. Ask virtually anyone who was in Homer 25 years ago when the Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred about the impression it made on them, and you are likely to hear a story of frustration, shock, disappointment and deep sadness as they recount the days, weeks and months that followed one of the nation’s largest oil spills. On the night of March 23, 1989, the Exxon Valdez bashed into Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, ripping several holes in the bottom of the single-hulled...

6:55 PM TUE MARCH 11, 2014 Plans to Saturate the Airwaves with an Ad Opposing the Pebble Mine
A veterans group plans to saturate the television airwaves of Alaska for the next 7-days with an ad opposing the proposed Pebble Mine. is spending $100-thousand dollars on the ad buy. The ad they will be running features Iraq War veteran Random Reamey from Dillingham. He claims the proposed Pebble Mine would damage the salmon resource in Bristol Bay and...

Mar 11 2014
Begich: No More Parlay for Pirates
Senator Applauds Advancement of Anti-Pirate Fishing Measures
A strong opponent of “pirate” fishing, U.S. Senator Mark Begich applauded the approval today of four treaties that will help Alaska fishermen by cracking down on illegal fishing worldwide. Today’s vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to approve the treaties clears the way for ratification by a vote of the full Senate. “Alaska leads the world in sustainable fisheries management and provides 5 billion pounds of quality, wild seafood annually,” said Begich, chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans....

Herron Asks Legislature to Support Izembek Road Campaign
By Lauren Rosenthal
Tuesday, March 11 2014
Alaska's legislature is still searching for ways to connect King Cove and Cold Bay by building a road through a federal wildlife refuge. Their latest effort is a joint resolution introduced by Aleutians representative Bob Herron. The six-page resolution urges Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to reconsider a land swap plan she turned down in December. The state of Alaska and the King Cove Corporation are still offering...

Fairbanks council passes resolution about radiation concern
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00 am
Sam Friedman
FAIRBANKS — The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is getting attention from both Fairbanks local governments on the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami. By a unanimous vote Monday, the Fairbanks City Council passed a resolution urging the state and federal government, as well as the United Nations, to do more radiation testing in Alaska waters.....

Streamers: A Win-Win for Seabirds and Fishermen 
Posted by Valerie Craig of National Geographic Society in Ocean Views on March 11, 2014
By Nicole Perman
Until recently, it seemed as though the short-tailed albatross would not be able to escape extinction.  These endangered seabirds have been threatened first by hunting, and more recently by overfishing in the North Pacific and Bering Seas, and by their less-than-ideal primary breeding ground – a small volcanically active island called Tori-shima, located off the southern coast of Japan. As you can likely imagine, fishing hooks and volcanic eruptions make for a deadly combination, and albatross populations consequently took a nose dive. Fortunately, the story doesn’t end....

12 million if by land
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
This spring, many loving parents will give their graduates a check, a hug, a copy of "Oh the places you'll go!" and send them on their way into the big wide world. In California this year, the scientists who have lovingly hatched salmon smolts will go to great lengths to make sure their babies make it to the big blue sea. As a result of a 2014 drought, the Golden Gate Salmon Association pleaded with state and federal officials to...

Simplifying High-Speed Maritime Satcoms via Airbus’ AuroraGlobal
For those of you who geek out on the latest ongoings in the world of satellite communications, you’re likely aware that Airbus, the French company famous for their airliners, has a very strong presence in the satellite communications (satcoms) sector, one that reaches deeply into the maritime industry via their company’s Airbus Defense and Space (formerly Marlink) brand. Satellite communications is inherently confusing because every service provider in this sector not only has its own brand name, but in many cases has significantly different services....

Scottish farmed salmon study warns risks
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 22:10 (GMT + 9)
A new warning expressed recently by scientists about the safety of Scottish farmed salmon has caused controversial reactions. This study - based at the University of Albany in New York state - looked at pollutant levels in farmed and wild salmon bought in Britain, Europe and North America, The Daily Mail informed. These scientists consider the....

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