Daily Archives: December 19, 2018

Only one applicant for ADFG chief

Members of the boards of Fisheries and Game will meet jointly Jan. 16 to choose an applicant to forward to Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy for the commissioner’s seat, but it likely won’t be a long meeting with just one applicant. Doug Vincent-Lang, whom Dunleavy appointed as Acting Commissioner on Dec. 4, was the only person to submit an application to be the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He previously worked with the department from 1999–2014, last serving as the director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation.>click to read<20:48

The farm bill’s untold story: What did Congress do for fish sticks?

The farm bill that Congress passed last week will be known for many things. It increases subsidies for farmers and legalizes industrial hemp. But for Alaska, the bigger impact might be what the bill does for fish sticks served in school lunchrooms across America. The National School Lunch Program has for decades required school districts to buy American-made food. But that doesn’t always happen when it comes to fish. “There was a major loophole,” Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, said. “Major. That allowed, for example, Russian-caught pollock, processed in China with phosphates, sent back to the United States for purchase in the U.S. school lunch program.”>click to read<

Athearn Marine Agency Boat of the Week: 64′ RSW Seiner/Scalloper/Herring vessel, 422HP CAT, Northern Lights – 60 KW

Specifications, information and 3 photos >click here< To see all the boats in this series, >Click here<13:15

PETA lodges complaint against another Maine lobster processor

In a complaint sent to Hancock County District Attorney Matthew Foster, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it recorded an undercover video of the alleged mistreatment at the Maine Fair Trade Lobster plant on Oct. 1. PETA has posted the video on its website. The video shows lobsters being dismembered, with some sets of legs continuing to move after they’ve been separated from the rest of the body. In a six-page letter sent to police and prosecutors, the group notes that some overseas authorities have concluded lobsters can feel pain and that some countries have banned boiling them alive. >click to read<12:42

Namibia’s ‘firstborn’ fishing vessel christened

NAMIBIA’S first brand new purpose-built fishing vessel, the ‘Oshiveli’ (which means ‘firstborn’ in Oshiwambo), was officially named by fisheries minister Bernhard Esau at Walvis Bay yesterday. Oshiveli was built for Tunacor, to the tune of N$200 million, in Spain since October last year and arrived at Walvis Bay recently, way before its scheduled delivery early next year. It will “start working” as of the end of this month. Tunacor Group chairperson Sidney Martin said the ship’s customised capability to catch three different species of fish (hake, horse mackerel and monk) with just a change of gear,,, >click to read<11:14

No-guilt fishing is here: WA company invents plastic-free bait system

A West Australian company has developed new burley and lobster bait boxes to let anglers and crayfishers go plastic-free, paving the way for cleaner fishing in a plastic-filled world. And all the bait they use – mulies, mullet, tuna heads, prawns – is covered in plastic, be it bags or vacuum-sealed plastic liners.,, WA bait and seafood supplier Mendolia decided things had to change, came up with the idea of the bait blocks and partnered with Recfishwest to develop a product that did away with plastic bags and lining. Burley Boxes are made using waste from sardines, which Mendolia catch themselves, frozen inside a 1-kilogram biodegradable box the size of a house brick. >click to read<10:29

Early ice growth means busy icebreaking season for coast guard vessels, officials in St. John’s say

The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker fleet is expecting a busy season with the freeze-up of sea ice occurring three to four weeks ahead of a normal ice year, officials said in St. John’s Tuesday. Brad Durnford, superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic Region, said during a technical briefing that water temperatures are lower than normal around the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Newfoundland and Labrador, and long-term forecasts show Eastern Canada having a chance of a cooler than normal winter, which will continue the ice growth. >click to read<09:44