AM News Thursday 10.17.13
The commercial salmon fishing season ended Tuesday.
No firm numbers on the season will be available
until later this month, but regulators and fishing
industry representatives said the year was a great
improvement over the dismal numbers in recent
“However, we're worried that this year's drought may cripple future salmon runs, something we won't be
able to measure well until 2015,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon
Association. “The diversion of short supplies of
salmon water this year left many juvenile salmon in
extremely dangerous conditions in our inland
The sport fishing season continues through Nov. 10.
Mendocino county has agreed to release some
specific 9.31 records to the Federal Grand Jury.
Earlier this year, the county & the US Attorney's office released records in a redacted form.
However, on September 25th, another set of
subpoenas was served on the County requesting a
limited number of unredacted records of 9.31
participants. The County, under law,cannot say
whose records they were, nor did they say how many there were.
"We are glad to see that the current request...is much more narrowly drawn than that of October, 2012
request. We hope that this action will resolve any
issue the US Attorney's office has with Mendocino's 9.31 program, " stated Board Chairman Dan Hamburg.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is closing the commercial fishery for market squid Friday, Oct. 18, at noon.
CDFW expects that by Oct. 18, the season’s harvest
limit of 118,000 short tons of market squid will be
reached. The squid fishing season runs from April
through the following March of each year, meaning
the fishery will remain closed through March 31, 2014.
CDFW, with assistance from squid fishermen and seafood processors, has been tracking catches daily this fall in anticipation of reaching the harvest limit, which was established to ensure a sustainable fishery. In
addition to the harvest limit, weekend closures were
implemented to allow for periods of uninterrupted
spawning each week.
Jason Morse, MUSD Superintendent, has
Sage Statham has been hired as the new MCN
manager, beginning Thursday, Oct. 17. Sage worked at MCN after graduating from MHS and has
continued to be a consultant to MCN on network
The current MCN Business Manager, Mitch Sprague, will be staying on as co-manager through Nov. 15 to assist Sage in the
The outbreak of salmonella poisoning traced to three Foster Farms chicken plants in the Central Valley is a form of the disease that is resistant to antibiotics.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the outbreak has sickened 317 people, 231 in California, with strains of salmonella Heidelberg that resist
Thirteen percent of victims developed blood
poisoning, and 42 percent have been hospitalized,
twice the typical rate for people who come down with salmonella. No one has died.
At least 70 percent of the antibiotics used in the
United States annually are administered to healthy
livestock at low, routine doses to keep the animals
from getting sick.
Such minimal doses encourage disease causing
bugs to become drug-resistant.
Last month, the CDC confirmed a link between use of antibiotics in livestock and growing bacterial
resistance. The agency urged food producers to
scale back the use of antibiotics that are used on
A little-noticed bill that passed the Legislature this year is
sending a chill through the state's small but growing
hard cider industry.
The bill, known as AB 779, makes a seemingly minor technical change to the state's alcohol laws. It allows
large beer brewers, those producing more than 1.9 million gallons per year, to produce and sell cider at
their facilities without obtaining a separate license.
Normally beer and cider makers require separate
licenses, since cider is considered a form of wine
under both state and federal law.
Cider makers expressed outrage that the rules had
been changed to favor another industry breaking into their market while not allowing them to make beer.