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Comfish News Roundup #06-09-2012

Council approves 15% cut in halibut bycatch
KODIAK — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Friday to reduce the allowable halibut bycatch by trawlers and longliners by 15 percent, to be phased in over three years with a targeted implementation in 2014. After nearly two days of public comment from about 100 stakeholders at the Harbor Convention Center, the council passed the measure introduced by Dan Hull of Anchorage by a 10-1 vote. Outgoing member Dave Benson of Washington was the lone dissent. The 15 percent reduction was the maximum amount under consideration by........

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Alaska fishermen aid tsunami survivors
Posted 06/08/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Alaska fishermen are extending hands across the ocean to help fishing fleets in northern Japan hard hit by the 2011 tsunamis. The Alaska Fishing Industry Relief Mission, chaired by Larry Cotter, said June 5 that it has raised about $380,000 to date and is working to establish communications through the Japanese fishing cooperatives, consular office and processor network. AFIRM has already sent $5,500 to a small boat fleet near Sendai, Japan, to buy....

Study tracks otter activity in Southeast
June 08, 2012
(SitNews) - Sea otters are expanding throughout Southeast Alaska and dining on crab, sea cucumbers, geoduck clams and more as they go. An ongoing study aims to track the otters, what they’re eating and where they are going – and researchers hope to get ‘grounds truth’ from Southeast residents. For the past two years, Sea Grant marine advisory agents have spearheaded a project to learn more about the region’s sea otter diets and behaviors.   The US Fish & Wildlife Service has......

Scientists Kick Off Sea Census
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Thursday, June 07 2012
Fishermen aren't the only ones gearing up for summer trawling. A group of 18 scientists launch their Bering Sea fish surveys from Unalaska this week. The stock assessments provide critical information about the....

Cross-section of fishing, business interests turn out for EPA hearing
Posted 06/08/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
What the Environmental Protection Agency sought was a critique of its draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment, but most of the folks who waited up to four hours to comment focused directly on the issue of whether to build the Pebble mine or not. The public meeting in Anchorage on the evening of June 4 attracted a crowd of well over 700 people, from Bristol Bay fishermen and processors, to the environmental community and a cross-section of Alaska business people with a financial interest in the mining industry. Additional meetings were scheduled June 5 in Dillingham and Naknek, June 6 in Levelock and....

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