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Comfish News Roundup #06-11-2012

Trawlers absorb 15 percent cut in halibut bycatch -- but not until 2014
Amanda Coyne | Jun 10, 2012
After four days of contentious hearings, federal fisheries managers on Friday voted to reduce the bycatch of halibut caught by trawlers and certain other commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska by 15 percent. That number is not as high as some sought, but several council members thought it was a good compromise. It’s the first time since 1989 that the halibut bycatch has been restricted, and the billion-dollar trawling industry has for years lobbied hard against any bycatch limits. The bycatch reduction comes off the top of the trawlers' 5 million pound cap and goes into effect in 2014. Members of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved it 10-1 at the close of Friday’s meeting in.....

Coastal Management ballot measure gets a foe
Posted: June 10, 2012 - 12:08am
By Pat Forgey
A new organization has formed to challenge the Coastal Management ballot measure, and make sure the Alaska Sea Party efforts get challenged before voters decide the issue in August. “Up until now this has been kind of a one-sided discussion,” said Willis Lyford, spokesman for the “Vote No on 2” committee, which organized last week. Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, said the Alaska Sea Party welcomed the conversation. The Vote No on 2 group outlined its likely campaign strategy in its announcement last week, saying...

Nushagak District Preview 06/10/12
Commercial fishing is underway in Bristol Bay but only in the eastside districts. Fishermen intending to fish in the Nushagak District on the west side of the Bay have to wait to wet some nets. KDLG's Mike Mason explains. (6:47)....

Fishermen say gentle approach results in better tasting fish
The Register-Mail
Posted Jun 11, 2012 @ 08:00 AM
The salmon caught by the small-boat family fishermen working with Galesburg-based Sitka Salmon Shares don’t have “handle with care” stamped on their sides, but to the men and women fishing for coho, sockeye and king salmon off the coast of southeast Alaska, the words might as well be there. Marsh Skeele is a second-generation fisherman. The 27-year-old bought his own boat a couple of years ago. He also does some work on his father’s boat.
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“My dad is a fisherman, so I’ve grown up fishing with him,” Skeele, who is based in Sitka, Alaska, said. Sitka Salmon Shares co-founder and chief salmon steward Nic Mink, also a professor at Knox College, said the......

Chitina dip net opener is a bust
Outdoors with Tim Mowry
Jun 08, 2012
Don’t be bummed because you couldn’t make the run to Chitina for the season’s dip netting opener. Despite record numbers of salmon in the Copper River, it sounds like there were more people than fish...

Debris from overseas washes up on Unalaska shore
June 10th 2:33 am | Jim Paulin
Debris from last year's tsunami in Japan is apparently starting to appear on Unalaska beaches. While the pieces tend to be small and unremarkable after a trans-Pacific journey, the sheer quantity makes it "highly probable" that they were generated by the giant waves that walloped the Japanese coast, said David Gaudet of the Marine Conservation Alliance, which is tracking the debris.....

Unalaska: Water projects crunch city budget, EPA blamed
June 10th 2:29 am | Jim Paulin      
The new water treatment projects are causing Unalaska officials to look for a way to pay for the three federally-required facilities, and the city manager says low-interest state loans could be a big help. "We will be constructing some $50 million in projects in the next four years. Where is the money going to come from?" manager Chris Hladick asked in his May 22 written report to the city council.....