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#10-08-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Council asks NMFS to include indepependent reviews in current, future sea lion work
Oct 7, 2012 - 07:13 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council moved on Steller sea lion issues Oct. 7.
The council’s motion, which was moved with one objection, noted the Center of Independent Experts findings, and made several recommendations to the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, asking the agency to update its management and science based on new information. The council’s recommendations asked NMFS to change its management measures to reflect the CIE opinions before the 2013 fishery starts, expedite completion of the Environmental Impact.....

Vessel replacement programs move forward
Oct 7, 2012 - 07:13 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council moved forward with three vessel replacement programs at its Anchorage meeting Oct. 7. The council took final action on a licensing change for Bering Sea freezer longline vessels, unanimously recommending that those vessels be allowed to build longer replacements. Under the recommended program, the vessels associated with an LLP can be replaced or rebuilt with larger freezer longlines that have different processing capacities. The new vessels can be as.....

Council takes final Action on catch sharing plan
Posted: October 7, 2012 - 9:12pm
By MOLLY DISCHNER Morris News Service-Alaska
Alaska Journal of Commerce
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 10-1 to recommend a halibut catch sharing plan at its meeting in Anchorage Oct. 5. The motion recommends a combined catch limit for the commercial and charter sectors, with each receiving a portion of the allowed harvest, beginning in 2014. The exact charter-commercial split will be different in areas 2C and 3A. In 3A, which includes Cook Inlet and other....

Ho-hum, another 'final action' on halibut
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has approved a "catch sharing plan" for halibut. Here's the three-page motion that passed Friday in Anchorage. The intent is to settle a long-running competition for fish in Southeast Alaska (Area 2C) and Southcentral (Area 3A). The motion, as you will see, is complex. In a nutshell, it aims to.....

Alaska Ear: Political hijinks
Published: October 7, 2012 Updated 6 hours ago
..................... SO YOU WANNA BE A STAR . . . Bradley Reid, one of Alaska's ad agencies, issued a call last month for 36 people to appear in a series of TV commercials pushing the Pebble mine. Here's what they said: "We're looking for a nice range of ages, both male and female, to portray scientists, field researchers, lab workers, etc. in 3 spots that will cover different aspects of the Pebble science........

State, fed agencies hold oil-spill response drill
Published: October 6, 2012
By ANDREW SHEELER — Ketchikan Daily News
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA — The threat of an oil spill in Alaska waters looms constant. The number of agencies that came to Ketchikan recently to conduct an emergency oil spill response exercise served as a testament to the gravity of such a situation. The U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy joined forces with Alaska departments of Environmental Conservation, Fish and Game, Natural...

Does the Arctic Council have what it takes to guide northern policy?
Crocker Snow, Jr. | | Oct 07, 2012
A 16-year-old squadron of eight nations in a brand new, minuscule headquarters in a remote city well north of the Arctic Circle is becoming an exemplar of how groups of countries can relate and interrelate over issues of territory, security and resources. The Arctic Council comprised of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the US was established in 1996 and, to date, has been populated more by scientists and scholars than by statesmen. Now like a very good dog sled leader, the Council is breaking....

Less Japanese tsunami debris found on Montague Island shore
Alaska Dispatch | Oct 07, 2012
Last week, pilot Bill Wilcox flew over Montague Island, the big island that divides the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound.  Wilcox landed on the north side of Patton Bay, which faces the Gulf, intending to check up on Japanese tsunami....