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#12-08-2012 - ComFish News Roundup (NPFMC LiveStream)

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Despite Disagreements, Pollock Quota Rises
By Lauren Rosenthal
Friday, December 07 2012
After a few shaky years, the amount of pollock that fishermen can catch in the Bering Sea is on the rise. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council met up in Anchorage this week to set catch limits for several fisheries. In 2013, fishermen will be going after 1.266 million metric tons of pollock. That exceeds the limit that was pitched to the council by their own advisory team of scientists and fishermen. It’s a very different picture from 2011, when fishermen weren't .... http://kucb.org/news/article/after-uncertain-few-years-pollock-quota-rises/

Alaska Supreme Court upholds Chitina personal-use designation ruling
by Rod Boyce
Dec 08, 2012
FAIRBANKS – The popular Chitina dip-net salmon fishery on the Copper River will remain classified as a personal-use fishery, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday in a defeat for Fairbanks-based fishermen. The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling backing a 2003 state Board of Fisheries decision to give the personal-use designation to the Chitina fishery instead of maintaining it as a subsistence fishery..... http://newsminer.com/bookmark/21070184-Alaska-Supreme-Court-upholds-Chitina-personal-use-designation-ruling


Salmon bycatch measures up for review by NPFMC
Posted 12/08/2012
by - Margaret Bauman

Tundra landscape near Bristol Bay
Tundra landscape near Bristol Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Testimony will continue through this weekend in Anchorage before the North Pacific Fishery Management Council on the incidental harvest of salmon in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands. The council will also hear recommendations for 2013 charter halibut management measures, plus other halibut issues. Earlier in the week-long meeting, running from Dec. 5-11, the council was to adopt final harvest specifications for Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Island groundfish. For those unable to attend in person, free live audio of the entire meeting is available online at http://npfmc.webex.com ... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1249salmon-bycatch-measures-up-for-review-by

The Board of Fish Rejects Proposals to Kill D-Boats in Bristol Bay 
12/08/12
An effort to get rid of the “D-Boats” in Bristol Bay was turned down Friday by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. KDLG’s Mike Mason is covering the meeting and filed this report. (2:11)

The Board of Fish Rejects Proposals to Kill D-Boats in Bristol Bay
12/08/12
An effort to get rid of the “D-Boats” in Bristol Bay was turned down Friday by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. KDLG’s Mike Mason is covering the meeting and filed this report. (2:11)... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2364

A Proposed Change to the Duel Permit System for Drifters in Bristol Bay is Turned Down by the Board of Fish
12/08/12
The issue of permit stacking in Bristol Bay is one of the topics that’s dominated the discussion during the ongoing Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Naknek. KDLG’s Mike Mason has been covering the meeting and filed this report. (7:34).... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2363

Rural Economy
Fast-growing modified salmon need FDA approval
Could be months, years
By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Writer
Posted:   12/07/2012 03:11:46 PM MST
Salmon that's been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate -- if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat. After weathering concerns about everything from the safety of humans eating the salmon to their impact on the environment, Aquabounty was poised to become the world's first company to sell fish whose DNA has been altered to speed up growth. The Food and Drug Administration in 2010 concluded that Aquabounty's salmon was as safe to eat as the traditional variety. The agency also said that there's little chance that the salmon could.... http://www.fortmorgantimes.com/fort-morgan-business/ci_22145860/fast-growing-modified-salmon-need-fda-approval

Variance Debate Highlights Cannery Row Parking Problem
Dec 7, 2012
Maggie Wall/KMXT
The problem of parking downtown near the processing plants took up much of the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s time during last night’s regular meeting. The assembly sat as a Board of Adjustment in an appeal of a recent planning and zoning commission decision to deny a local seafood processor a variance to have fewer parking spots than required by code. KMXT’s Maggie Wall has more..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4316

Hy-Vee stores purchase crab from famous fishing boat
Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 3:02 pm, Fri Dec 7, 2012.
By Michael Finn
Hy-Vee stores in the Ames area have been receiving shipments of Alaskan crab for years. However, what many people aren't aware of is that the crab they’re purchasing from the store is caught on a fishing boat that was once featured on the hit Discovery Channel TV show, “Deadliest Catch.” The crab fishing boat, called the Billikin, and its six crew members, were shown catching a species of crab called opilio on the commercial fishing reality-TV show’s first season in April 2009. The Billikin remained on the show for only one season. Since then, the show has blown up to.. http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/article_8802f4d8-3fde-11e2-9dec-001a4bcf887a.html


Bumper crop ends squid season early
Wildlife Fish and Game Department calls end to season 4 months early as annual limit is reached, which normally never happens
Carolyn Jones
Published 8:35 p.m., Friday, December 7, 2012
Can't find any Dungeness crab? Don't put away the melted butter and lemon just yet. California has just capped one of its largest-ever hauls of squid. Fishermen along the California coast have caught so many of the tasty cephalopods that Department of Fish and Game officials called an end to the season Nov. 21, more than four months early. "It's absolutely good news," said Barbara Vernon, dining room manager at Scott's Seafood restaurant in Oakland, where calamari is a staple. "Lightly deep-fried with shallots, white wine and parsley - mmm." Squid season normally ends March 31, but the state's fishermen reached the annual maximum haul, 118,000 tons, by mid-November. Normally they never reach the limit.... http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Bumper-crop-ends-squid-season-early-4101146.php