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#12-11-2012 - ComFish News Roundup (NPFMC LiveStream)

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North Pacific council talks sea lion, vessel monitoring
Dec 10, 2012 - 11:31 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to consider alternatives for fisheries management as part of the new environmental impact statement the agency is preparing. The agency, or NMFS, is preparing a court-ordered EIS for steller sea lion mitigation, which will..

Originally published Monday, December 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM
Delegation seeks delay in more fishery observers
Alaska's congressional delegation wants changes in federal plans to put observers on more commercial halibut fishing boats....

Low forecasts for two Southeast king salmon runs
by Joe Viechnicki
December 10, 2012 10:32 am
Low forecasts for next year’s Stikine and Taku river king salmon returns will mean no opportunity for commercial fishing fleets to target those king runs early next May. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game this month released its forecasts for Chinook expected to return to the two rivers in Southeast Alaska next spring and summer. “In the Taku and Stikine, these are some of the lowest runs we’ve seen, or forecasts we’ve seen in the recent 15 year period. And that is essentially how long we’ve been doing ‘em. So they’re about as bad as we’ve seen,” said Ed Jones, who oversees the region’s Chinook and coho projects for the Department of Fish and Game’s...
Karen Gillis Discusses Future of Alaska Salmon
Karen Gillis, director of the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association, discussed the Arctic Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative with the 5:00 Report Monday. Its findings on the state's poor salmon runs are being presented this week in Anchorage. (video)

SE leaders concerned about ferry plan change
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on December 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm
You can tell a project’s in trouble when its website gets pulled off the ‘net. (  That’s what’s happened to the Alaska Class Ferry, which had a site including design elements, public comments and other information. It’s down because Gov. Sean Parnell ordered an end to work on the 350-foot vessel, and begin design of smaller, less expensive ferries. (Hear the governor’s announcement and read about his decision. The announcement surprised Sen.Dennis Egan, a Juneau Democrat who was among those pushing to fund the original project. “We’re all upset that we weren't informed way early in this process about what they were going...

Federal approval not expected to delay Petersburg borough
by Joe Viechnicki
December 10, 2012 10:12 am
A federally-required approval of the Petersburg borough should be finished by the time the election results are certified by the state, if voters approve the new borough government. That’s the latest message from Jim Brennan, the attorney for the borough petitioners. Brennan said Thursday he received a call from the Department of Justice this week that federal pre-clearance approval should be completed by the....

No Togiak Spawn on Kelp Herring Allocation for the Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Fishery
The Alaska Board of Fisheries turned down a reallocation proposal on Monday related to Togiak herring. KDLG’s Mike Mason has been covering the Board’s Bristol Bay meeting and he filed this report. (5:48)....

December 11, 2012
Duke Moscrip tracks down "OMG" Alaska Weathervane Scallops
A local restaurateur's drive for sustainable seafood.
By Ronald Holden
A former Bothell High basketball star, stock broker and one of the original owners of Ray's Boathouse, Duke Moscrip has been at the helm of Duke's Chowderhouse for 35 years. During that time, Moscrip has become an evangelist for sustainable seafood. "Nobody else drills down like this," Duke admits. It's almost an indulgence, this intense level of personal, on-site research. Moscrip's latest indulgence is the scallop. The scallop is a hermaphrodite marine mollusc with primitive eyes that discern light and dark, and a strong, meaty (and succulent) adductor muscle. Like its cousins the oyster, the clam and the mussel, the...