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#01-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

No fishing on lower Yukon: New regulation prohibits fishing for first-pulse kings
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 12:08 am | Updated: 12:09 am, Mon Jan 28, 2013.
The Yukon River at Eagle, Alaska
The Yukon River at Eagle, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
FAIRBANKS — There will be no question whether subsistence fishermen on the Yukon River will be able to fish for early-run king salmon this summer. In an attempt to rebuild what has been a dwindling chinook run in recent years, the Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted a new regulation last week that will prohibit king salmon fishing on the first big pulse of fish that hit the Yukon River in early June. The Department of Fish and Game has closed or restricted king salmon fishing on....

Why Alaskan fishermen are not cheering McDonalds new MSC eco label
Published:  28 January, 2013
............the news is not being welcomed everywhere.  According to the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska, many  fishermen  in the western area of the state are not happy that McDonald's has been awarded the label. The paper says that local fishermen claim what most customers don't  know is that Alaska pollock is a controversial fish among some village fishermen who blame the trawler fleet for wasting thousands of king.....

Op-Ed: Moving forward in the Gulf: Reduce bycatch but protect Alaska's communities
Posted: January 27, 2013 - 5:13pm
By Rachel Donkersloot
Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Alaska has some of the world’s most abundant and prosperous fisheries and a reputation for science-based management. Fisheries are the life-blood of coastal Alaska and a major driver of the state’s economy. So when it comes to managing our fisheries, it’s critical we get it right. Today’s challenges in sustaining our fisheries and communities touch all Alaskans. We all....

Full disclosure?
A common complaint we hear about the nation's regional fishery management councils is the apparent conflict of interest some members have in voting on the issues. To some degree, these conflicts are by design and unavoidable. The councils make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The council system gives people most affected by fishery management decisions — commercial fish harvesters, for example — a seat at the table. To make sure the public knows who's who, council members are....

January 26, 2013
Sharing concerns for fisheries
Local fishermen hear of Alaska threat, too
By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer
Fishermen from Gloucester and Alaska fish drastically different areas during different times of the year, but one thing is for certain: They’re all in the same boat when it comes to defending and protecting an industry under siege from many sides. That was one of the messages echoed Friday when Katherine Carscallen, captain of the fishing vessel Sea Hawk based out of Dillingham, Alaska, met with Gloucester fishermen and supporters of the commercial fishermen at a get-together organized by Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association President Angela Sanfilippo. Carscallen, a 27-year-old native of Dillingham, represents numerous commercial fisheries throughout Alaska and worked....

Five legislators push to block drastic quota cuts in Northeast
Monday, January 28, 2013, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
Five Massachusetts legislators are standing up to a recent decision to block further temporary steps to circumvent extreme cuts in groundfishing quotas for 2013. As it stands, catch limits on Gulf of Maine cod could be slashed by between 76.8 and 82.6 per cent starting on 1 May, and the haddock quota would also be dramatically cut. Democratic Senators John Kerry and Elizabeth Warren and Democratic....