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#02-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

NOAA Rejects Endangered Species Petition for Alaska Corals
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, February 12 2013
Ice in Ocean
A petition for the federal government to list several dozen species of Alaska cold water corals as endangered has stalled after an initial review. Biologist Kiersten Lippmann submitted the petition on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity. She says the corals need better protections because they are often the only structures on the ocean floor. “They’re kind of like trees would be in a terrestrial environment, in that they...
Invasive species bill advances in House
HB 89 will be heard next in House Resources
Posted: February 12, 2013 - 5:37pm  |  Updated: February 13, 2013 - 12:02am
A bill requiring the state to create a rapid response and management plan to deal with invasive aquatic species moved out of the House Fisheries Committee Tuesday and will now come before the House Resources Committee. House Bill 89, introduced by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, would authorize the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to control or....

Attorney: Alaska Native fishermen should get first go at kings
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:29 pm | Updated: 2:36 pm, Tue Feb 12, 2013.
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An attorney for Alaska Natives cited for illegal fishing is renewing his religious protection defense, saying the state could conserve king salmon runs on the Kuskokwim River while granting Yup'ik Eskimos a subsistence fishing priority to accommodate....

'Salmon signature' used to study historic Alaska fish returns
Hannah HeimbuchThe Arctic Sounder
February 12, 2013
Alaskan fishermen are no strangers to the roller coaster flux of salmon returning to home spawning grounds. Most fishermen have experienced or at least witnessed both banner years and disaster years, riding out the consequences of a life lived according to marine resources. Modern biologists have come to recognize these strong and weak variances as cycles that span not years but decades. Now, studies coming out of the University of Washington (UW) are indicating recognizable cycles that cross hundreds of years in their rotation. "We've been able to reconstruct what salmon runs looked like before the start of commercial fishing," said Lauren Rogers in a Science Codex release. Rogers, lead author of a recently released paper on the subject...

UFA going to the authorities
We told you recently how United Fishermen of Alaska suspected a rival had eavesdropped on one of UFA's private teleconferences. UFA is now taking the matter to the authorities, including the Juneau district attorney. Here's a press release UFA issued today (yesterday)....

New legislation would make hunting and fishing a priority on federal lands
By Todd Masson, | The Times-Picayune
on February 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM, updated February 12, 2013 at 3:13 PM
........... "Senators Murkowski and Manchin have gone to great lengths to make this legislation palatable to a broad spectrum of interests without compromising its underlying intent. (The bill) leaves no doubt about the importance of hunting and angling on our nation's public lands. We urge the.......

Hawaii fishermen upset over environmental laws
Hawaii fishermen say they are being pushed to the limit by a barrage of proposed federal and state laws that threaten their livelihood. "It stresses me out. It stresses a lot of fishermen out, because how many other people have to fight to maintain their way of life?" said Makani Christensen, a commercial fisherman on O'ahu who catches goatfish...