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#03-06-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Assembly to weigh-in against ADFG cuts
by kfskadmin
March 5, 2013 8:15 am
The Petersburg Borough Assembly will join fishing groups to speak out against proposed cuts to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s budget. Petersburg Vessel Owners Association Director Brian Lynch told the assembly on Monday that a House Finance Subcommittee had recommended a 550 thousand dollar reduction from the Governor’s proposed budget for the Commercial Fisheries Division in Southeast. At a minimum, he said the decrease would impact port sampling programs which are used to help manage the region’s salmon fisheries. Lynch, who is a retired, state fishery manager, said spring king salmon trolling is....

Objections mount as FDA reviews genetically engineered salmon
Published: March 5, 2013 Updated 14 hours ago
By ERIKA BOLSTAD — Anchorage Daily News
WASHINGTON -- Every summer since 1979, Kim Hubert has fished for sockeye salmon in Alaska's Bristol Bay. It's a family business in tiny Togiak that has, from time to time, also employed his wife and three children. Hubert and his 21-year-old daughter work the nets now. They're small permit holders who may catch and sell thousands of salmon in their nets each year, depending on the success of the run."We've got a fish camp out there, we enjoy the people and the bay and the work," said Hubert, 58, a retired schoolteacher who lives in Eagle River. "Some years we lose a few bucks, and some years we make a few." They and other fishermen have been casting a wary eye on Washington, where the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether (ADN paywall down 'for now' so we link the source)

Assembly silent on otter bounty
by Matt Lichtenstein
March 5, 2013 8:28 am
A proposed bounty on sea otters drew some criticism from the public followed by no discussion at all from the Petersburg Borough Assembly during its regular meeting Monday afternoon. The agenda included a resolution in support of Senate Bill 60 which is sponsored by Sitka Senator Bert Stedman. It would require the state pay a hundred dollar bounty for every sea otter that is lawfully killed. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, only Alaska natives may hunt the animals. The measure is.....

Will this help Cook Inlet setnetters?
The problem of poor Chinook salmon returns, which pretty much shut down eastside Cook Inlet setnetters in 2012, has received a lot of attention this off-season. And the focus on the problem continues. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is now looking for....

SE mayors, public unimpressed with ferry concept
Public testimony on 'Day Boat ACF' broadly negative
Posted: March 5, 2013 - 4:58pm  |  Updated: March 6, 2013 - 12:08am
Members of the public, including the mayors of Haines and Skagway, who testified Tuesday afternoon on the concept design report released last week for the updated Alaska-class ferry expressed unhappiness with aspects of the design and raised concerns about the proposed ships’ capabilities. The public was invited to testify at a joint meeting of the House and Senate Transportation committees, at which legislators also questioned Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities officials....

Holm Switches Seats on Fisheries Committee
Mar 05, 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
There’s been a slight change on the Kodiak Fisheries Advisory Committee. Oliver Holm, who had been serving on the committee as the representative from the Department of Fish and Game Advisory Committee, has switched to the Salmon-and-Herring Vessel seat.....

Senator Murkowski’s Ocean Policy Fight to be Honored
“Without Healthy Oceans, We Do Not Have a Healthy Planet”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski will be honored tomorrow for her continued work and dedication in responsible ocean policy and science advocacy – receiving the Admiral James D. Watkins Congressional Leadership Award at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership’s 2013 policy forum. As the Republican co-founder of the U.S. Senate Oceans Caucus and Ranking Member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Murkowski has served a critical role championing oceans and Arctic policy in....

'Ultimate Shrimp Burger' To Debut At International Boston Seafood Show
by Pacific Seafood
Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 3:21PM EST
PORTLAND, Ore. – S   Starfish Ultimate Shrimp Burger™ is the first shrimp burger on the market made with whole Vannamei white shrimp. Starfish General Manager, Bob O’Bryant, is excited about this new product saying, “We do not use fillers, and there are whole shrimp in each bite. The 3.6 oz. panko breaded, shrimp burgers are processed right here in the U.S., are ready to serve in minutes and have been very well received in preliminary...

Fishermen do well even when up against marine protected areas
Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Fishermen near marine protected areas end up travelling further to catch fish but maintain their social and economic well-being, according to a study by fisheries scientists at Washington State University and in Hawaii. The study, reported in the journal Biological Conservation, is one of the first to look closely at how protected areas in small nearshore fisheries can affect where fishers operate on the ocean and, as a consequence, their livelihood. "Where MPAs are located in relation to how fishers operate on the seascape is critical to understand fisheries management and this is an important lesson to draw....

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