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#04-06-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Opinion: Season not open but already, one thousand king salmon landed
Posted 04/05/2013
by Eric Jordan and Gary Ault - for the Cordova Times
With the Copper River gillnet season just a little over a month away, many fishermen in Cordova are wondering what the 2013 season might bring. Will there be a good price paid for king salmon? Most certainly. Will there be a good run of kings? Maybe, you just never know. One thing they do know is that someone is already catching king salmon in the Gulf of Alaska. There is one boat out in the Gulf that has already landed almost one thousand king salmon in the arrowtooth flounder fishery. This fishery is operating without a cap on Chinook salmon bycatch right now. Alaska's king salmon are facing troubled times. Returns to state rivers stretching from Cook Inlet to.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1314season-not-open-but-already-one-thousand-king

Seattle Based Organization Helps Feed Alaska's Hungry
The skyline of Seattle, Washington at dusk. In...
The skyline of Seattle, Washington at dusk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Blake Essig
Channel 2 News
6:30 p.m. AKDT, April 5, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska—.... Commercial fishermen claim there is no way to completely avoid catching kings while fishing for reds. One Seattle-based organization wants to make sure the valuable fish doesn't go to waste. Seattle Based Organization Helps Feed Alaska's Hungry (video)... http://www.ktuu.com/ktuu-seattle-based-organization-helps-feed-alaskas-hungry-20130405,0,608172.story

North Pacific council talks Steller sea lion protections
alaska.gov
MOLLY DISCHNER
Apr 5, 2013 - 10:58 PM
After several hours of staff reports, questions and public testimony, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council stuck with the AP’s preliminary preferred alternative for the new Steller sea lion environmental impact statement. The council agreed to a motion including that alternative without objection. Council member Bill Tweit’s motion also asked the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, t..... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/North-Pacific-council-talks-Steller-sea-lion-protections/

North Pacific council takes final action on flatfish flexibility, AFA vessel replacement
MOLLY DISCHNER
Apr 4, 2013 - 08:41 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took final action on two groundfish issues at its meeting in Anchorage today. The council agreed to provide Amendment 80 cooperatives and Community Development Quota entities with some flexibility in its flatfish harvest each year. In another action, the council decided..... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/North-Pacific-council-takes-final-action-on-flatfish-flexibility-AFA-vessel-replacement/

North Pacific council creates electronic monitoring working group
MOLLY DISCHNER
Apr 4, 2013 - 08:40 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council created a taskforce to discuss electronic monitoring as an option for marine observation today after significant public testimony and deliberations. The council unanimously approved a motion made by Dan Hull asking the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, to update the Electronic Monitoring, or EM, strategic plan to include a..... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/North-Pacific-council-creates-electronic-monitoring-working-group/

Bristol Bay Area Plan stirs debate
April 5th 4:07 pm | Jim Paulin      
Forced to review a land management plan by Pebble Mine opponents, the state is traveling around Bristol Bay communities to hear local concerns, according to Department of Natural Resources official Marty Parsons. Public meetings have already been held in Iliamna, Igiugig, King Salmon/Naknek, and Port Heiden. Additional meetings will happen soon in Dillingham, Nondalton, New Stuyahok, and Koliganek, Parsons said. The controversial Bristol Bay Area Plan is the subject of the meetings. Revision to the plan in 2005 were seen as.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1314bristol_bay_area_plan_stirs_debate

10:39 AM FRI APRIL 5, 2013
No Changes to Setnet Signs in Bristol Bay
By MIKE MASON
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is trying to clear up some confusion about a proposal approved at the December Board of Fisheries meeting. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details..... http://kdlg.org/post/no-changes-setnet-signs-bristol-bay

5:07 PM FRI APRIL 5, 2013
Ghost Boat Legislation Clears the House
A bill that would give cities and boroughs in Alaska the ability to deal with derelict and abandoned vessels is on the move in Juneau. On Friday House Bill 131 received a unanimous vote in the Alaska House. The prime sponsor of the Bill is Representative Paul Seaton from Homer. He says the bill addresses an important issue..... http://kdlg.org/post/ghost-boat-legislation-clears-house

Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
Seal of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bristol Bay tourism ideas floated in International Tourism Exchange
April 5th 3:55 pm | Kat Bernhardt      
East Asia met Southwest Alaska when representatives from Japan and Taiwan exchanged gifts with leaders from the Bristol Bay Native Association, the Bristol Bay Borough, and the Bristol Bay Chamber of Commerce last month at the International Tourism Exchange held at the Naknek Native Village Council. Roughly 50 Naknek/King Salmon community members including a cross section of youth, elders and business owners watched as Hiroyuki Matsuura from Osaka, Japan presented a wall hanging by a Japanese artist. The depiction of different ways of looking at Mt. Fuji was a symbol of the need to do the same with tourism in Southwest Alaska..... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1314bristol_bay_tourism_ideas_floated_in