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#04-07-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Community Quota Entities given additional purchase opportunities
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:17 PM
Community Quota Entities are one step close to purchasing quota share after today’s action by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The council selected a preferred alternative that would allow those community groups, or CQEs, to purchase any size block of halibut and sablefish quota share. Other existing restrictions on purchase, such as the total number of blocks a CQE can hold, will....

Council to consider directed Pacific cod fishery in the Aleutians
Apr 6, 2013 - 12:16 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took quick action this morning to request a discussion paper about splitting the Pacific cod fishery in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. The council’s action came less than ten minutes into its meeting this morning in Anchorage. Council member Cora Campbell, Alaska’s Fish and Game commissioner, made the motion for....

April 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Southeast Alaska chinook sport fishing seasons set
Posted by Mark Yuasa
Here are the southeast Alaska sport king salmon fishing regulations that were released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. These rules take effect from Monday, April 8 through Wednesday, April, 2014. The bag and possession limit (resident and nonresident) is one king salmon 28 inches or greater in length. A nonresident annual harvest limit and recording requirements apply as follows....

Photos: Welcome spring with chili-crab fresh rolls
Kirsten Dixon
April 6, 2013
Chili crab is an outrageously delicious but impossibly messy dish from Singapore made from crabs, chili sauce, lots of garlic, sugar and tomatoes all simmered into a thick, sticky stew and served over rice. We love the flavor of chili crab but we weren’t up for an entire sticky-fingered meal of it. We decided we could...

NOAA Assembles Team To Investigate Ailing Sea Lion Pups (video) #Fukushima
April 6, 2013 10:06 AM
LOS ANGELES ( — Radiation from Japan’s nuclear disaster is being looked at as one possible cause for what some experts are declaring an “unusual mortality event” after hundreds of ailing sea lion pups washed ashore in Southern California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has...

Audit says Knik Arm bridge toll projections 'unreasonably' overstated
Published: April 6, 2013 Updated 4 hours ago
JUNEAU -- A legislative audit has concluded that the agency hoping to build the Knik Arm Crossing has "unreasonably" overestimated toll and traffic projections, adding serious questions about the bridge just days before the House is due to vote on a bill to advance the project. The audit, released Saturday afternoon by the joint Legislative Budget and Audit Committee, warns that the overly optimistic forecasts.....

World’s freshest fish are traded in the dead of the NYC night, topping $1 billion a year
By Associated Press, Published: April 4
NEW YORK — Think Wall Street trading is brutal? Head up to the grittiest part of the South Bronx, where cutthroat deals are made in the dead of night on a massive concrete floor that reeks of fish guts. The New Fulton Fish Market is the nation’s largest seafood market, and second in the world to Tokyo’s. Here, in a refrigerated building the size of six football fields, fishmongers are frenetically filleting, selling and packaging seafood — 200 million pounds a year worth close to $1 billion by some estimates. It is headed for restaurant tables, stores and mouths across America.....