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#04-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Petersburg: Tonka Seafoods buys Mitkof Cannery from Trident
April 11, 2013
Tonka Seafoods has purchased Mitkof Cannery on Libby Straight from Trident Seafoods according to partners Seth Scrimsher and Wendel Gilbert. The company’s processing space will increase from 3,000 sq. ft. at its Sing Lee Alley location to 30,000 square feet at Libby Straight. Tonka will acquire 2.08 acres of waterfront along Wrangell Narrows, the cannery and the cookhouse. Trident will retain the warehouse, bunkhouse and loading dock and 1.92 acres of uplands. The larger space will allow Tonka to process more product lines including flounder, shrimp, Pacific Cod, halibut, black cod and....

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:21 PM AKST
Flatfish flexibility OK’d; Steller sea lion EIS not ready
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took final action on several groundfish issues, and made preliminary moves toward additional changes in the future at its April 3 to 8 meeting in Anchorage. 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 that American Fisheries Act, or AFA, pollock vessel owners can rebuild or replace their vessels and still utilize Gulf of Alaska sideboards, subject to certain restrictions. In both cases, the motions for action passed unanimously. The council also agreed to move forward in considering splitting the Pacific cod total allowable catch, or TAC, in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. That will come back at a future meeting, and....

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:21 PM AKST
Tendering report sought after possible ‘gaming’ exposed
The North Pacific Fishery Management program heard about the status of the new marine observer program at its Anchorage meeting. After a preview of the marine observer program reports scheduled for June, the council created a taskforce to discuss electronic monitoring. Later, they asked for a report on a possible “gaming” situation in the Gulf of Alaska. 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....

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:21 PM AKST
Sport group sinks Gov’s Board of Fisheries nomination
JUNEAU — Following an intense lobbying campaign by the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, Anchorage and upper Railbelt Republicans led the legislature’s rejection of the reappointment of two-term Board of Fisheries member Claude “Vince” Webster on April 8. KRSA announced its opposition to Webster at his April 1 Senate Resources Committee meeting. KRSA Executive Director Ricky Gease and constant companion Reuben Hanke, a Kenai River fishing guide, were seen through the rest of the week visiting lawmakers’ offices. Neither is a registered lobbyist and Rep. Peggy Wilson, a Wrangell Republican and Webster.....

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:21 PM AKST
New genetics study shows 68% of bycatch from Western AK
New genetics research on king salmon bycatch has provided industry and managers a little more insight into where they are headed when caught by pollock trawlers. According to a recently released report from the National Marine Fisheries Service, about 68 percent of the king salmon caught by pollock trawlers in the Bering Sea in 2011 originated in Coastal Western Alaska. The study, which was done by NMFS’ Auke Bay Laboratories in Juneau, looked at the pollock fleet’s king bycatch in both the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, but the Gulf of Alaska information is....

Apr 11, 2013 - 04:21 PM AKST
Inlet fish war leads to failure for anti-bycatch resolution
JUNEAU — What was supposed to be a two-fisted verbal whack at trawler bycatch of Alaska chinook salmon had one hand tied behind its back when a House resolution aimed at federal managers fell victim to the Cook Inlet salmon war. The Senate twin, SR 5, passed 18-0 on April 8, calls for a 50 percent reduction in the chinook bycatch limits. The Bering Sea Aleutian Islands pollock fishery operates under an effective limit of 47,951 kings and a hard cap of 60,000. The pollock fleet is limited to 25,000 in the Gulf of Alaska....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
April 11, 2013
Coming up this week, the State Legislature throws a commercial fisherman off the Board of Fish, Kodiak’s mayors are upset with Trident, and a new pilot program could help you save money running your boat. All that, and one processor will start the salmon season offering a dollar a pound across the board. We had help from KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak....

APRIL 11, 2013
World Salmon Markets Impact Bristol Bay
Fishereis economist Gunner Knapp outlines major trends in salmon markets during BBED's "Business of Fish" workshop in Dillingham....

Sea lions hot topic at Port meeting
The Daily Astorian
It took the branding of sea lions at the East End Mooring Basin to raise attention, but Port of Astoria’s Tuesday special meeting drew a fairly large audience of more than 20 people, not including the five commissioners, three staff members and one attorney. The audience Tuesday was split mostly among Port staff and commissioners, tenants and sea lion advocates, who have been protesting recent branding at the East End Mooring Basin by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.....

McGill food and dining to serve sustainable seafood
Becomes first Canadian university to receive certification from Marine Stewardship Council
McGill University’s Food and Dining Services has received the Marine Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification, becoming the first Canadian post-secondary institution to be recognized by the MSC for its commitment to serving sustainable seafood.....

Fishing agreement with Japan upsets China
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
Japan and Taiwan have agreed to let Taiwanese fishermen fish near the disputed Senkaku islands. Both Japan and China claim to own the archipelago -- called Diaoyu for the Chinese -- and the latter has immediately replied by stating that it has "extreme concerns" about the fishing pact. The historic agreement allows Taiwan to fish within 19km of the islands, which are controlled by Japan. Meanwhile, China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, which lacks...

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