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#04-25-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Rep. Seaton’s bill breaks up scallop monopoly
Board of Fisheries to decide on how to allocate scallop permits
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
New opportunities should open for commercial fishermen interested in expanding to the scallop industry since the passage of a bill that eliminates a monopoly currently held by a single Washington state operator. Rep. Paul Seaton has long been an opponent of the vessel limited entry program for Weathervane Scallops and Korean Haircrab, two fisheries lumped together, though very little haircrab exists in state waters. Mostly his objection centered on scallops, a $4.5 million industry in the hands of just two operators. He says it’s inconsistent with the approach taken in the rest of the state water fisheries where......

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Alaska Cod Joins Ranks of RFM Certified Seafood
Alaska’s cod fishery has joined the ranks of seafood certified as sustainable via an Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute third party certification program, in a growing competition over who will certify the state’s fisheries as sustainable. The Certification for Responsible Fisheries Management, announced April 22, provides additional value for Alaska cod producers and processors selling in markets where independent....

Arctic Commercial Fishing Deal Would Set a Precedent
By Catherine Cheney, on 24 Apr 2013, Trend Lines
Later this month, representatives from Russia, Norway, Denmark, Canada and the United States will meet in Washington to discuss a possible accord that would regulate commercial fishing near the North Pole. Until recently, lack of regulation over the Arctic Ocean was not a priority for world powers, since ice made its waters inaccessible. But as the world warms, more and more polar ice thaws during the summers, creating newly opened waters and the need to address commercial exploitation. The agreement under discussion, a possible fishing moratorium, “would set an important....

Cod pot fleet hauls in gear with quota in water
Posted: April 24, 2013 - 11:13am
By Cristy Fry
For the first time since its inception, the state-waters Pacific cod pot fleet quit fishing with a substantial amount of the quota still in the water. The boats have all hauled in their gear, leaving 700,000 pounds in the water. The fleet of boats under 58 feet in length landed 1.7 million pounds this season, and the over-58-foot fleet maxed out their quota of one million pounds a week later than last year on March 9. The state-waters season opened Feb. 10, one day earlier than last year. The smaller boat fleet, which fishes the upper reaches of the area, around Kachemak Bay, has reported skimpy catches all season, while the larger boat fleet, which generally fishes the lower end of the area, around Chugach Passage, had relatively strong catches. However, the smaller boats mostly fish with lighter pots which are unsuitable for the stronger tides....

Anchorage Rep. Tarr Seeks Canadian Support on GE Salmon
Apr 24, 2013
Rep. Garran Tarr
Jay Barrett/KMXT
An Anchorage legislator made a trip this week to the far reaches of the Canadian Maritime Province of Prince Edward Island to raise awareness about what she sees as the detrimental affects of genetically-engineered salmon. Representative Garran Tarr, a Democrat from District 17, introduced the “No Frankenfish” resolution that passed the State Legislature this....

CIAA works on hatchery plans
Posted: April 23, 2013 - 10:15pm  |  Updated: April 24, 2013 - 9:02am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
The Cook Inlet Regional Planning team met last week to tweak and approve plans for six Cook Inlet hatcheries for the upcoming season. Among the plans are those for three hatcheries currently operated by the aquaculture association — Eklutna, Trail Lakes and Tutka Bay; two operated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game — William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish hatchery and Fort Richardson Hatchery; and one operated by the Port Graham Hatchery Corporation. While plans have yet to be finalized, the Port Graham Hatchery has been offered to the aquaculture......

1:54 PM WED APRIL 24, 2013
New Version of EPA's "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" Expected Next Month
Many stakeholders in the Pebble Mine fight anticipated getting a look this week at the latest version of the EPA's "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment". They will have to wait a little while longer. KDLG's Mike Mason reports.....

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Story last updated at 4/24/2013 - 2:17 pm
Yakutat Salmon Enhancement Tax passed
Alaska Science Forum
Yakutat hand troll, power troll, and set gillnet permit holders authorized a self-imposed two percent tax to provide funding for salmon enhancement efforts.
Results of the Yakutat Salmon Enhancement Tax election were certified March 27 by Department of Commerce.....

Kenai to ban dipnet fish waste from beaches
Posted: April 23, 2013 - 10:15pm
By Dan Schwartz
Peninsula Clarion
The City of Kenai will fine individuals dumping fish carcasses and other refuse on its beaches in an effort to keep the North and South beaches clean during the July dipnet fishery season. The city now requires that dipnetters dump fish waste into the water. City Manager Rick Koch said fish parts collected in piles and rotted on the beach last.....

State floats could go to local government
by Matt Lichtenstein
April 24, 2013 1:04 pm
The last three state-owned docks within the new Petersburg borough could come under municipal ownership in the next several years. The Alaska Department of Transportation says it wants to give up the small but well-used harbor facilities at Papke’s Landing and the City of Kupreanof as well a much more remote dock in Hobart Bay. Such a transfer could mean some local money for sorely-needed repairs but there’s no formal proposal on the table yet. Matt Lichtenstein reports....

Stedman: Oil tax break a ‘gift’ to industry
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
April 24, 2013 5:28 pm
Sen. Bert Stedman calls this year’s rollback of state taxes a “gift” to the oil industry. And while he’s not unhappy with many of the structural changes to the oil tax scheme in Senate Bill 21, he says the numbers just don’t make sense.....

Making sense of new Coast Guard regs
 Tuesday, 23 April 2013
National Fisherman’s June issue has a story on the pending classification and load line regulations for new commercial fishing boats (page 34). Those regulations are part of a larger group of requirements that started out with the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 and were followed by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012. Fishermen need to pay attention to.....

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