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#06-24-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

AK: Harry Crawford, Mark Begich, Greg Kucera, ...
AK: Harry Crawford, Mark Begich, Greg Kucera, and Bronson Frye (Photo credit: aflcio) - Jun 24 2013
Begich: Seafood Guest Worker Fix is a ‘Belt and Suspenders’ Solution
Contact: Heather Handyside, Press Secretary

Two amendments supported by U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski to help the seafood industry recruit and hire seasonal workers made it through a major legislative hurdle today and are now included in the Senate’s immigration bill, S.744.

“I am determined to make sure Alaska seafood industry employers have the reliable pool of seasonal help they need to maintain adequate processing capacity,” said Sen. Begich.  “Without adequate processing capacity fishermen can’t deliver their catch, families lose income, and communities lose tax revenue.”

At the insistence of Sens. Begich and Murkowski, the Alaska seafood language was inserted into......

Selby Sheds Light on NPFMC's Chinook Cap
Jun 24, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Earlier this month the North Pacific Fishery Management Council met in Juneau and set a cap on chinook salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska trawl fishery. The council was looking a variety of cap amounts, ranging from 3,000 to 10,000, but in the end set it at 7,500.  A number of Kodiak representatives attended the meetings in Juneau, including....

5:02 PM SUN JUNE 23, 2013
Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Sunday, June 23....
3 feet a year
Kenai bluffs wash away, project closes in
Posted: June 23, 2013 - 8:04pm  |  Updated: June 23, 2013 - 8:17pm
By Dan Schwartz
Peninsula Clarion
A 25-year-old Army Corps of Engineers document came with Gary Foster’s bluff-side property when he bought it in 1990 — a sort of buyers’ beware for the then Kenai resident, he said. “We’ve been here 23 years. It’s always sloughed off,” Foster said about his family’s shrinking Riverview Drive yard. “Life on the beach is all.....

Wrangell: P&Z Commission approves Institute wood storage, access road
By Greg Knight
June 20, 2013
The Wrangell Planning and Zoning Commission approved a temporary use permit at the former Wrangell Institute property to allow for sorting and processing of wood from a timber sale – as well as the creation of a logging road for access to the property. Alcan Forest Products of Ketchikan made the request in preparation for a timber cut on property owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust. Previous discussion about the status of a road through the property, for the purpose of logging, fell flat during a meeting of....

Worthy of support (no paywall)
It doesn't take a biologist or any other type of scientist to understand the importance of the fisheries industry. Nor the value of expanding the industry to encompass mariculture. Expansion boosts the economy, generating jobs. Ketchikan needs industry that can help the economy grow; industry with potential to flourish. That's an apt description for mariculture. Alaska already is world renowned for its salmon; the same natural resources that provide habitat for fish will well serve mariculture. OceansAlaska has had its shoulder to the plow in an effort to develop the mariculture industry even since former Gov. Frank Murkowski raised the idea while in office and during a meeting....

Cashing in on seaweed isn’t so green, study says
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jun. 23 2013, 10:23 PM EDT
Last updated Sunday, Jun. 23 2013, 10:23 PM EDT
Should the government allow mass harvest of seaweed on the British Columbia coast? Certainly there seems to be an overabundance of it on most beaches, where it often collects in long, thick mats known as wracks. A commercial seaweed harvest has been proposed for B.C. – a new “fishery” that would target an untapped resource potentially worth millions of dollars – but a study led by a group of retired fisheries scientists has raised concerns about its environmental impact.....

Nova Scotia man shot, run over by boat in fishing dispute, documents say
Police statement describes chilling encounter on water with missing fisherman Phillip Boudreau
Phonse Jessome CBC News Posted: Jun 24, 2013 6:02 AM AT
One of the suspects in the murder of Phillip Boudreau told police the victim was shot and then run down as he sat helpless in a stalled motor boat, documents obtained by CBC show. Boudreau's overturned boat was found at the mouth of Petit-de-Grat harbour early on the morning of June 1. The 43-year-old’s body has not been recovered. Phillip Boudreau, 43, is missing and presumed dead. (Photo via Facebook) Three crewmen from the lobster boat Twin Maggies face second-degree murder charges in the case. The investigator’s file said one of those crewmen, 65-year-old James Joseph Landry, gave statements to RCMP investigators shortly after his arrest on June 8.....

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