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#09-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

House committee takes more input on MSA reauthorization

Published: 2013.09.19 03:24 PM
At the most recent hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, testimony focused largely on rebuilding efforts, underutilized stocks and a national seafood sustainability certification. Witnesses from the commercial and sport fishing sectors, as well as scientists and representatives of nongovernment organizations, talked about several fishery management issues they’d like to see addressed at a U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing Sept. 11. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, regulates management of federal fisheries from three miles to 200 miles offshore. It was implemented in 1976, and most recently updated in 2006. Alaska’s delegation has said that a reauthorization likely won’t come until next year. In his opening comments, Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., touched on a number of topics that could show up in the revisions, including the information available about sport fishing......

Economic Value of Alaska Seafood
One in seven Alaskans employed by the Alaska Seafood Industry
September 19, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute recently released a report titled “Economic Value of the Alaska Seafood Industry” which measures the impact of Alaska’s seafood industry on the U.S. economy. The Alaska seafood industry accounts for over half of all U.S. fisheries production and is a key economic driver in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It is estimated that the Alaska seafood industry provides a total of 165,800 American jobs....

Citizen scientists needed to help document salmon habitat
Posted 09/20/2013
by Kate Morse - for the Cordova Times
"Coho! We found coho!" were the excited cries heard from the 2013 Copper River Stewardship Program participants. They had discovered coho salmon fry in the minnow traps they had set just the day before in a small stream that crosses under the Alaganik Fisherman's boardwalk. This stream was not listed in the State of Alaska's Anadromous Waters Catalog, the tool used by the State to track all known bodies of water used by salmon, trout, and other anadromous species for spawning, migrating and rearing. These high school students were going to be able to contribute their data to help improve salmon habitat management in the region. These teenagers were a part....

11:36 AM THU SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
2013 Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Season Overview
This year’s Togiak sac-roe herring fishery featured more participation and a larger quota compared to recent years. That’s according to data outlined during a meeting held earlier this week in Dillingham. KDLG’s Mike Mason was there and filed this report.....
'Ghosts of subsistence past' raised before US Senate as Natives, Alaska scuffle in Congress
Pat Forgey
September 19, 2013
Old battles over subsistence resurfaced in the U.S. Senate Thursday, as state officials and Native leaders sought allies in the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "The state's subsistence laws have effectively been gutted," said Rosita Worl, chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives’ Subsistence Committee. But what the state really needs is the ability to actively manage its wildlife resources so more hunting is available for everybody, said Craig Fleener, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game......

Federal judge tosses Alaska's sulfur emissions case
Jerzy Shedlock
September 19, 2013
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected the state of Alaska’s case to challenge emissions-control areas that would require ships off the state's Southeast and Southcentral coasts to use low-sulfur fuel in an effort to curb air pollution. U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason tossed the case, finding the federal government’s imposition of stricter pollution rules wasn’t subject to judicial review, due to complications stemming from an international agreement that attempts to regulate emissions. State attorneys say they are now looking at their appeal options.....

.ca: The northern cod stewardship fishery comes under fire Tuesday September 17, 2013 (audio)