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#10-01-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

NPFMC likely to meet regardless of shutdown
Washington DC
Washington DC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Blog: Fish Bytes / Blogs 2013
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage this week will continue regardless of a government shutdown. The council manages federal fisheries offshore from Alaska, and expects to have a quorum even if Congress does not pass a budget to continue government operations, according to council staff. The council’s scientific and statistical committee began meeting today, Sept. 30, at 8 a.m., and also expects to have....

Bringing Your Livelihood to the Table Makes an Impact
September 30, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.
Fish managers of the North Pacific Council need the boots on deck prospective. Bringing a first hand experience to the table can make a huge impact on decisions made in the fishing industry. When....

3:53 PM MON SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Location of the Dillingham Census Area in Alaska
Location of the Dillingham Census Area in Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The 2013 Sockeye Run to the Togiak District Came in Above Forecast
The 2013 sockeye run to Bristol Bay will likely go down in memory as a run that came in below the preseason forecast. That’s true. However, as KDLG’s Mike Mason explains, the run to the westernmost fishing district came in slightly above forecast.......

October is National Seafood Month – Where people eat the most/least seafood.
September 30, 2013 by Laine Welch
Fish Radio
October 1, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch.
October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than  a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries. Government figures show that....

Halibut anglers left on the hook for commercial overfishing in Alaska waters
Craig Medred
Charter catch
Charter catch (Photo credit: A Kamphuis)
September 30, 2013
Claims that all will be hunky dory next summer for Alaska's halibut charter fisheries is not an assertion that came from the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the sole angler representative on that federal council told a group of state legislators Monday. The National Marine Fisheries Service, not the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, must have put out a press release earlier this summer trying to shoot down fears halibut limits could be cut to one fish next summer, council member Ed Dersham told a roundtable discussion organized by state Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage. And, Dersham added, the press release really didn't make any assurances of a two-fish limit. His comments were 180 degrees opposite of the way a special statement from the council was described in early September. One respected Alaska fishing blog at the time headlined the council....

Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
Casting a wider net: Fisher Poet events expand during third year of local performances
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion (no paywall)
The chords, familiar to many in the bar, drifted out over the audience who sat laughing and talking to each other. Several lifted glasses to drink as Richard King leaned into the microphone and crooned out the words to a classic Mexican song. “Besame, Besame mucho. Como te ama (sic) esta noche la ultima vez,” he sang, his fingers expertly flicking his guitar strings as he grinned and leaned toward the audience. Then, a twist that only a fisher poet could imagine. “Kiss-a-me, Kiss-a-me sockeye,” he sang to the surprise and audible delight of the audience at the Tustumena Lodge Saturday night. “Your cold slime sends chills, all up my spine. Kiss-a-me, Kiss-a-me sockeye. When I possess you I’m feeling, unusually fine.” His performance was greeted with laughter and applause to an audience of 40 who gathered at the lodge to hear a series of sea....

Russians respond to Greenpeace antics with Siberian silent treatment
Fred Weir
The Christian Science Monitor
September 30, 2013
The way the Kremlin sees it, the vast treasures being revealed by the retreating Arctic ice -- oil, gas, iron ore, minerals -- are Russia's manifest destiny, with Moscow writing a new chapter in the history of the desolate, once-frozen region. It's a narrative that hasn't had much challenge in Russia. But now, after a daring raid on a drilling platform by Greenpeace, the gunpoint arrest of 30 activists, and threatened charges of piracy and terrorism, environmentalists are hoping for scrutiny of how these Arctic resources are developed. On Thursday, a court in the Arctic port of Murmansk ruled that seven of the activists -- citizens of Russia and at least three other countries -- must remain in prison for at least two months while....

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