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#10-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Anxious Bering Sea crabbers stuck onshore until federal government shutdown ends
Jim Paulin
Dutch Harbor Fisherman
October 12, 2013
Bering Sea crabbers feel like they've been “rammed” by Congress, even though what they really need is the reopening of RAM — the federal Restricted Access Management program -- so they can fish in time to sell on the lucrative Japanese New Year's market. Tuesday’s scheduled opening of the valuable Bristol Bay red king crab season could be delayed because of the shutdown of federal agencies including the National Marine Fisheries Service's RAM program, which issues individual fishing quota permits. "We're pretty concerned about it," said crab fishermen's representative Jake Jacobsen of the Inter Cooperative Exchange (ICE). "We can't set pots until we have an IFQ permit on board the vessel." He hopes the RAM staff in Juneau will soon be "unfurloughed."...

Federal shutdown could keep crab fishermen on the docks
Red king crabs make up over 90% of the annual ...
Red king crabs make up over 90% of the annual king crab harvest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Published: 2013.10.10 02:11 PM
Alaska’s crab fisheries could be a casualty of the government shutdown. All crab seasons officially open Oct. 15, but as of Oct. 8, the National Marine Fisheries Service did not have the staff to issue permits before the season started. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, or ADFG, announced the total allowable catch, or TAC, for Bering Sea tanner crab and Bristol Bay red king crab Oct. 4, and for Bering Sea snow crab on Oct. 8. Although all seasons open Oct. 15, Bristol Bay red king crab are the first to be....

Norton Sound CDQ crab harvesters earn over 184 million
Posted 10/13/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Thirty-two resident fishermen who delivered 337,393 pounds of red king crab to Norton Sound Economic Development Corp.'s subsidiary Norton Sound Seafoods Products in Nome earned in excess of $1.84 million for this year's harvest.....

NPFMC will look further into salmon halibut bycatch
Posted 10/13/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Final action is still many months away, but after hours of wrestling anew over trawl fisheries' incidental harvest of salmon and halibut in the Gulf of Alaska and salmon in the Bering Sea, federal fisheries managers have requested more information. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, during its October meeting in Anchorage, spent more than a third of the five day council session hearing long reports and testimony on these...

Five men rescued after boat goes adrift in Bering Sea (caught by tide, ran out of fuel)
Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 6:05 pm
Associated Press
BETHEL, Alaska — Five men ranging in age from 16 to 28 were rescued Friday by a tugboat alerted by the U.S. Coast Guard in open waters near Hooper Bay.....

Seward: Local growth is a mixed bag

October 10, 2013
Alyssa Shanks, economics analyst from the State of Alaska, was cautiously optimistic about Seward’s prospects for growth as she addressed local business leaders at Friday’s Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Dominated by government and NGO non profit spending, Seward’s two standout private enterprise economic drivers are tourism and seafood. Shipping and transportation has seen an uptick and healthcare and....

Fishermen, farmers, physicists feel shut down
Permits have not been issued for king crab season's opener
By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Published: October 13, 2013, 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON -- The crabbers are getting, well, crabby.
With the offices of the National Marine Fisheries Service closed because of the federal government shutdown, fishermen have been unable to get permits for the Alaska king crab season, which begins Tuesday. "Instead of a fiscal cliff, right now we're facing a fishing cliff in the Bering Sea unless Congress acts before the season is scheduled to start on Oct. 15," said Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash. "This is the first time in my 28 years of fishing that I haven't been in the Bering Sea in October getting ready to go fish," said Keith Colburn, a crabber who journeyed to Capitol Hill on Friday to......

Group digs in vs. fed 'habitat' plans
The Northeast Seafood Coalition scored a significant victory this week when it helped fight off additional fishery closures related to what it regarded as unwarranted efforts to protect the harbor porpoise.....