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#10-24-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Eastern Steller Sea lions off ESA list
NOAA Ship Fairweather
NOAA Ship Fairweather (Photo credit: NOAA's National Ocean Service)
Posted 10/23/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Steller sea lions within the eastern distinct population segment, east of Prince William Sound, will be removed from the Endangered Species Act list, Jim Balsiger, administrator for NOAA Fisheries' Alaska region said Oct. 23.This is the first species NOAA has delisted, citing recovery, since the eastern North Pacific gray whale was taken off the list of threatened and endangered species in 1994. The delisting will take effect 30 days after publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. Balsiger said the agency is delighted to see the recover of this population segment of Steller sea lions, and that they....

Bairdi tanner crab fisheries closed in many areas for 2014
Posted: October 23, 2013 - 3:22pm
By Cristy Fry
The small boat fleet got some bad, but not unexpected news that the Bairdi tanner crab fisheries in Kodiak, Chignik and the Alaska Peninsula will be closed for the 2014 season. The fisheries have been on a boom-and-bust cycle for years, with only two of the six Kodiak areas open last season, one of the two South Peninsula areas fishing, and Chignik closed completely. The quota in Kodiak last season was 660,000 pounds, down from 950,000 pounds in 2012 and...

United Fishermen take on legislation, appointments

by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
October 23, 2013 1:25 pm
The United Fishermen of Alaska’s Board of Directors is meeting in Sitka this week. President Jerry McCune says the board will work on priorities for legislative and government-agency action. “We’re always looking for little tweaks in the (state) Division of Investments or things that would be more helpful to fishermen for their loans, especially with a lot of young folks getting online now,” McCune says. “That was one of the reasons we fought so hard to up the (loan) limit for permits to $200,000, because prices nowadays are a lot higher today than when it started out.”....

3:59 PM WED OCTOBER 23, 2013
No Nushagak River King Salmon Forecast from ADF&G
In recent years the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has had trouble accurately predicting the size of the king salmon run to the Nushagak River, which is one of the largest king runs in the State. As a result, for the 3rd year in a row, Fish and Game is not putting out a preseason forecast for Nushagak River kings. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details....

Sitka Prepares To Replace ANB Harbor
By Rachel Waldholz, KCAW - Sitka | October 23, 2013 - 5:25 pm
ANB harbor is usually packed with commercial fishing vessels, but this week, it’s empty. Its regular occupants have moved to other harbors around Sitka, as the city prepares to demolish all of the existing structures and replace the harbor entirely. Construction is scheduled to start in early November....

Mag: West Coast Longliners Must Learn to Stream
By Ed Melvin
November 1, 2013
Up in Alaska, longline fishermen view using streamer lines as a win-win proposition. These lines – strung from a mast, boom or pole above the hook lines and decked with orange plastic tubing that hangs to the water’s surface – scare off seabirds that would otherwise dive at the baited hooks. They don’t just prevent seabird bycatch, though that’s important in itself; a few takings of endangered short-tailed albatross could shut down the Alaska groundfish or Pacific halibut fisheries. They also save longline...

Why airline food tastes so bad
............ Alaska Airlines enlists hundreds of employees to taste test its food offerings, but most of the fancier fare - like wild Alaskan salmon and asparagus - is typically reserved for business class fliers.....

Former 'Rat Island' in Alaska has whole new look
Published: October 23, 2013
By BECKY BOHRER — Associated Press
JUNEAU, ALASKA — Conservationists and federal wildlife officials are reporting success, five years after undertaking an effort to eradicate rats from a remote Alaska island. Officials with Island Conservation, The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that the island — once known as Rat Island because of its infestation of invasive Norway rats — is now teeming with...

Ore. gillnet rules remain amid court review
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Court of Appeals will not put the state's new gillnet fishing rules on hold during a legal challenge.....

Mag: Clothing and Gear
By Kathy A Smith
November 1, 2013
Wearing the right gear to keep you warm and dry is non-negotiable, and if you’re at the helm, making sure you’re sitting in the right chair for your body is also important. “Proper layering is a necessity if you’re to get the best performance you can out of the clothing you’re wearing,” says Mike Jackson, President of Grundéns USA in Poulsbo, Washington. Jackson, who, like all Grundéns employees, has a commercial fishing background, knows firsthand that fishermen are athletes....

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