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#11-19-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Adak Community Development Corp. asks BOF to repeal Atka mackerel fishery
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Published: 2013.11.18 11:28 AM
The Board of Fisheries will discuss an emergency petition regarding the Atka mackerel fishery in the Aleutian Islands next week. The Adak Community Development Corp. has asked the board to repeal the new Atka mackerel purse seine fishery created in October at the statewide Pacific cod meeting. Adak Community Development Corp. President Rick Koso petitioned the board for the repeal in a Nov. 6 letter. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 26. No oral public testimony will be taken, but individuals can listen-in via teleconference at sites in Juneau, Anchorage and Unalaska. It...

10:43 AM MON NOVEMBER 18, 2013
University of Washington Releases the 2014 Bristol Bay Sockeye Forecast
This year’s sockeye salmon run to Bristol Bay came in at 23-million fish. Next year’s run could potentially be significantly larger according to....

Petersburg cold storage has solid summer
by Matt Lichtenstein
November 18, 2013 2:43 pm
Petersburg’s Community Cold Storage has had a good season. This summer’s huge pink salmon returns meant a lot more product for the blast freezer. That brought in more revenue for the non-profit facility which is owned by the Petersburg Economic Development Council. Matt Lichtenstein reports...

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Average southeast Alaska pink salmon harvest predicted in 2014
Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 1:31 pm
Associated Press | 0 comments
KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Records numbers of pink salmon caught in southeast Alaska waters in 2013 should return closer to average numbers next year, according to state biologists.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game predicts a commercial catch of about 22 million pink salmon in Southeast, the Ketchikan Daily News reported...

Electronic Monitoring Systems Need to be Fishermen Tested and Fishermen Approved
November 18, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini – It’s the fishermen who will shape Alaska’s electronic monitoring program. Fish Radio has talked about the need for volunteer boats to test out new electronic monitoring systems.  But what does the new onboard technology actually involve for fishermen?  Each boat is different but the systems is  quite simple....

Juneau Dock Bid Opening Delayed
By Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau | November 18, 2013 - 9:45 am
The City and Borough of Juneau’s Docks and Harbors Department announced Friday evening that it will delay opening bids for a $54 million floating cruise ship berth project until the city is granted ownership of submerged tidelands by the State of Alaska. Bids had been scheduled to be opened on Tuesday, November 19th. But now they will.......

Watch salmon all winter
Fish and Game's Salmon Cam lets you watch the lifecycle of silver salmon
By Heather Hintze
Story Created: Nov 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM AKST...
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Our Voice: Thumbs up to Hastings and Cantwell, down to golden parachutes
November 18, 2013
Close the buffet
To the House Committee on Natural Resources for approving the "Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act," which would protect endangered Columbia River salmon from California and Steller Sea Lions. The bill only addresses sea lions that are not listed under the Endangered Species Act, and killing the worst offenders won't threaten survival of the species. Many of the salmon they prey on are in danger of extinction, however. During winter and spring, as many as 1,000 California Sea Lions are in the lower Columbia River, and each eats 15-30 pounds of fish per day. Conservative estimates show that sea lions during....

H.R. 2063: A win for fishermen and the free market
By: Travis Korson
11/18/2013 01:29 PM
For too long, the Federal Government has had it wrong when it comes to the science of our nation’s fisheries. Unfortunately, this has often come at the expense of the 11,000 watermen who fish in the state of Virginia, as well as their national counterparts. To combat this problem, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) recently introduced H.R. 3063, the “Healthy Fisheries Through Better Science Act.”  The legislation would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act to require the Secretary of Commerce to develop and publish a plan at least every three....

Consumers showing more interest in seafood
Overall consumption has fallen but research points to increased demand for certain species
Nov. 18, 2013
.......Ben Pollinger, executive chef of Oceana in New York City, said he sees demand growing particularly for wild products, such as Alaska salmon and New Orleans shrimp. “There is also an increase in demand for oysters. Guests are becoming more knowledgeable about them and appreciate the nuances of the different varieties,” he said.....

Lobster strategy: You go cheap, we'll go quality
by Rob Snyder
It's the end of the fishing season and along the coast, lobster traps are stacking up in dooryards waiting for repair as the winter's first snow looms. And as we plan our holiday meals, let's remember to feature the local catch. Meanwhile, some in the lobster industry will continue working through the winter to find ways to capture more value from the harvest here in Maine.....

Retail buyers meet FoS suppliers in one-to-one meetings
November 19, 2013, 8:53 am
Neil Ramsden
NGO and certification body Friend of the Sea (FoS) held a get-together of suppliers and retailers in Venice, which saw a chance for buyers to sit down with sellers of certified seafood. The majority of the companies engaging in one to one meetings were already FoS certified, and looking to....

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