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#11-23-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Fishermen propose broader testing of electronic monitoring
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by Matt Lichtenstein
November 22, 2013 3:34 pm
Alaska fishermen want to broaden the experimental use of cameras and other monitoring devices in the federal government’s fishery observer program. Under the recently-revamped program, many more vessels, including smaller boats, can now be required to carry an observer at times. A new industry proposal is aimed at making electronic monitoring available as an alternative to carrying that extra person on the boat. Matt Lichtenstein reports...
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:41 am | Updated: 11:09 am, Thu Nov 21, 2013.
By Scott Christiansen
There’s an established fishery war on the Kenai Peninsula that heated up in recent weeks on two battlefronts: politics and news media. The feud is yet another struggle over gear type and licensing, the type of controversy that’s become more common as Alaska fisheries get more popular and the state gathers more “stakeholders” while Mother Nature and the hatcheries stubbornly refuse to make certain every stakeholder gets precisely the fish — or freezer full, or paycheck — they want out of their fishery. This particular feud is at least three decades old and pits commercial sport fishing guides and their clients against set net fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula. The.....

Kenai Council talks personal use fishery (paywall)
With the end of the year looming, Kenai Council members set January dates to review its 2013 Dipnet Report and talked about their capital improvement project priorities.
by Rashah McChesney.....

Bait and Switch: The Farm Bill's Expensive and Pointless Catfish Subsidy
5:23 PM, NOV 20, 2013 • BY MARK HEMINGWAY
As Congress moves ahead with the farm bill -- legislation that has historically been full of (figurative) pork -- there's one really obvious measure that needs to be eliminated. A new program that will require that catfish be monitored by the Department of Agriculture. Catfish, like all fish consumed by Americans, is already monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. Supposedly, this extra layer of regulation is a matter of food safety. But according to the Heritage Foundation, this doubling up on....

Watch a crab climb out of its old shell [VIDEO]
Watch a crab ditch its shell and emerge with a new set of lungs.
Science Recorder | Kramer Phillips | Thursday, November 21, 2013......

.ru: 5-Year Crab Fishing Ban Lifted in Kamchatka
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22 November 2013 | Issue 5261
The Moscow Times
The Federal Fisheries Agency has lifted a ban on the commercial production of Kamchatka crab implemented in 2008, an unidentified source in the agency's northeastern regional office said Friday. This year the agency issued permits to produce 5,760 tons of crab in two local fishing zones, which leaves....

China creates new air defense zone in East China Sea amid dispute with Japan
By Chico Harlan, Published: November 22 | Updated: Saturday, November 23, 5:45 AM
SEOUL — China said Saturday that noncommercial aircraft entering a broad zone over the East China Sea must first identify themselves to Beijing, at the risk of facing “defensive emergency measures” by Chinese armed forces. China’s establishment of a so-called air defense identification zone, announced by its Ministry of National Defense, adds a new dimension to the simmering territorial dispute with Japan and raises the odds of armed conflict.....