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#12-06-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

State Senator Calls Fishermen to Rally
Posted: December 6, 2013 at 8:02 am
State Senator Peter Micciche spoke this week as the Borough Assembly passed a resolution to support the continuation of set netting in Cook Inlet. He said he wouldn’t take a side…...

Proactive approach urged to reducing halibut bycatch
Posted 12/06/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
A conservation group whose mandate is protecting the health of Alaska's oceans and working waterfronts of coastal communities is asking the International Pacific Halibut Commission to be more proactive in reducing halibut bycatch. "Overall, allowing retention and sale of halibut caught as bycatch creates many more problems than it solves," said Kelly Harrell, executive director of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, in a....

Golden king crab prices well above average
By Kyle Clayton
December 5, 2013
Golden king crab harvests are slightly down this season but prices for the shellfish are well above average. According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game data, the current golden crab price average is $10.10 per pound. That’s more than $2 more per pound compared to last season and nearly double the previous five-year average.....

Cost fees for IFQ halibut, sablefish, crab fisheries – 2013
December 5, 2013 by Laine Welch
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch –  IFQ  holders pay for the cost of their fisheries. Bills are in the mail – more after this......   
Alaska man loses appeal over 2010 scuffle with rangers on Yukon River
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:40 pm | Updated: 12:46 pm, Wed Dec 4, 2013.
Tim Mowry
FAIRBANKS - Jim Wilde lost another round in his fight with the National Park Service.
A federal district court judge on Monday dismissed an appeal by Wilde, the 73-year-old Central man who was wrestled to the ground and arrested at gunpoint by National Park Service rangers three years ago for failing to stop his boat for a safety inspection on the Yukon River. Wilde cursed out two rangers and refused to stop his boat for a safety inspection on Sept. 16, 2010. The rangers pursued him, with one of them drawing a pistol and then a shotgun to get Wilde to pull his boat over. When he did pull....

Begich to FDA: Leave Surprises to Santa this Season
Puts Agency on Notice about Frankenfish Approval
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  
December 5, 2013
Begich to FDA:  Leave Surprises to Santa this Season
Puts Agency on Notice about Frankenfish Approval
U.S. Senator Mark Begich put the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on notice that any changes to Frankenfish policy must be well-promoted and must include ample time for public debate – not obscured...

Originally published Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:55 PM
Senators tour Seattle boat to study loans for new fishing fleet
Sens. Maria Cantwell and Mark Begich spend time with maritime leaders talking about the importance of the fishing industry to the economy.
By Coral Garnick
Seattle Times business reporter
Weaving through the passageways of the Blue Pacific, a 165-foot fishing boat that catches, processes and freezes Alaskan cod, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Mark Begich of Alaska found themselves one step closer to understanding the ins and outs of the fishing industry that closely connects their two states. Fishing and seafood processing make up more.....

Yukon First Nations want Alaska salmon fishing closed
CBC News Posted: Dec 05, 2013 10:06 AM CT
Yukon First Nations have repeated their call for Alaskans to stop fishing Chinook salmon until stocks can recover in the Yukon River. Teslin Tlingit Chief Carl Sidney made the plea this week at salmon management talks in Whitehorse. The international Yukon River Salmon panel will wrap up a week of meetings this afternoon with a closed door planning session to determine a management plan for the 2014 Chinook salmon run. Alaskan officials say they have enforced harvest cutbacks on their side of the border. Sidney, a former board member, commends recent....

December 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Columbia River upriver spring chinook forecast looks dandy
Posted by Mark Yuasa
The Columbia River spring Chinook forecast was released today, and while these are just paper fish the run will be almost twice as large as last year’s forecast and actual return. The 2014 forecast is 227,1000 upriver spring Chinook compared to a forecast last year of 141,400 and an actual return of 123,100. The breakdown is the Upper Columbia portion of the spring Chinook forecast is 24,100 in 2014 compared to a forecast....

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