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#12-10-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

FDA To Announce Decision On Genetically Modified Salmon
By Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC | December 9, 2013 - 5:10 pm
Alaska’s Congressional delegation is bracing for an FDA decision on genetically modified salmon and Sen. Mark Begich has asked the head of the agency not to exploit the holiday season to release what’s expected to be an unpopular report......

Public weighs in on proposals at Board of Fisheries
Published: 2013.12.09 06:58 PM
Alaska's Board of Fisheries heard from the public about several Lower Cook Inlet fish hatchery plans today. Testimony was largely mixed on those, with hatchery proponents talking about the need to codify the special harvest areas for cost recovery and the importance of collecting broodstock. Much of the opposition came from the sportfishing sector, concerned about the possible loss of fishing opportunity if management focused on broodstock and cost recovery....

Bristol Bay fishermen sue over sunken vessel
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 3:27 pm
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska - Some Bristol Bay fishermen have sued over last summer's sinking and subsequent salvage of the vessel Lone Star.
The fishermen, in a lawsuit filed in state court Monday, say a fuel leak from the vessel ended their set net salmon fishing season and claim future fishing seasons are likely to be hurt as well. They also allege negligence in the salvage of the vessel, which they say resulted in salmon....

King salmon money paid to fishermen, projects in Southeast
by Joe Viechnicki
December 9, 2013 10:39 am
Southeast Alaska commercial salmon trollers, hatchery organizations, businesses and municipalities have their last shot this winter at millions of federal dollars meant to make up for a lower king salmon limit in the region. The Southeast Alaska Chinook Salmon Fishery Mitigation program is expected to have paid out over 13 million dollars by the time it’s finished in 2015. The money has been doled out in....

Killing Kenai kings with kindness? Paper argues catch-and-release a death sentence for many fish.
Craig Medred
December 8, 2013
A new theory has emerged to explain why the world's largest king salmon are disappearing from Alaska's Kenai River: Catch-and-release anglers are massacring them with kindness. In a 19-page document that mirrors the format of a scientific paper, Roland Maw, who holds a doctorate in forestry and wildlife management from the University of Alberta in Canada but has for years been involved in commercial salmon research in Alaska, contends that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has seriously underestimated the number of Kenai kings that die as a result of being caught and released. A 1982 state study calculated that close to 8.....

Port Commission talks Mariners’ Memorial, lights in harbors
by Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK News
December 6, 2013 11:53 am
The regular meeting of the Port Commission was Thursday, December 5. Among other topics, the Port Commission discussed the recent maintenance on lights in the harbors. This issue was brought up at the last Port Commission meeting. Harbor master Greg Meissner says this is fairly routine work. He says it’s important to have good lighting on the docks and around the harbors, especially in the winter.....

The IPHC Still in need of F/V’s for Expanded Halibut Survey’s
December 9, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini – Many boats still needed for expanded halibut surveys. More after this......

Keep 'catch shares' out of Gulf of Alaska fisheries
Darren Platt
December 9, 2013
Thirty-two thousand jobs may sound like a large labor force in a state with a population of under 750,000, but those familiar with federal fisheries policy in Alaska waters know otherwise. Catch shares, the recent trend in fisheries management that has taken over much of Alaska fisheries, essentially grants ownership of the fisheries to a small number of stakeholders and has led to massive job losses and wage reductions. The fabled Bering Sea king crab fishery lost 1,000 jobs virtually overnight, and halibut has been no better, losing more than 7,300 jobs in the first five years, with even more eliminated in the decades since. So when a recent report concluded that the Alaska fishing industry employs 32,000 fishermen on roughly 8,600 fishing vessels, one should ask how many jobs the fisheries could provide if managed more responsibly......

December 10, 2013
RI backs Bay State fishing suit
AG files brief opposing 'devastating' NOAA regs
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
Rhode Island is looking to help two of its New England coastal neighbors in the lawsuit to force the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to reverse regulations that have resulted in stinging cuts in groundfish catch limits and order the federal agency to better consider the economic impact of its regulations on fishing communities. Rhode Island filed an amicus brief in U.S. District Court in Boston last week in.....