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#12-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Plan would restrict one of two-fish limit to small 'chicken halibut' in Southcentral Alaska
Craig Medred
English: Fileting of Pacific Halibut taken in ...
English: Fileting of Pacific Halibut taken in Cook's Inlet, Alaska. Each halibut yields four filets; the yield percentage is higher than for most fish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
December 10, 2013
The days of anglers coming home from a fishing trip to Homer, Alaska -- "The Halibut Capital of the World" -- with two, big, honking halibut appear to be over. In an effort to hang onto a two-fish limit in Cook Inlet next summer, the Alaska Charter Halibut Management Implementation Committee is asking the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to limit one fish to a so-called "chicken," a halibut under 30 inches. Such a fish weighs about 12 pounds -- or slightly more than a big Kenai River sockeye salmon. The recommendation came Monday after the group met with Scott Meyer, the Homer-based sport halibut management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Given a.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20131210/plan-would-restrict-one-two-fish-limit-small-chicken-halibut-southcentral-alaska

Peninsula fishing groups debate set net ban initiative
Alaska Division of Elections to reach decision by Jan. 6
By Hannah Heimbuch
Homer Tribune
Shortly after the new year, Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and the State Division of Elections will decide whether an initiative to ban set nets off Alaska’s urban shores will go before the state’s voters. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance announced their proposal one month ago, citing the declining Kenai River king run as proof that stronger conservation methods are needed in the salmon fisheries. From the AFCA perspective, that means reducing the number of king salmon intercepted by shore-bound commercial fisheries targeting sockeye salmon. “The 210-foot-long set nets are indiscriminate killers that catch everything swimming by,” said AFCA president Joe Connors. “For AFCA, what matters is that, within urban...... http://homertribune.com/2013/12/peninsula-fishing-groups-debate-set-net-ban-initiative/

Hovercraft To Be Replaced with Helicopter at Akutan Airport
By Annie Ropeik
Tuesday, December 10 2013
For more than a year, getting in and out of Akutan has meant taking a hovercraft. The vessel ferries passengers to and from the island’s airport. But high costs and inconsistent service have sent the Aleutians East Borough looking for a better solution. Now, KUCB’s Annie Ropeik reports they.... http://kucb.org/news/article/akutan-airport-to-replace-hovercraft-with-helicopter/

Central Peninsula speaks out against HB77 (No paywall as of right now)
Commenters: Changes to bill are needed; don't cut the public out
December 10, 2013 - 9:26pm
By GREG SKINNER
Peninsula Clarion
The central Kenai Peninsula’s sometimes polarized community came together Monday to protest the proposed House Bill 77 during testimony in Soldotna. Without exception, the public expressed displeasure for two portions of HB77: the removal of public input on permits and the loss... http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-12-10/central-peninsula-against-hb77