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#12-12-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

HB 77 Meeting Draws A Crowd
Posted: December 11, 2013 at 8:18 am
As we’ve been reporting, it was standing room only at last Monday night’s meeting to discuss House Bill 77. Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer joined the host Sen. Peter Micciche in hearing the widespread complaint…... http://radiokenai.net/hb-77-meeting-draws-a-crowd/

BOF wraps up as NPFMC gets started
BY MOLLY DISCHNER
As Alaska’s Board of Fisheries wrapped up its work at the Egan Center today, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council was getting started just down the street at the Hilton. The council’s focus was on reports from various agencies, and it heard about the catch and bycatch in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska this summer from the National Marine Fisheries Service. The council also heard about the observer program, and the tendering... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/BOF-wraps-up-as-NPFMC-gets-started/

BOF agrees to consider another Yukon River proposal in March
BY MOLLY DISCHNER
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries will add an additional Yukon River proposal to its agenda in March after determining today that there’s an emergency in the summer chum fishery. The board made an emergency finding in response to a petition from the Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association, or YDFDA. YDFDA asked the board to consider allowing purse seines as an alternative gear for the summer chum fishery on the lower Yukon to allow harvest of chums while protecting king salmon, which are a stock of concern. The board made its finding of emergency in a 4-3 vote. Board members Orville Huntington, John Jensen, Fritz Johnson and... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/BOF-agrees-to-consider-another-Yukon-River-proposal-in-March/

Corkline-News for Southeast Gillnetters, December 7, 2013 ......http://www.akgillnet.org/?p=723

4:02 PM WED DECEMBER 11, 2013
Religious Leaders in Alaska Urge EPA's McCarthy to Finish Bristol Bay Study
By DAVE BENDINGER
Leader in five denominations sent a letter to McCarthy Wednesday, urging her publish the final version of the BBWA "before the end of the year." DILLINGHAM:  A group of senior religious leaders in Alaska have joined the chorus asking the EPA to finish its assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed. The Obama Administration may use the study's findings to shut down operations at the Pebble... http://kdlg.org/post/religious-leaders-alaska-urge-epas-mccarthy-finish-bristol-bay-study





Of Black Cod and White King
Published:  12 December, 2013
Fish international presents high-end products for the fish counter.
Fish international is going to be exquisite as rarely before. For example, in the exhibitors’ display cases at the 14th edition of Germany’s only fish trade fair from Sunday 9 to Tuesday 11 February 2014 there will be Õra Kings: these fishes are considered to be to salmon what Wagyu cattle are to beef. Visitors to Halls 4 and 5 of the Bremen exhibition halls will be able to see White Kings, or the first salmon with ASC label, Beluga and other sorts of caviar from the world’s biggest producer, or Black Cod – in this case experts believe that it is the high demand from Japanese buyers that is the cause for the high price. Altogether about 260 exhibitors are again expected to be at fish international: fish farmers and fishing enterprises, producers of smoked products and delicatessen. There will also be producers of fish processing.... http://www.fishupdate.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/20490/Of_Black_Cod_and_White_King.html

What would you do with 9 tons of salmon you can’t sell?
By Lisa Phu
Posted on December 11, 2013 at 9:19 pm
Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter recently received a donation of salmon with an estimated retail value of more than $100,000. Nine tons of individually wrapped frozen salmon steaks sit in a container at Juneau’s Alaska Marine Lines. The fish has been donated to The Glory Hole, Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter. The donation was made by SeaShare, a non-profit based in Seattle that works with the seafood industry to help get food to people who are served by food banks and soup kitchens. “Our role is we try to make it easier for fishermen and processers to donate and we’re able to bring in other companies who can help with freight or packaging or storage so the donating entity doesn’t have to bear the whole brunt of bringing them up there,” says SeaShare executive director Jim Harmon. The salmon donated to Glory Hole is chum bycatch from... http://www.ktoo.org/2013/12/11/100000-of-salmon-donated-to-soup-kitchen/

Alaska examines commercial fishing injuries
Posted: Monday, December 9, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 8:11 am, Mon Dec 9, 2013.
FAIRBANKS — Commercial fishermen experience the highest rate of occupational fatalities and second highest rate of non-fatal occupational injuries of any job in the state of Alaska, according to a bulletin released Thursday by the state Department of Epidemiology.
While attempts have been made to reduce injuries, both fatal and non-fatal, in the Alaskan fishing industry, Epidemiology states that relatively little is known about the patterns that cause.... http://www.newsminer.com/features/health/alaska-examines-commercial-fishing-injuries/article_58015042-60b0-11e3-8c6e-001a4bcf6878.html

$42 million investment could aid return of local salmon
12:02 am December 12th, 2013
A World on the Hill
by Brendan McGarry
- The Capitol Hill Times -
How important are salmon to Northwest culture? Native American tribes have relied on them for generations, settlers reaped the benefits of massive salmon runs and commercial fishing operations have turned them into a common menu option. Salmon are frequently seen in art, they’re one of the foods tourists actively seek when visiting and they are a crucial part of our native ecosystems. The State of Washington, Salmon Recovery Funding Board and Puget Sound Partnership have put a number on the importance of salmon recently – more than $42 million for restoration and preservation of salmon habitat.... http://www.capitolhilltimes.com/2013/12/42-million-investment-aid-return-local-salmon/

Crab fishing on hold; price keeps commercial fishermen on the docks
Redwood Times
POSTED:   12/10/2013 11:12:29 AM PST
Thadeus Greenson
Times-Standard
The commercial Dungeness crab fishing season in Northern California is on hold indefinitely, as fishermen and wholesale buyers continue to haggle over prices. ”We’re 50 cents apart,” said local fisherman Dave Bitts. “It looks like, maybe, they just don’t really want to buy crabs very bad right now, which means maybe the market is just soft. If that’s the.... http://www.redwoodtimes.com/news/ci_24694715/crab-fishing-hold-price-keeps-commercial-fishermen-docks

RI Fishing Industry Faces Extinction under Federal Regulations
Thursday, December 12, 2013
It’s hard to image an Ocean State without a commercial fishing industry, but one local business owner warns it could happen. Increasingly restrictive federal regulations have cut the commercial fishing fleet in half over the last four years and are imperiling its future, according to Richard Fuka, the president of the Rhode Island Fishermen’s Alliance. “We’re at a dangerous low level,” Fuka said. If the fleet is diminished any further, Rhode Islanders could see a local heritage industry “slip away” and become “a.... http://www.golocalprov.com/news/ri-fishing-industry-at-risk-of-extinction-under-federal-regulations/

December 12, 2013
Displaced by fishing war
Gloucesterman haunted by urge to go to sea, loss of vessel
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
Joe Orlando still wakes up in the night, when the wind is whistling, and wonders if he should go down to the Gloucester House and make sure the Padre Pio’s lines are secure. There still are days when the longtime Gloucester fisherman, as if lured by something invisible and irresistible, finds himself heading toward the dock to check.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing/x601935177/Displaced-by-fishing-war