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#12-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Bering Sea groundfish catch limits set
BY MOLLY DISCHNER
Published: 2013.12.13 06:05 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council set the limits for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish species today. Pollock fishermen will have  the largest share of the 2 million metric ton cap in 2014, with a.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/Bering-Sea-groundfish-catch-limits-set/

Gulf of Alaska limits set
BY MOLLY DISCHNER
Published: 2013.12.13 06:11 PM
Gulf of Alaska fishermen will have access to a larger catch for several species in 2014 under the groundfish limits set today by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Overall, the total allowable catch, or TAC, for groundfish in the Gulf of Alaska is up about 60,000 metric tons compared to 2013, driven primarily by an increase in the pollock TAC. The 2014 pollock TAC for much of the Gulf is 162,351 metric tons, compared to 110,272 metric tons in 2013. The catch this year was..... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/Blogs-2013/Gulf-of-Alaska-limits-set/

1:31 PM FRI DECEMBER 13, 2013
Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Won't Be Published This Year, EPA Says
By DAVE BENDINGER
Agency blames October's government shutdown for creating delays; says final version of the study will be out "the first part of next year." DILLINGHAM:  The EPA’s Region 10 office in Seattle told KDLG News Friday that it will not be publishing the final version of the Bristol Bay Watershed.... http://kdlg.org/post/bristol-bay-watershed-assessment-wont-be-published-year-epa-says

Bering Sea snow crab season starts early
December 13th 12:10 pm | Jim Paulin
The Bering Sea snow crab fishery is off to an early start, in hopes of avoiding sea ice up north.
"Usually nobody goes fishing until after Christmas. The bulk of the activity usually picks up in January," said Heather Fitch of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. As of Monday, only "a little bit" of crab had been landed, but more was expected soon, she said. With crabbers already on the fishing grounds, the U.S. Coast Guard is also off to an early start. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and support personnel flew to their forward operating location in Cold Bay, to safeguard mariners in Southwest Alaska. With an increased number of vessels operating in the region during the winter and spring seasons for the opilio crab.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1350bering_sea_snow_crab_season_starts_early

Arctic policy takes step forward
December 13th 12:12 pm | Carey Restino
How does the state of Alaska design policy that will both encourage opportunity and protect that which already exists in the ever-changing and expanding Arctic? That was the none-too-small question on the table for a group of Alaskan lawmakers, industry leaders and stakeholders over the last year. The Alaska Arctic Policy Commission was tasked with leading the Alaska Legislature forward with its Arctic policy and is now finishing up a preliminary report, which is due to lawmakers by the end of January. But wrapping all the elements of the Arctic — including a vast number of unknowns — is none-too-easy, as the 26 commissioners were finding when they met this week in Anchorage to work in their final edits and revisions to a draft document. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell cut right to the chase with his opening comments on the document, calling for stronger.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1350arctic_policy_takes_step_forward_1

Alaska Pilots Board Fines Greenpeace Ship $15K for 2012 Actions
Chris Klint
POSTED: 02:44 PM AKST Dec 13, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -
A Greenpeace ship has been fined $15,000 by Alaska’s Board of Marine Pilots for traversing waters near Point Hope in which a pilot was required during the summer of 2012. In a Thursday statement, Dru Fenster -- a spokesperson for the state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development -- says the fine pertains to activities by the 236-foot M/V Esperanza between July 22 and July 27, 2012. “As a foreign-flagged vessel larger than 65 feet, state law requires the employment of a state-licensed marine pilot on board for transit through Alaska’s compulsory pilotage waters,” Fenster wrote.... http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/alaska-pilots-board-fines-greenpeace-ship-15k-for-2012-actions/-/21043658/23478536/-/nv2lfoz/-/index.html

December 14, 2013
Fisheries panel to mull new strategies
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
The New England Fisheries Management Council will meet for three days next week in Danvers in deliberations that ultimately will lead to new policies for the Northeast multispecies fishery, including which specific areas will be open to fishing beginning around the winter of 2015. The council, one of the eight regional councils created by the Magnuson Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act, is scheduled to spend much of Monday discussing its.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/fishing/x1221239423/Fisheries-panel-to-mull-new-strategies