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#12-19-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Boundaries for Port Dick salmon seine fishery moved
Posted: December 18, 2013 - 2:59pm
By Cristy Fry
The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its meeting last week on Lower Cook Inlet issues with a change in boundaries for the Port Dick salmon seine fishery, a couple of tweaks to the groundfish fishery and an awareness-raising discussion about the state’s response to federal plans to privatize the pollock fishery. The Port Dick proposal, made by the Cook Inlet Seiner’s Association, changes the boundaries from a straight line drawn down the middle of the West Arm to three distinct sub-districts that allow for....

Industry: Southeast Alaska Divers Not Yet Affected By China’s Shellfish Ban
By Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK - Petersburg | December 19, 2013 - 10:15 am
An industry representative says Southeast geoduck clam divers have not been affected by China’s recent ban on West Coast shellfish import since they haven’t been fishing recently. According to Southeast Alaska Dive Fisheries Association Director Phil Doherty, other factors have been keeping divers off the grounds since early this month. In southeast, the state and industry test geoduck clam beds for paralytic shellfish poison on a weekly basis and if the....

Kenai Passes Set Net Resolution
English: South Central Alaska showing Matanusk...
English: South Central Alaska showing Matanuska and Susitna rivers. © 2004 Matthew Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Posted: December 19, 2013 at 7:32 am
Following an earlier move from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, Kenai City Council last night passed a resolution to oppose a proposed ballot initiative to ban set nets in urban areas....

Kenai fishing groups file opposition to proposed setnet ban
Published: 2013.12.18 04:12 PM
As the deadline to certify an initiative to ban setnetting nears, fishing groups are filing legal opinions with the state opposing the measure. The Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition and the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association have each sent a letter to the state offering a legal opinion on the ban. The Alaska Salmon Alliance also plans to weigh in. The Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, or KAFC, is a group representing private, unguided anglers. Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, or KPFA, largely represents Cook Inlet....

Fish on, speak up
By Hannah Heimbuch
Dec 18th, 2013
When I sat down for the start of the Alaska Young Fisherman’s Summit in Anchorage last Tuesday, I didn’t know a single face at my table. I’d driven up from Homer alone in the wee hours, preparing to absorb as much information as one fisherman/reporter could.
But as introductions were made, I realized that I was far from the only local to show up. Six other Homer women stood to give their names and fisheries, which ranged from Cook Inlet to Bristol Bay, with Gulf and Western territories in between. There were about 60 young fishermen present from all over the state, and the Homer...

6:50 PM WED DECEMBER 18, 2013
Senator Murkowski Calls on Walmart to Carry Products Made with Salmon from Alaska
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is continuing to lobby the largest retailer on earth to carry products made with salmon from Alaska. On Wednesday Senator Lisa Murkowski sent a letter to the incoming CEO of Walmart outlining her concerns with the current purchasing practices of Walmart in regards to salmon from Alaska. Earlier this year Walmart announced that it would only be sourcing salmon products that met the sustainability guidelines put forward by the Marine Stewardship Council. Alaska’s commercially caught salmon are currently eligible to carry the MSC label but...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
SeaShare Donations to Alaska Will Pass 230,000 Pounds
The combined efforts of the Seattle-based nonprofit SeaShare with processors and their affiliates in the seafood industry will bring more than 230,000 pounds of seafood back to Alaska this year to help feed hungry people. Jim Harmon, executive director of SeaShare, says the industry has been generous in its donations of frozen and canned seafood, with other entities donating money, and...

Homer gives show of support for Buccaneer
Posted: December 18, 2013 - 9:48pm
By McKIBBEN JACKINSKY Morris News Service-Alaska
Homer News
The Homer City Council earlier this month unanimously passed a resolution expressing and formalizing the city’s position and policy that “oil and gas drilling rigs and support vessels operated by Buccaneer Energy or other companies are welcome and encouraged to use....

Some fishing guides bemoan lawsuit against hatchery operations
By Christian Hill
The Register-Guard
PUBLISHED: 4:09 P.M., DEC 18
From mid-May through June each year, McKenzie River fishing guide Jarrod Kelso is making money while having the time of his life. For $200 per person, Kelso, a 35-year-old Eugene resident, takes clients out on the water for a day of the best fishing the McKenzie River has to offer. The run of spring chinook salmon is at its peak, and his clients are looking for a good fight and a load of salmon meat to grill and smoke.
On some days, Kelso said, “It’s Alaska lite.” Kelso estimated he makes....

Crab season: 'It's strange for them to be so full at the first of the season'
By Angelica Carrillo Published: Dec 18, 2013
CHARLESTON, Ore. -- With Dungeness crab season now in full swing, commercial fishermen are flooding Oregon’s coastal ports with thousand of pounds of crab.....

Press Release
Silicon Valley Startup “OZY” Misleads Readers on Fisheries with Out-of-date Information says Saving Seafood
>PRWEB.COM Newswire
Washington, DC (PRWEB) December 19, 2013
(Saving Seafood) - Warning that “within our lifetimes, the world’s supply of fish could collapse entirely,” the startup news website OZY last week promulgated claims about the depletion of ocean fish based on 7-10 year old studies that were controversial at the time of their publication, and have been largely disproven by multiple scientific authorities in the ensuing years. (“Plenty of Fish in the Sea?” by Melissa Pandika, 12/12) One of OZY's allegations was that even pet goldfish would disappear. The article begins with the statement "Whether it’s tuna sashimi or lobster bisque, we love our.....

Ex-BP Engineer Found Guilty for Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence
By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Daniel Lawton
Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) — A former BP Plc senior engineer was found guilty of destroying evidence sought by the U.S. in a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill. A federal jury in New Orleans today found the engineer, Kurt Mix, guilty of one of two counts of obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said Mix deleted from his mobile phone text....

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