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#12-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Revisions to federal fisheries act released for public review
Published: 2013.12.24 02:58 PM
The act regulating America’s fisheries could see changes under the discussion draft proposed by the House Natural Resources Committee. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, was up for reauthorization this year but that process won’t be finalized until 2014. The House Natural Resources Committee released draft legislation Dec. 19 with 30 pages of proposed MSA changes that address several major fisheries issues, including catch share programs, electronic monitoring, rebuilding plans and the term “overfished.” The draft legislation would authorize the MSA through 2018, and also authorize appropriations for five more years at the current funding level. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., chairman of that committee, said the changes will help.....

Set Netters Urge Attorney General “Dark Days” Follow Initiative
Posted: December 26, 2013 at 12:30 pm
We reported earlier that the group behind the petition to ban set nets in urban areas – the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance – is “confident” their goals line up with state laws, but set netters disagree. The Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association, which has existed since 1954, wrote to the Lt. Governor last week, urging his office to deny the petition. The State is expected to....

State Announces Pacific Cod Harvest Level for 2014
By Annie Ropeik
Thursday, December 26 2013
The state announced the 2014 guideline harvest levels for Pacific cod in the state-waters fisheries this week. There will be about 17.86 million pounds of cod available for harvest, both in the Aleutian Islands state-waters fishery and in the new Dutch Harbor subdistrict. In the Aleutians district, that’s about 12 percent less than last year’s harvest level. The Aleutian district is divided into A and B season. A season will run Jan. 1 through June 9. Seventy percent of the harvest is...

Complaints Over Sportfish Dominance on KRSMA Board
Posted: December 27, 2013 at 7:13 am
Commercial fishing advocates have written a letter of complaint to the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, saying the Kenai River Special Management Area Board is unfairly weighted and not following State protocol. The KRSMA Board, created by the State, oversees management for the Kenai River from river mile 82 downstream to four miles above the river’s mouth on Cook Inlet. Rob Williams, President of the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association penned the letter, dated December 23, saying “We believe that the current leadership of your board has allowed it to be overwhelmingly represented by a single viewpoint, which has rendered it incapable of....

1:12 PM THU DECEMBER 26, 2013
Fisheries Update at the Resource Development Council Conference
The state of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry was one of the topics brought up during the annual Resource Development Council conference that was held last month in Anchorage. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report....

The Alaska Fisheries Report
Dec 26, 2013
Coming up this week, a familiar face takes on the science advising for a group of Aleutian crabbers, and a look at one of the last salmon cultures on earth. And that’s another year in the tote for the Alaska Fisheries Report. As usual, it couldn’t be done without help from the dozens of fishy contributors near and far. So, in alphabetical order by first name, thank you to....

Kenai City Council to Work on Dip Net Fishery Proposals
Posted: December 26, 2013 at 12:10 pm
The Kenai City Council will hold a work session January to further explore dip net fishery issues. A resolution to ask the Board of Fish to end 24hr fishery openings was delayed this month. Councilman Bob Molloy explains...

Fishermen’s ‘gift’ ideas for the industry
December 26, 2013 by Laine Welch
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. If fishermen could gift back… Hear their answers after this....

Health officials begin testing shellfish samples after China ban
By Kristen Drew Published: Dec 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM PST
English: A picture of the Longmen Building wit...
English: A picture of the Longmen Building with Chinese flag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- Washington State health officials began testing shellfish samples from Poverty Bay on Thursday after seafood inspectors in China said earlier this month they found high levels of arsenic in geoduck clams. Those finding prompted them to ban all shellfish exports from the west coast. The suspension is now hitting our state hard - geoduck farmers, tribal harvesters and the state are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars each week. "Everybody's had to tighten their belt loops and hope for a quick resolution, and it's getting very painful for some of us," said Lief Crofield, who is employed by Taylor Shellfish Farms. Crofield and his crew members from the Eagle Scout boat harvested 900 pounds of geoduck on....

Editorial: Congress provides a thin lifeline to small ports
Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:00 am
Good news for local ports and economies arrived last week in the form of a federal budget deal that specifically includes a small pot of additional funds specifically for “small, remote, or subsistence harbors and waterways.” Living on a coastline that epitomizes these terms, several Oregon and Washington ports ought to be in the running for funds to maintain their links to the Pacific. In olden times – as in before about 2010 – members of Congress were able to simply earmark tiny slivers of the federal budget to throw a lifeline to small ports that are of pivotal importance to communities from....

Dec 26, 2013, 8:43am PST
Pacific Seafood demo, rebuild expected soon, following fire
Suzanne Stevens
Digital managing editor- Portland Business Journal
It's been a little over six months since a fire engulfed the Warrenton processing plant of Portland-based Pacific Seafood. The fire completely destroyed the family owned company's Warrenton plant. The company set up a temporary location in a....

December 27, 2013
NOAA gets low grades among fed workplaces
Employee satisfaction at agency has been slipping since 2009
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
NOAA’s strategic management has received a scathing review in the most recent survey of federal worker satisfaction, and the agency’s overall standing among its employees declined for the fifth consecutive year in which the survey has been conducted. The survey, conducted by The Partnership for Public Service, ranked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at No. 157 out of the 300 federal agency subcomponents, with an employee satisfaction index score of 58.5 out of 100. Subcomponents are agencies within large....

Salmon farmer fishing for higher (hatchery) returns
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Dec. 26 2013, 9:46 PM EST
Last updated Thursday, Dec. 26 2013, 9:50 PM EST
It will be a year before Carol Schmitt knows if her really big experiment with salmon has worked, but preliminary results that came early this winter are pointing to success. “Phenomenal,” is the word Ms. Schmitt uses to describe the early returns she is seeing on the Sarita River, on Vancouver Island. As the co-owner of Omega Pacific Hatchery, near Port Alberni, Ms. Schmitt has been growing salmon for the fish-farming industry for 34 years. During that time, she figures the company has spawned more than 10,000 adult Chinook and reared more than 30 million juveniles from eggs. Along the way, she became convinced the best way to grow young Chinook salmon is to mimic nature by raising them in colder water, for....

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