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#12-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Important fishery regulation question at core of Kookesh overfishing case
Craig Medred
December 29, 2013
Angoon, AK (Photo credit: bpotter1942)
Then-Alaska state Sen. Albert Kookesh, from the village of Angoon on wild Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska, thought the Alaska Department of Fish and Game had over-stepped its authority when it snagged him for overfishing in 2009. A powerful, veteran lawmaker intimately familiar with Alaska law, Kookesh and four other fishermen were caught in Kanalku Bay with 148 sockeye salmon, nearly double their combined legal limit of 75. Four of the five men eventually faced charges of exceeding their limits. At the time he was cited, Kookesh argued it was common practice for local fishermen to ignore bag limits in order to catch extra fish to bring home to their community. And at trial, he contested Fish and Game's authority to set a 15-salmon-per person bag limit. Only the state Board of Fisheries could set catch limits, his attorney argued. Sitka Superior Court Judge David George agreed and tossed the....

Giant Clams Spark Trade Spat
China Says the Delicacy Called Geoducks Are Tainted; U.S. Disagrees With Ban
Dec. 29, 2013 7:33 p.m. ET
....... The Food and Drug Administration and NOAA say they are pressing China's government for more information about their testing. "Ultimately, China will decide when and whether to lift the suspension," said NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Lt. Fionna Matheson. State investigators have tracked the geoduck shipment that China flagged for high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning, or PSP, to Ketchikan, Alaska. The shipment China cited for arsenic came from Poverty Bay in Puget Sound. Alaska's Department of Environmental Conservation said in an email its records indicate that the geoduck shipment in question contained "nothing near the [PSP] levels that China reported." Alaskan fishermen have yet to feel the effects of the ban because bad weather and high PSP levels prevented divers from harvesting geoduck earlier this month, said Phil Doherty, executive director of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association. Divers on the West Coast test geoducks weekly for PSP. If levels are too high, fisheries aren't supposed to open. Washington state officials say....

Sablefish fishery registration ends April 1
Posted 12/30/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
The registration deadline for the 2014 Prince William Sound sablefish fishery , which runs from April 15 through Aug. 31, is April 1, The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Dec. 20.....

Published: Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Can't allow rock mine in Eden of salmon
By Kyle Barber
Have you ever heard of Bristol Bay, Alaska, or that it is home to the largest biomass of returning sockeye salmon? Not to the mention the continously strong chum, silver, king and pink salmon runs. Bristol Bay salmon annually return to the Kvichack and Nushagak watersheds to spawn, making up 40 percent of the global sockeye population. This wild salmon return is now one of the last remaining fisheries of this scale still intact. Bristol Bay's fragile environment has always, to some level, been in jeopardy; with proper management, the fishery remains thriving, but plans to extract resources from the area put....

December 30, 2013
Tarr Senate bill targets seafood marketing
By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
BOSTON – State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, renewing his call to confront “serious threats to the survival of the groundfish industry in Massachusetts,” has filed legislation aimed at putting the state’s clout behind marketing seafood products. Tarr, the Gloucester Republican, said his bill is aimed at aiding an industry that remains caught in a federally recognized “economic disaster” since September 2012 and now continues to deal with NOAA-imposed groundfishing landing limits of up to 78....

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