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#01-12-2014 - ComFish News Roundup (Where's the beef?)

Bill would strip revenue agency of cattle branding requirement
Cattle on Wosnesenski Island, southwest of 
Kodiak Island. Currently, the state Department 
of Revenue is in the business of registering cattle 
brands, an administrative duty that takes in a whopping 
$146 in revenue each year.
USFWS / Steve Ebbert / Alaska Dispatch
Dermot Cole
January 11, 2014
FAIRBANKS -- In addition to collecting and managing billions in tax dollars, the Alaska Department of Revenue is charged with registering cattle brands. Who knew? But the department may soon be free to concentrate on billion-dollar questions if the just-introduced House Bill 231 -- “an act eliminating the Department of Revenue’s duty to register cattle brands” -- passes. The measure, filed by House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Kenai, is among the more unusual entries in the list of 52 new bills and resolutions for 2014. Others announced Friday include bills to....

Campbell River: International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting will prove interesting
Jeremy Maynard / Campbell River Courier Islander
January 11, 2014 01:07 PM
Over the next few weeks two meetings will occur that will have considerable bearing on opportunities in the tidal waters recreational fishery around southern BC in 2014. The first is about halibut and the second about Interior Fraser coho specifically, but more generally with broad implications for coho management in the future wherever this stock is found. I’ll review the coho meeting in next week’s column. The first meeting is the 90th AGM of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, this year taking place in Seattle between Jan. 13 and 17. The IPHC is the body tasked with implementing the terms of the treaty between Canada and the US regarding management of halibut in the northeast Pacific Ocean and....

Chico man, son featured on fishing series Monday
By LAURA URSENY-- Staff Writer
POSTED:   01/11/2014 10:39:28 AM PST
CHICO — Corning teacher Lance Alldrin will be at work Monday, but his thoughts will likely be what's happening Monday night, and it's not football. Alldrin, who lives in Chico, and his 14-year-old son Luke, and his son's friend were filmed fishing in Alaska for a National Geographic Wild network series called "Alaska Fish Wars." The Alldrins, a hired skipper "Capt. Dino," and Alldrin's ship Night Hawk are followed during the....

12 January 2014 Last updated at 06:45 ET
BP loses bid over Gulf oil payouts
BP has lost an appeal to cancel the terms of its multi-billion-dollar settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. A US federal appeals court on Saturday upheld the terms of the original 2012 settlement. The UK oil giant has supported compensation for businesses harmed by the disaster. But it argued that.....

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