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#01-16-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

IPHC hears enforcement reports, research plans
Published: 2014.01.15 10:32 PM
SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission is working its way through reports from staff and agencies at its annual meeting this week. Today, commissioners held two administrative sessions to hear various perspectives on the 2013 fishery. Coast Guard Cmdr. Chris Barrows said IFQ boardings were down in 2013, because the Coast Guard was working to assess all halibut fisheries. For Area 2C, 141 boardings were conducted, and four violations found — two each for IFQ and subsistence fishermen. Boardings were up in Area 4ABCDE, which previously has had.....

Arby's partners with Alaska Seafood organization for Big Fillet Fish return
Tags: Equipment & Supplies, Food & Beverage, Sustainability
January 16, 2014
Arby's Sandusky
Arby's Sandusky (Photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart)
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has partnered with Arby's for the re-release of the chain's Reel Big Fillet fish sandwich. According to a company press release, the limited-time offer is part of the chain's commitment to providing products using sustainable resources. The Reel Big Fillet is a wild-caught Alaska Pollock, sourced from Alaska's North Pacific sea. It is served hot, and....

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Financing Will Be Key to Next Generation Fleet
From the Fleet
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) at campaign...
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) at campaign rally, Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last month US Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) visited Seattle and heard from local fishing leaders on the challenges and solutions to building a next generation fishing fleet. The senators toured a freezer longliner under maintenance at Fishermen’s Terminal before holding a listening session at the Port of Seattle headquarters with Pacific Northwest fishing and shipbuilding industry leaders. The group commented on the challenges they face in getting access to financing from banks to build and renovate fishing vessels and the future competitiveness of the maritime economy. Below are the remarks presented to the Senators by Kenny Down, President and CEO of Blue North Fisheries.
Senator Cantwell and Senator Begich:
Thank you for holding this hearing today and thank you for the opportunity to appear before you and to provide testimony on these important maritime issues. Blue North is based in Seattle, Washington and operates five commercial fishing vessels in the North Pacific federal fishery. Our vessels are hook-and-line catcher-processors that harvest.....

New boss named for NMFS....

Homer Man Named to Halibut Commission
Aaron Selbig
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
It would make sense that the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” would be well-represented in international halibut management. But that hasn’t always been the case – until now. Halibut fisherman in Homer and the central gulf area will be happy to learn that one of their own has been appointed to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. That’s the body that sets the halibut quota every year. Long-time Homer fisherman Don Lane says he’s very happy to be on the commission, after a year.....

Set Net Ban Not Dead Yet: Sponsors ‘Considering the Options’
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm
A petition to ban set nets in urban areas of Alaska is still percolating, according to petition sponsor Joe Connors. Connors said the Lt. Governor’s decision on January 6 to deny the petition hasn’t stopped their movement.....

King Cove Tribal and Community Leaders Praise Senate Legislation to Construct Road
January 15, 2014
Wednesday PM
(SitNews) King Cove, Alaska - King Cove Tribal and Community leaders are praising the introduction of legislation today by U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) to approve a land exchange and construction of a life-saving road corridor connecting the remote community to the neighboring all-weather Cold Bay Airport. This comes three weeks after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell rejected a similar proposal, passed by Congress and approved by the President in 2009. Jewell announced her decision two days before Christmas following an environmental impact statement (EIS). This bill, known as the King Cove All-Weather Road Corridor Act, amends the existing law, requiring the Interior Secretary to convey the federal land (206 acres) needed.....

Aljazeera: Remote Alaska fishing town braces for Arctic oil development
English: the 738-foot bulk carrier M/V Selenda...
English: the 738-foot bulk carrier M/V Selendang Ayu broken in half, rear and front side to side. Skan bay Unalaska Island in the Aleutian Islands, USA. Français : Le vraquier M/V Selendang Ayu de la compagnie IMC shipping cassé en deux dans une tempête sur les côtes de l'île Unalaska dans l'archipel des îles Aléoutiennes, Alaska, Usa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Lauren Rosenthal @laurenthal
January 15, 2014 5:00AM ET
Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands, long known for fisheries, is abuzz with preparation for Shell's potential new presence
UNALASKA, Alaska — This faraway spot in the middle of Alaska’s windswept, rocky Aleutian Island chain has long stood for seafood. Unalaska is a stone’s throw from rich fishing grounds in the Bering Sea. The local port of Dutch Harbor is tops in the United States in terms of the sheer volume of seafood that passes through it. But it isn’t seafood that has this town of about 4,300 people buzzing — and some even planning.....

January 15, 2014
Fishing aid bill wins landslide House approval
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed the $1 trillion Appropriations Bill containing the $75 million in disaster aid to fishermen and fishing communities this afternoon, sending the measure along to the Senate, where it is expected to pass in a vote that could....

Report: Mine poses low risk to fish
By Associated Press
11:05 AM January 15, 2014
The mine is located at the confluence of the Taku River about 40 miles north of Juneau.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A water quality report says significant levels of copper and zinc were found downstream from the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia, but the mine’s....