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#01-17-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Harvesters, processors make 2014 halibut catch recommendations
Published: 2014.01.16 09:15 AM
SEATTLE — The Conference Board and Processor Advisory Group each brought forward differing recommendations on the 2014 halibut catch limits for the Pacific, from Northern California to the Bering Sea. Those two groups are advisory bodies to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, representing harvesters and processors respectively. The IPHC is expected to set the 2014 catch limits tomorrow morning before the end of its annual meeting. The advisory bodies also weighed in on season dates, catch limit plans, and other....

PAG, CB catch limits would mean more liberal charter regs
Published: 2014.01.16 09:26 PM
SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission heard this afternoon about what the recommended catch limits would mean for charter operators in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. In December, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended charter management measures under the new catch sharing plan that creates a combined catch limit for the charter and commercial sectors, with the exact split differing by abundance. If the commission opts for the blue line, which matches the harvest policy with the current....

4:33 PM THU JANUARY 16, 2014
Many Tribes in Alaska Oppose House Bill 77
Tribal representatives from across the state delivered over 30-resolutions to the Anchorage office of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell on Thursday. The resolutions all oppose a bill intended to stream-line the permitting system for the use of state lands in Alaska. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....

GUEST COMMENTARY: Morris Co. series strangely silent on king salmon habitat
Published: 2014.01.16 11:47 AM
Morris Communications is the Georgia-based media group that owns the Peninsula Clarion, Homer News, Juneau Empire, Alaska Journal of Commerce and numerous other media holdings in Alaska. In November, company chairman William Morris III announced a special 10-part series to help Alaskans “find the facts” about declining King salmon runs. The special series recently concluded, and overall, it provided useful information that can help Alaskans understand the complexities of the king salmon life cycle and its management. Unfortunately, the series was strangely silent on one of the most important....

Dip Netters Could Be Required to Grind Waste
Posted: January 16, 2014 at 7:10 am
]How would you feel about grinding your fish waste into fine chunks before letting it wash out to sea? A proposal heading to the Board of Fish meetings later this month would require dip net waste be ground to ¾ of an inch or less before it could be dispersed into the ocean. The City of Kenai is opposing the proposal, with concerns that they could held responsible for....

Fishing Crew Member Accused of Identity Theft
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, January 16 2014
A crew member aboard a factory processor has been arrested in Unalaska and accused of stealing another man’s identity to get his commercial fishing license. KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports. Just like rain gear or Xtratufs, commercial fishing crew licenses are essential for anyone working on a Bering Sea boat. And they’re pretty easy to get. Robin Morrisett is a sergeant with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. He says all it takes to get a crew permit, is a driver’s license and.....

Training on fish skin craft comes to town
January 16, 2014
Everyone knows that fish are popular in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. But what some people may not know is that it's not just a food source: It can be used for fabric. Traditionally, fish skin has been used by Alaska Natives for storage or clothing. But with the introduction of newer fabrics, fish skin became less practical to use. "What happened is it became less and less of a workable medium – utilitarian and purposeful," says Trina Landlord, of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation. "You can call it a fish skin movement, a revival of the artform." Artform is right. Now fishskin isn't just practical, it's downright stylish. Handbags, stiletto fish skin heels, even a halibut skin .....

Storm damages Gustavus breakwater
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:10 pm | Updated: 1:21 pm, Thu Jan 16, 2014.
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska - A storm has caused significant damage to a state-owned breakwater in Gustavus.
The Juneau Empire reports.....

The EPA and the Pebble project: Federal agency shouldn’t use latest report to pre-judge mine project
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 6:15 am, Thu Jan 16, 2014.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
The possibility of a large-scale mine being developed to extract minerals from the Pebble deposit in the Bristol Bay region took another public relations hit Wednesday with the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s final watershed assessment of mining in the region. The EPA assessment doesn’t say a mine shouldn’t be allowed in the area. But you can be certain that this document, like the draft assessment before it, will further the....

January 17, 2014
Editorial: Fishing aid still no long-term industry solution
Gloucester Daily Times
The overdue and expected arrival of some $75 million in federal aid for the Northeast groundfishery and others recognized as “economic disasters” should provide welcome relief for fishermen and related businesses that have been pushed to a collective brink of bankruptcy. But for all the well-deserved kudos....

‘Excessive’: Marine biologist ends 7-year legal battle with feds over feeding whales
By Barnini ChakrabortyPublished January 17,
WASHINGTON –  A Marine biologist who for seven years was hounded by federal authorities – after she made the mistake of feeding killer whales in the wild -- has finally seen her case come to an end, pleading guilty earlier this week to a misdemeanor. But her case has caught the attention of advocates who say this is another example of heavy-handed prosecution, making criminals out of otherwise law-abiding people while sidelining their careers. “I never thought I would spend seven years of my life fighting the government over my devotion to researching marine animals.....

Agriculture Department: No More White Potatoes, No More French Fries
by WILLIAM BIGELOW  17 Jan 2014, 12:33 AM PDT
It’s a heavyweight fight between the Agriculture Department and Congress over a major dietary issue: white potatoes. The Agriculture Department, advised by the Institute of Medicine, wants to prevent participants in the federal Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program from buying white potatoes. They say they are concerned that the women will turn the potatoes into....

Poisoned: why West Virginia's water crisis is everyone's problem
How regulators allowed chemicals to literally slip through the cracks and threaten the water supply
By Matt Stroud on January 14, 2014 02:15 pm....

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