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#02-03-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Fishermen weigh in on Kenai debate (video)
By Shannon Ballard
11:17 AM February 2, 2014
Board members will review hundreds of proposals on Kenai River fish management.
ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Board of Fisheries is working to resolve some contentious issues in the Upper Cook Inlet, including those related to fishing Kenai River king salmon for sport, commercial and personal use. Policy changes and new regulations may be on the way. Over the next couple weeks, board members will review hundreds of proposals from different groups. Sport and commercial fishermen had plenty to say about how the board should manage kings on the Kenai during Saturday’s public testimony. One.....
The Salmon Project: A series introduction
Nancy Lord
February 2, 2014
As I write this, hours after feasting on white king salmon caught just hours before in the Kachemak Bay winter king fishery, I can’t help but count the ways in which I love salmon. My partner and I, savoring that broiled fish with a touch of soy sauce, exclaimed again and again at just how rich, oily, sweet, incredibly good-tasting our meal was. “There’s nothing better,” we swore, and there isn’t. If, at the end of our lives, either one of us is granted a last taste of anything, our choices will be, without hesitation, fresh....
Seward, AK
Dock debris burn raises questions
By Russ Maddox
January 30, 2014
Editor's note: The following was presented at Monday's Seward City Council meeting.
Some of you may recall the illegal open burn that forced the closure of my business and drove me from my home on Nash Road in 2001. I remember it like it was yesterday. After the epic investigation and lawsuit played out in the pages of the local newspaper I never imagined anything even remotely like it could occur in our community again. As a matter of fact that event inspired the creation of RBCA and ever since then we...

Sides line up to debate Magnuson
With economic pain spreading — from a downsizing New England fishing fleet to the continued depression of the New Jersey recreational industry from superstorm Sandy — fishing industry advocates are pressing for changes to the federal fisheries law and environmental groups are fighting to keep reforms they won years ago. Congress will be moving toward reauthorizing the 1996 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, a reform measure that....
Market Reports
Alaska & Pacific Herring
San Francisco, Sitka Sound fleets enjoy higher catch limits for sac roe fisheries
Optimistic survey data enabled San Francisco Bay herring gillnetters to begin fishing on a quota of 3,442 short tons on Jan. 1, up sharply from last season's quota of 2,690 tons. The decision to raise the sac roe fishery's gillnet quota stems from encouraging survey data, says Tom Greiner, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in Santa Rosa. "We've seen a steady increase in our biomass over the last four years," Greiner says. A conservative exploitation rate of around 4.7 percent on the biomass, he....

The fish-fight flu
Thursday, 30 January 2014
There's an epidemic in this country that seems to be spreading faster than a virus — fights over fishing allocation. All across the country, these battles rage on. Many of them have been going for decades, and few of them seem likely to end anytime soon. In the Gulf of Mexico, sportfishing interests are knocking on the door of snapper-grouper IFQ allocations. The Coastal Conservation Association is pushing to keep the commercial allocation at a benchmark and allow any growth above that...

Around the Yards
Wood is good for this Maine yard; lobsterman gets a left-handed boat
In an industry defined by fiberglass and metal boats, Peter Kass at John's Bay Boat Co. in South Bristol, Maine, is building his 65th wooden boat, and most of them have been for commercial fishermen. This one is a 46' x 15' lobster boat for Stonington, Maine's, Ryan Larrabee. It's a stretched-out version of a 44-foot lobster boat Kass launched last July. The hull is 1 1/4-inch cedar planking over 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" steam-bent oak ribs. The deck is seamed and caulked 1 1/2-inch Douglas fir. That will be topped with a....

‘The Arms Just Crawl Away’: Mysterious Illness Killing Starfish En Masse | Video |
Feb. 3, 2014 10:25am Liz Klimas
Thousands of starfish along the North American Pacific Coast are dying a gory death, and scientists don’t know why. What’s disturbing beyond the mass die-off is how scientists witnessed the creatures actually going: The end result is twisted, dismembered piles of mush that were once toughened starfish. But when scientists began conducting experiments with sick and healthy starfish, they saw the starfish ripping their appendages off......