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#02-06-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska Board of Fisheries votes to ‘pair restrictions’ (video)
By Heather Hintze
8:02 PM February 5, 2014
The decision links restrictions on sportfishing with setnetting and personal use
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Fisheries made a major decision to conserve king salmon on the Kenai River. The board voted 6-1 Wednesday to pass a proposal to “pair restrictions.” This links restrictions on sportfishing in rivers with restrictions to setnetting and personal use fishing. If the king return is too low, sportfishermen won’t be able to use bait. When that happens, setnetters will be limited to...
1:31 PM WED FEBRUARY 5, 2014
Bristol Bay Driftnet Permit Values Up Again
The value placed on Bristol Bay driftnet permits is up again. The latest monthly permit values report from the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission puts the value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit at $133-thousand dollars. That’s up from the $127-thousand dollar value recorded back in December and is way up compared to the $89.3-thousand dollar value recorded in February of last year. The value of a Bristol Bay driftnet permit is the highest it’s been in recent years and the value has risen...

Magnuson-Stevens Act
Alaskans will want to comment before Congress reauthorizes the Magnuson-Stevens act. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which governs U.S. fisheries, was the topic of a House Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday. Much of Alaska's prolific economic success in regard to fisheries can be attributed to the act....

School board urges state to extend investment in local foods
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
February 5, 2014 4:38 pm
In other business Tuesday night (2-4-14), the Sitka School Board put its weight behind an effort to increase funding for locally-sourced food in schools across the state. In a resolution to the legislature, the board cited the success of Sitka’s Fish to Schools program as justification for...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Alaska Legislature Considers Several Fisheries Bills
The Alaska Legislature, now in session in Juneau, has fisheries related bills on its agenda, related to changes in fees for non-resident one-week crewmember licenses, commercial loans, and product development tax credits. The House Finance Committee last week held discussion on HB 143, a bill increasing the fees for non-resident one-week crewmember licenses from $30 to $60. HB 143 was introduced last March, and sponsored by Representatives Paul Seaton, R-Homer; Jonathan Kreiss, D-Sitka; and Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell. HB 177, promoting commercial fishing loan programs within the Division of Economic....

Women + Seafood = Healthy Hearts. Nat’l Wear Red Day on Friday
February 6, 2014 by Laine Welch Leave a Comment
Fish Radio
February 6, 2014
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Women and seafood and healthy hearts. More on a national campaign after this....

Shively Takes Aim At Recent Anti-Pebble Mine TV Spot
By Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC | February 5, 2014 - 5:15 pm
The proposed Pebble Mine isn’t at the permit stage yet, but it continues to make news.
This week, anti-mine groups released a letter signed by more than 300 scientists opposing the project, and the Pebble Partnership has announced a shuffle at the top. Attorney Tom Collier will become CEO, taking over from John Shively, who will stay on....

By-Catch Reduction is the Theme for Alaska’s Future Fisheries
February 5, 2014 by ladyfish
February 05 2014
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. By-catch reduction drives our fisheries. More after this....

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Grenadier Issues On Final Action List at NPFMC Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, meeting in Seattle through Feb. 11, is scheduled to take final action on grenadier management. As background for that decision, the council will discuss an analysis of alternatives to manage three species of grenadiers: giant, Pacific and popeye grenadiers. This action would amend the fishery management plans for groundfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and the....

One little word search exposes Alaska’s legislative hypocrisy
Posted by Alaska Salmon Ranching on Wednesday, February 5, 2014
For the fun of it, we searched for the word “aquaculture” on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s website....

Refuge Extends Comment Period on Invasive Cattle Issue
By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, February 05 2014
Southwest Alaska residents will have a few extra weeks to weigh in on invasive cattle near Kodiak and Sand Point. The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge was supposed to stop taking suggestions on how to handle wild cow herds on Wosnesenski and Chirikof islands last week. Refuge manager Steve Delehanty says they've already gotten about 100 comments. But they decided to keep the door open for a few...

DC: GMA to launch GMO bill coalition – USDA centers to tackle climate change – Taylor, FSMA get cordial reception from GOP 
By JENNY HOPKINSON | 02/06/14 10:01 AM EDT
With help from Helena Bottemiller Evich...

Bill tackles crabmeat, seafood labeling
Did you ever wonder if a restaurant's crabcake was made with Maryland crab or some foreign import? Or if that was really red snapper you bought, or an impostor?....

February 6, 2014
Bay State seen having leg up on fish aid
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
Massachusetts, the epicenter of the groundfish disaster that has ravaged the Gloucester small-boat fleet, could be positioned to receive a favorable share of the $75 million in disaster aid approved for fishermen and fishing communities in the Northeast Groundfish Fishery under the....