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#02-09-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Oral argument scheduled for observer lawsuit
Published: 2014.02.08 02:03 PM
Oral argument in the lawsuit over the federal observer program is scheduled for April. Judge H. Russel Holland will hear from The Boat Company, the Fixed Gear Alliance and the federal government regarding the marine observer program instituted last year. The hearing will be held April 16 in Anchorage, at 9 a.m....

Council talks BSAI halibut, Pacific cod
Published: 2014.02.08 11:08 PM
SEATTLE — Bering Sea halibut bycatch will be back on the menu at an upcoming fisheries meeting. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, or NPFMC, agreed unanimously today to ask for another draft of a Bering Sea halibut bycatch discussion paper. Halibut is caught as bycatch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands groundfish fisheries. There are limits on halibut bycatch, but those were set at a time of much higher abundance, and do not apply to every sector. The International Pacific Halibut Commission sets the halibut catch limits for the directed fishery, and uses bycatch estimates in its estimates of total fishery exploitation, but the council is responsible for managing bycatch. The council heard a report from Northern Economics on the issue, and decided to ask for....

Hatchery should be allowed to boost Yukon chinooks
Posted: Sunday, February 9, 2014 12:00 am
Bill Larry
FAIRBANKS — Yukon River chinook salmon and the people who depend on them are in desperate need of help. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has failed to meet chinook salmon escapement goals for the Yukon River several times in the past 14 years. Fish and Game’s solution has been to reduce fishing time and even implement complete shutdowns of chinook salmon fisheries. This has caused hardship for the people along the Yukon River who....

In fight against ocean acidification, even baby steps are difficult
In fight against souring ocean, even baby steps are difficult
The Seattle Times
POSTED:   02/08/2014 01:40:18 PM PST | UPDATED:   ABOUT 13 HOURS AGO
SEATTLE — When Rep. Brian Baird tried a few years ago to get his colleagues to put more money toward ocean-acidification research, few even understood the issue. One congressman, Baird said, confused souring seas with acid rain, and asked, "Didn't we deal with that 20 years ago?" The corrosion of the oceans by carbon dioxide emissions has barely made a ripple among Washington, D.C.'s power brokers. Little money gets earmarked for research. Ocean change has...

Nearly Nine-Million Pounds of Meat Recalled Because It Came From Some ‘Diseased & Unsound’ Animals
Feb. 9, 2014 12:32pm Oliver Darcy
More than 8.7 million pounds of meat from a Northern California company have been recalled because the plant “processed diseased and unsound animals,” federal officials announced Saturday....