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#03-08-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

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NOAA Adopts New Halibut Management Measures
Posted: March 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm
NOAA Fisheries announced new halibut management measures put forth by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Fishery Management Specialist Rachel Baker told us about the changes that will impact charter anglers.....

Treadwell: Delaying Keystone Pipeline a Risk to Alaska
By Annie Ropeik
Friday, March 07 2014
Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell said in a speech Friday that delaying approval of the Keystone Pipeline will mean more oil tankers and oil spills in Alaskan waters. Treadwell spoke at the annual Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, or SWAMC, in Anchorage. He said without a pipeline to the Lower 48, Canada will ship more of its oil west to Asia on the Great Circle Route. Treadwell said that means more big tankers, and potential oil spills, in the already crowded Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. He.....

Controversial Permitting Bill Back For Consideration
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | March 7, 2014 - 5:35 pm
After sitting in limbo for nearly a year, a controversial permitting bill is on the move again. House Bill 77 has been sent back to the Senate Resources Committee, and it’s scheduled for hearings next week.....

Jig pollock test fishery opens next week
March 7, 2014 by Laine Welch Leave a Comment
Fish Radio
March 10, 2014
his is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. A big Opportunity for a smaller fishing fleet. Hear more after this....

NOAA's Sobeck to attend ComFish
Published: 2014.03.07 10:48 AM
A top federal fish official will make her first trip to Alaska for ComFish in April. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, Fisheries Assistant Administrator Eileen Sobeck will attend the Kodiak event on April 17 with Sen. Mark Begich. ComFish is an annual fisheries gathering that includes forums on current fishing issues, a.....

The Top 5 Challenges Facing the New NOAA Administrator
By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | March 6, 2014
Today, the Senate confirmed the appointment of Dr. Kathryn Sullivan to be the new administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She replaces Dr. Jane Lubchenco, who stepped down in February 2013. Sullivan’s background—a Ph.D. in geology, a career as an astronaut that included more than three weeks in space, and service as an oceanographer in the U.S. Naval Reserve—is ideally suited to the challenge of leading the agency responsible for the management of America’s oceans, fisheries, and the National Weather Service. Yet despite her ample qualifications and obvious acumen, she may well look back and find that training for her space walk was easier than preparing to take the helm of NOAA. By any estimation, NOAA faces massive challenges, from the sequestration-worsened budget crunch crimping the entire federal government’s ability to carry out its congressional mandates, to....

Why We Should Quit Tossing Fish Heads And Eat 'Em Up Instead. Yum!
March 07, 2014 3:06 PM
About a decade ago, I backpacked the coastal desert of Baja California, Mexico, feasting daily on snapper and corvina that I caught and grilled whole over driftwood beach fires. The highlight, for me, were their heads, which oozed with sizzling fat and were packed with extra-tender meat along the jawbones, around the eye sockets, below the gill plates and in the cheeks. Even the eyeballs and the softer pieces of cartilage were delicious. I devoured all but their backbones and ribs, which I threw in the fire...

Russia Hikes Import Tariffs for US Caviar
MOSCOW, March 7 (RIA Novosti) – Russia has moved to protect its domestic caviar industry by raising import duties for US imports of the delicacy, the RBC Daily newspaper said Friday. Minimal import tariffs were increased from $7 to $14 per kilogram of caviar, the report said, citing representatives of unspecified import firms. The hike takes place against a backdrop of increased political tensions over Ukraine, but....

U.S.-Flag LNG Ships Gain Support as Export Costs Seen Rising
By Isaac Arnsdorf March 07, 2014
U.S. lawmakers are making a fresh push to require exports of natural gas to be carried on American ships. Proposals from Representative John Garamendi, a Democrat from California, and the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration would require exports of liquefied natural gas to use U.S.-made and -crewed ships. The shipping industry expects the moves to gather bipartisan support, said Clay Maitland, chairman of the Merchant Marine Policy Coalition, an industry group. While the changes would make LNG exports more expensive than using foreign....