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Senate fisheries act draft begins circulating

...At-Sea Processors Public Affairs Director Jim Gilmore, and lobbyists representing Bering Sea Crabbers, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., US Seafoods and United Catcher Boats. Other lobbyists...
Alaskans weigh in on Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization

...committee to consider tightening up the language on reducing bycatch in the federal commercial fisheries. Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association Executive Director Linda Behnken talked about the need to preserve and protect coastal communities...
Board of Fisheries discusses Cook Inlet cod changes

...would be drastically hurt is not a good idea," David Polushkin said. K-Bay's Andrey Polushkin, who is a longline fisherman out of Homer and also drifts for salmon, said he supported allowing longline gear in the state fishery. Molly...
Better alternatives to fisheries observer program

...delegation deserves our industry's thanks for responding to the concerns of coastal fishermen. Steve Fish, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association Kelly Harrell, Alaska Marine Conservation Council Dale Kelley, Alaska Trollers Association Eric...
Halibut fishermen to see catch cut

...overall, but would have resulted in smaller catch in Areas 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B, and a larger one in 2C. Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association Executive Director Linda Behnken, who served as conference board co-chair, said she thought...
Council shifts halibut to charters

...Dersham is a "double dip" by the charter fleet that longliners "can't live with," said Linda Behnken of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association. Behnken pointed to the council analysis that showed Southeast quota holders have seen their share...
Charter operators worry halibut catch restriction will hurt business

...basis for a suit. That could soon change, he said. Mezirow said he was not pointing any fingers at commercial longline fishermen, but from his perspective, a suit should allege that the political process for allocating fish was not properly...
Taking 'big mamas' doesn't hurt resource, say scientists

...of no consequence, in the back of their minds they're thinking it may be a consequence," said Don Lane, a longline fishermen of almost 30 years.In the past when exploitable halibut stocks had been in abundance, the effect of taking big...
Halibut charter, bycatch issues get more time

...measures at low levels of abundance and a need for economic analysis. Linda Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, said NMFS could have resolved the issues that it sent back to the council. Most notably, she...
Final action scheduled for charter-commercial halibut split's a way to preserve the investments they made in quota in the 1990s, said Linda Behnken from the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association.In 1995, the charter sector was taking 9 percent of the combined charter and commercial catch...


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