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Gov. names Hull, Mezirow as top picks federal fishery panel

...operator who also fishes commercially for halibut. The governor also named two alternates for each seat, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker could choose one of them.
UCIDA offers clarification of lawsuit

...simply removed Cook Inlet altogether from the plan.In January of 2013, UCIDA filed a lawsuit against NMFS and the Secretary of Commerce, challenging the approval of this decision by the Council to remove federal waters in Cook Inlet from the scope...
NOAA disperses final $13 million for 2012 king salmon disaster

...for research in the Cook Inlet, and $700,000 to salmon buyers in the Cook Inlet area. In 2012, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce declared federal fishery disasters for the 2012 Upper Cook Inlet salmon fisheries, the 2010-12 Yukon River king...
Groups ask for reduced king bycatch in the Bering Sea

...for the changes in a Sept. 16 letter to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and the North Pacific Fishery Management...were instituted.The letter also requests that the Secretary of Commerce and North Pacific council engage in government-to-government...
Seafood industry, delegation seek Russian import ban

...Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young are signing a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.The delegation wrote: "We do not make this request lightly as there is significant seafood trade...
Cook Inlet fishermen to receive $4.6 million in direct aid payments

...and 2012; and the 2012 declaration was made for Cook Inlet, according to a letter from Rebecca Blank, acting secretary of commerce, to Gov. Sean Parnell. Runs on each of those rivers were well below average.When the disaster declaration...
Revisions to federal fisheries act released for public review

...information collected can be used for determinations in a catch share program.The changes would also require the Secretary of Commerce to work with the regional councils to develop electronic monitoring regulations within six months of implementation...
Kasilof setnet fishery to open

...largely shut out of the fishing season and the Cook Inlet received a resource disaster designation from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce after low returns of king salmon prompted several closures. "I'm going to push it as far as I can because I...
Questions remain about king counts after Fish and Game shifts to high-tech sonar

...the complete closures ordered by the department that led to an economic disaster being declared by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The ADFG Division of Sport Fish sonar program has been slow to spread across the state, but there are few places...
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Disaster declared: Cook Inlet salmon run nets designation

Help may be on the way for local fishermen, however aid could take months to materialize. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank determined that three regions of the Alaska chinook salmon fishery qualified as disaster regions...


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