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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...
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...
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...
Delegation supports Cook Inlet disaster declaration

...Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, wrote Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank about their concerns. The three echoed much of what Parnell said in his Aug. 16 letter, writing...
Cook Inlet disaster declaration granted

Help may be on the way for local commercial fisherman after the acting Secretary of Commerce declared a commercial fishery failure for the Cook Inlet. In her letter to Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell secretary Rebbeca Blank determined...
Better alternatives to fisheries observer program

...Murkowski and Begich and Congressman Young, supported the fishermen's request in a strongly worded letter to Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, urging delayed deployment on small vessels until NMFS resolves outstanding deployment issues and...
Comment sought on new halibut proposal plan

...public is allowed to comment on the plan through Sept. 6. Then, the plan will be up for a decision by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. If approved, the plan would be effective as of 2012.
Catch share proposal a disgrace and an outrage

...come out against this proposal and act to end this paradigm they will never get your vote again. Write to the Secretary of Commerce and the National Marine Fisheries Service and tell them their economic analysis for this proposal is a farce and...
Throw plan back: It's not a keeper

...reason. The proposal raises more questions than it answers.Without clear answers to those questions, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce should either kill the proposal or send the issue of halibut allocation back to the North Pacific Fishery Management...


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