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Commission calls for proposals to spend 2012 salmon funds

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is asking for proposals on how to spend $2.2 million in federal disaster funds geared toward salmon research in Cook Inlet and the Yukon-Kuskokwim region.
Gov. names Hull, Mezirow as top picks federal fishery panel

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker named two Alaska fishermen as his top picks to serve on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The 11-voting member council manages most fisheries in federal waters. The terms of two Alaska members were due to expire this summer. Anchorage resident Dan Hull, who currently chairs the council, was selected as the top pick for the small boat commercial representative seat. He fishes commercially for halibut, salmon and other species.
Groups ask for reduced king bycatch in the Bering Sea

The Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tanana Chiefs Conference are petitioning for emergency changes to bycatch regulations in the Bering Sea.
Seafood industry, delegation seek Russian import ban

The United States seafood industry is pushing for Russia to end its import ban on food from several countries including the U.S., but if it doesn't, a coalition of companies wants an import ban in response.
NOAA disperses final $13 million for 2012 king salmon disaster

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Jan.
Comment sought on new halibut proposal plan

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is currently taking public input on a management plan it hopes will better sustain a healthy halibut population in the central Gulf of Alaska and Southeast fisheries.
Throw plan back: It's not a keeper

As became clear at last Friday's informational meeting on the halibut catch sharing plan, charter captains really don't like the proposal that could cut the daily bag limit for guided sport fishermen to one halibut a day.For good 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 Council for more work.
Homer council right to stay out of fishery fights

The Homer City Council on Monday night recognized that in this community's diverse maritime economy, city officials and representatives shouldn't take sides in fish allocation disputes.
Council shifts halibut to charters

A U.S. Marine and owner of halibut quota summed it up best in his comments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council about the ongoing allocation fight among commercial and charter sectors. "This isn't the Iraq war," wrote Dustin Connor, "but it sure has gone on longer." Indeed, it has been 19 years since the council formed its first charter workgroup to address the emerging conflicts between the historically commercial fishery and the burgeoning recreational sector.
Kasilof Community News

Except for Tustumena, lake water in Kasilof has put on its winter coat and will be hibernating many months. With the water sleeping its summer range becomes flat and skateable. Caution, however, merits a minimum ice thickness of six inches for skating and eight inches for parties.


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