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Revisions to fisheries act under 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 ADFG shift 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...
Thanks Alaska delegation for listening to the fishing industry

...Mark Begich and Congressman Don 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...
My Turn: Support reductions of Chinook salmon bycatch

...fisheries. Cook Inlet and the Yukon River have seen closures and/or minimal openings that have resulted in the Secretary of Commerce declaring disasters in those fisheries. The losses to fishermen and local economies have been significant, and...
Outside editorial: Building more fish farms is inevitable

...Norway, Chile and elsewhere. More will be learned as the industry moves ahead. The aquaculture bill says the secretary of commerce may issue ocean-farming licenses for 10 years and extend them in five-year increments. It would allow licenses...
Alaska Digest

...the only active fisherman on the council. The governor plans to nominate and submit three names to the U.S. secretary of commerce for appointment within weeks. "Time is of the essence," said state Boards and Commissions Director Susan Fischetti...
Federal panel concedes to Alaska on aquaculture

...27-member panel made its recommendations to the U.S. secretary of commerce after a three-day meeting in Juneau that concluded...So far, the panel's recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce include: Devising programs that would allow traditional...
Four in Juneau vie for fish council seat

...president of the Alaska Marine Pilots. The governor will nominate three from the list to be chosen by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Ideally, the governor's office would like to have its nomination cleared before the council's October meeting...
Knowles asks feds to review Chilean salmon dumping

...exports, which he said are responsible for depressing the prices paid to Alaska fishermen. Knowles sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans on Thursday asking that the ITA look at recent practices by key Chilean exporters. The domestic salmon...
Feds urged to launch halibut charter quota plan

...Hogarth to act on the plan for Individual Fishing Quotas, or IFQs, which the council approved in 2001. The U.S. secretary of commerce, who oversees the fisheries service, must approve NMFS regulations that would establish the IFQ program. The...


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