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ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Board of Fisheries ended its 14-day Upper Cook Inlet meeting Thursday afternoon by undoing all the changes it made earlier to the Northern District Salmon Management Plan. The earlier changes would have created paired restrictions between the sport fishery and the Northern District commercial setnet fishery. Plan revisions were eliminated in a split board vote.
 
An attempt to undo changes made to the Late-Run Kenai King Salmon Management Plan failed on a split vote of the board as a last action before the board adjourned. Changes made to the Central District Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Plan were left untouched.
 
In other board actions taken earlier in the meeting, Sheep Creek king salmon were added to the list of stock-of-concern fish in the Northern District. This raises the count to eight stocks of concern in the Northern District. The Susitna-Yentna sockeye salmon were continued as a stock of concern. This means the Northern District now has eight of the 12 salmon stocks of concern statewide.
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 11/06/14

In this episode:

NOAA report touts 2013 landings, value increases
Panama fines GM salmon company Aquabounty
Gulf council passes Reef Fish Amendment 40
Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
Offshore mussel farm would be East Coast’s first

 

Inside the Industry

Fishermen in Western Australia captured astonishing footage this week as a five-meter-long great white shark tried to steal their catch, ramming into the side of their boat.
 
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EAST SAND ISLAND, Oregon—Alexa Piggott is crawling through a dark, dusty, narrow tunnel on this 62-acre island at the mouth of the Columbia River. On the ground above her head sit thousands of seabirds. Piggott, a crew leader with Bird Research Northwest, is headed for an observation blind from which she'll be able to count them.
 
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