National Fisherman

FAIRBANKS – Delegates to the Tanana Chiefs Conference convention took aim at declining king salmon stocks Wednesday, passing a resolution that would curtail commercial fisheries and give tribes a greater voice in fisheries management.
 
King salmon runs have declined on the Yukon River in recent years, which has led to limits on subsistence fishing in the state’s largest river. Those cuts have frustrated many village residents, who say commercial fleets should face more limits before subsistence users are affected. 
 
However, the Interior tribal consortium stopped short of backing a widespread civil disobedience campaign regarding the issue. TCC delegates, who are holding their annual convention in Fairbanks this week, deferred action on a resolution to require tribes to pay fines for fishermen who are cited for “protest fishing” during the king run. 
 
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National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14

In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.

Inside the Industry

NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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