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MONTEREY, Calif. — Old Fisherman's Wharf was transformed this weekend as people stepped back in time to remember and honor the first Japanese fisherman who came to the Monterey Bay.
 
"In fact, one gentleman wrote a letter back in Japan in the 1890s describing the abalone in Monterey as being a carpet of abalone," said fisheries historian Tim Thomas.
 
Historians said this "abalone carpet" is what brought Japanese fishermen to the area and they built fish markets and abalone processors.
 
"My father worked in abalone processing on the wharf, my grandfather in 1906 worked in fish processing on Cannery Row," Larry Oda of the Japanese Americans Citizens League said. 
 
"What most people don't know about this wharf is prior to World War II, a majority of the businesses on this wharf were Japanese-owned," Thomas said.
 
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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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