National Fisherman

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has closed two areas to fishing.

The Eastern U.S./Canada area of Georges Bank has been closed through April 30, 2015 to all Northeast multispecies common pool vessels. The closure is required because 130 percent of the "total allowable catch" for Eastern Georges Bank cod has been caught. Fishing in that area will reopen on May 1, 2015.

NOAA Spokeswoman Marjorie Mooney-Seus said there is only one vessel fishing in the area, which has an annual catch limit of roughly 6,600 pounds.

NOAA has also closed the yellowtail flounder fishery through the end of August and the Eastern part of Georges' Bank for common pool boats through April 30, 2015.

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Inside the Industry

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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