Month: December 2007

Longliners: No plans to oppose 27-percent halibut cut

The Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association won't oppose the proposed reduction in the halibut harvest when they attend the annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Portland next month (1-15-08). But, they are going to urge the commission to be more conservative in how much it raises the quota in western Alaska.

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ADF&G closes doe season in Northern Southeast Alaska

Heavy snows have hit Northern Southeast Alaska, fulfilling a weather forecast that earlier this month prompted the state Department of Fish and Game to close down the winter doe hunt throughout much of the region. And the subsistence hunt may follow.

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Interview: Jones Act does not specify length of foreign port calls

Fred Reeder, of the Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska (in Sitka), says the threat to the SE cruise industry from a re-interpretation of the Jones Act could be avoided by defining a "foreign port call" as 8-10 hours, rather than the 48 proposed by US Customs and Border Protection. Interview with KCAWs Robert Woolsey.

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Raffaele wins assembly appointment

The Sitka assembly Tuesday night (12-18-07) appointed Heidi Raffaele to serve out the remainder of John Holst's term. Raffaele, a former teacher in the Sitka School District, was the second runner-up in last October's municipal election.

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