Lots of Alaska fish shuffling; meetings
January 27, 2015
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Lots of shuffling going on in Alaska’s fish world; fish meetings too.
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This week will reveal if Pacific halibut catches ratchet up slightly in some regions, as indicated earlier, or at least not be chopped. The International Pacific Halibut Commission is meeting in Vancouver through Friday – that’s when the harvests and season start and end dates will be announced. You can follow the halibut meetings live on the web.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings, set for February 2 – 10 also will be streamed live from Seattle.
There’s been lots of name shuffling in the fish world. Sam Cotton is now officially Commissioner of the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. Charlie Swanton, former Sport Division director was named Deputy Commissioner. Longtime Alaskan Anthony DeGange was appointed as Director of the Habitat Division.
Former ADF&G Commissioner Cora Campbell has taken a job as CEO of Siu Alaska, a subsidiary of the Norton Sound Community Development Corporation, a CDQ group. Siu Alaska is involved in seafood harvesting, processing and product development at its Bering Select plant in Dutch Harbor.
The private equity firm Paine & Partners of San Francisco has internally announced the sale of Icicle Seafoods. Pacific Seafoods is seen as the frontrunner, says www.undercurrentnews.com . Bankers handling the sale also are contacting CDQ groups to gauge their interest. Icicle owns a fleet of 11 vessels, and shore plants in Petersburg, Seward, Egegik, Kodiak’s Larsen Bay and at Dillingham.
Finally, Rep. Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham already has introduced legislation “vehemently” opposing designation over half a million nautical miles – nearly equal to the entire landmass of Alaska – as a National Marine Sanctuary. The move is led by the Washington, D.C. based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
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