Saturday, June 15, 2024

Friday, June 14, 2024

Blotter

Catch our sister blog The Brig for some interesting items posted today.

Fish and the farm bill

Two top commercial fishing organizations like the new farm bill taking shape in Congress.

The U.S. Coast Guard's new chaplain

Here's the announcement.

Next up for the CFEC

The governor has appointed Rick Green to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission.

The commission is a small state agency that issues commercial fishing permits and vessel licenses. The commission also limits the number of participants in the fisheries, though this work by and large was completed many years ago.

As many as three commissioners head the agency, but it will have only two with Green's appointment.

Green is best known for his years hosting a radio show as "Rick Rydell." More recently, he was special assistant to state Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang.

He takes the place of Mike Porcaro on the commission. Porcaro, an advertising executive who also hosts a radio talk show, in May failed to win legislative confirmation to the position.

Nathaniel Herz, of Northern Journal, was first to break the news of Green's appointment.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

More time, please

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is joining the state in requesting more time for public comment on an Endangered Species Act review of Gulf of Alaska Chinook salmon. Here's the letter.

Northline drops anchor in Bristol Bay

Northline Seafoods says its new processing barge, the Hannah, has arrived in Bristol Bay for its inaugural salmon season. "Our four 22,000-pound anchors and 90,000 pounds of chain were placed over the weekend," the company announced today on LinkedIn. "The Hannah is positioned at Clarks Point in the Nushagak fishing district and will be buying fish from all districts until the end of the season."