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Articles from the February 1, 2015 edition

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Opinion - It's Time to Listen to Japan on Whaling

Members of the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) will begin 2015 by reviewing a new proposed research plan for an Antarctic whale research program, known as NEWREP-A,... Full story

 

Opinion – Decrease Trawl Halibut Bycatch

The Seattle longline fleet (hook and line) has harvested Bering Sea halibut continuously for more than 70 years. The commercial hook and line fishery is one of the most environmentally conscious... Full story

 

Opinion – Bycatch Accounting Disconnects

When the 2014 fishing season in the Bering Sea / Aleutian Islands wrapped up in late December, flatfish trawl fishermen within the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC) had successfully reduced their overall annual halibut bycatch by 93 metric tons (mt)... Full story

 

Bilge Check Valves:

Here's a little boat maintenance job you might feel a little uneasy about doing, and you might not want to do it unless you have a drydock or diver nearby. It will determine whether or not your boat... Full story

 

Changes in Steller Sea Lion Protections Challenged

A National Marine Fisheries Service decision to scale back protections for western Steller sea lions and allow more directed fishing in the Aleutians for pollock, Pacific cod and Atka mackerel is... Full story

 

Guest Editorial

The following is an open letter to Washington State legislators from John Jovanovich, former Washington State representative and owner of Jovanovich Fishing Supply, a Washington State commercial fishing equipment supplier that has been paying taxes... Full story

 

Latest Research Boosts Protection for Oyster Production

They had the right idea, but blamed the wrong culprit. Researchers from Oregon State University (OSU), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Rutgers University recently announced that scientists have, for many years, misidentified the... Full story

 

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