OPINION: With another round in Alaska's halibut war shaping up between commercial fishermen and charter-boat operators, job elimination would appear to be a goal of the National Marine Fisheries Service and North Pacific Fisheries Management Council.
Fish pirate: A former federal regulator and one-time aide to Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski slapped with five-month prison sentence and hefty fines for violating very laws he was charged with enforcing.
Resolution seeks better balance between subsistence, small business interests and industry on federal council managing a million square miles of Alaska offshore waters, most notably state's prized halibut fishery.
International Pacific Halibut Commission staff are making recommendations based on lots of confusing scientific jargon. Halibut by-catch, the problem most fishermen are concerned with, doesn't yet have a fancy acronym.