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July 9th 2013 - ALASKAN LEADER FISHERIES ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF F/V NORTHERN LEADER:
LARGEST AND MOST INNOVATIVE U.S. COMMERCIAL FISHING VESSEL BUILT IN OVER 20 YEARS.

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Blue North to Build First-of-Its-Kind Low-Impact Sustainable Fishing Vessel.

January 26th 2013 HUGE FREEZER SHIP TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE COD IT CATCHES

January 26th 2013 NORTHERN LEADER LAUNCH AT MARTINAC SHIPBUILDING

Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards

JOHN ROY WINTHER
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Freezer Longline Coalition Appoints New Executive Director
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Shipyard Staff Honors Winther

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Freezer Longline Coalition Announcement

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MSC Certification 2nd Annual Surveillance Report; Final report released
BSAI Pacific cod fishery - Second Annual Surveillance Report 2012

Don't sacrifice our maritime economy to poor transportation policy

April 15th, 2012 -- With bllions of dollars at stake from the construction of new commercial fihing boats, Seattle must pay attentin to the needs of the freight community.
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FLCC Comments on National Oceans Policy

February 27th, 2012 -- These comments are being submitted in response to the request for public input on the Draft National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan which was released on January 12, 2012.
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Alaskan Fishing Company Contracts Large Eco-Friendly Commercial Fishing Vessel with Tacoma Shipyard

February 14th, 2012 -- A contract to build one of the largest and most eco-friendly commercial fishing vessels constructed in the United States has been signed by Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC, an Alaskan fishing company, and J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corporation of Tacoma, Washington
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ASD to build new Longliner

January 4, 2012 -- Alaska Ship & Drydock has received its first order to build a new fishing vessel at the Ketchikan Shipyard. ASD signed a contract Friday with the Petersburg-based Alaska Longline Co. for the construction of a 136-foot factory longline fishing boat to be delivered in 2013. The as-yet-unnamed vessel will have the latest Mustad Autoline baiting system, in addition to an onboard processing and freezing system, according to the announcement.
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Alaska freezer longline fleet enters stellar sealion litigation

January 12, 2011 -- The Freezer Longline Coalition (FLC) today filed suit on behalf of its members against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and entered the Steller Sea Lion litigation opposing NMFS's interim final rule and final Biological Opinion (Bi-Op). In the lawsuit, the FLC asks the Court to declare that the actions of NMFS were arbitrary and capricious, an abuse of discretion, not in accordance with law, and without observance of procedure required by law.  
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Alaska freezer longline fleet receives congressional approval to form Bering Sea fishery cooperative

December 14, 2010 -- The Freezer Longline Coaltion (FLC) applauded passage today of Senate bill 1609, the "Longline Catcher Processor Subsector Single Fishery Cooperative Act," by the U.S. House of Representatives. S. 1609, which now goes to President Obama for his signature, establishes a process and framework for the formation of a fishery cooperative among eligible members of the longline catcher processor subsector in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.  
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Alaska longline fleet takes first short-tailed albatross in 12 years

September 16, 2010 -- The Freezer Longline Coalition (FLC) has received confirmation that two short-tailed albatross have been incidentally taken by longline vessels fishing in Alaska. The first was taken by a longline vessel fishing in the Bering Sea on August 27th 2010; a second bird was confirmed this morning as a short-tailed albatross taken on September 14th 2010 also in the Bering Sea fishery. FLC executive director Kenny Down responded in a statement to his board of directors, "After twelve years with no takes this has come as especially bad news. A perfect record for twelve years has been viewed by all concerned as remarkable and we were hopeful this day would never come."  
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Oceana / Greenpeace / World Wildlife Fund combined comments on the SSL BiOp

September 15, 2010 -- We must move toward viable sustainable fisheries, that could include fixed gear fisheries such as longline, pots, and jigs, that can support local communities. Where tradeoffs are possible, NMFS should favor these more sustainable alternatives. The agency cannot simply weaken the proposed RPA to allow additional fishing for Steller sea lion prey, but it can consider strengthening other protections to allow these fisheries to continue and to continue to develop in a sustainable manner.  
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Freezer longline conservation voluntary cooperative

May 21, 2010 -- The Freezer Longline Conservation Cooperative is making plans to start its new voluntary cooperative fishing program for Alaska cod on August 15, 2010. This voluntary program will end the "race for fish" that has characterized the Alaska freezer longline fishery since its inception in the 1980s.  
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Alaska fishermen form export trade group to promote sustainable cod fishery

April 6, 2010 -- With international consumer demand growing for sustainably caught fish, a majority of the Alaska longliner fleet has created a new export trade group to promote one of the world’s most eco-friendly fisheries: Alaska cod.  
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