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#11-10-2012 - ComFish News Roundup #CarnivorousOrca
Scientists want new name for mammal-eating orcas
Published: November 25, 2012
By DAN JOLING — Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — If whale expert John K.B. Ford has his way, school children one day will study a kind of North Pacific killer whale that preys on warm-blooded creatures - mostly harbor seals and sea lions, but also gray whales and seabirds. They roam as far north as the Arctic Ocean and are now known as "transients" to distinguish them from fish-eating "resident" killer whales.Ford and colleagues from Alaska to California want transient killer whales to be declared their own species, and they want them to have a new name: Bigg's killer whales, in honor of Michael Bigg, the researcher whose observations off British Columbia and Washington state led to......

New book explores maritime history in Alaska's Aleutian Islands
J. Pennelope Goforth | Nov 25, 2012
The Dora, the Starr, the Western Pioneer, the Snowbird, the Aleut Packer, the Pribilof, the Coastal Trader: these are all familiar ships to old Aleutian hands in the coastwise and fishing trade between Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The lively saga of rugged maritime merchants like D.E. Skinner, the Soriano brothers and Peter Strong, with their stormy startups and leveraged mergers, are even more thrilling than the dot-com dramas of the 1990s. With detailed facts gathered from historical records and interviews, James Mackovjak’s "Aleutian Freighter: A History of Shipping in the Aleutian Islands" fills a big gap in Alaska’s maritime history. It is an engaging and sometimes tragic history of the merchants and vessels that....

Article posted: 11/26/2012 6:00 AM
Benefits of eating fish outweigh health concerns
By Carolyn Butler
Most of us are probably aware that eating fish — which is low in saturated fat and high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and such nutrients as selenium and vitamins D and B2 — is an important part of a healthy diet. But it can be difficult to reconcile the knowledge that eating fish helps prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer, reduces hypertension and aids brain development with reports about elevated mercury levels in tuna and swordfish, and with recalls of fish tainted with listeria, salmonella and other dangerous bacteria.....

OP/ED | 11/25/2012 @ 5:55PM |85 views
Regulatory Uncertainty Drives A Fish Farmer To Foreign Waters
Feeding 7 billion people is no small challenge. As it has from time immemorial, high quality protein harvested from the sea plays a major role in avoiding Malthusian collapse. Commercial fishermen bring in a wild catch of roughly 90 million tons of fish each year, with another 70 million tons coming from aquaculture. The latter number is the one to watch. While the world’s wild fish catch has flattened over the past two decades, with many fishing grounds facing depletion and certain species being threatened with extinction, fish farming continues to grow at a sharp clip, doubling over the last decade. This should come as no surprise to anyone who understands the very different economic incentives that prevail under the tragedy of the commons versus those that....