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#11-13-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska Native fishermen to claim religious freedom defense
Jill Burke | Nov 12, 2012
Trials scheduled to begin this week for 11 Alaska Native salmon fishermen are now delayed until the court and the attorneys handling the case can figure out what their plan will be moving forward. The group of 11 men is the second wave of fishermen to refute charges they acted illegally by fishing for chinook salmon on Alaska's Kuskokwim River in late June. Unlike the first handful of defendants to fight the illegal fishing citations, this second batch of men intends to argue it's against the law to....

Trials of Alaska Native fishermen postponed
Published: November 12, 2012 Updated 4 hours ago
By RACHEL D'ORO — Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Trials set to begin Tuesday have been postponed for Alaska Native fishermen charged with illegal fishing during a poor summer salmon run, their attorney said Monday. Attorney James J. Davis Jr. said he sought the delay for 11 subsistence fishermen to be tried in Bethel. Ten others are scheduled for January trials in Bethel, as well...

Commercial fishermen applaud EPA’s peer review process for Bristol Bay assessment; Call on President for swift action to protect fishery, jobs, and economy
Date: unknown
Anchorage – Commercial fishermen and their allies across the country voiced support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s peer review process regarding its comprehensive, scientific assessment of Bristol Bay. The peer review report, released today, demonstrates that EPA led a fair, transparent process and the independent panelists who reviewed the assessment found that EPA’s science and conclusions are solid.  “EPA and its independent science reviewers have concluded what commercial fishermen know...

Symposium Addresses Poor Salmon Returns
By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage | November 12, 2012 - 3:46 pm
Poor salmon returns in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have cost recreational and sports fishing interests in the Borough millions of dollars over the past four years. The Mat-Su Salmon Science and Conservation Symposium, a stakeholders group working to...

Gov. Parnell visits Station Juneau, Alaska
Cmdr. Marc Burd, chief of response, Coast Guard Sector Juneau, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and Senior Chief Petty Officer James Greenlief, officer in charge, Coast Guard Station Juneau, render honors during a flag raising ceremony in Juneau, Alaska, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. Parnell visited the Coast Guard members at Station Juneau and thanked them for their service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow.

Do fish oil supplements pose health benefits?
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 05:10 (GMT + 9)
Several new studies released over the past few months conclude that omega-3 fish oil supplements are not as beneficial as we have been led to believe. In mid-September 2012, a study analyzed the benefits of fish oil supplements in patients with heart disease and determined that “fish oil capsules did not appear to lower any of the study volunteers’ chances of a heart attack or stroke.” The team also concluded that “overall, omega-3 supplementation was not associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality, cardiac death, sudden death....

Fletcher: B.C.’s disappearing salmon mystery is still far from solved
By Tom Fletcher - Kelowna Capital News
Published: November 12, 2012 3:00 PM
Updated: November 12, 2012 3:17 PM
Before the 1,200-page, $25-million Cohen Commission report on the Fraser River sockeye salmon fishery slips beneath the waves, allow me to dip my toe into the river of data that has flowed by in the past three years. If your information on this hugely complex subject consisted of skimming a few news stories or watching protesters on TV, you will likely conclude what urban...