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#02-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Council takes up crab issues
Feb 10, 2013 - 10:07 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took final action to increase some community protections for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands crab fisheries today. When the BSAI crab fisheries were rationalized, the council created processing shares to correspond to harvest shares. Some were associated with communities to ensure areas historically-dependent on processing activity would not be harmed. The council made some changes on right of first refusal, or ROFR, provisions for community entities, but did not enact all the protections that the Advisory Panel and community members asked for. ROFR rights come into play when......

Council changes Gulf of Alaska purpose and needs
Feb 10, 2013 - 08:08 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council modified its purpose and need statement regarding Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet yesterday. The changes affirmed that the focus of the program is bycatch management, and expanded the scope to include the entire Gulf of Alaska, not just the central Gulf. The details of any bycatch management program will be left to a future decision. The changes just ensured that the discussion paper scope analyzes a wide-range of possibilities. The council also set a control date for the western Gulf of Alaska trawl fleet of......

Study: First evidence that magnetism helps salmon find home
Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:24am
When migrating, sockeye salmon typically swim up to 4,000 miles into the ocean and then, years later, navigate back to the upstream reaches of the rivers in which they were born to spawn their young. Scientists, the fishing community and lay people have long wondered how salmon find their way to their home rivers over such epic distances. How do they do that? A new study, published in this week's issue of Current Biology and partly funded by the...

Students keep role in Sitka Ocean Study
Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 11:00 am
Tom Hesse / Daily Sitka Sentinel
SITKA, Alaska — "It's going to be nice to get my handwriting out of this book," said Eric Matthes, science teacher at Pacific High School. Every month, for about a year and a half, Matthes has taken Pacific High students across the street to Crescent Harbor to collect samples of ocean water that are sent to the Auke Bay Laboratory in Juneau as a part of a broader study on ocean acidification. From now on it will be the handwriting of Madison Kosma, an AmeriCorps volunteer....

Let's float this idea
Posted: February 7, 2013 - 11:54am  |  Updated: February 8, 2013 - 9:42am
By Clarion editorial
With personal-use dipnet fishery and the M/V Susitna ferry in the news this week, we’d like to pitch an idea that could, perhaps, alleviate some of the challenges associated with both issues........... Here’s our idea: Load up the Susitna in the Mat-Su with all those sockeye-hungry dipnetters, then run them down to the Kenai or Kasilof. With its landing craft capability, drop them off right on the beach at high tide, then pick them up and run them back up Cook Inlet on the next high tide.......

Post Office Sat. Closure
Posted 02/11/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
'During the closure approx 1 visitor/min meeting the shuttered door...

Post Office: Teach Us How to Deliver Packages

by MIKE FLYNN  11 Feb 2013, 9:33 AM PDT
Last month, the US Postal Service quietly posted a "request for information" on a government website asking for help in designing a more efficient package delivery system. Its chief competitors, UPS and FedEx have been using a system called "dynamic routing" for years, and the Post Office, apparently, would like help in understanding how it works. According to Reuters, the Post Office now sees an opportunity in the growth of e-commerce and the huge growth in shipping to deliver on-line orders................

Omega-3 protects patients at risk of sudden cardiac death: study
Monday, February 11, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Medical literature long has touted the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for the heart. But until now, researchers have not studied the potential benefit for people on hemodialysis, who are among the highest-risk patients for sudden cardiac death....

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