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#02-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Drawing of Ocean Phase Chinook (king) salmon (...
Drawing of Ocean Phase Chinook (king) salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from a pamphlet about the Lake Washington Ship Canal Fish Ladder at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle, Washington, scanned at 600 dpi and cleaned up. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Chinook fund bill debated Bill would create endowment for salmon research projects 
Posted: February 26, 2013 - 6:23pm | Updated: February 27, 2013 - 12:05am By MARK D. MILLER JUNEAU EMPIRE After some discussion about broadening a bill before the House Fisheries Committee that would create an endowment fund to support research into Chinook salmon, legislators decided Tuesday to keep the proposed fund focused on Alaska’s state fish. Bethel Democratic Rep. Bob Herron, the sponsor of House Bill 49, described Chinook salmon — often known, especially outside Alaska, as “king salmon” — as “a canary in the.... http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-02-26/chinook-fund-bill-debated

Council Takes Up Unalaska Bay Trawl Ban 
By Stephanie Joyce Tuesday, February 26 2013
City Council will decide whether to support a proposal by the Unalaska Native Fisherman’s Association to ban pollock trawling in Unalaska Bay at its Tuesday night meeting. This isn’t be the first time the issue has come up. In 2008, the council voted unanimously to support a similar proposal. But this time around, the vote could be different. Councilor Roger Rowland, who also sits on Unalaska’s Fish and Game Advisory Committee, voted against the ban during... http://kucb.org/news/article/council-takes-up-unalaska-bay-trawl-ban/
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DOT releases shuttle ferry design concept 
Posted: February 26, 2013 - 8:25pm | Updated: February 27, 2013 - 12:03am JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF REPORT The design concept report for the “day boat” Alaska-class ferry proposed by the state was released Tuesday afternoon by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The report describes the type of ship being sought by the DOT&PF. Under its.... http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-02-26/dot-releases-shuttle-ferry-design-concept









February 27, 2013
NOAA shielding key legal document
By Richard Gaines Staff Writer The legal document underpinning the decision of NOAA’s regional administrator against easing the 77 percent cod limit cuts seen as a death knell for the industry starting May 1 will not be shared with the public, the agency has advised the Times. According to NOAA officials, the office of NOAA General Counsel Lois Schiffer submitted a legal brief to Gloucester-based.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x1874093375/NOAA-shielding-key-legal-document

Truth and dare
National Fisherman Tuesday, 26 February 2013 I've seen some terrible headlines about fishing lately. Officials Back Deep Cuts in Atlantic Cod Harvest to Save Industry (NYT) Fishing's decline looms; will fish eaters notice? (AP) First of all, if you believe the first headline, the second headline seems impossible. Cuts will save the industry, but fishing is on the precipice? (For the record, the AP story has some good reporting on imports versus local seafood and how global supply affects the markets, but I wouldn't guess that from the headline.) Second of all, fishing is not in a decline. Or at least it needn't be. We've had a hard time figuring out why.... http://www.nationalfisherman.com/blogs/the-rudderpost/792-truth-and-dare

Fish oil and aspirin may help fight chronic diseases 
UNITED STATES Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 03:10 (GMT + 9) The use of fish oil combined with aspirin may help fight the inflammation associated with multiple harmful chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis, according to the findings of a new breakthrough study. The authors of this new study published in the Cell Press journal Chemistry and Biology have found that taking aspirin helps set off the production of molecules called resolvins -- naturally made by the body from omega-3 fatty acids -- in the..... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=&day=26&id=59089

published Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Coral comeback: Reef ’seeding’ in the Caribbean
ORACABESSA BAY, Jamaica — Mats of algae and seaweed have shrouded the once thick coral in shallow reefs off Jamaica’s north coast. Warm ocean waters have bleached out the coral, and in a cascade of ecological decline, the sea urchins and plant-eating reef fish have mostly vanished, replaced by snails and worms that bore through coral skeletons. Now, off the shores of Jamaica, as well as in Caribbean islands from Bonaire to St. Croix, conservationists are planting fast-growing coral species to try and turn things around by “seeding” reefs. The strategy has doubters, with one expert joking that prayer might be as effective, but conservationists say the problem is so catastrophic that inaction is not an option. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, live coral coverage on Caribbean reefs is down to an average of just 8 percent, from 50 percent in the 1970s. Lenford Dacosta grew up in the north Jamaican fishing village of Oracabessa Bay and spear-fished the waters for most of his 46 years. Now he is part of a crew that tends to a small coral nursery in a..... http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/feb/27/coral-comeback-reef-seeding-caribbean/