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#03-08-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

An unscientific taste test gives Alaska salmon the edge — at least among Alaskans
Published: March 7, 2013 Updated 8 hours ago
By Mike Dunham
Which kind of salmon do you like best -- wild Alaska sockeye or farmed Atlantic? In an unscientific face-off, the Daily News test kitchen recently pitted the two varieties against each other. The salmon, frozen, were both Kirkland products from Costco: Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon ($26.99) and Farmed Atlantic Salmon ($19.79). The latter was actually from.... (no paywall for now)

NMFS releases new fisheries report
Mar 7, 2013 - 03:18 PM
The number of commercial fishing jobs in Alaska grew 17 percent in 2011, according to a recent report. Alaska was one of the states with the most growth, and saw a net increase of 9,288 jobs. California, Massachusetts, Florida and Washington still lead in the largest number of fishing jobs, however. The state was also home to the greatest portion of the nation’s landings revenue, at $1.9 billion dollars. Those figured are part of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s new ‘Fisheries Economics of the United States 2011’ report. The reports are published on.....

ADFG announces Pacific cod openings
Mar 7, 2013 - 01:58 PM
The Department of Fish and Game announced today that the state-waters Pacific cod season will open at noon March 15 west of the Aleutian Islands District......

10:32 AM THU MARCH 7, 2013
Atka Pride Seafoods Plant on Atka Island Will Open Next Month
One seafood plant will close and another will open in the near future in the Aleutians Islands. Recently Icicle Seafoods announced that their seafood processing plant on Adak Island will be shut down over the summer. However, the Atka Pride Seafood's plant on Atka Island will apparently open next month to coincide with the seasonal closing of the.....

Otter-bounty bill faces opposition
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 7, 2013 7:34 pm
Legislation proposing sea-otter bounties will get its first hearing next week. It’s already drawing opposition from environmental groups and the federal marine mammal protection agency. Fishermen harvesting Dungeness crab, geoduck clams and some other ocean-floor species have been coming up empty in recent years. The reason is the rapid expansion of the sea otter population. The marine mammals mostly eat clams. But as they bring their voracious appetites into new areas, they clear out many of the shellfish sought by commercial, subsistence and personal-use divers and fishermen. “So what we’re trying to do is come up with some assistance for the folks in the area that want to go out and harvest them to afford to be able to do so,” says Sitka.....

Seward schools go wild on habitat program
March 7, 2013
There are big plans underway to create an interesting learning environment around all three Seward public schools that would get students and teachers out of the classroom to learn and engage more with their environment. Improvements throughout the school grounds could also enhance school sports programs and provide access between schools and neighboring habitat. The program would create opportunities for the entire community to take advantage of an amazingly large area of wooded land and...

Chinook researchers wanted/Cook Inlet; Atka Pride opens early: sea lice in Chile
Fish Radio March 8, 2013...