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#03-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup (Headline. Fishing in Sitka is on today at 4:10 pm)

2pm update.. Fishing for herring in Sitka is happening at at 410pm! (North of town)
1pm update .. ADF&G moments ago on VHF Radio. Sitka Sound Herring may happen this afternoon!

ADF&G biologist on channel 10 in Sitka now. Low chance of herring fishing today. 18 miles of active spawn. Next update at 1pm. HG

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McDonald's Pulls McBites From Menu
By Lauren Rosenthal
Friday, March 29 2013
McDonald’s bet on their new Fish McBites to help lift the company out of financial doldrums this winter. The gamble didn’t pay off: The new product didn’t sell very well, and it’s going to be pulled from the menu at the end of March. But as KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal reports, the McBites experiment wasn’t a total flop -- at least, not for Alaskan fishermen.......

Halibut commission director discusses catch levels, bycatch
by Joe Viechnicki
March 29, 2013 10:55 am
The commercial long-line fishing season for halibut opened Saturday, March 23 with just under three million pounds to catch in Southeast’s area 2C over the next seven months. The halibut catch level is set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission each year. This year’s catch amount for Southeast is up about 13 percent from last year, even though the overall coast-wide catch level is down from 2012......

4:54 PM FRI MARCH 29, 2013
Alaska Board of Fisheries Member Tom Kluberton Chosen for Another Term
Earlier this week Alaska Governor Sean Parnell reappointed 2 men to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. As KDLG's Mike Mason reports... one of those men is coming off his first term on the Board......

Adak Builds Case for Ferry Service
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, March 29 2013
Adak wants ferry service. In a resolution passed last month, the city council asked the state marine highway system to consider sending a ferry out to the community at least once a year. City manager Layton Lockett drafted the resolution. “Just as a way to connect Alaska a little bit more," Lockett says....

With only one bidder, future of yet-to-be-used Mat-Su ferry remains unclear
Published: March 29, 2013 Updated 11 hours ago
PALMER -- One $80 million ice-breaking ferry, one $751,000 bid to buy it.
The Matanuska-Sustina Borough, trying to rid itself of the novel ferry it once embraced but has never used, received just a single bid by the noon Friday deadline. It doesn't have to accept it. The vessel was completed in 2011 and born out of a partnership between the borough, which wanted a ferry, and the Navy, which wanted a fast military landing craft. Named the Susitna, it was built as a Navy prototype that would be owned and operated by the borough. The project....

AMHS Seeks Public Review of 2013-14 Schedule
March 30, 2013
Saturday AM
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska – The proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule for the fall, winter, and spring 2013-14 seasons has been placed on the AMHS website for public review. This is an opportunity for communities to review and comment on the proposed schedule in consideration of community events. Written comments will be accepted.........

Obama signs bill that protects makers of genetically engineered crops from federal courts
Published March 30, 2013
President Obama approved a temporary spending bill this week that averted a government shutdown but also riled a slew of groups that say one provision protects Monsanto and other makers of genetically modified seeds and crops from federal courts.......

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