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#04-04-2013 - ComFish News Roundup (Sitka herring shut down)

Seiners try co-op to finish Sitka herring season
by Robert Woolsey and Ed Ronco, KCAW
April 3, 2013 6:13 pm
Herring seiners in Sitka launched a cooperative fishery on Wednesday in an attempt to salvage what remains of the 2013 sac roe season. So far in three competitive openings, fisherman have landed just 5,600 tons of herring, leaving almost 6,000 tons still to go. As in 2012, this year’s herring began spawning shortly after seining opened, dramatically reducing the numbers of unspawned females, whose egg skeins are the money-making product of the Sac Roe fishery. On the flip side, a healthy spawn is critical to subsistence fishermen, who gather and distribute roe-on-hemlock branches across the region.....

UPDATE: Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery Facebook Page - 45 minutes ago
After day 1 of a co-op fishery the department closes it down for the year. Sad sad sad.... / Details >

1:35 PM WED APRIL 3, 2013
Preview of the Sockeye Fishery in the Egegik and Ugashik Districts
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the outlook for commercial fishing in Bristol Bay that includes detailed information about this summer's fishery in each of the Bay's 5-commercial fishing district. KDLG's Mike Mason looked at the outlook for the Egegik and Ugashik Districts for this report......

William Shatner backs effort to protect the 'Grand Canyons of the Sea'
Actor narrates new PSA for Greenpeace, encouraging people to support the preservation of the Bering Sea canyons.
Wed, Apr 03 2013 at 5:05 PM
Fresh off a successful campaign to name one of Pluto's recently discovered moons "Vulcan," William Shatner is now turning his attention back towards Earth and the preservation of one its largest underwater canyons. Shatner, 82, has teamed up with Greenpeace to narrate a new PSA calling for the....

Sig and the gang back for more Bering Seafaring, Deadliest Catch comes April 16
By April Neale Apr 3, 2013, 18:25 GMT
On Tuesday, April 16, the veteran captains of Deadliest Catch return.  And this season the young deckhands and skippers plan to give them a run for their bounty.  From Thom Beers’ Original Productions, the multiple Emmy Award-winning series follows the crew through hell and back in search of King and Opilio crab.   But as the fleet faces off....

Western Aleutian Processors Snag Business From Kodiak Plants
By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, April 03 2013
For the past year, pollock and cod fishing off Kodiak has been booming -- but processing plants in town say they aren’t seeing enough of that business. That’s because more than 14 million pounds of pollock and cod caught near Kodiak during the 2012 "B" season was shipped to plants in Akutan, King Cove, and Sand Point. Matt Moir, the plant manager for Alaska Pacific Seafoods, made an....

Fisheries bills progressing slowly through Legislature
Posted 04/02/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Fisheries bills moving through the Legislature in late March seek a reduction in the king salmon bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea trawl fisheries, king salmon research funds, crewmember fishing licenses and derelict fishing vessels. The committee substitute for House Resolution 6, which was referred to House Rules Committee on March 20, asks that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council take action to reduce the....

Egan, Stedman join new Senate 'Coastal Caucus'
Move formalizes relationship between 5 majority senators
Posted: April 2, 2013 - 7:55pm  |  Updated: April 3, 2013 - 12:04am
Five Alaska state senators, including Southeast Alaska Sens. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, and Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, released a joint statement Tuesday announcing the formation of a Senate Coastal Caucus. Egan and Stedman are joining Sens. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak; Donny Olson, D-Golovin; and Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna to constitute the caucus. Stedman said Alaska’s coastal senators have worked together in the past, but that this move makes that affiliation into a more formal....

Young to co-chair Oceans Caucus
Posted 04/04/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and Rep. Sam Farr, D-CA, will co-chair the bipartisan Congressional Oceans Caucus, dedicated to supporting ocean research and conservation, Young's office said March 21. The caucus will once again consist of.....

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Appeals Court Puts Oregon's Gill Net Fishing Rules on Hold – For Now
In last November’s election, Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected Measure 81, which would have banned commercial non-tribal gill net fishing on Oregon’s “inland waters” and allowed the use of seine nets in their stead. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) overturned the resounding tally of 884,913 votes (66 percent) with just four votes of their own in December. In a controversial 4-2 decision, the commissioners opted to back Gov. John Kitzhaber’s plan to move commercial non-tribal gill-netters off the main stem of the lower Columbia River into off-channel sloughs....

Omega-3 may prevent breast cancer: study
Thursday, April 04, 2013, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
Omega-3 fish oil may inhibit the growth of breast cancer by 30 per cent, according to a new study published by Canada's University of Guelph in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. Researchers believe the study to be the first ever to offer unequivocal evidence that omega-3 fatty acids, when taken consistently on a life-long basis, may reduce the....