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#04-14-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
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Crab Detectives
April 13, 2013
SitNews - Did you know that red king crabs are cannibals and eat their babies, but blue king crabs do not? Or that deep water golden king crabs along the Aleutian Islands are almost indestructible and appear to resist the effects of ocean acidification?  Those are just a few of the secrets being revealed at the nation’s top king crab research lab in Kodiak. Scientists at the Near Island center handle the yearly Bering Sea king crab surveys and use samples to study their biology and breeding.  They hope to find clues about why king crab stocks are not returning to Kodiak....
Sealaska’s land legislation scheduled for U.S. Senate subcommittee Hearing
April 13, 2013
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands has scheduled a hearing on S. 340, the Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act, for April 25, 2013. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the legislation. The Senate bill results from robust public dialogue related to previous land...

Dead salmon found along muddy Elwha River after hatchery release
The habitat manager for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe took this photo of dead chinook salmon near the mouth of the Elwha River.
By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
PORT ANGELES — Piles of dead year-old chinook salmon, numbering at least in the hundreds, were found along the Elwha River's lower banks and mouth after hatchery smolts were released last week. State Fish and Wildlife Department officials will consider alternatives for future releases of fish, said Mike Gross, Fish and Wildlife fish biologist for Clallam County and West Jefferson County, who called the release “a....

Ocean salmon fishing outlook is bright
By Bill Monroe, Special to The Oregonian
on April 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM, updated April 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM
More than 1.5 million returning California chinook salmon opened the door this week for ocean salmon seasons already
off to a good start. Several Oregon ports have reported salmon catches since the season opened March 15 and the Pacific Fishery Management Council bolstered the outlook Wednesday by approving a summer-long offshore salmon season that won't close until Oct. 31. ... For chinook, that is. Still, more than 830,000 chinook expected into the Sacramento River and another 727,000 into the Klamath will largely pass down the Oregon coastline on their way home. The central coast coho season (south of Cape Falcon, near Manzanita) will be through the....

Peru: Where have all the anchovies gone?
The Peruvian anchovy is the world's most heavily exploited fish. Now Peru's government is trying to reduce overfishing of the popular little forager.
LIMA, Peru — Growing to about 5 inches on average, the Peruvian anchovy might seem an unlikely candidate for the title of the world’s mightiest fish. Yet thriving in the Humboldt Current, the plankton-rich upwelling of Antarctic waters off South America’s Pacific coast, this diminutive, bright-silver forager gathers in vast shoals that have become the fishing industry's easiest pickings. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the Peruvian anchovy is “the most heavily exploited fish in world history,” with annual catches in Chile and Peru sometimes totaling more than 9 million tons, two or three times the United States' catch of all fish species. Most of that haul is caught in Peru, making the country the world’s top exporter of fish meal — the lucrative industry churns out feed to fatten up livestock from the US Midwest to China and, increasingly, to supply the rapidly expanding global fish-farming business......