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#05-02-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Pollock makes great halibut bait; Could save big $$
Fish Radio
May 2, 2013
Halibut scientists use more than 300-thousand pounds of chum salmon as bait when they do annual stock surveys each summer.  The bait, which is procured from local ports, is staged at more than 1,200 survey stations between Oregon and the Bering Sea with the help of up  15 boats.    Bait is one of the most expensive parts of the project, and increasing chum prices have pushed up...

Time to Stake Your Setnet Site if You Want a Shore Fishery Lease
The staking period for shore fishery leases in the State of Alaska is now open through the middle of October. KDLG's Mike Mason explains how the program works....

Call it Genetically Engineered Salmon, not “Frankenfish”
By Graciela Watrous May 2, 2013
When you Google “genetically engineered salmon,” the second link that appears is titled “Stop Frankenfish.” Several non-profits have begun campaigns in the last several months demanding the FDA reject this product, many with similarly hyperbolic titles, among them “Stop the Frankenfish Attack.” Unfortunately, the term ‘Frankenfish’ has become synonymous with genetically engineered salmon, which brings to mind a much more...

Subsistence Fishermen On Kuskokwim Should Get More Kings This Summer
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | May 1, 2013 - 6:03 pm
Last year, an unprecedented 12-day King salmon fishing closure on the Kuskokwim River devastated the subsistence harvest of the fish. Instead of taking about 75,000 Kings as usual, residents only caught 20,000. However, this year should be different. The state’s projected King salmon run for the river is about the same as last year at....

Districts W-4, W-5 won’t open for kings
by SOPHIE EVAN on MAY 1, 2013
With summer just around the corner, fisherman from the Kuskokwim coastal village of Quinhagak say they are facing a dilemma. They are trying to decide between fishing for cash, or to stand down for the sake of future generations....

More register than fish for Sound shrimp
Posted: May 1, 2013 - 3:59pm
By Cristy Fry
Prince William Sound is a busy place these days with three ongoing fisheries that are open entry, not requiring IFQ ownership or a limited entry permit. Shrimp fishing with pots entered its third four-day period this week, with the first two periods producing about 11,500 pounds of spot shrimp out of a 66,300 pound quota. In what seems to be a yearly occurrence, many, many more boats registered for the fishery than are....

Stanford researchers take new look at old puzzle of Bering Sea ecosystem
By Alexei Koseff | 1 May 2013
The name may not ring familiar, but if you’ve had fish sticks, imitation crab meat or a fast food fish sandwich at some point in the past three decades, then you’ve already encountered the walleye pollock. This two-foot, speckled fish found in the Bering Sea, between Alaska and Russia, is one of the most valuable catches in the world. As other marine fish populations have collapsed in recent years, the walleye pollock has grown into a billion-dollar annual fishery in the United States—and a menu mainstay wherever white, flaky fish is served. The relatively recent economic importance of the Alaska pollock is largely the product of a population explosion in the 1970s—a time when other major fisheries, such as the...

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Harvesters Say PLP is Betting Fishermen’s Assets
That Mine Will Work
A spokesman for Bristol Bay salmon drift permit holders says proponents of the Pebble mine are betting fishermen’s assets that they can safely develop and operate a large-scale mine at the headwaters of a critical watershed. “They are playing poker with chips they don’t own,” said Bob Waldrop, executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.....

Corkline-News for Southeast Gillnetters, April 30, 2013
Please take a moment to thank these businesses  which have renewed their USAG Membership for 2012 or 2013 and encourage other support sector businesses to do the same USAG Dues.  Not a member yet?  Fill out and mail a membership form with your check for$300 to USAG, PO Box 20538, Juneau, AK 99802.   ADFG’s preliminary estimate is that the SE gillnet fleet grossed $35,315,218—that...

First full cruise season under new rules start
BECKY BOHRER | May 1, 2013 08:36 PM EST |
JUNEAU, Alaska — More than 1 million cruise ship passengers are expected to visit Alaska this year, but industry officials fear new fuel standards intended to limit pollution from large ships could drive vessels away and lower that number later. This will be the first full cruise season in Alaska under rules that require cargo carriers and cruise ships to use a low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of U.S. and Canadian shores. The U.S. agreed to the standards as part of an international treaty. While the rules affect much of the North American coast and Hawaii, officials in Alaska argue they will have a disproportionate effect here, and they have sued to prevent the restrictions from being....

Alaska groups get sustainable fishery grants from NFW Foundation
May 1, 2013 by AdminFish
 Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and N. Pacific Fisheries Association chosen for grants....

May 1, 2013
Editorial: NOAA stand flaunts rogue agency's lack of accountability
Gloucester Daily Times
A lot of industry and political leaders said all the right things Monday when the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition hosted a rally at Boston’s Fish Pier. State Attorney General Martha Coakley pleaded with NOAA Northeast Administrator John Bullard to take the “no” out of NOAA and essentially let Gloucester’s and New England’s fishermen at least be able to fish....

Exposure to BP oil-contaminated sediment causes defects in killifish, study says
By Mark Schleifstein, | The Times-Picayune
on May 01, 2013 at 5:47 PM, updated May 01, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Exposure of embryos of a tiny Gulf of Mexico fish to sediment from Louisiana wetlands contaminated with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill causes defects to the growing fish's heart and cardiovascular system, delays hatching, and reduces overall hatching success, according to a new study co-authored by two Louisiana State University scientists.....

What's Better: Real Crab or Real Krab?
In the shadow of a booming Oregon seafood industry, our taste test pits genuine crustacean against the sushi substitute.
By Allyson Reedy
Published May 1, 2013, 9:25am
YOU KNOW KRAB WITH A K. You’ve probably eaten it in strip-mall California rolls, in which finely ground whitefish often stands in for the real thing. What you may not know is that Oregon, which hauls in 20.2 million pounds of crab (with a c and working pincers) every year, also plays a leading role in the krab masquerade. Surimi, the fine art of disguising one fish as another, dates back to 12th-century Japan. Basically, surimi makers grind up cheaper fish and craft the resulting paste to mimic the look, taste, and texture of more...