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#10-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

'Queen of the Fleet' Headed to Mexican Scrapyard
Oct 24, 2013
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Storis in 2007 when it left Kodiak for the last time. The decomissioned cutter, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will be towed to Mexico and cut up for scrap....

Murkowski blasts federal standards for subsistence during last day of AFN convention
Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 12:12 am
FAIRBANKS — The Carlson Center erupted in applause when U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski called the Federal Subsistence Board’s rural standards “ridiculous” during her address to the Alaska Federation of Natives on Saturday. Murkowski said the regulatory standards used to determine which Alaska Native communities are rural puts subsistence living at risk and said the federal board is in dire need of reforming. “In Alaska, rural is not determined by population; it is determined by the character of life in a place and that does not change based upon whether or not that community gains or.....

Rice fields prove ideal habitat for salmon
Monday, October 28, 2013, 04:20 (GMT + 9)
A successful experiment consisting of feeding juvenile salmon in just-harvested rice fields made it possible to obtain the fastest-growing and fattest chinook salmon in the state of California. Yolo Bypass, in California, has proven to be a haven for salmon feasting on bug-infested waters, according to three parallel studies performed by scientists from the University of California (UCDavis), of the non-profit California Trout and Davis organisation and....

Too Big to Sail? Cruise Ships Face Scrutiny
Published: October 27, 2013
One of the largest cruise ships in 1985 was the 46,000-ton Carnival Holiday. Ten years ago, the biggest, the Queen Mary 2, was three times as large. Today’s record holders are two 225,000-ton ships whose displacement, a measure of a ship’s weight, is about the same as that of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Cruise ships keep growing bigger, and more popular. The Cruise Lines International Association said that last year its North American cruise line members carried about 17 million passengers, up from seven million in 2000. But the expansion in ship size is worrying safety experts, lawmakers and regulators, who are pushing for....