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#01-01-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Pollock, cod catches up; halibut fleet prepares for cuts
Published: 2013.12.31 12:43 PM
The first fishing openings of 2014 will be for various groundfish around the state, and limits are up for pollock in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. In the Bering Sea, pollock fishermen will, as usual, have the largest share of the 2 million metric ton cap in 2014, with a total allowable catch, or TAC, of 1.267 million metric tons for the eastern Bering Sea. The BSAI Pacific cod fisheries also open in January. Pacific cod fishermen in the Bering Sea will take the next largest catch, at 246,897 metric tons, and yellowfin sole rounds out the top three with a TAC of 184,000 metric tons. In Adak, a processing facility now owned and operated by the city and a community group is expected to start processing Bering Sea Pacific cod this year, as well. Fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska will have access to about 60,000 metric tons more of....

1:51 PM TUE DECEMBER 31, 2013
NPFMC Close to Adopting New Transit Corridors Around Bristol Bay's Walrus Islands
Council action last year inadvertently closed a loophole that had allowed tenders to transit between Bristol Bay fisheries legally by surrendering their FFPs. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is close to fixing a problem it inadvertently created last year for some Bristol Bay tenders. Currently, federally permitted vessels cannot transit through the Round Island Walrus Protection Area....

Nations Vie for Clout in Arctic; US Far From Lead
WASHINGTON January 1, 2014 (AP)
By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press
..............Murkowski is trying to get Americans to stop thinking that the Arctic is just Alaska's problem. "People in Iowa and New Hampshire need to view the U.S. as an Arctic nation. Otherwise when you talk about funding, you're never going to get there," Murkowski said. She added that even non-Arctic nations are deeply engaged: "India and China are investing in icebreakers." The U.S. has three aging icebreakers. The melting Arctic also is creating a new front of U.S. security concerns.....

Ranchers aim to preserve, study genetics of island herds
By Hannah Heimbuch
English: Hall Island, Bering Sea 1984. Alaska ...
Hall Island, Bering Sea 1984. Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Bering Sea Unit, walrus research. Source AMNWR/0000738 Rights Public domain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Homer Tribune
Dec 30th, 2013
The Alaska Gulf may not be known for its large tracts of ranch land, but it is nonetheless home to a handful of island-bound cattle herds — non-native populations introduced in the 19th century.
Two of those island territories may soon be free of their bovine occupants, however, as the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge begins the process of returning the refuge land back to its natural habitat.
That was the subject of a public meeting last week at Homer’s Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The issue has drawn comment from conservationists, hunters, concerned citizens and livestock producers, to...

Dungeness crab: Get the most out of a New Year's tradition
By Valerie Hurst, KATU News Published: Dec 31, 2013 at 6:48 PM PST
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Dungeness crab is a big New Year's Eve favorite in Oregon and Washington.
This is when it's in season, but KATU learned from a local seafood seller that it's also one of the best catches she's seen in years. So as you put out the crackers with the fork and knife, we have some tricks to get the most out of your crab.....

Sausalito Historical Society
When the herring come back
Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:50 pm
By Larry Clinton
January 2 marks the opening of the commercial herring season in our waters, a phenomenon that’s come and gone over the past 43 years. Of course, locals have known about the abundant winter herring runs for generations. Here’s how Marin This Month Magazine described the annual herring frenzy in January, 1960:
“Fish, fowl and the people of Marin will enjoy on various levels of ecstasy the annual herring run sometime during the first two weeks of this month. “The ecstasy on the part of the herring, entrepreneurs of the fete, can only be assumed for they are not loose-lipped about their emotions. But it is their nuptial run...

Red gold: Russia’s famous salmon caviar
January 1, 2014 Dmitry Sukhodolsky, special to RBTH
While black caviar may have the higher price tag, Russia red caviar is still a savored delicacy.
Red caviar, a famous Russian delicacy, appeared on the tables in Russia rather recently, around the same time as potatoes in the 18th century. However, Russians have always liked fish and seafood, unlike potatoes.
With the final annexation of the Far Eastern regions to the Russian Empire, her subjects gladly took a fancy to a new appetizer from there, which started to be supplied to the European part of the country by tens of thousands of tons. Various species of salmon have always been common in reservoirs in the north of the European part of the country, and, of course, red caviar was well known and regularly consumed. However, the extent of its consumption was much lower than that of the famous Russian black caviar, without which no...

DNA Barcoding to Monitor Marine Mammal Genetic Diversity
Dec. 30, 2013 — Marine mammals are flagship and charismatic species, very attractive for the general public. Nowadays, they are also considered as highly relevant sentinel of the marine realm. Their presence and their welfare in an area is thought to indicate the health of the place, whereas their disappearance, their displacement, or a decrease in their abundance or health could reflect negative environmental changes, whether of anthropogenic origin or not.....

Cap and trade coming to Morro Bay commercial fishing
December 31, 2013
A program that allows commercial fishermen in Morro Bay to buy and sell fish catch quotas will take effect Wednesday. The “Catch and Share” system of capping the amount of fish that commercial fishermen can catch took effect two years ago in order....