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#01-13-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

In dip net drama, there's more than one side to the story
Craig Medred
January 12, 2014
Too many Kenai River dip-netters are slobs, pigs, miscreants, call them what you want. There is no debating this. The evidence is obvious to anyone who visits the mouth of the river during the dip netting season in July. And many in the community of Kenai are once more upset. When the Kenai City Council held a hearing to discuss the dip net fishery at the start of the month, "a parade of concerned citizens spoke on what issues need to be addressed," reported the Peninsula Clarion, the local newspaper for the Kenai-Soldotna area. The usual complaints were heard: Dip-netters litter, leave human waste on the beach, drive their boats like lunatics upriver from the mouth where dip netting is legal from boats, and seemingly worst of all, catch more fish than the limit allows. Or, in the case of nonresidents, catch fish they are not allowed. By law, personal-use dip netting is...

Foreign Fisheries Contribute to Marine Mammal Deaths
Imported fish doesn't meet the same safety standards as domestic catches, says environmental group.
By Brian Clark Howard
National Geographic
There's something fishy in U.S. seafood, suggests a report finding that methods used in foreign fisheries contribute heavily to deaths of marine mammals such as seals, dolphins, and whales. "Net Loss: The Killing of Marine Mammals in Foreign Fisheries," the report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) conservation group, suggests that more than 650,000 marine mammals are killed or seriously injured every year—trapped or entangled by illegal nets or longline hooks—in foreign fisheries. A lot of the foreign fish ends up eaten by domestic seafood fans. "The U.S. is importing more than 91 percent of all seafood it consumes, half of that being wild-caught," says NRDC report author Zak Smith. "So it can....

Overfishing doesn’t just shrink fish populations—they often don’t recover afterwards
By Gwynn Guilford @sinoceros 2 hours ago
Thanks to surging demand for seafood and woefully inaccurate catch reporting, overfishing is out of control. And new research now argues (paywall) that it’s a problem that, in many ecosystems, might be permanent. By removing one of its species, overfishing “flips” an ecosystem into an “alternative state,” explains the University of Maine’s Robert Steneck, one of the report’s authors. It set’s off a complex reshuffling among remaining species. Often, this “locks” the ecosystem into a “alternative stable state”—meaning, the species of....

Petersburg gears up for expanded curbside recycling
by Joe Viechnicki
January 8, 2014 9:35 am
Petersburg’s expanded curbside recycling program is on track to start early next month and local garbage customers will be getting new recycling bags later this month. Petersburg’s borough assembly Monday got briefed on the plans for recycling.....

Rich world of fish biofluorescence unveiled
Monday, January 13, 2014, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
A team of researchers led by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History has released the first report of widespread biofluorescence in the tree of life of fishes, identifying more than 180 species that glow in a wide range of colors and patterns.  The study, published in PLOS ONE, shows that biofluorescence, a phenomenon by which organisms absorb light, transform it, and eject it as a different color, is common and variable among marine fish species, indicating its potential use in communication and mating. The report opens the door for the discovery of new .....

Amazon Tries to Seduce You With Fish Taco Seasoning and Cream of Mushroom Soup 
January 13, 2014, 8:00 AM PST
By Jason Del Rey
Over here on the east coast, the online grocery delivery company Fresh Direct pitches its business to prospective customers in a pretty straightforward way. When I moved into a new place recently, the company dropped off a $50-off coupon. I used it. But out on the west coast, Amazon’s grocery business, Amazon Fresh, has a slightly different tactic to advertise the recent launch of its service in San Francisco: Dropping off a bag of groceries you didn’t order. One of my colleagues here at Re/code was among the San Francisco residents who recently found an Amazon Fresh delivery sitting outside the front door. The....

Critics Say Chemical Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations
JAN. 12, 2014
Last week’s major chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, which cut off water to more than 300,000 people, came in a state with a long and troubled history of regulating the coal and chemical companies that form the heart of its economy. “We can’t just point a single finger at this company,” said Angela Rosser, the executive director of West Virginia Rivers Coalition. “We need to look at our entire system and give some serious thought to making some serious reform and valuing our natural resources over industry interests.” She said lawmakers have yet to explain why the storage facility was allowed to sit on the river and so close to a water treatment plant that...

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