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#01-27-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Omega-3 fatty acids may provide more benefits than thought
Monday, January 27, 2014, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
A study of the metabolic effects of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, concludes that these compounds may have an even wider range of biological impacts than previously considered, and suggests they could be of significant value in the prevention of fatty liver disease. The research, done by scientists at Oregon State University and several other institutions, was one of the first of its type to use “metabolomics,” an analysis of metabolites that reflect the many biological effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the liver. It also explored the challenges this organ faces from the “Western diet” that....

United Cook Inlet Drift Association vs Everyone Else in Cook Inlet
English: View across Cook Inlet from downtown ...
View across Cook Inlet from downtown Anchorage, Alaska (September 2005). Photo by Peter Rimar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Last week the Legislature held a hearing on the lawsuit filed by the United Cook Inlet Drift Association (UCIDA) against the State of Alaska in federal court demanding the feds regain control of all salmon fisheries in Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound, and part of the waters off the Alaska Peninsula including Unimak Island. Control of the fisheries...

Commission alters draft salmon management policy
Staff reportJanuary 26, 2014
After making revisions proposed by members of the state Fish and Wildlife Commission, more public comments are sought before a final vote on a revised draft policy to improve salmon management in Grays Harbor. The draft includes new provisions to conserve wild salmon runs, clarify catch allocation and reduce conflicts between sport and commercial fishermen. The new provisions were added during a public meeting Jan. 10-11 in Tumwater attended by more....

California drought threatens coho salmon with extinction
Peter Fimrite
Updated 12:11 pm, Sunday, January 26, 2014
The lack of rain this winter could eventually be disastrous for thirsty California, but the drought may have already ravaged some of the most storied salmon runs on the West Coast. The coho salmon of Central California, which swim up the rivers and creeks during the first winter rains, are stranded in the ocean waiting for the surge of water that signals the....