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#03-10-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

March 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Seattle: 86th annual Blessing of the Fleet
Harvey Crow, crew member of the Quandary, raises the Christ Pennant on the ship while Pastors Laurie A Jones, left, and Erik R. Wilson Weiberg of Ballard First Lutheran Church preside over the 86th annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Fishermen's Memorial site of Fishermen's Terminal Sunday March 9, 2014. The Quandary, a purse seiner owned by Tom Pawlak of Port Townsend, was the boat to receive the blessing for the fleet, as many ships start...

Fishing for evidence of prehistoric earthquakes and sockeye salmon in Eklutna Lake
Rick Sinnott
March 9, 2014
EKLUTNA -- The two granite hills that Eklutna Village was named after were originally washed out of Eklutna Lake by a very large and angry fish. That’s according to an etiological myth told by the Dena’ina, the people who have inhabited upper Cook Inlet since before Vitus Bering “discovered” Alaska. And that’s why, on a mythical plane of existence, it didn’t surprise me on a recent visit to Eklutna Lake to see what appeared to be the world’s largest ice-fishing setup perched on the ice about a half mile from shore. If there’s a big fish to be caught, someone is going to try to land it. As it turned out....

Council to ask for more radiation testing 
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00 am
Staff Report
FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks is a long way from the ocean and even farther from Fukushima, Japan, but an item about the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster nonetheless made its way onto the city’s agenda tonight. At the urging of a concerned citizen, the council will consider a resolution tonight that calls on....

Meeting held to improve the world’s fisheries information
Monday, March 10, 2014, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
The Second Symposium on Fishery Dependent Information was held in Rome, Italy 3-6 March with the aim of exploring the role of fishers in collecting data, the use of fisher-collected data and knowledge in science, management and policy-making and the broader role of stakeholders in this process. Over 150 fisheries scientists, managers, policy-makers and fishers who attended the event shared and discussed ways to generate better information about the....

Will salmon conventional cages be replaced?
Monday, March 10, 2014, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
A Norwegian company has plans to start rearing salmon using a new giant construction that was based on the design used for oil platforms. The owner of the giant floating robotic fish farm, the firm SalMar, considers that by farming further out to sea, they can reduce problems with salmon lice, and protect....