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#06-17-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Posted: June 17, 2012 - 12:10am
Natalia Povelite and Ray Friedlander, Sitka Conservation Society interns, checked the fish traps as the water level sank in an unwanted offshoot of the Sitkoh River. The restoration volunteers are part of an effort reroute a 600-yard section of the Sitkoh River to its original channel. The restoration project is a joint effort by the U.S. Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Service, Trout Unlimited and the Sitka Conservation Society. The $318,000 project was funded by $185,000 from the Forest Service, $108,000 from Fish and Game’s Sustainable Salmon Fund and $25,000 provided by Trout Unlimited. Sitka Conservation Society contributed additional staff time. A group of journalists, leaders of fisheries groups and Randy Bates, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Habitat Division Director were....
Mat-Su Borough seeks ways to ditch ferry
Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012 8:04 pm
By ANDREW WELLNER | 0 comments
PALMER — The Mat-Su Borough is steadily working on an answer to a question that has plagued it for months: what to do with the M/V Susitna ferry?
Most recently, the borough received three proposals June 8 from people who might want the ferry. The borough put out a request for proposals regarding the ferry May 25. Talk around the assembly table of who might want the vessel included oil companies whose helicopter flights to offshore rigs are often hampered by the weather. But borough manager John Moosey said Monday his team hadn’t yet reviewed....

Shell Gear Needs More Tests Before Alaska Permits, Official Says
By Katarzyna Klimasinska - Jun 14, 2012 1:33 PM GMT-0800
Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) must complete more tests of its safety equipment before the U.S. lets the company drill for oil off the north coast of Alaska, a regulator said. The examinations, which will verify whether Shell is able to stop the flow of oil in case of a blowout, will take place in coming weeks, James Watson, director of the Interior Department’s....