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Coastal Management Program teleconference set for July 9
Posted 06/29/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
A statewide public hearing on a ballot proposal to establish a new Alaska Coastal Management Program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on July 9. Anyone wanting to participate may...

English: High speed watercraft used by the Ala...
High speed watercraft used by the Alaska State Troopers docked in Seward, Alaska, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Concerned: Opponents of Coastal Management shouldn't worry
Scott Woodham | Jun 29, 2012TO: Opponents of Alaska Coastal Management
CC: The Alaska Sea Party
Subject: No worries
Dear No on 2,
As we're sure you're aware, there's an initiative on the upcoming ballot to restore Alaska's lapsed Coastal Management Program. The program, pending federal certification, allows localities to have a seat at the table as decisions are made about projects slated for federal land or waters. Since local authorities in essentially all coastal areas have signed on in support of reinstatement, and many powerful business interests have signed on in.....

Troopers Revive Fisherman on Bristol Bay Beach
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, June 29 2012
Two Unalaska-based Alaska State Troopers brought a Bristol Bay fisherman back to life after a near drowning on Thursday. Fifty-four year old Jose Orendez and his adult son were heading from their fishing boat to shore in a 12-foot Zodiac when it capsized, sending the pair into the icy waters near Egegik, on the...

UFA honors Kerri Tonkin for her years of service to the Alaska Board of Fisheries
8 hours ago
UFA was pleased to honor Kerri Tonkin for her years of service to the Alaska Board of Fisheries! UFA President Arni Thompson and Bob Thorstenson presented Kerri with a plaque to thank her for her integral role in the State's fisheries regulatory process. She will be missed, and we wish her all the best in her retirement. (photo)....

Fish Factor
Report First Ever Accounting of Bycatch in US Fisheries
June 29, 2012
(SitNews) - A first ever accounting of bycatch in US fisheries has been achieved by federal scientists in a user friendly report that aims to set a baseline for the accidental takes of fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and other creatures by fishing gear. The National Bycatch Report, based primarily on 2005 data, shows fish landings and estimated bycatch ratios of nearly 400 types of sea creatures by gear type and region. It is part of an effort to track changes in bycatch over time, according to NOAA Fisheries, and to help managers meet mandates to preserve the nation’s fisheries.
Here’s a sampler:
The total estimate for...

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BP announces it's backing off Liberty development plans
Rig problems mean project won't go forward in present form, company says.
Petroleum News
Published: June 29th, 2012 10:41 PM
Last Modified: June 29th, 2012 10:42 PM
BP is backing off its ambitious Liberty development on Alaska's North Slope after problems emerged with a specially built drilling rig among other issues..... - HANDLING SEAFOOD: KEEP IT COLD - KEEP IT MOVING - KEEP IT CLEAN..... //

Overwaitea first to get green rating in Greenpeace ranking
Friday, June 29, 2012, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) has become the first chain to attain a “green” rating in Greenpeace’s 2012 ranking of Canada’s eight largest supermarket chains on seafood sustainability. Overwaitea’s achievement of 72 per cent -- a jump of 13 points from last year -- was accomplished in part because it stopped selling open net-pen farmed salmon in its stores. Overwaitea is the first of Canada’s eight largest food retailers, and...

Environmentalists push for boycott of Scottish salmon
Friday, June 29, 2012, 23:20 (GMT + 9)
The Global Alliance Against Industrial Aquaculture (GAAIA) has obtained data through a freedom of information (FOI) request revealing the extent of seal killing at salmon farming firms across Scotland. And the entity claims that according to the data supplied by Marine Scotland, more than 300 seals were killed during 2011 and in....

Plutonium found in fish in deep water off Japan shore
Alaska Dispatch | Jun 29, 2012....