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Comfish News Roundup #06-05-2012

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EPA Bristol Bay mining study gets support, criticism at hearing
Some applaud report while others call it as federal intrusion.
Associated Press
Published: June 4th, 2012 10:14 PM
Last Modified: June 4th, 2012 10:15 PM
Alaskans alternately thanked the Environmental Protection Agency or told its representatives to back off Monday night at an Anchorage hearing on the federal agency's draft study of the effects of large-scale mining at the headwaters of Bristol Bay........ here:

A Threat to Bristol Bay
Published: June 4, 2012
The possibility that a giant gold-and-copper mine might someday be built near the headwaters that feed Bristol Bay in Alaska, one of the richest salmon fisheries in the world, is cause for alarm. A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency reinforces those fears.....

EPA assessment of Pebble gets blasted, praised by hundreds at meeting
Alex DeMarban | Jun 04, 2012
Hundreds of people filled an Anchorage auditorium on Monday night to give their view of a controversial draft watershed assessment of Bristol Bay and the massive Pebble Project, a document that may help the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stop the project before permitting even begins.... The state attorney general and the top investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives say the EPA’s action is potentially illegal. For their part, federal officials said the draft assessment is not a regulatory action, but they say Congress gave the agency the authority under the Clean Water Act to preemptively halt projects that can damage watersheds and fisheries.....

EPA Holding Bristol Bay Watershed Draft Assessment Public Comment Hearings
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | June 4, 2012 - 5:26 pm
The EPA is holding a public comment hearing on its draft assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed until 9:00 p.m. Monday night in Anchorage. There will be more hearings around the state on the assessment later this week. Advocates for and against the proposed Pebble Mine are reacting to the assessment with differing and predictable points of view.The draft assessment is just that – a draft. It does not have legal authority, and does not.....

Final Action Expected on Halibut Bycatch Reduction
Jun 04, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Reduction to halibut bycatch in the trawl and hook-and-line Pacific cod fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska will be a hot topic at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting this week in Kodiak. Currently, there are approximately 5-million pounds of inadvertently-caught halibut tossed overboard each year. The options before the council are cuts to that number of five, 10 or 15 percent....

The five million pound question
June 04, 2012
(SitNews) - Nobody wants to waste fish – least of all those who make their living from the sea.   Fish harvesters want and need to be able to catch as much as they can to sustain their families and livelihoods. And as upstanding citizens, they obey the law when they discard “prohibited species” taken while they’re fishing for their “target catch.” When fishing seasons open, it’s impossible to not catch a mix of fish when they blanket the sea bottom, and fish of all kinds and sizes will go after a baited hook.  So certain amounts of “prohibs” are allowed to be taken in a fishery, and there are strict limits on how much. When it comes to setting the rules, the buck stops with fishery managers.  Rules about halibut bycatch will be.....

Record run of red salmon swarms the Copper River
10 additional dipnet sockeyes will be allowed in opening June 7-10.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: June 4th, 2012 09:12 PM
Last Modified: June 4th, 2012 09:13 PM
Sockeye salmon are swimming up the Copper River in record numbers, just in time for the opening of the Chitina Subdistrict personal use dipnet fishery on Thursday.....

Five Boats Busted With Female Crab
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Monday, June 04 2012
The crab fleet is suffering from a bit of female trouble. In the past week, five fishing vessels have received citations for possessing female snow crab. That’s an unusual number of violations for the 40-boat fleet, says Sgt. Robin Morrissett with the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Three citations were issued on Tuesday and two more were given....

More South Korean shellfish recalled
by KTOO News Department
June 4, 2012 3:46 pm
More South Korean shellfish has been recalled. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today (Monday) expanded a May 15th recall to include canned products, as well as fresh and frozen shellfish from South Korea....

Y-K Delta Fish Buyer Plans To Market Salmon Outside Alaska
By Mark Arehart, KYUK - Bethel | June 4, 2012 - 5:22 pm
With the statewide salmon fishing season just starting up, many Alaskans are eager to get the highly prized fish for their freezers. But for one Yukon Kuskokwim Delta fish buyer, there is a clear goal: marketing Kuskowkim River Salmon to areas outside Alaska. Listen for the full story....

AquaBounty still confident its transgenic salmon will be approved
Monday, June 04, 2012, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc had a net loss of USD 2.7 million in 2011 compared to a net loss in 2010 of USD 5.3 million. Given its loss, AquaBounty implemented a reorganisation plan to reduce operating costs by 30 per cent, thereby providing sufficient funds until early 2013. Regarding its transgenic AquAdvantage® Salmon (AAS), on 24 May 2012 the US Senate rejected an amendment demanding further study of the environmental and economic impact of AAS by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as a pre-requisite for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granting approval. The amendment, which was filed by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on 17 May 2012, received only 46 of the requisite 60 votes to be....

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