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#07-08-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

English: Mead Treadwell
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Pros, cons of new coastal management program debated
Ballot prop aired out
Posted: July 8, 2012 - 12:06am
Oil and other resource representatives, local politicians and a few Kenai Peninsula residents testified last week at the first of 10 hearings on a ballot initiative that would re-establish a coastal zone management program in Alaska. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, who is overseeing the...

Alaska Coastal Management Program hearing is Monday
Posted: Saturday, July 7, 2012 6:43 pm
WASILLA — A ballot initiative hearing on the Alaska Coastal Management Program is from 5 to 8 p.m., July 9 at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Mack Drive.
At the Aug. 28 primary, voters will decide whether to reinstate the Alaska Coastal Management Program as proposed by a ballot initiative.....

Trackers to provide overview of incoming tsunami junk
Published: July 7th, 2012 09:27 PM
Last Modified: July 7th, 2012 09:27 PM
Marine debris trackers will take to the air any day now to get a better idea of what is washing ashore, and where, as a result of last year's devastating tsunami in Japan. Best "guesstimates" are that at least 1.5 million tons of debris are afloat on and under the current-driven waters that touch Alaska's coastlines..... The state plans to pay Airborne Technologies Inc. of Virginia $200,000 for surveys of waters and beaches from Cold Bay to Ketchikan. "That should give a good picture of where.....

Comment cut-off: EPA should allow public to use the peer review
Jul 06, 2012
Now this doesn’t seem to make much sense. The Environmental Protection Agency is convening a panel of experts to conduct an independent review of the agency’s assessment of the potential impact large-scale mining might have on Bristol Bay salmon ecosystems. But the panel of experts is meeting in Anchorage on Aug. 7-9 — after the close of the public comment period on the EPA’s environmental assessment. The EPA assessment, released to the public in May, said the Bristol Bay region’s fisheries would be affected by a loss of habitat as water is....

July 5, 2012, 3:55 PM
A Meal Tinged With Sadness and Thanks
Late June and early July mark the peak of the biggest run of wild salmon left in the world. The sockeye salmon migration of Bristol Bay, Alaska, can number more than 40 million fish, and the commercial fishing industry in the region is worth more than $400 million. During this peak salmon period, Paul Greenberg, author of the New York Times bestseller “Four Fish,” will be blogging remotely via satellite as he travels down the Stuyahok River with the Alaska outfitter Mark Rutherford. This year’s fishing trip is particularly relevant. At present the Environmental Protection Agency is weighing whether to prevent the permitting of a 10 billion-ton copper and gold mine in this remote sensitive area, something many fishermen fear could spell the end of this magnificent run. —Mark Bittman....

Railroad passage to Alaska would open up transport between North America and Asia
July 7, 2012
The construction of a railroad to Kamchatka and a railway passage through the Bering Strait to Alaska would serve to organize transportation between the North American continent and Asian countries through Russia, President of OJSC Russian Railways (RTS: RZHD) (RZD) Vladimir Yakunin suggested.....

4 adventurers plan to cross Arctic Ocean in rowboat
Los Angeles Times
Published: July 7th, 2012 05:53 PM
Last Modified: July 7th, 2012 09:15 PM
They're calling it the Arctic Row. Four men with a profound love of adventure are setting out to do something dangerous and unprecedented -- something they could not have done before the ice covering the top of the world began to melt in earnest....