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#07-20-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Black Cod Boat Turns Up World War II "Bomb"
By Lauren Rosenthal
Thursday, July 19 2012
By the time he pulled up the mine, Jimmy Berg had caught as much metal as fish. Berg is a deckhand on the Aleutian Sable, and he was hauling black cod pots just outside Unalaska one day in late June. He’d already found a 35 millimeter shell in his pot, so he wasn’t particularly surprised when he spotted this thing stuck to another pot a few hours later. It was a hunk of rust the size, and color, of a brick. It seemed harmless enough – until it shocked him. “It shocked me like three times," Berg says. "But it looked pretty cool so I just set it right between my legs as we kept hauling gear...

July 20, 2012
House panel pushes for Magnuson changes
By Richard Gaines , Staff Writer
Gloucester Daily Times
The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is pushing to finish a partial rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act before the August recess, the committee press secretary says. Both houses of Congress are scheduled to stop work Aug. 6, and do not return for more than a month. Committee Press Secretary Crystal Feldman, however, said this week the goal was to have a bill that synthesizes reforms sought by several fishing industry advocates ready for the committee by that date. If the deadline is met, the committee would have 30 working days, according to the...

State to Chieftain: Keep us in the loop
Shutdown of Tulsequah water treatment raises concerns in Alaska
Posted: July 20, 2012 - 1:12am
The State of Alaska recently sent a letter asking Chieftain Metals to be forthcoming with information concerning the shutdown and eventual restart of pollution controls at the Tulsequah Chief mine in British Columbia. Chieftain Metals announced it would shut down a $9 million interim water treatment facility at the Tulsequah Chief mine, 40 miles northeast of Juneau (

Jul 19, 2012 - 09:08 AM AKST
Setnetters protest closure
He came to Kasilof to spend a summer setnetting. Instead Ashton Echols found himself strumming a banjo accompanying an impromptu protest outside of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices Wednesday in Soldotna. The Utah resident joined about 20 Kasilof-area setnetters, friends and crew in protesting an extended closure of their season which has allowed them to fish for three days before facing permanent season closure due to extremely low numbers of Kenai River king salmon.....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Jul 19, 2012....

Alaska Energy Authority seeking third-party Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project estimate
by Staff Report
Jul 19, 2012
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Energy Authority has posted a request seeking a third-party estimate of the costs to build the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. The request for proposal, or RFP, is soliciting proposals from an independent third-party that....

Jul 19, 2012 - 11:42 PM AKST
Editorial: Note to Politico: Fairbanks isn’t ‘nowhere’
The State of Alaska received welcome news at the end of June when Congress agreed on a two-year surface transportation bill that largely preserved annual federal funds for the Alaska Railroad Corp. Under the Senate version passed in March, the railroad was in danger of losing $30 million of the $36 million annual Federal Transit Administration funding it has received since 2006. The potential loss of funding put everything from hundreds of jobs, passenger service and the ability to repay $137 million in capital improvement bonds at risk. Well, Rep. Don Young was appointed to the conference committee and he won back nearly all of the funding cut, securing $31 million annually for the Alaska Railroad that will allow the company to continue capital projects, pay its debts and preserve passenger service. Apparently that didn’t sit too well with those ever-vigilant budget hawks at Politico, a Washington, D.C., news organization that started off as a relatively balanced outfit but is now indistinguishable from the rest of the left-leaning media who run interference for Democrats and President Barack Obama. In a July 10 piece headlined “Don Young’s Railroad to Nowhere,” Politico described the FTA funds....

Aleutian crab fleet retools gear for better science
July 19, 2012
(SitNews) Anchorage, AK -  Aleutian Island crabbers plan to use pots that will capture lots of small golden king crab in the upcoming fishery. You heard right... The harvester members of the Aleutian King Crab Research Foundation are using a $25,000 grant to purchase 20 crab pots designed to retain small crab – for science. The golden king crab stock is regarded as one of Alaska’s most stable and....

July 13, 2012
Alaska Chamber Commends Governor's Effort to Challenge EPA
Rachael Petro, President/CEO
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce (Alaska Chamber) applauds Governor Parnell's decision to challenge the higher cost fuel requirements scheduled to take effect on August 1, 2012. Members of the Alaska Chamber took a position in the Fall of 2011 advocating the EPA and....

Petersburg: North Harbor $2.2 million over budget
July 19, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 29
Engineering plans show that the North Harbor project is projected to cost $2.2 million more than the $7 million that has been budgeted. Petersburg City Manager Stephen Giesbrecht stated this oversight in his report to the City Council Monday evening....

Tribes ask for action on climate change
Posted: July 20, 2012 - 1:10am
WASHINGTON — Climate change is sweeping indigenous villages into the sea in Alaska, flooding the taro fields of native Hawaiians and devastating the salmon population from which Indian tribes in Washington state draw their livelihood, tribal leaders testified Thursday at a Senate hearing.....

Coastal Zone Management debate arrives in Ketchikan
by Leila Kheiry
July 18, 2012 5:07 PM
Pros and cons of the Coastal Zone Management ballot initiative were offered Wednesday at the Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce luncheon...

EC proposes gradual phase-out of bottom trawling
Friday, July 20, 2012, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
The European Commission (EC) has proposed new measures to regulate fishing for deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic. Deep sea ecosystems and the species that live in them are particularly vulnerable to human activities. The new regulation aims to ensure that deep-sea species are fished sustainably, that unwanted by-catches decrease, that the impact on fragile deep-sea habitats declines and that there is more data on the biology of these species....