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#07-23-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

English: The headquarters of the United States...
The headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. Photographed on August 12, 2006 by user Coolcaesar. EspaƱol: La sede de la Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de los Estados Unidos - Washington D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Alaska sues over new fuel standard for ships
July 22, 2012 5:40 PM
JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska has sued to block enforcement of rules intended to limit pollution from large ships, saying the rules will result in higher freight rates and pricier cruises that will hurt the state's economy. New rules set to take effect Aug. 1 ...... Seth Beausang, an assistant state attorney general, said the state is aware of that guidance but it doesn't change the fact the Emission Control Area — the term given to the area in which the fuel standards apply — "doesn't even belong up in Alaska." The state contends EPA lacks the scientific basis and legal authority to extend the control area to Alaska. The state claims EPA relied on flawed or incomplete data, including a statement from a state employee that the state said attempted to draw a connection between purported lichen damage in Juneau and threats to a caribou herd located 1,000 miles away.....

WaPo via ADN
Cruise lines, state challenge new EPA air-pollution rules
The Washington Post
Published: July 22nd, 2012 10:23 PM
Last Modified: July 22nd, 2012 10:23 PM
WHITTIER -- The gleaming white Sapphire Princess docked in this deep-water port this month, unloading its passengers and taking on 2,600 more guests headed first to Glacier Bay and eventually to Vancouver, B.C. Every day of that trip the cruise ship -- whose website invites passengers to see Alaska's "pristine landscapes" -- will emit the same amount of sulfur dioxide as 13.1 million cars, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and as much soot as 1.06 million cars. But starting Aug. 1, the Sapphire Princess and every other large ship traveling within 200 miles of the coasts of the United States and Canada will have to burn cleaner fuel. These new restrictions -- which will phase out the world's dirtiest transportation fuel in U.S. waters -- represent one of Barack Obama administration's most ambitious, and least-noticed, anti-pollution programs. But they have prompted a major counteroffensive from the.....

Southwest Alaska Tribal Organization Seeks Clemency from Governor for Kuskokwim Fishermen
July 22, 2012|Rhonda McBride
The regional tribal government in Southwest Alaska says the state has turned a group of fishermen, who were only trying to feed their families, into criminals....

Restaurant owner to bring pizza to downtown Kodiak
Posted: July 23, 2012 - 3:38am
KODIAK — On most days, you’ll find Dino Macheras wearing his chef’s hat as owner of Angelo’s, Kodiak’s best-known Italian restaurant....

Consumer watchdog asks retailers to help shoppers buy sustainably
Monday, July 23, 2012, 06:20 (GMT + 9)
Some labels carried by fish sold in supermarkets are not clear enough to allow shoppers to discern how to buy sustainably, as it was revealed by an online survey of 1,995 UK adults in February 2012. Over three-quarters of the surveyed consumers said they want to know if their fish is sustainable, suggesting that current labelling standards are inadequate, according to the consumer watchdog 'Which?'......

Shell's ship drifting incident should raise red flags for Alaskans
Carey Restino | The Arctic Sounder | Jul 21, 2012
I am not a boat captain, not of a skiff or even a dingy. I've never dropped an anchor and I have no idea what it's like to be in charge of a vessel more than 500 feet long. So when my uneducated eyes saw the image of Arctic-bound Shell Oil drillship Noble Discoverer snuggling up to the beach near Unalaska, I, like many, dropped jaw and asked, "How on earth could they have let that happen?" But noting my ignorance, I asked the opinion of people who do deal with big vessels on a daily basis. Their response? "How on earth could they have let that happen?" There is debate now about the incident. Environmental groups have pounded on the Noble Discoverer's near-beaching with the glee of a pack......

Updated July 22, 2012, 7:26 p.m. ET
Lab-Made Jellyfish Hints at Heart Fix
Researchers have designed a bioengineered jellyfish that can swim, an early step in scientists' quest for a way to make fresh tissue for patients with damaged hearts. The lab-made jellyfish is created with a mix of silicone and rat-heart cells. Although it isn't a living organism, the robot's muscular structure closely resembles that of a real jellyfish, enabling it to swim freely through water.....