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#07-31-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Big donors against Coastal Management initiative
Posted: July 31, 2012 - 12:02am
By Pat Forgey
Opponents of the Coastal Management measure on the August 28 ballot have raised 10 times the amount the Alaska Sea Party has raised to promote the measure, with the state’s mining industry far exceeding its oil and gas industry in funding the opposition. “Mining is the largest portion of our resource development economy, and they’ll probably have the largest portion of funding for the ballot measure campaign,” said Mike Satre, executive director of the Council of Alaska Producers, the..

Coastal plan puts us back on right track
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: July 30th, 2012 07:08 PM
Last Modified: July 30th, 2012 07:08 PM
On Aug. 28, you will be asked to decide whether the voices of local Alaskans will be heard by government as it manages our state's vast, rugged and beautiful coastline. Your decision will permanently affect our futures, and the futures of our children. Please take the time to learn more about this citizens' initiative and draw your own conclusions....

Outlook Bleak For Law of the Sea Ratification
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | July 30, 2012 - 2:01 pm
The outlook for ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea this term in Congress is not good. Opponents have long said they worry about the treaty’s infringement on the nation’s sovereignty. Specifics to what that means are hard to come by. Here’s why Wyoming Senator John Barasso opposes the Law of the Sea. “I look at it as a significant loss of revenue and sovereignty for the United States,” Barasso said. “That’s the way I’ve read it.” That’s a pretty stock view of the treaty these days from Senate Republicans. It’s puzzling to veteran Indiana Republican Richard Lugar. He’s the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, and has seen it stall twice in less in recent years. Every....

Another Emergency Board of Fisheries Meeting Called to Address Kenai King Salmon Crisis
Rhonda McBride
Channel 2 News
10:43 p.m. AKDT, July 30, 2012
Kenai, Alaska — The fish wars on the Kenai Peninsula rage on, with the sport fishing industry taking steps to prevent more commercial fishing in August. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has called another emergency meeting on Wednesday morning, to hear several Cook Inlet proposals.....,0,1959432.story

Southeast troll fleet king catch short of target
by Joe Viechnicki
July 30, 2012 4:38 pm
Southeast’s Alaska commercial troll fleet came up well short of the targeted catch of king salmon in a nine day opening early this month. The target number was over 98-thousand chinook in the first summer opening July 1st through the ninth. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the actual catch was just over 61-thousand. Fish and Game’s regional troll biologist Pattie Skannes said catch rates dropped off after the first week of fishing. “When people.....

EPA fuel rules won’t impact state ferries
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
July 30, 2012 9:15 am
New federal air-pollution restrictions will affect cruise and some other vessels sailing Alaska waters. But they will not impact state ferries. “It is a big issue for the state of Alaska, it is not necessarily a big issue for the Alaska Marine Highway System. All of.....

More Fishing Time to Catch Pinks and Silvers in Nushagak Bay
Commercial fishermen in the Nushagak District are being given more opportunities to catch pinks and silvers. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:58)......

Agreement To Build New Moorage Facility Will Boost Ketchikan Economy
July 30, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), together with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough announced last week the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement regarding the construction of a...

In Alaska, will EPA rule for low-sulfur fuel cause out-of-control food and fuel prices?
Alex DeMarban | Jul 29, 2012
Imagine paying $17.25 for a bag of sugar. Or how about $20.49 for a bag of flour. Or $8.99 for a gallon of milk. Welcome to rural Alaska, where prices have always been through the roof. They're fixing to get worse there and everywhere else in Alaska, if a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency goes into effect on Wednesday, says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and others. The EPA plans to extend a rule to waters off Alaska requiring that large vessels such as oceangoing cruise ships and cargo tankers use fuel with less sulfur to reduce harmful emissions, according to Murkowski's office. The state of Alaska and Murkowski are on the attack to stop the plans, saying the more expensive fuel will do little for cleaner air in Alaska but.....

Final environmental impact study released for Point Thomson gas project
by Matt Buxton
Jul 29, 2012
FAIRBANKS — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the final environmental impact study for ExxonMobil Corporation’s gas cycling and condensate production project at Point Thomson on Friday, the last step before the feds can give the project a green light. The final EIS is the culmination of a three-year review of the multibillion-dollar project that would produce 10,000 barrels of natural condensate, which can include ethane, propane, butane and....

American Arctic: Alaskans challenge Obama to back bold polar policy
Carey Restino | The Arctic Sounder | Jul 30, 2012
Alaska's senators drew attention last week to the country's lack of a formal strategy on the Arctic, noting that the U.S. is the only Arctic nation without one. In a letter to the president, Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski called for action, saying it is time to develop policies and visions that will guide federal agencies dealing with Arctic development. "Developing an American Arctic strategy is especially timely now, with.......

Kenai hosts Japanese guests, marks 20-year partnership
Posted: July 30, 2012 - 8:33am
By Jerzy Shedlock
Peninsula Clarion
Kenai mayor Pat Porter smiled as she danced Thursday with three delegates from Akita, Japan. Bull Don and The Moose Nuggets, a local band, finished performing a purely American tune, then Yasuko Lehtinen welcomed and...

UAF Cooperative Extension Helps Preserve the Bounty of the Sea
Jul 30, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Anglers whose freezers are already full of fish can look to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks for alternative ways to preserve their catch. Roxie Dinstel is the extension home economist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, a program that provides useful tools in preserving Alaska's bounty....

Food co-ops look to change the way Alaskans shop for groceries #FoodSecurity
Ben Anderson | Jul 29, 2012
Two yet-to-open stores in the Alaska cities of Fairbanks and Juneau may change the way Alaskans view their groceries. Already a common business model in the Lower 48, Alaska could soon see its first food cooperatives -- grocery stores owned by the shoppers who frequent them -- open soon. Cooperatives aren’t a foreign concept to Alaska -- the state has many...

Court OKs sending former Exxon Valdez to India scrapyard
By Pratap Patnaik and Siddharth Philip
Bloomberg News
Published: July 30th, 2012 10:58 AM
Last Modified: July 30th, 2012 10:58 AM
MUMBAI, India -- In a defeat for an environmentalist, India's Supreme Court has ruled that the ship that spilled millions of gallons of oil in waters off Alaska in 1989 can be recycled in the nation's biggest scrapyard....

July 31, 2012, 9:01 AM
The Power Gap Behind India’s Mass Blackouts
| Continuing updates below |
Here’s a roundup of analysis related to India’s long-foreseen electricity gap and the resulting grid failure and blackouts affecting half the country’s 1.2 billion people. [Keep track via The Times blog India Ink and live blogging of "The Great Power Outage" at The Wall Street Journal. Read "India Struggles to Deliver Enough Power," from The Times in April, for invaluable context.] It’d be great to think that renewable energy sources and distributed electricity generation could solve such problems, and they’re great where they work. [And India is ramping up an ambitious effort to expand solar energy.] But the reality is that grids and central power plants are a mainstay of increasingly urbanized economies. In India, that means coal will be an economic keystone for decades.....

Investigation Finds M/V Matanuska's Captain Made Maneuvering Error
July 30, 2012
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska –The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) and the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) concluded the internal investigation of the May 7, 2012 mishap involving the M/V Matanuska and the Ocean Beauty Seafoods dock in Petersburg, Alaska....

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New NOAA leader undaunted by fishery's tough time
John Bullard says he can make a difference in the future of the industry.
The Associated Press
BOSTON - John Bullard has purposely walked into trouble before.In 1986, an hour after being sworn in as mayor of New Bedford, he was standing amid police officers, police dogs and a couple hundred angry fishermen, dodging a rock and trying to bring calm during a roiling strike that spawned fires and a bomb threat. Now, he'll only face rhetorical stones as the new leader of the Northeast office of the National Oceanic and...

Alaska on two feet
Until you've hiked it, you haven't really seen it
Last Updated: 4:14 AM, July 31, 2012
Posted: 6:01 PM, July 30, 2012
........... This was Alaska hiking. The kind where you can die from exposure in August. The kind where animals will tear you, limb from limb, just for fun. The kind that comes with packing lists.........

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