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#08-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Ballot Measure 2 Campaigns Heat Up 07/31/12
The primary election in Alaska is coming up on August 28th. Voters will decide the fate of several candidates running for office and they will also decide an issue that has stalemated the Alaska Legislature for the last couple of years. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (6:37)....

Think tank wants Arctic Ocean to be named 'Russian Ocean'
Alaska Dispatch | Jul 31, 2012
According to Russia Today, a Moscow-based conservative think tank wants Russia's leaders to assert the country's influence over the Arctic Ocean by officially naming it the "Russian Ocean." “It's traditional to name seas and oceans after the countries that have the most influence over them,” explained Nikolay Pavlyuk, head of the think tank, the Institute of Expert Assessments. Russia’s territorial waters are the largest in the Arctic, its shelf is rich in mineral resources, its Arctic fleet is large and its......

Senate cybersecurity bill mirrors Russian Internet agenda
Published: 11:49 PM 07/31/2012
Language within the embattled Cybersecurity Act of 2012 parallels that of a proposal made by Russia and China to the U.N. in 2011, which argued for international regulation of the Internet to fight cybercrime. In September 2011, Russia, China, Tajikistan and....

Worrisome Alaska silver salmon run on fish board agenda
Suzanna Caldwell | Jul 31, 2012
Alaska’s Board of Fisheries will meet Wednesday to discuss several emergency petitions geared at managing northern Cook Inlet salmon. Fish under consideration include the late-run king salmon and sockeyes, the two fisheries causing the most turmoil on Kenai Peninsula this summer, but silver salmon may get the most attention.... ////

Opponents of Coastal Zone Management initiative raise $768,000; Shell Oil gives $150,000
Dermot Cole
Jul 31, 2012
With big contributions from the oil and gas, mining and the cruise ship industries, the opponents of the Coastal Zone Management initiative have raised nearly $768,000. The Alaska Sea Party, which led the signature drive to get the  measure on the ballot, has raised about $64,000 since April 1. The campaign finance reports filed Monday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission show...

King Salmon by-catch should cost the abuser big
Posted: July 31, 2012 - 8:40am
By Don Johnson
Many Alaskans are wondering what can or should be done to resolve the decline in king salmon within the Cook Inlet area. If you ask the Alaska Department of Fish and Game they will point to a snowstorm of data and graphs, which in the end leaves the viewer even more confused about our commercial by-catch problems. I have been reviewing our king loss....

AUGUST 1, 2012 · 10:00 AM
Good data, bad run — Kenai sonar technology improves, documents paltry return of kings
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
The Kenai River sonar program tasked with counting king salmon is an evolving science not unlike the Kenai River itself, with twists, turns, snags and murkiness along the way to better clarity. The good news is that, with continued biological research, data analysis and the implementation of improved technology, sonar scientists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are confident they now....

Sockeye Run in Togiak Looks Good 07/31/12
Almost all of the factors indicate a successful sockeye run and fishery in the Togiak District this season. KDLG's Mike Mason explains. (2:12)...

State to release Southeast Alaska energy plan
by Joe Viechnicki
July 31, 2012 1:18 pm
The Alaska Energy Authority this summer is releasing the final version of a million dollar plan for energy in Southeast. A contracting company drafted the planning document with input from a 22-member working group. However, recommendations in the plan met with criticism and opposition this year.....

Murkowski touts US's Arctic needs in Kodiak hearing
Alaska Dispatch | Jul 31, 2012
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is touting a Monday hearing in Kodiak to "showcase (the) Arctic nation needs" of the U.S. Kodiak is a community of about 6,500 people on a 3,588-square-mile island in the Gulf of Alaska about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, the state's largest city. Though home to the largest U.S. Coast Guard base in Alaska, Kodiak is more than 600 air miles south of the Arctic Circle, a distance nearly twice as far...
August 1, 2012, 12:41 a.m. ET
2nd UPDATE: Marathon Oil: US Trade Regulators Reviewing Alaska Deal With Hilcorp
Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) said Tuesday that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is reviewing its deal to sell Alaska oil and gas assets to Hilcorp Energy Corp....

Mat-Su Borough wrestles with what to do with its new ferry
As idled Susitna's bills mount, to sail or sale becomes the question.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: July 31st, 2012 10:23 PM
Last Modified: July 31st, 2012 11:42 PM
The Mat-Su Borough's once-prized ferry boat was finished months ago but it remains docked hundreds of miles away near Ketchikan. Now the Borough Assembly is actively debating what to do with the unique and expensive ship....