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#08-09-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

National Park Service ranger vehicle in Mesa V...
National Park Service ranger vehicle in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Navigable Waters Lawsuit Working Way Through Courts
By Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks | August 8, 2012 - 5:41 pm
An Alaska case challenging National Park Service authority is working its way through the courts.  Central resident Jim Wilde is appealing his misdemeanor conviction stemming from a 2010 run in with park rangers during a boat safety check on the Yukon River.  The appeal challenges the Park Service’s authority to police navigable waters.  Wilde’s attorney Bill Satterberg of Fairbanks says....

EPA in Alaska's Bristol Bay: Questions and Answers
Eric Christopher Adams | Aug 08, 2012
Engineers, biologists, nonprofits, policymakers and a gaggle of media have descended on downtown Anchorage to discuss the controversial draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment. On Wednesday, independent scientists tasked with reviewing the EPA assessment debated 14 specific questions about the impact of mining on the region.
Stay tuned: Alaska Dispatch will have a full story on the scientific debate. Meantime, here are a few questions and answers to better understand why the EPA is here reviewing the mine before any project has been proposed, and some other interesting points to consider:
Q: Why is the Environmental Protection Agency studying Bristol Bay's watershed and what, if any, impact large-scale mining might have to salmon habitat?
A: In May 2010, at least nine Alaska tribal groups and one Alaska Native regional corporation petitioned the EPA to assess whether a large-scale mining project in Southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed would....

Georgia congressman raises concerns with EPA mine study
Associated Press
Published: August 8th, 2012 10:18 AM
Last Modified: August 8th, 2012 10:19 AM
A U.S. House subcommittee chairman has concerns with a federal study of the potential effects of mining in the Bristol Bay region.....

BBNA and SWAMC to Work on a Regional Energy Plan for Bristol Bay
The local regional non-profit organization for the Bristol Bay region is working with the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference to create a regional energy plan. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:12)....

Board of Fish Proposal 42 To Get Rid of Permit Stacking in Bristol Bay 
During their meeting this winter the Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider a number of proposals to eliminate permit stacking in Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details of just one of the proposals that will be examined. (4:41)...

Nearly Half Kodiak Jobs Tied Directly to Fishing
Aug 08, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Whether you work in the seafood industry in Kodiak or not, odds are your presence here is partially due to commercial fishing - even if it's in a service or supporting role. That statement is reinforced by figures compiled by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce and published in its August newsletter. Lale Gurer is the economic development specialist at the chamber. Using figures from Fish and Game and the Department of Labor, about 45 percent of Kodiak's jobs are.....

Wild Salmon Harvest at 71 Million Fish, With Pinks Coming In
Alaska’s wild salmon harvest for the 2012 season stood at 71.3 million fish in early August, up 12.6 million fish over the previous week’s survey, but well below the projected harvest of 132.1 million fish. But the salmon fisheries, pink salmon in particular, have a ways to go, says Geron Bruce, deputy director of commercial fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “It can happen fast with pink salmon,” Bruce said in an interview Aug. 7, referring to....

Coastal Management campaigns debate source of contributions
Posted: August 9, 2012 - 12:06am
By Pat Forgey
The Alaska Sea Party is calling foul on the Vote No on 2 campaign’s out-of-state campaign contributions, but the opponents are saying the concerns are nothing but “overblown rhetoric.” The Alaska Sea Party, which sponsored the initiative to resurrect a Coastal Management program in Alaska accused foreign corporations of trying to “buy this election any way then can.” The Sea Party based its claim on an analysis of campaign contributions so far which show that while it is likely to be outspent ten to one, 99.7 percent of the money in favor of the initiative comes from Alaska, while 69.3 percent of the Vote No on 2 money comes from Outside. “Our concern is that so much of it is coming from corporations that are headquartered outside Alaska and are clearly intended to shape one aspect of how as Alaskans we chose to...

UPDATE: Team sent to contain oil sheen from sunken boat
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
August 8, 2012 6:00 pm (Click image to view, hopefully they don't kill the link today. HG)

Admiral confident in Coast Guard Arctic readiness
Posted: August 9, 2012 - 12:09am
By Dan Joling
ANCHORAGE — Lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico have helped the Coast Guard prepare for possible oil spills in the Arctic Ocean, the commandant of the agency said Wednesday.....

New Technology for Finding Fish
By Kathy A. Smith
As today’s technologies continue to be developed in many industries and for personal use, they are finding their way into marine electronics and making the job of catching fish easier. One item that’s new on the horizon for navigation products is NavNet TZtouch from Camas, Washington-headquartered Furuno USA, Inc. the first multi-touch-based system in the industry. “It comes as a standard chart plotter, and you can add as many features as you want like radar, fish finders and AIS components,” says Jeff Kauzlaric, Advertising & Communications Manager....

Visitors get fish education on hike to remote Alaska site
by Jerzy Shedlock / Peninsula Clarion
Aug 08, 2012
KENAI, Alaska — At the highest point on the Russian River rests a rustic cabin near an Alaska Department of Fish and Game weir — a low dam built across the river used to count salmon. Two fisheries technicians spend the summer at this spot counting every fish passing through the weir's trap. The early run Russian River fish swim 77 miles up the Kenai River before fighting through the various spots of their natal stream, said Patti Berkhahn, Fish and Game habitat and fishery biologist. They finish the journey at Goat Creek, or Upper Russian River.....

Jack-up rig ‘Endeavor’ en route to Kenai Peninsula
Buccaneer’s rig goes to work off Anchor Point in the Cosmopolitan unit
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune...

Petersburg council mulls over land purchase
by Joe Viechnicki
August 7, 2012 11:56 am
Petersburg’s City Council plans to meet again this week to try and come to agreement on funding the purchase of industrial waterfront land in Scow Bay. There was some support Monday night among the council for buying the land using a mix of local funding. However some council members wanted to seek state funding instead....

Story last updated at 1:56 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Salmonstock rings in a new era of Alaska music 
By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News... //

'Hybrid' category should be acknowledged in stores: NCEAS
Thursday, August 09, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
Most fish currently for sale at grocery stores is both wild and farmed even though it may be labelled "all wild, never farmed," according to an article produced by a working group of the University of California at Santa Barbara's (UCSB) National Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). The group recommends that when a combination of seafood production techniques are used, this be acknowledged in the marketplace with the term “hybrid” so as not to mislead consumers....

Rule of thumb guides consumers seeking healthy seafood
Thursday, August 09, 2012, 15:10 (GMT + 9)
When ordering seafood, the options are many and so are some of the things you might consider in what you order. Is your fish healthy? Is it safe? Is it endangered? While there are many services and rankings offered to help you decide -- there's even an iPhone app -- a group of researchers have found a simple rule of thumb applies. "If the fish is sustainable, then it is likely to be healthy to eat too," said Leah Gerber, an associate professor and senior sustainability scientist at Arizona State University. Gerber and colleagues ran an analysis of existing literature on fish to see which ones are more healthy choices and which seem to be...

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