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#08-11-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Republicans say EPA is digging in too soon on possible Alaska copper mine
By Sean Cockerham | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are lining up against the possibility of the Environmental Protection Agency blocking what would be North America’s largest open pit mine in a region of Alaska that supports some of the richest wild salmon runs in the world....

NSRAA manager: Chums looking up for late runs
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
August 9, 2012 3:00 pm
If you’re fishing for salmon in Southeast, this probably hasn’t been a bonanza year. But the head of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association says things are looking up for the late chum runs. NSRAA General Manager Steve Reifenstuhl talked to the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon on Wednesday....

Icicle Seafoods reaches settlement with EPA on clean air violations
Posted 08/10/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Icicle Seafoods Inc. has reached agreement with federal officials over violations of the Clean Water Act related to use of the refrigerant R-22, and agreed to pay a penalty of $430,000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Aug. 10. The company also agreed to repair the leaks in vessels and facilities.... // @Deckboss reminds... 'This is the second major Alaska seafood company to settle refrigerant violations'....

Dillingham City Council Supports Ballot Measure 2
The Dillingham City Council has come out unanimously in support of restarting the Alaska Coastal Management Program. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:50)....

Nushagak Bay's nautical map gets overhaul
August 10th 2:09 pm | Misty Nielsen      
While most of the boats out in the Nushagak Bay this summer have been commercial fishing boats, tenders or processors, there are three boats that have been cruising around the area that just don't fit that mould. Terrasond, a company that provides a range of survey services and operates out of Palmer, was contracted through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to gather the data necessary to update the nautical map for Nushagak Bay. The company sent...

Salmonstock 2.0 doubles 2011 showing
August 10th 2:26 pm | Hannah Heimbuch      
It seems Salmonstock is here to stay.
With year two tucked firmly under its belt, the salmon-centered event's reputation as a well organized fish fete is gaining ground, said Anders Gustafson of the Renewable Resources Foundation. While the event is a music festival and a celebration of all of Alaska's healthy salmon and fisheries, its primary....

Ore. gov. offers gillnet plan for lower Columbia
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 11:51 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has called for phasing out nontribal commercial gillnet fishing in the mainstem of the lower Columbia River....
B.C. fishermen sue Ottawa over lowered halibut haul
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 09 2012, 8:53 PM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Aug. 09 2012, 9:03 PM EDT
Commercial fishermen in British Columbia have launched a lawsuit against the federal government, demanding a judicial review of a Pacific halibut allocation policy they say is costing them both invested capital and annual revenue. In a notice of application filed in Federal Court, Graeme Malcolm, who is representing all 436 commercial halibut licence holders in the province, panned the February decision by Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Keith Ashfield to reallocate 3 per cent of the total allowable halibut catch to the recreational sector from the commercial sector.....

Shark fin soup contains endangered species: DNA study
Friday, August 10, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
Americans who eat shark fin soup—an Asian delicacy costing up to USD 100 per bowl in the US—might be unknowingly consuming endangered species. According to an unprecedented scientific analysis by Stony Brook University, the Field Museum in Chicago and with support from the Pew Environment Group, the shark fin soup served in 14 US cities contains at-risk species, including scalloped hammerhead, which is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Endangered globally.....