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#08-12-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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Coastal confusion: Legislature, administration need to work this out
Aug 12, 2012
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
The coastal management measure on the Aug. 28 primary election ballot is flawed. Voters should reject it and, next year, demand the Legislature and administration work out a compromise. Ballot Measure No. 2 is a five-paragraph summary of a 16-page proposed law that, if approved by voters, would recreate a “coastal management program” in Alaska. This is not a new concept. The state had such a program for decades before the Legislature let it expire last year. Supporters of the measure are correct — many major and minor developments survived the program’s review process during its existence. (See former Gov. Tony Knowles’ opinion piece on page F3 today.) The process left such scars, though, that when the program came up for renewal, it had collected more resentment than appreciation. If we are to have a coastal management program, we should...

Why Alaskans should vote to restore coastal management program
Tony Knowles | Aug 11, 2012
During my eight years as governor, we used the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP) to facilitate and effectively promote numerous development projects. Through ACMP, Alaskans were at the table to help government agencies and industries determine how best we could develop Alaska’s resources. The program worked well and made sense then. It still makes sense today. I’m pleased Alaskans have the opportunity to bring back smart coastal development by voting for Ballot Measure 2 in the Aug. 28 primary election. In my experience, coastal management was an important part of a....

Are we an owner state or an owned state?
Posted: August 12, 2012 - 12:10am
By Kate Troll
“Citizen ownership of the resources is essential,” Governor Hickel explained, “to ensure that the citizens — and not Multinational Corporations or an elite few — will benefit from the development of those resources.” This is the essence of Governor Hickel’s philosophy that Alaska should conduct itself as an ‘Owner State.’ As many Alaskans familiar with our statehood history know, there is a fundamental difference between Governor Hickel’s vision of Alaska as....

Coastal ballot issue opposed by Outside, foreign interests
Laine welch
Published: August 11th, 2012 11:17 PM
Last Modified: August 11th, 2012 11:17 PM
Alaska has more coastline than all the other states combined, but unlike all the others, Alaska has no say in how our coasts are managed or developed.....

Pebble fight is over federal control, not resources
Paul Jenkins
Published: August 11th, 2012 09:23 PM
Last Modified: August 11th, 2012 09:23 PM
The loud fracas over possible development of the Pebble prospect in the Bristol Bay area is not a resource fight, it is a federal attempt to prematurely block Alaska's right to decide how, or even whether, to develop its resources. To pull it off, the EPA has cobbled together a hasty, broad draft assessment of the Bristol Bay watershed that now is under review by a scientific peer panel. The rushed assessment encompasses 20,000 square miles -- the combined size of Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey, with an extra Rhode Island or so left over. It took barely a year. The agency called it "An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska." It focused on.....

Summer '13 Ferry Schedule Ready to Review
Jay Barrett/KMXT
This week the Alaska Marine Highway System released a draft of the state ferry schedule for next summer. There aren't a lot of changes for the Kodiak run, with service by the Tustumena three weeks a month between here and Homer. The Kennicott will cover the other week when the Tusty goes down the Alaska Peninsula and back.....

Barton Seaver: Grilled Alaskan King Salmon Recipe
Posted by Justin O'Neill on August 10, 2012
Justin O’Neill produces NG’s weekly radio program, National Geographic Weekend, with host Boyd Matson. Hear it on on SiriusXM satellite radio, subscribe to the iTunes podcast, or get the show streamed to your smartphone with the Stitcher Radio app. On this week’s edition of National Geographic Weekend, NG fellow Barton Seaver tells host Boyd Matson about a recent trip he took to Alaska’s Stuyahok River. A chef and conservationist....

Alaska looks to Hawaii as possible customer for natural gas
Both states are interested but achieving the goal would be costly, complex.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: August 11th, 2012 07:27 PM
Last Modified: August 11th, 2012 10:13 PM
For more than a year, some Alaska political leaders have been quietly pursuing an untapped market for the state's vast stores of natural gas: Hawaii.....
High Liner's Q2 sales rocket
Friday, August 10, 2012, 15:30 (GMT + 9)
High Liner Foods Incorporated reported that sales for the second quarter increased by 42.9 per cent to CAD 219.0 million (USD 219.7 million) from CAD 153.3 million (USD 153.8 million) in the same period of 2011.  "In Canada, we recorded a 10.6 per cent increase in total Canadian dollar sales and a 15.0 per cent growth in retail sale volume,” said Henry Demone, president and CEO. “We are also pleased to announce that we continue to be ahead of schedule with the integration of Icelandic USA, and we expect to benefit from an early completion that solidifies our leadership position in the food service frozen seafood market."....

August 10
Pingree asks Canada to guard Maine lobster trucks
She says Canadian authorities haven't done enough to respond to Canadian fishermen who have tried to stop Maine trucks.
The Associated Press
PORTLAND — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is asking Canadian authorities to provide police escorts for Maine lobster trucks following protests at processing plants over cheap lobster from the United States.....

A float plane takes off A float-plane takes off as the the crew aboard a Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Lifeboat prepare to moor up in Ketchikan, Alaska, Aug. 4, 2012. Coast Guard Station Ketchikan personnel often operate in difficult weather conditions and carry out a wide range of missions, including search and rescue, law enforcement and fisheries regulation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

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