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#08-17-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Aug 16, 2012 - 10:02 AM AKST
Editorial: Attacks on ‘Outside’ companies wrong, undemocratic
State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Here we go again.
An initiative governing resource development is on the Aug. 28 primary ballot and it was only a matter of time before the backers of Proposition 2 to reinstate a coastal zone management program played the “Outsider” card. After finance disclosures were filed with the state for June and July, the Alaska Sea Party put out a press release decrying the fact the group has been outraised 10-1 by their opponents who were characterized as “foreign” and “Outside” companies. Notably, while accusing these companies of a nefarious scheme to buy an election and silence Alaskans, the Sea Party did not attempt to refute the main argument against Prop 2 — that it will inject a tremendous amount of new uncertainties into a permitting process already fraught with them. Those favoring Prop 2 also continue to imply that they are...

Competing Campaigns in Alaska Over Ballot Measure 2 to Restart the Coastal Management Program
The most talked about issue that will be decided during this month's Primary Election in Alaska is whether or not to restart a Coastal Management Program. KDLG's Mike Mason spoke with some stakeholders for this report. (7:03)....

Measure 2 backs states' rights, local control
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: August 16th, 2012 08:14 PM
Last Modified: August 16th, 2012 09:50 PM
The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 was signed by President Nixon...

Measure could delay or deny our resource development
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: August 16th, 2012 08:15 PM
Last Modified: August 16th, 2012 09:50 PM
Ballot Measure 2, establishing an Alaska coastal zone management program, is bad for Alaska energy consumers......

Kodiak: Mill Bay Culvert Cleared of Deadfall as Salmon Return
Aug 16, 2012
The culvert that connects Island Lake to Mill Bay has been cleared of scores of deadfall logs and stumps. Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation staff attempted....

Alaska senator hopeful on passing sea treaty
By Dan Joling - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Aug 16, 2012 21:08:14 EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Melting summer sea ice is opening up the Arctic Ocean to commercial opportunities but the United States could miss them if it doesn’t sign the Law of the Sea treaty, according to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. The Alaska Republican hopes the Senate will vote to sign the treaty during the lame duck session following the November election. The treaty sets up a system for resolving disputes in international waters. It has been around since the Reagan administration, and 162 countries have signed on.....

BBRSDA Launches Bristol Bay Sockeye Locator on Facebook
An effort has been started to identify all of the retailers across the globe that sell products made from sockeye salmon harvested out of Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:26)..... // The app >

Mercury and Alaska fish: When do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 4:47 pm
Mary Lochner
How much methylmercury exposure is too much and how much is acceptable when the source of the toxin also provides health benefits?
That’s the question that University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Lawrence Duffy has been trying to answer. “We’re trying to develop a mathematical formula for doing risk-benefit calculations,” Duffy said. But calculating the risk of eating a lot of Alaska fish, versus the benefits, he said, is a complicated task....

Mercury Risk Assessment Study resolution passed
August 15, 2012
The Bethel City Council passed Resolution 12-12, to request special consideration of mercury management for mining operations along the Kuskowkim River watershed. With this resolution, the City of Bethel requests the State and Federal Governments to examine potential mercury exposure pathways and consider requiring air, water, and tissue sampling to be conducted as part of the permit process......

EPA actions at mine could hurt $220 billion in investments
Published: 12:11 AM 08/16/2012
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) preemptive assessment of the Pebble Mine in Alaska could have a “chilling effect” on $220 billion in investments, according to the Brattle Group, an economic and financial consulting firm. In May, the EPA released its watershed assessment of large-scale mining by Pebble LP at Bristol Bay, which could be one of the largest copper and gold mines in the world, and expressed concerns over impact the mine would have on local salmon habitats and surrounding wetlands. Under the Clean Water Act, operations that dump “dredge or fill materials” into wetlands, rivers, lakes....

BBNC Had Revenues of Nearly $2-Billion Dollars in F-Y 2012
The Alaska Native Regional Corporation for the Bristol Bay region posted gross revenues of nearly $2-billion dollars during the last fiscal year according to the just released 2012 Annual Report. KDLG's Mike Mason looked it over and filed this report. (7:04)......

New $31 million assembly hall opens at Alaska Ship & Drydock
August 16, 2012
Vigor Industrial's expansion plans kicked into the next phase with the opening of a new $31 million assembly hall and production center at Ketchikan Shipyard at Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD). “The new assembly hall positions the Ketchikan Shipyard to be very competitive for emerging shipbuilding opportunities in Alaska,” says Adam Beck, President, Alaska Ship & Drydock. “Its strategic position coupled with the exceptional expertise....

Harbor Board and engineers look at options to reduce North Harbor costs
August 16, 2012
The Petersburg Harbor Board held a work session Friday afternoon in order to discuss options for reducing costs regarding the reconstruction of the North Harbor. PND Project Engineer, Dick Somerville, provided the board with five options to possibly decrease the $2.2 million overage in the $7 million budget. “Many of the cost increases are due to time,” Somerville said. “When the project was originally budgeted, costs for electrical supplies were 40 percent lower.” Somerville explained that there are approximately three miles of 2 ¼ inch diameter copper wiring needed in order to complete this project. “The price of copper 18 months ago was $18 per foot and now it is $28,” Somerville stated. “These are market driven costs that no one has control over.” Each of the five options presented by Somerville are quite similar with....

Kodiak: Boy Scout Lake to Rear Salmon Fry Over the Winter
Aug 16, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Kodiak residents driving by Boy Scout Lake may have noticed something new on the water's surface. The lake, which is located along Rezanof Drive West, about halfway between Dead Man's Curve and the airport, is about to become the temporary home for 650,000 sockeye salmon fry. Tina Fairbanks is the production and operations manager for Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association and said the net pens visible on Boy Scout Lake, are part of KRAA's attempt to expand hatchery production.....

Klamath: Record salmon run expected
Written by Adam Spencer, The Triplicate August 15, 2012 06:28 pm
Epic forecast for fall run on Klamath River
The largest projected return of fall-run chinook salmon since 1978 is looming over the Klamath River. Fishery managers project that roughly 380,000 adult chinook salmon  will migrate up the Klamath this fall to spawn — three times the estimated run of 2011 adult chinook and 50 percent greater than the highest run on...

Oceans score 60 out of 100 in health index
Friday, August 17, 2012, 04:00 (GMT + 9)
A team of international scientists gave the health of the world's oceans a score of 60 out of 100. To calculate the overall score, the team evaluated ecological, social, economic and political conditions for every coastal nation in the world.....

Problems continue for Shell's offshore oil containment barge
Booms surrounds vessel to capture minor discharges, protect water.
Associated Press
Published: August 16th, 2012 09:35 PM
Last Modified: August 16th, 2012 10:28 PM
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Minor oil spills have plagued construction of an oil spill containment barge Shell Oil is waiting for to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska......

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