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#08-25-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Measure 2 will create a big mess for Alaska
State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska.
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COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: August 24th, 2012 09:07 PM
Last Modified: August 25th, 2012 12:19 AM
Count me among those who believe Ballot Measure 2 must be defeated at the polls on Aug. 28. It would not be good for Alaska. It would not be good for Anchorage.....

Initiative Seeks Return to 'Jay Hammond Version' of CZM
Aug 24, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Since there are no contested races affecting Kodiak on Tuesday's primary election ballot, there might not be much interest in voting. But there are also two ballot initiatives to be decided. Ballot Measure One has to do with property tax exemptions, and Measure Two attempts to reestablish a coastal management program in Alaska. Kodiak Island Borough Mayor Jerome Selby is one of the founders of the Alaska Sea Party, which collected the signatures to put Measure Two on the ballot. He says it's vital....

Without coastal program, Alaska's at feds' mercy
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: August 24th, 2012 07:11 PM
Last Modified: August 25th, 2012 12:34 AM
Paul Jenkins is a good corporate soldier. His flame-throwing rhetoric has for years defended some of the biggest corporations on the planet, usually at the expense of everyday Alaskans.....

Crunch Time for Hotly Contested Ballot Measure 2
By Casey Kelly, KTOO - Juneau | August 24, 2012 - 10:33 am
Ballot Measure 2 on Tuesday’s primary election ballot is the most hotly contested initiative Alaska voters have faced in recent memory. Only the 2008 “Clean Water Initiative” — aimed at stopping development of the proposed Pebble Mine — had more spending for and against. As with that initiative, industry groups are lining up against Measure 2 — outspending proponents by more than seven to one. If approved, Measure 2 would restore the Alaska Coastal Management Program — a federally funded state agency that operated smoothly, and with little fanfare, for more than 30 years before legislators and the Parnell administration failed to reach a deal to reauthorize it in 2011. If Measure 2 opponents are to be believed, coastal management is actually a good thing. The one-time head of the.....

Mining News: Where were you when the lights went out?
In 2010, the state senate coalition blocked changes to the Coastal Zone Management Program, now we must address the consequences
J. P. Tangen
For Mining News
Perhaps it’s just me, but this year’s election cycle seems to have an uncharacteristically high level of venom and spleen, at least at the national level. The words “hate” and “liar” seem to have all of a sudden become politically correct in a macabre kind of way. We in Alaska, however, are going.....

Alaska court orders mayor at doorstep of Pebble Mine to obey the law
Jill Burke | Aug 24, 2012
Score one for the anti-mining crowd in what has become Alaska's intense love-it-or-hate-it battle over the proposed Pebble Mine. A state court judge has told two local leaders in Southwest Alaska with financial ties to the mine to start obeying the law. As conflicts of interest for public officials go, knowing when to recuse yourself from voting on something in which you have a financial stake seems glaringly obvious. Elected officials are trusted to work for the people when conducting government business, not themselves. Yet in a sparsely populated borough in rural Alaska, two politicians recently found themselves hauled into court for a stern refresher course -- and mandate -- about keeping their business matters clean and appropriate. Five went after mayor, assemblyman. The Lake and Peninsula Borough is located adjacent to Bristol Bay, a vibrant fishing community downstream of lands abundant with buried copper and gold. The potential mining of these riches has become a....

Polluck bycatch down significantly
August 24th 2:45 pm | Jim Paulin      
The Bering Sea pollock B Season keeps rolling along, at a faster pace, and with far less chum salmon bycatch than last year. "We really haven't had a chum bycatch issue this year. We were shocked," said Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats, representing pollock boats delivering to shore plants and motherships. Trawlers caught just 7,060 non-chinook salmon, mainly chums, through Aug. 17, compared to 114,324 last year, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Salmon bycatch is a hot issue in western Alaska, with commercial and subsistence salmon fishermen criticizing the pollock fleet when salmon harvests decline. That's led to rules that....

Scientists Monitor Pollock in Bering Sea
Fisheries scientists are keeping a close eye on water temperatures in the Bering Sea to find out how warmer water affects the state’s massive Pollock industry. KDLG’s Ariel Van Cleave explains. (2:15)....

Wild or farmed seafood at the grocery store?
Aug. 24, 2012 8:53am
Gail Gallessich, UC Santa Barbara
Most people think of seafood as either wild or farmed, but in fact both categories may apply to the fish you pick up from your grocery store. In recent years, for example, as much as 40 percent of the Alaskan salmon catch originated in fish hatcheries, although it may be labeled "all wild, never farmed." An article produced by a working group of UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) recommends that when a combination of seafood production....

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe is visiting Southeast Alaska
Invited by Sen. Lisa Murkowski to discuss fishing and Native Alaskan art issues
Posted: August 24, 2012 - 12:02am
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe is visiting Southeast Alaska, at the invitation of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, to discuss sea otter issues related to fishing and Native Alaskan art. Murkowski said in a press release she called the stakeholder meetings to address friction.... //

Regulating Plastic Pollution in the Oceans
A major environmental organization is asking the EPA to take steps to curb plastic pollution in the oceans. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (1:38)....

More Tsunami Debris Discovered on Kenai
August 24, 2012|By Adam Pinsker
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It's not the big chunks of debris that we've seen wash up along Alaska and the Pacific coasts in the months since the March 2011 tsunami, but conservationists are still worried about the large amounts of Styrofoam that has washed up along the Kenai Peninsula this summer.....

Cold Bay receives dock rehab grant
In Brief
August 24th 2:44 pm | Staff      
Cold Bay receives dock rehab grant
Of the $363 million in grants allocated for state highway projects this month by U.S. Transportation Department leaders, $386,442 will be headed to Cold Bay for dock improvements. According to the Aleutians East Borough, the Cold Bay Dock Rehabilitation Project will revive the docking facility by improving both the stability and longevity of the overall structure. One of the regional missions for these improvements is to maintain Cold Bay as a viable stop on the south central ferry route, giving the region critical......

Kodiak City Council Gives Yearly Thanks to Seafood Processing Workers
Aug 24, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
The Kodiak City Council held a regular meeting last night and took the opportunity to thank the various seafood processing workers who've come from all over the world. Councilman Mark Vizcocho read a proclamation that was issued by Mayor Pat Branson acknowledging August 23 as Seafood Processors Day....

Endeavor jackup arrives in Kachemak Bay
Homer Tribune staff
The Buccaneer Energy jackup rig arrived in Kachemak Bay this afternoon, Friday, and will remain here through Aug. 31 to have work done preparing the rig for work in Cook Inlet. The Endeavor jackup rig’s legs are 410 feet, or as high as a 28-story building and will be a noticeable presence in the bay....

A History of the University of Washington's Alaska Salmon Program
A professor with the University of Washington has written a detailed history of the Universities research program in Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (5:36)...

Alaska: Cyanide water spill at Fairbanks gold mine
The Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 - 8:54 pm....

Alaska asks EPA to intervene in mine contamination
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 - 3:04 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska's attorney general says the Bureau of Land Management has been ineffective in the cleanup of an abandoned mercury mine and he's asking a...

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Pink Salmon run at Allison Point, near Valdez, Alaska

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