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#08-26-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska needs Ballot Measure Two's protections
Posted: August 26, 2012 - 12:07am
Yet again, Alaska is forced to defend its rights to control its own resources against well-funded Outside interests. Alaska’s resources belong to Alaskans, and we must have a say in how they get developed. In his 1955 keynote address to the Alaska Constitutional Convention, when discussing Alaska’s potential for resource development, delegate Bob Bartlett said, “The financial welfare of the future state and the well being of its present and unborn citizens depend upon the wise administration and oversight of these developmental activities.”....

Measure 2 is not the answer to coastal management
Published: August 25th, 2012 09:34 PM
Last Modified: August 25th, 2012 09:35 PM
If Alaska had a contest to create something really, really bad for the state, Ballot Measure 2, on Tuesday's ballot, would blow the top off the nasty-o-meter. It is a lousy idea, wrapped in deception and dipped in leftist nuttiness -- much like the state's oil taxes.Its supporters blithely assure us Ballot Measure 2 simply would replace the coastal zone management program that sunset last year. That's crazy talk. The two are vastly different. We could talk about the measure's three broadly empowered, entirely new bureaucracies; or its appointees being outside the reach of....

Prop 2: Is Alaska an 'Owner State' or just an owned one?
Kate Troll | Aug 24, 2012
“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 an ‘Owner State’ and that of ever being owned by outside interests. We didn’t like indigenous lands owned by the federal government so we pushed for Alaska Native claims. We didn’t like....

Crimson tide: Coastal policy measure offers delays, false hope
Aug 26, 2012
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
Voters know red tape when they see it rolling their way. The should recognize Ballot Measure 2 as just a dispenser for the latest layer of crimson that some want to wrap around resource development decisions in Alaska. The measure would recreate the state’s coastal zone management program, a program that the Legislature let lapse last year after decades of frustration with it. The measure would create a 13-member appointed coastal management board and an unknown number of regional elected boards. It would create a new state division in the Commerce department. The boards and staff would create coastal plans. Anyone applying for....

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.....

Pollock limit on Chinook salmon bycatch in effect Aug. 25
Posted 08/25/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Pollock trawlers in the Gulf of Alaska are on notice, effective Aug. 25, to avoid catching Chinook salmon as bycatch or risk being told to stop fishing. A rule recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and implemented by....

Kodiak lake is site of salmon hatchery
Kodiak Daily Mirror
KODIAK, Alaska — Motorists on Rezanof Drive might have noticed a new sight on Margaret Lake. Bright red buoys bobbing on its waters are part of net pens that will be home to 750,000 sockeye salmon fry until next spring. "We're calling it the Margaret Lake sockeye overwinter rearing project," said Al Seale, Pillar Creek Hatchery's manager. The project is a partnership between the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association and the lake's owner, Natives of Kodiak Inc., to generate....

Assessments of the Commercial Halibut Fishery in the North Pacific
The lucrative halibut fisheries in the North Pacific are currently covered by 2 major eco-labels that annually assess the fisheries for sustainability. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:33)....

Begich plans to introduce seafood marketing legislation
Posted 08/25/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said Aug. 24 he plans to introduce legislation after the August recess in Congress to create a national seafood marketing and development plan to boost the value of seafood and create more jobs in that industry. The legislation would include a $50 million annual financial package.....

Federal contradiction
NPR-A lands proposed for protection harbor dirty ‘legacy wells,’ regulator says
Wesley Loy
For Petroleum News
When U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently announced the “preferred alternative” for managing the vast National Petroleum Reverse-Alaska, Cathy Foerster felt another pang of outrage over the so-called legacy wells. Foerster, the state’s top drilling regulator as chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, for years has been demanding that the federal government do something about the legacy wells — dozens of holes the federal government drilled between 1943 and 1982. Many of the wells, now the responsibility of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, have never been properly plugged and abandoned, and......

Alaska: Cyanide water spill at Fairbanks gold mine
The Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 24, 2012 - 8:54 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Alaska officials say about 45,000 gallons of cyanide water solution spilled at the Fort Knox Gold Mine near Fairbanks after....

Make your voice heard at meeting
Posted: Saturday, August 25, 2012 10:06 pm
By Andy Couch Mat-Su Anglers Club Fishing Corner | 0 comments
With poor king salmon returns and coho salmon returns resulting in Alaska Department of Fish and Game emergency orders to close some of the most economically and recreationally important Mat-Su Valley sport fisheries during the 2012 season, the Mat-Su Valley legislative delegation is hosting a public meeting with ADF&G Commissioner Cora Campbell and a representative from the Alaska Department of Commerce. The meeting will be at 3 p.m., Aug. 29 at Willow Island Resort, Mile 71.5, Parks Highway.....

New Survey of Ocean Floor Finds Juvenile Scallops are Abundant in Mid-Atlantic
August 23, 2012
166 Water Street
Woods Hole MA 02543
NOAA researchers are getting a comprehensive view of the ocean floor using a new instrument, and have confirmed that there are high numbers of young sea scallops off of Delaware Bay. Unofficially dubbed the "Seahorse" because of its curved and spiny profile, the instrument is the latest and most sophisticated version of a survey system developed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and used on sea scallop resource surveys conducted by NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). This is the first year that the sea scallop survey has used both a dredge and the Seahorse's multisensory, integrated, benthic ecosystem sampling capability concurrently. "The Seahorse results from nearly a decade of commitment to research and development by the fishing industry, our academic partners, NMFS, and other specialists working toward a mutual goal using a variety of funding sources," said Bill Karp, science and research director at the NEFSC. "Joint efforts like this take advantage of each party's strengths. We get good results, and I intend to....

HC-144A outside new hangar HC-144A outside new hangar 
BOSTON - An HC-144A Ocean Sentry Medium Range Surveillance aircraft outside the newly built Stewart R. Graham hangar at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. Aug. 21, 2012. The HC-144A is becoming the Coast Guard’s primary maritime patrol aircraft. Air Station Cape Cod will be the third operational unit equipped with HC-144As. U.S. Coast Guard photo by FN Ross Ruddell.

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