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#08-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Unalaska Voters Supported Coastal Zone Management
By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, August 29 2012
Alaska primary voters have rejected a controversial plan that would have reinstated a coastal zone management plan. But if Unalaska voters had their way, the measure would have passed. In Unalaska, 68% of voters approved....

Lawmakers React to Failed Ballot Measure 2
Candidates for Alaska Senate and House seats for this area are wondering what’s next now that Ballot Measure 2 failed to pass during Tuesday's primary. KDLG’s Ariel Van Cleave has the story. (3:05)....

Harvest of Norton Sound King Crab Continues
Community development quota fishermen rebaited their pots on Aug. 27, and set out to harvest the remaining 17,000 pounds of Norton Sound red king crab quota, on the heels of what has already proven a record payout season......

Pollock Fleet Sees Drop in Bycatch
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Wednesday, August 29 2012
The Bering Sea pollock fleet is on track to have a record-low year with chum bycatch. As of August 28, the fleet had taken 8,600 chum salmon. That’s a welcome turnaround after last year, when nearly 200,000 chum...

GCI and Alaska Communications Move Forward on Joint Venture
GCI is moving forward with its plans to team up with Alaska Communications in an attempt to fend off looming competition. KDLG’s Ariel Van Cleave explains. (2:39).....

Review of EPA work on Pebble was sound
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: August 29th, 2012 07:58 PM
Last Modified: August 29th, 2012 07:59 PM
As a fisheries scientist, I tend to deal in a world of technical jargon. Oncorhynchus, isotopes, and life history plasticity are terms we use often. The same goes for the term 'peer review,' the process in which the EPA recently engaged prominent scientists to review its draft "Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.".....

New cell tower approved by city planners
Posted: August 29, 2012 - 12:50pm  |  Updated: August 29, 2012 - 11:05pm
Juneau’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a new cell tower off Montana Creek Road when it met Tuesday night in the Assembly Chambers. The 100-foot-tall structure will be painted green or brown and sit on leased land near the future site of previously-approved mini storage units. Screening vegetation will be planted but....

Oregon’s Dungeness Season a Success
By Terry Dillman
Record-high whole season price; outlook good for next season
Oregon’s Dungeness crab fishermen logged another good year in terms of market value. The season ended August 14th with an estimated harvest of about 14.2 million pounds and to-the-boat value of $42 million, according to preliminary figures from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission (ODCC). “The real story for this year is the overall average price for the whole season,” said Nick Furman, the ODCC executive director. The season began with the highest opening price ever at $2.30 per pound and ended with....

New paper finds deep Arctic Ocean from 50,000 to 11,000 years ago was 1–2°C warmer than modern temperatures
Posted on August 29, 2012 by Anthony Watts
Reposted from the Hockey Schtick
A new paper published in Nature Geoscience finds “From about 50,000 to 11,000 years ago, the central Arctic Basin from 1,000 to 2,500 meters deep was … 1–2°C warmer than modern Arctic Intermediate Water.” This finding is particularly surprising because it occurred during the last major ice age.....

China to deploy drones to conduct maritime surveillance
PTI | Aug 29, 2012, 04.15PM IST
BEIJING: Amid increasing maritime disputes with a host of its neighbours, China today said it plans to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) along its coast line to conduct "remote-sensing marine surveillance."  "The plan also includes the construction of 11 UAV bases run by....

IDC: Android-Crazy China Passes U.S. As Smartphone Leader, But India’s Growing The Fastest
posted 3 hours ago
The latest figures out from IDC confirm that this is the year that China will overtake the U.S. as the world’s biggest smartphone market, with its 25.5% share a significant lead over the U.S.’s 17.8%. The tipping point has been a long time coming: China is the world’s most....

Former Gov. Murkowski pushes for large gas line: He says Asia is the market
by Matt Buxton
Aug 29, 2012
FAIRBANKS — Former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski told Fairbanks business leaders the state must pursue a large-diameter natural gas pipeline export natural gas to Asia. The former governor, and father of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, made the comments during a talk about the state’s energy prospects at the weekly Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday. Murkowski told the audience that original hopes to build a large diameter pipeline through....

Oil and Ice: The Risks of Drilling in Alaska's Arctic Ocean by Lauren Santa Cruz16 hours ago
As offshore oil drilling edges ever closer to becoming a reality in the Arctic Ocean, the Center for American Progress examines the region's lack of readiness in the event of a spill. The video highlights the concerns and challenges facing the Coast Guard charged with its protection, the grave doubts of the scientific community about the lack of knowledge in this area, and the perspectives of those who depend on the Arctic Ocean for their livelihood.

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