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#09-24-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Retired biologist takes wheel at PVOA
by Matt Lichtenstein
September 21, 2012 10:04 am
The Petersburg Vessel Owners Association has hired a retired fishery scientist as its new Executive Director. Brian Lynch will take over the high-profile position this fall. He’ll replace outgoing director Julianne Curry who served in the post for the past six years. Curry announced her decision to move on last spring. Lynch retired from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the summer of 2010 after nearly three decades in state fisheries research and management in Petersburg. He worked extensively on Pacific Salmon Treaty issues and spent his....

Blowing smoke: Ship emission rules rely on weak evidence
Sep 23, 2012
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial
Waters off part of Alaska’s coast don’t belong in the so-called “emission control area.” The best evidence of that is the poor evidence used by the federal government to justify the move. The Parnell administration is right to challenge the rules promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency that require low-sulfur fuel within 200 miles of much of Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. The state filed an amended complaint in court last week detailing the EPA’s weak evidence.  The EPA rule raises the cost of living in Alaska and damages the economy. We understand why....

Jet boats on Chilkat prompt complaint
Posted: September 23, 2012 - 12:07am
Lynn Canal Conservation has filed a complaint with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation on what they contend are jet boat violations in no wake zone on the Chilkat River.....

Alaska Sees Asia Driving Annual $20 Billion Via Pipeline
By Edward Klump - Sep 24, 2012 4:45 AM GMT-0800
Alaska wants a $50 billion pipeline and export complex built to develop natural gas that’s stranded on its icy North Slope. The justification: Asia’s swelling appetite for the fuel. Governor Sean Parnell gave Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), BP Plc (BP/) and ConocoPhillips to the end of this month to provide plans to pipe the gas south and compress it into a liquid, known as....

Fishery Disaster Determinations, Acidification Studies Announced
The actions by the Commerce Department highlight continuing pressures on important fisheries and the economics depending on them.
Sep 24, 2012
Two recent actions by the U.S. Department of Commerce highlight continuing pressures on important fisheries and the workers who depend on them. The more recent one was NOAA's Sept. 19 announcement it has awarded three grants worth a total of $1.6 million to fund studies on ocean acidification’s effects on fisheries and the coastal economies dependent upon them. Three days earlier, Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Bland issued fishery disaster....

Can the U.S. win the battle against overfishing?
Posted by Brad Plumer on September 23, 2012 at 11:49 am
We’ve written before about “the end of fish.” This is the rather apocalyptic warning, promoted by ecologists like Daniel Pauly, that humans are severely over-exploiting the ocean for fish, and, if we’re not careful, stocks of key species like tuna will soon collapse. Then it’s lumpy jellyfish sandwiches for everyone.But it’s worth reiterating that the end of fish can be avoided, as even Pauly has pointed out. While plenty of countries are guilty of relentless over-fishing—southern Europe and China often get mentioned as key culprits—there are several nations that have worked hard to improve their fisheries management practices over the years. Iceland. New Zealand. Australia. And the United States. “The U.S. is actually a big success story in rebuilding fish stocks,” says Ray Hilborn, a marine biologist at the University of Washington.
One place to see that progress is in a new annual report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which found that....

Maine’s commercial fisheries rank third in value nationwide
By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 23, 2012, at 6:04 p.m.
STONINGTON, Maine — Much has been said about how Maine ranks against the rest of the country when it comes to child well-being, income growth, bike-friendliness and, of course, doing business. When it comes to the value of its commercial fish landings, however, Maine shoots past most of the others. Many states aren’t included on the list, which was released last week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, because they are not located on the coast or Great Lakes and so...