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#10-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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'Corrosive Waters' Emerge as New Climate Threat (Homer, Alaska)
Sept. 30, 2012, 7:22 p.m. PDT
The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News
(c) 2012, The Washington Post.
HOMER, Alaska — Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean's increasing acidity is "the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store." "They say, 'You're with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?' " Holderied said. "This is a coastal town that depends on this ocean, and this bay." This town in southwestern Alaska dubs itself the Halibut Fishing Capital of the World. But worries.... // Our tweet Sep 29, 2012

Shrinking Nemo – global warming to make fish smaller
Posted on September 30, 2012 by Anthony Watts
From the University of British Columbia , a fish story inspired by a model
Fish getting smaller as the oceans warm: UBC research
Changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia. The study, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, provides the first-ever global projection of the potential reduction in the maximum size of fish in a warmer and less-oxygenated ocean. The researchers used computer modeling to study more than 600 species of fish from oceans around the world and found that the maximum body weight they can reach could decline by 14-20 per cent between years 2000 and 2050, with the tropics being one of the most impacted regions. “We were surprised to see such a large decrease in fish size,” says the study’s lead author William Cheung, an assistant professor at the UBC Fisheries Centre. “Marine fish are.....

Unloading James Hansen’s Climate Dice
Posted on October 1, 2012 by Anthony Watts
Guest post by Chip Knappenberger, originally on Master Resource
“Today’s temperature ‘extremes’ are simply yesterday’s extremes warmed up a bit, partly from the heat-island effect. But they are not new events…. Hansen’s push on weather extremes is another case where the level of alarm is disproportionate to the level of impact.”  – Dr. James Hansen, NASA GISS. Today’s temperature “extremes” are simply yesterday’s extremes warmed up a bit, partly from the heat-island effect. But they are not new events where none existed prior. This distinction is neither subtle nor unimportant. When it comes to temperatures, yesterday’s extremes warmed up offer less of a surprise (and hence a greater ease of adaptability) than if a new crop of extreme events suddenly sprung up out of nowhere to catch us unprepared. But such a distinction is not made prominently evident in the latest work by NASA’s James Hansen—and even less so in the accompanying media coverage (including that instigated...

Nearly 6 months and no arrests in Kodiak Coast Guard base murders
Amanda Coyne | Sep 30, 2012
April weather on Kodiak Island in the northern Gulf of Alaska isn't exactly Parisian. Typically, it's a cloudy, damp and chilly time of year. And yet temperatures were in the 50s on April 12, 2012, the day two men were shot down in an as-yet unsolved homicide on the largest Coast Guard base in the country. It was the warmest day in five months and after a particularly brutal winter -- even by Alaska standards -- that had dropped a record-breaking 12 feet of snow on the island. Only traces of those record snows remained in some places the morning of April 12, when 51-year-old Richard Belisle and 41-year-old Petty Officer...

REVIEW & OUTLOOKSeptember 30, 2012, 5:53 p.m. ET
The EPA's Pebble Beaching
Rewriting the Clean Water Act to kill an Alaska mining project.
Lisa Jackson's Environmental Protection Agency keeps losing in court, but that doesn't mean she's at all deterred from expanding her authority. Witness her agency's assault on an Alaska mining project before the developers have even submitted their plans for government approval. The Pebble Partnership—a joint effort by Anglo-American and Northern Dynasty Minerals—has spent a decade and $132 million exploring the potential to dig North America's largest copper and gold mine on state-owned land in southwest Alaska. The deposit is vast and could be among the world's largest supplies of both minerals, creating upwards of 1,000 high-paying jobs. The Partnership is planning to apply for permits later this year, and in the normal course this would trigger extensive state and federal reviews. The federal review is done by...

Fish Biologist Alleges Huge Discrepancy in Pebble Salmon Estimates
Document Indicates the Proposed Mine's Science Report May Seriously Understate the Numbers of Affected Salmon
By Dan Fiorucci
11:22 p.m. AKDT, September 30, 2012
Tonight (Sunday), on the eve of a major public forum concerning the Pebble Mine, Pebble opponents are saying they're deeply concerned over apparent discrepancies in Pebble's $120 million dollar environmental study on its own proposed project. That project -- if approved -- could become one of the largest open pit mines in North America. Documents on hand with the S-E-C indicate the pit could be one mile deep and 3 miles wide. The Pebble Limited Partnership would mine gold, molylbdenum and copper.   Today former Alaska Senator Rick Halford showed Channel 2 News a written statement from Dr. Carol......,0,577433.story

Review panels on Pebble mine set for October
Posted 10/01/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A series of four science panels to review environmental and socioeconomic baseline studies prepared by the Pebble Limited Partnership, set for Oct. 2-11 in Anchorage, is the latest effort of the mine's backers to explain their massive study. The panel discussions, for which the public may preregister to attend or what via webcast, will cover geology and geochemistry, Oct 2-3; hydrology and water quality, Oct. 3-4; fish, wildlife and habitat, Oct. 9-10, and socioeconomic and cultural studies, Oct.10-11. Each includes a half-day and full day session in the consortium library on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. For the fisheries, wildlife and habitat panel, the participants will be Hal Geiger of St. Hubert Research Group in Juneau; Stanley (Jeep) River, Alaska Fisheries Science Center's Auke Bay Laboratory; Daniel Schindler and Charles (Si) Simenstad of the University of Washington's School...

Shell hopeful on Arctic drilling despite setback
Posted: October 1, 2012 - 12:03am
By Dan Joling
ANCHORAGE — The stars lined up — almost — for Shell Oil to drill exploratory wells this year in waters off Alaska’s north coast. The Arctic Ocean was on record pace for low sea ice. The Obama administration gave a qualified green light to drilling. Two drill ships and a flotilla of support vessels were staged off prospects. But as the roughly four-month open water season wound down, Shell announced last week it would limit drilling to “top-hole” work, the shallow but time-consuming preparation for an offshore well. The final straw for the decision: damage during testing Sept. 15 to an undersea containment dome, part of a spill response...

Zhenhua Rui Independent Project Analysis Inc. USA Ashburn, Va. Construction of an Alaska in-state natural gas pipeline is feasible at any of three flow rate scenarios: 500 MMcfd, 750 MMcfd, and 1,000 MMcfd. Selection of a particular rate depends on specific conditions and perspectives, but the results of the study underlying this article...

Surge of US natural gas production rattles Russians
America won't need to import if fracking brings self-sufficiency.
Associated Press
Published: September 30th, 2012 11:18 PM
Last Modified: October 1st, 2012 07:50 AM
PITTSBURGH -- The Kremlin is watching, European nations are rebelling, and some suspect Moscow is secretly bankrolling a campaign to derail the West's strategic plans.....