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#10-06-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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GOP lawmaker questions why EPA canceled Alaska mine briefing
By Zack Colman - 10/05/12 05:28 PM ET
A GOP lawmaker wants to know why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) canceled a briefing on activities that the mining industry worries will deter investment. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) said EPA backed out of a Thursday meeting without explanation. The briefing was about EPA’s watershed impact test in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where the agency is trying to determine whether a proposed mine can coexist with the region’s sizable sockeye salmon population. “I am disappointed by...

Bristol Bay fisheries expert denied role on Pebble's Keystone panel
Posted 10/05/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
In late September, a Colorado firm named scientists to serve on Anchorage panels to review studies, prepared by the Pebble Limited Partnership, to show that large-scale mines can co-exist with fisheries in the Bristol Bay watershed. Among the five scientists selected by The Keystone Center, of Keystone, Colo., for the Oct. 9-10 panel on fish, wildlife and habitat was Daniel Schindler, a professor with the University of Washington's School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Then Schindler, considered one of the world's foremost experts on the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery, was abruptly dismissed. This article was written on deadline on the eve of the fish, wildlife and habitat panel. The Cordova Times will carry an account of that panel discussion in the next issue. "Regrettably, it looks like....

OPINION: Keystone Pebble dialogue lacking, EPA's on target
October 5th 5:07 pm | George Wilson
I remember the first time the folks from the Keystone Center came to visit us in Bristol Bay. A few years ago, a Colorado think tank had come on a listening tour, to hear what the people all around the Bay had to say about the proposed Pebble Mine. Anyone who spoke out about the science and making the pebble mine work was told to be quiet. They told the people to keep an open mind for pro-development.  They never asked any individuals who spoke....

Fool's gold? Alaskan wildlife area under threat 
Published: Saturday, October 06, 2012, 12:16 AM     Updated: Saturday, October 06, 2012, 12:17 AM
My husband and I are fans of wild salmon as a dish at dinner, but I confess I never took the time to know much about where it came from or who was involved. I’ve learned quite a bit recently about salmon, the people who bring it to our tables and looming threats to them.....

Chain of custody made available for farmed fish
Posted 10/05/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
An independent public health organization is now providing Aquaculture Stewardship Council chain of custody certification for farmed fish. The announcement from NSF International, with world headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI, said its....

More octopus for pot codders
October 5th 5:07 pm | Jim Paulin
The giant Pacific octopus probably won't shut down the pot cod season early again this year in the Bering Sea.
Last year, the bycatch limit of 150 octopus was reached on Oct. 24, and the big boat Pacific pot cod fishery closed with 647 metric tons unharvested, according to Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Unalaska. This year's limit is way higher, at 900 of any eight species of octopus, though the giant Pacific with an average...

Fish Factor
October, Busiest Month for Alaska Fishing Industry
October 05, 2012
(SitNews) - October is National Seafood Month – and it also marks the start of one of the busiest months for Alaska’s fishing industry. The state’s biggest crab fisheries get underway in the Bering Sea on October 15 – the Bristol Bay red king crab catch will hold steady at 7.8 million pounds, while the snow crab harvest has taken a dip to 66.3 million pounds, down from about 80 million pounds last season. The St. Matthew Island blue king crab fishery is also down a bit to 1.6 million pounds.....

Opinion: BS - Clinging stubbornly to the old ways of commercial fishing
Posted 10/05/2012
by - Bob Smith
Last week I warned everyone that this "piece" was going to be about commercial fishing. As I said, I don't like to discuss fishing issues in these "pieces" because Cordova is a tourist town and most people couldn't care less about such things. If you are a Cordovan, chances are good you are not a commercial fisherman. You probably don't know any commercial fishermen , and commercial fisheries have little or no economic impact on your life. This was not always the case. But there is still is among us, a dwindling few, who cling stubbornly to the old ways of commercial...

Let's Talk Science - Ocean science in PWS and around the world
Posted 10/05/2012
by Allen Marquette - for the Cordova Times
Recently, on a rainy and windblown Saturday in Cordova, 215 diehard science enthusiasts braved the elements to attend the PWS Science Center's Ocean Science Festival. Half of the attendees were school age children who spent the entire four hours of the festival exploring and discovering the world of ocean science. After a presentation by Dr. Dick Lee of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah, Georgia on oil dispersants used during large oil spills, Katrina Hoffman, CEO and President of the PWSSC talked about the Long Term Monitoring Program called Gulf Watch Alaska. The project is.....