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#10-31-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

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First 3 Subsistence Fishermen Found Guilty
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | October 30, 2012 - 5:16 pm
Trials began yesterday for two dozen Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen who allegedly fished with salmon nets when they were restricted this past summer. The first three fishermen were found guilty at the Bethel District Court House today. The politics of subsistence rights versus state restrictions weighs far heavier on the trials than the violations themselves, worth $250 each. The defense is arguing that the State did not properly notify the Yup’ik speaking fishermen of the....

Trio of Native Kuskokwim salmon fishermen on trial found guilty
Jill Burke | Oct 30, 2012
A series of court rulings Tuesday in the southwest Alaska community of Bethel offers a blueprint of how a highly emotional stand against perceived injustice will likely end for two dozen salmon fishermen cited for illegal fishing this summer. In a trio of back-to-back cases, Alaska State Court Judge Bruce Ward ruled against three Alaska Native fishermen who argued they never meant to break the law. Even though their intent didn't matter in the end, Ward didn't believe the men were as naive as they claimed to be. With so many ways to get information -- by phone, fax, email and radio, and by looking....

Unalaska Kids Eat Local
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, October 30 2012
Pizza, mac and cheese, sandwiches – all that standard school lunch fare was noticeably absent from trays at Unalaska City High School on Friday. Tenth grader Renzel Hoover:
“Hoover: We’re having salmon and then bread and pudding, vegetables and some beans, and some rice too.
SJ: And do you guys normally have salmon for lunch?
Hoover: No, it’s actually the first time this year we’ve had salmon, so it’s kind of new, but it’s good.”
The salmon is part of a state pilot program that aims to....

Homer Man, Fishing Vessel Burned After Suicide Threat
By Chris Klint
Channel 2 News
12:52 p.m. AKDT, October 30, 2012
A Homer man was severely burned at a local boat yard early Tuesday morning after Homer police say he threatened to commit suicide aboard a commercial fishing vessel doused with...,0,2214490.story

Hearing date set for rockfish lawsuit
Oct 30, 2012 - 12:30 PM
Oral argument has been scheduled in the lawsuit over the new rockfish catch share program in the Gulf of Alaska. Judge Marsha Pechman announced the Nov. 19 hearing on Oct. 30. Each side will have 20 minutes to argue their case, and ten minutes for....

Kodiak Site of Invasive Species Conference
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Oct 30, 2012  
Today kicks off the 13th Annual Invasive Species Conference organized by the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plant Management, the Alaska Invasive Species Working Group and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Gino Graziano is an invasive plants instructor for the extension service and helped coordinate this year’s conference, which is being held in Kodiak. He said Kodiak is a unique....

Anchorage secrecy on state bond issue provides reason to reject it
Dermot Cole
Oct 30, 2012
The $453 million bond issue on the statewide ballot next week includes $50 million for the Anchorage  port project, an undertaking that is going to make the Anchorage airport look like the best deal since  Seward's purchase. A preliminary study  has been completed about problems related to the port design and the $300 million spent so far. But the Mayor of Anchorage and the Anchorage assembly won't release it or talk about it until after the election. That is reason enough to vote against....

Anchorage port design 'inappropriate,' federal agency says
Alaska Dispatch | Oct 30, 2012
The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued a prepared statement citing “concerns” over the Anchorage Port expansion's design, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The Maritime Administration, known as MARAD, said...

New road route for Tulsequah Chief Mine approved
By Rosemarie Alexander
Posted on October 30, 2012 at 7:15 am
Category: Energy & Mining, Featured News, Outdoors
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 25 seconds
British Columbia environmental officials have approved a new route to the Tulsequah Chief Mine that avoids several traditional Native use areas and eliminates the need for Taku River barging. A Canadian company hopes to re-open the old mine by 2015. The Tulsequah Mine has long been a concern to Juneau because of its connection to the Taku River. The Taku River Tlingit First Nation has steadfastly opposed a road from Atlin to the mine located near the confluence of the Tulsequah and Taku Rivers.  The new route, however, grew out of discussions last year between mine owner Chieftain Metals and the tribe. Garry Alexander is...

Not if but when: oil tankers would put one of British Columbia's greatest treasures at risk
Carrie Saxifrage Posted: Oct 30th, 2012
The proposed Enbridge pipelines puts at risk one of BC’s greatest accomplishments, unique and rare in the world not once but three times over: the Great Bear Rainforest. Vibrant ecosystems of the magnitude found in the Great Bear are extremely and increasingly rare. Connected to those ecosystems are cultures that have been there from “time immemorial,” an intact people that co-evolved with its place, another global rarity. Finally, the Great Bear Rainforest exists because disparate parties that don’t normally share goals worked together, long and hard, to achieve an historic 2006 agreement.....