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#11-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

"Bristol Bay Initiative" submitted to Lt. Gov's Office
A new bill by initiative has been filed with the state of Alaska, that, if adopted, would require legislative approval for certain large-scale mines built in the protected areas of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve. The proposed ballot initiative has been described as the latest shot fired in the battle over the Pebble mine, but as KDLG's Dave Bendinger reports, the backers think the initiative takes a middle of the road approach in giving voters in the state more say in the future of large-scale mining in Bristol Bay. (3:18)....

UFA Wants Coast Guard Presence in Arctic in Line With Development
Alaska’s largest statewide commercial fishing trade association is tracking movement in Congress on revisions of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, which is key to Coast Guard appropriations for fiscal 2013 and 2014. Separate House and Senate versions of the legislation are yet to be reconciled. United Fishermen of Alaska is keeping a close eye on revisions of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act now before Congress, which will authorize Coast Guard appropriations for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. “There is a House version and a senate version and they will have to be reconciled,” said Mark Vinsel...

Report into decline of B.C.'s sockeye fishery critical of salmon farming
Keven Drews,   Thursday, November 01, 2012 12:00 AM
VANCOUVER - Fisheries and Oceans Canada should cap the production of farmed salmon in British Columbia's Discovery Islands and issue no more licences because a "likelihood of harm" exists for migrating sockeye, says a provincial court justice. In his three-volume report on the future of the sockeye fishery released Wednesday, Justice Bruce Cohen focuses 11 of his 75 recommendations on the province's salmon-farming......

Salmon inquiry commissioner critical of Fisheries Act changes
By Gordon Hoekstra, Peter O'Neil and Jonathan Fowlie, Vancouver Sun October 31, 2012
VANCOUVER - The Cohen commission recommendations, which call for greater protection for sockeye salmon and their habitat, run headlong into federal government measures to water down environmental regulations and cut staff. Former B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen took aim at the federal government Wednesday in his much-anticipated report on the decline of Fraser River sockeye. He said he was “troubled” by recent amendments to the environmental process and the Fisheries Act by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. “Many experts have emphasized the importance of protecting fish habitat, promoting biodiversity and adopting ecosystem-based management practices,” said Cohen. “However, the recent amendments to the Fisheries Act appear to be.....

Fisheries Scientists Want More Answers on Relationship Between Hatcheries, Wild Stocks
Fisheries scientists say the abundance of salmon in the North Pacific Ocean is at the highest ever, but given climate changes and more, there are many unanswered questions about the effect of hatchery stocks on wild salmon. It’s a topic of continuing discussion that came up at the recent Alaska Chinook salmon symposium in Anchorage, and some prominent researchers associated with the University of....

Introduced Species on Kodiak = 'Trouble in Paradise'
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Oct 31, 2012
Travis Tennessen didn’t have a typical childhood. His adolescent years were split between the lush orchards of Wisconsin and the mountainous terrain of Kodiak Island. Unlike most seasonal residents of Alaska’s emerald isle, Tennessen and his family didn’t flock to the archipelago during the bountiful summer months, but rather the cold, dark days of January. Tennessen’s parents taught at the Chiniak School during the winter and spring, setting the framework for his traveling childhood. But the “half-years” Tennessen spent in Kodiak did more than shape the memories of his youth; it laid the groundwork his pursuit of a doctorate degree. Tennessen received his.....

Chad See Named to Head Freezer Longline Coalition
The Freezer Longline Coalition in Seattle has hired federal policy professional Chad See as its new executive director. See fills the slot vacated when Kenny Down left to become the new president and chief executive officer of Blue North Fisheries Inc., a coalition member. See was previously with the global law firm K & L Gates LLP, and spent 12 years as...

Buccaneer takes tough environmental questions
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Oct 31, 2012
Buccaneer Alaska’s first town meeting turned into a confrontation between Homer people pushing for specific answers on gas development plans, and officials wanting to layout projects in their own long-range points.
The push and pull led to a discussion into the methods for disposing drilling muds, blowout prevention and a refusal to promise against future fracking. About 125 people attended the meeting Wednesday night at the....

Not needed
Alaska voters put the kibosh on the idea behind Ballot Measure No. 1 four times in 40 years. The same outcome is expected on election day Tuesday. Ballot Measure No. 1 asks: "Shall there be a constitutional convention?" It's a very important question because the answer could be devastating or rewarding for...

WWF at ANT Kodiak WWF at ANT Kodiak  Petty Officer 2nd Class Jose Rodriguez, an electrician's mate with Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, explains the roles and missions of th ANT to Verner Wilson of the World Wildlife Fund Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at the unit in Kodiak, Alaska. ANT Kodiak manages 119 land-based aids to navigation in Alaska ranging from Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound to Kodiak extending west into the Aleutians and as far north as Point Hope. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.