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#11-14-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska increases estimate of salmon disaster
November 13, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska commercial fishermen lost an estimated $16.8 million in direct revenue tied to fishing closures because of recent poor king salmon returns, according to new figures prepared by state officials. Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Commissioner Susan Bell enclosed the estimate of losses by commercial fishery permit holders in a letter to the Alaska congressional delegation. An estimate in September put.... http://washingtonexaminer.com/alaska-increases-estimate-of-salmon-disaster/article/feed/2047874
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Susan Bell letter to congressional delegation on salmon disaster

Nushagak King Salmon Run Appears Healthy
By Mike Mason, KDLG - Dillingham | November 13, 2012 - 5:22 pm
Fishery managers and stakeholders across the state are expressing concern about the lackluster king salmon runs this year in Alaska.  But the third largest king run in the state appears healthy..... http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/11/13/nushagak-king-salmon-run-appears-healthy/

Alaska fish fight over community development riches turns nasty
Alex DeMarban | Nov 13, 2012
What's been called a civil war over a federal fishing program meant to help struggling Alaska Native villages has reached a new level of bitterness, with one of the wealthiest entities blasting the head of another. They say he's not properly disclosing the big money he earns fishing. The slime-slinging comes as Coastal Villages Region Fund tries to snatch a larger share of the lucrative Bering Sea seafood allocation from rivals that operate under the federal government's Community Development Quota program. The Coastal Villages nonprofit, representing 20 villages in a large chunk of Southwest Alaska, is saving its heaviest hitting for one group in particular as it pitches its case to the media and politicians. Coastal Villages claims..... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/alaska-fish-fight-over-community-development-riches-turns-nasty


NOVEMBER 14, 2012 · 9:56 AM
Last of the salmon people — EPA assessment describes culture of Natives still supported by wild salmon, clean water
By Jenny Neyman
Redoubt Reporter
In the battle over whether or not, or under what conditions, to allow development of the Pebble Mine prospect, much of the ammunition lobbed back and forth has been in the form of very large, ultimately very quantifiable numbers — an estimated 80 billion pounds of copper, over 100 million ounces of gold and 5.6 billion pounds of molybdenum; an open pit mine potentially two miles wide and several thousand feet deep with up to 10 billion tons of waste material stored in two tailings lakes held back by four-plus miles of dam; the potential of thousands of jobs in construction and mine operation; located in the headwaters of the largest wild salmon run in the world, where commercial.... http://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/last-of-the-salmon-people-epa-assessment-describes-culture-of-natives-still-supported-by-wild-salmon-clean-water/


New Mines Put Alaska and BC on Collision Course
Developing province's northwest could pollute more across border and Americans are armed with new court rulings.
Last in a series.
By Christopher Pollon, Today
In one final, uncharacteristic act as Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin fired off a letter to Gordon Campbell in 2009, calling for British Columbia to stop polluting the salmon-rich Taku River, which is shared by both the province and Alaska. "In order to protect downstream water quality and assure the continued health of the valuable Taku River fisheries, the state of Alaska feels other means must be promptly implemented for remediating the Tulsequah Chief," she wrote. Palin's words fell on deaf ears. Pollution from the Tulsequah Chief mine has flowed for 50 years and continues today, as successive owners of the property try and fail to restart the mine. Two different water treatment schemes have been deployed and abandoned, the most recent in June 2012. (See a map of the Tulsequah Chief mine below in this story.) The Tulsequah Chief is more than a rogue mine mired in bad luck. It foreshadows what could be coming to northwest B.C. and southeast Alaska over the next few decades after BC Hydro completes its Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) in 2014. The NTL promises to.... http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/11/14/Alaska-BC-Mines/


Chum salmon bycatch issues on tap for NPFMC meeting
Posted 11/13/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Reports on prohibited species catch of chum and Chinook salmon are up for an initial review before North Pacific Fishery Management Council during its Dec. 5-11 meeting in Anchorage. The federal fisheries panel has, however, postponed an update on salmon genetics studies previously scheduled for inclusion in that 24-hour block during the Dec. 5-11 meeting at the... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1246chum-salmon-bycatch-issues-on-tap-for-npfmc

Buccaneer plans on winter drilling off Anchor Point after all
Equipment nearly in place, Endeavour rig to head off the dock for Cosmopolitan Unit 3 miles offshore from Anchor Point – if permit obtained, officials say
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Nov 13th, 2012
Buccaneer Energy Limited intends to move forward with drilling plans at the Cosmopolitan Unit three miles off shore from Anchor Point this winter, the company announced in an update on Tuesday morning. In a press release coming out of Houston, Buccaneer Energy Limited did not state a date for when the Endeavour Spirit of Independence jack-up rig would be moving off the Homer Deep Water Dock. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission must first grant approval in granting a surface...... http://homertribune.com/2012/11/buccaneer-plans-on-winter-drilling-off-anchor-point/

Federal report calls for more research on Arctic oil spills
Published: November 13, 2012 Updated 6 hours ago
By KYLE HOPKINS
A federal commission says more research is needed to prevent and clean up oil spills in the ice-covered waters surrounding Alaska and Canada. The report, issued Tuesday by the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, is framed around a simple question: Just what do governments and oil companies know about stopping a spill in the frozen Arctic?..... http://www.adn.com/2012/11/13/2691893/federal-report-calls-for-more.html

NOVEMBER 14, 2012 · 9:57 AM
’Tuf luck — XTRATUF outsourcing sparks cry over quality of boots
By Joseph Robertia
Redoubt Reporter
In Florida, they wear flip-flops. In New York, it’s Prada. In Alaska, XTRATUF boots reign as the supreme footwear of the masses. Dog mushers working on glaciers wear the insulated versions to keep their feet warm. Oil field workers all the way to the North Slope favor their ruggedness. From fishermen to foresters, cannery workers to clam........... Alaskans have suffered through a decrease in quality in XTRATUF boots following manufacturing being shifted to China, but representatives say the boots are back up to snuff and tough as ever...... http://redoubtreporter.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/tuf-luck-xtratuf-outsourcing-sparks-cry-over-quality-of-boots/