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#11-17-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

NatGeo: Alaska's Clash Over Salmon and Gold Goes National
Edwin Dobb
for National Geographic News
Published November 16, 2012
Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer. Mostly roadless and undeveloped, the Bristol Bay watershed doesn't look like a battlefield, yet it has become the Gettysburg of natural resource conflict in Alaska. Located some 250 miles (400 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, the 40,000-square-mile (104,000-square-kilometer) region is home to the largest population of wild salmon in the world. Every summer, 30 to 40 million adult sockeye salmon return to the bay, then swim upstream to complete an ancient cycle of renewal. And that's where two vastly different interests have clashed, because located in the upper reaches of the spawning grounds, a few miles north of Iliamna Lake (map), is a world-class ore deposit containing about 80 billion pounds (36 billion kilograms) of copper and 110 million ounces (3 million kilograms) of gold.....

Source of increasing mercury levels in the Arctic a bit of a surprise
Suzanna Caldwell | Nov 16, 2012
A recent study shows more mercury is entering the Arctic Ocean -- from a surprising source. Researchers from Harvard University were able to pinpoint higher levels of mercury deposited into the ocean at the top of the world, mostly from three major Russian rivers. Previously, most researchers thought mercury eventually found its way into the ocean through the atmosphere as a result of coal combustion.....

POW council to get borough study update
by Leila Kheiry
November 16, 2012 3:42 PM
The Prince of Wales Island Community Advisory Committee will get an update Tuesday from Sheinberg Associates on a $30,000 borough formation study the Juneau-based company recently started. The study kicked off on Oct. 29, and Sheinberg employees were given a list of questions to answer. Those questions relate to different types of boroughs that .....

Petersburg: Proposed Borough: Candidates

A look forward with Representative Peggy Wilson
By Greg Knight
November 15, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 46
Q. Now that you have been re-elected, what is the most important issue you see facing Wrangell, and how do you intend to deal with it in the Legislature?
A. I think the issues facing all of Southeast Alaska are, basically, similar. We need to improve our economy and make ourselves attractive to new business ventures and increase the population of Southeast. There are three ways to do this; when a business comes into an area, they look at three things. First, they look to see if there are good schools, they look to see if you’ve got good infrastructure, and they want to see if you have low cost energy. So, those are the three things we need to zero in on and make....

Aquaculture Will Dominate Seafood Markets by 2030
Last month a world renowned fisheries economist made his first trip to Alaska. As part of that visit Frank Asche (Ash) from Norway gave a talk in Anchorage about the future of global seafood markets. KDLG's Mike Mason listened in and filed this report. (4:41)...

Southwest Alaska Has the Highest Unemployment Rate in the State... Again
The unemployment rate in Southwest Alaska continues to hang at 12.5-percent. However, that is still the highest unemployment rate of any region in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:22)....

AP News
Alaska's unemployment rate falls to 7.1 percent
Posted on November 16, 2012
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's unemployment rate fell to a preliminary 7.1 percent in October, its lowest level in five months......