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#12-19-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Petersburg Alaska
Petersburg Alaska (Photo credit: DB's travels)
Petersburg Borough approved by voters
Voters choose to dissolve city, incorporate as borough
Posted: December 18, 2012 - 7:48pm  |  Updated: December 19, 2012 - 12:09am
By MARK D. MILLER
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Voters in the proposed Petersburg Borough voted to incorporate as Alaska’s 19th borough, according to unofficial election results Tuesday evening. The City of Petersburg will dissolve in the incorporation of the home-rule borough, though Kupreanof, a city of just 27 people that... http://juneauempire.com/local/2012-12-18/petersburg-borough-approved-voters

A Seafood Processing Industry Representative Speaks During the Recent RDC Conference
12/18/12
A representative with the seafood processing industry in Alaska tried to outline the industry perspective on salmon by-catch during a recent conference in Anchorage. KDLG's Mike Mason listened in and filed this report. (4:33)... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2386

WASSIP Results Presented to the Board of Fish
12/18/12
A major genetic study of sockeye salmon in Western Alaska was rolled out last month and the results were outlined in great detail during the recent Alaska Board of Fisheries “Bristol Bay” meeting in Naknek. KDLG’s Mike Mason covered the meeting and filed this report. (4:43).... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=2385

20th Alaska Symphony of Seafood set for February in Anchorage
Posted 12/19/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
For commercial seafood processors in companies large and small, it's that time of the year again; time to answer the call for market ready products competition for the annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood. The deadline is Jan. 16 for consideration of the 2013 event, which will be the symphony's 20th anniversary. In years past, over 350 new products have been featured in competition at the symphony, and winning products have resulted in millions of dollars in sales for their producers, said Jim Browning... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/125120th-alaska-symphony-of-seafood-set-for

Deadlines loom for shipping tasty Alaska gift packs
Published: December 18, 2012
By STEVE EDWARDS — Daily News correspondent
Many Alaskans are thinking holidays and gift-giving. For those looking to give a tasty gift -- either near or far -- there are lots of options. Alaska seafood, reindeer, bread, teas and other items make perfect gifts. Here is a brief rundown of some options (in Anchorage):..... http://www.adn.com/2012/12/18/2728575/deadlines-loom-for-shipping-tasty.html

Alaska Energy Authority submits environmental plans for Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project
By DAN JOLING  Associated Press
December 18, 2012 - 4:52 pm EST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska energy planners have taken a step toward licensing for the country's second tallest dam by submitting a two-year plan for environmental work to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Alaska Energy Authority on Friday formally submitted its Revised Study Plan outlining 58 environmental studies over the next two years for the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project, a proposed 750-foot dam and accompanying power-producing facility on the Susitna River, the nation's 15th largest by discharge. At a height of 750 feet, Susitna-Watana would be second only to the 770-foot Oroville Dam in California. It would.... http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/83729a4c6d174f149531183225d4a9ef/AK--Alaska-Dam

Gillnet fishermen: ‘under attack’
Washington delays action on proposed gillnet ban to allow more public comments
Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 11:26 am | Updated: 2:06 pm, Mon Dec 17, 2012.
By TED SHORACK
The Daily Astorian | 0 comments
TUMWATER, Wash. — Georgia Marincovich had a blunt message for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Saturday. “Our small businesses are being attacked by the governor of Oregon,” said Marincovich, whose family and commercial fishing are synonymous at the mouth of the Columbia River. Her comments came as the Washington panel considered an Oregon plan that would ban gillnetting... http://www.dailyastorian.com/free/gillnet-fishers-under-attack/article_9b00778c-487f-11e2-aa7c-001a4bcf887a.html

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Republicans Want to Make Sure Alaska Fisheries Don’t Get Hurricane Sandy Aid
By Margaret Hartmann
Last week, Republicans in Congress said they wouldn't allocate the full $60.4 billion the White House requested for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy because cost estimates weren't specific enough, and now they're questioning certain riders attached to the bill. Some of their complaints are understandable.... http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2012/12/gop-wants-to-cut-riders-from-sandy-aid.html ...... Begich: The money, he said, will “help make communities whole.”... http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/sandy-bills-extras-draw-attacks-from-the-right-85274.html

Maritime bill targets terrorist states
By JESSICA MEYERS | 12/19/12 4:34 AM EST
The United States wields a new tool in its effort to combat Iran: the Coast Guard bill. And though the legislation still sits on the president’s desk, it may already have affected world trade..... http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/maritime-bill-targets-terrorist-states-85258.html

Kodiak Launch Complex Tops Parnell's Kodiak Funding Plan
Dec 18, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Governor Sean Parnell released his proposed capital budget on Friday, and in it was a smattering of projects for the Kodiak area. The governor is proposing just $1.4-million of state money for District 35, which includes Kodiak Island and Cordova. There is $30.6-million in funds that are a “pass-through” from the federal government – they are largely for transportation projects, including $200,000 for the Whittier Airport master plan, $2.5-million for maintenance and operation of the Whittier Tunnel, and.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4333