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#12-21-2012 - ComFish News Roundup #SurvivalOfTheFittest

U.S. Senators Call for "Hybrid" Approach to ECA Rules
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DC EPA Offices (Photo credit: greychr)
Thursday December 20, 2012
U.S. senators from Alaska and Hawaii are calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to apply what they call a "hybrid" approach to air emission rules for cruise ships under the North American Emission Control Area (ECA). In a letter to the EPA, Senators +Mark Begich  of Alaska and Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii wrote in support of a plan in which....
Coast Guard Reauthorization Act passes Congress
Posted 12/21/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
The 2012 Coast Guard Reauthorization Act, which includes a number of provisions benefitting Alaska, passed in U.S. Senate on Dec. 12 and went to President Obama for his signature. As chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and the Board Guard, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, made the motion for final passage of the bill, which he helped shepherd through the Senate. "Americans rely on the Coast Guard to protect us from threats to our security from the sea, to...........
..........The reauthorization legislation also requires that all vessels complete dockside examinations by Oct. 15, 2015, and at least once every five years thereafter. That compares to the current provision, requiring that all vessels be examined by October 2012 and at least once every two years thereafter.......

Frederick Sound chinook release plan makes progress
by Matt Lichtenstein
December 20, 2012 10:14 am
A plan to improve hatchery king salmon returns near Petersburg has made it past another couple hurdles. A group of Alaska Department of Fish and Game scientists, fishermen, and hatchery representatives has recommended the proposal move forward and one of the key permits has come through. Matt Lichtenstein has an update....

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Salmon Weathering the Winter in Boy Scout Lake
Dec 20 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT  
In August, KMXT spoke with Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association about its sockeye salmon rearing project in Boy Scout Lake. It’s been almost five months since the net pens were put in place and some community members may be wondering where the project stands now that the lake has frozen over. Tina Fairbanks is the productions and operations manager for KRAA and said the project is still in full swing, but trying to mimic natural winter feeding cycles.....
Petersburg: North Harbor going out to bid
by Matt Lichtenstein
December 20, 2012 11:07 am
Early next year, Petersburg will start advertising for contractors to replace its oldest harbor. The City Council Monday approved the 95% complete plans for North Harbor and authorized PND Engineers to get the bid process underway. The funding is in place for the nine-million-dollar project, which will completely remove the old, decrepit facility and install a new one of similar size. Matt Lichtenstein asked Harbormaster Glo Wollen about the plans and the construction schedule.....

Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee Will Hold Election Next Month... Members Wanted
One of the most active "Fish and Game Advisory Committee's" in the state is seeking new members to help guide fish and game policy in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (3:58)...

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Dec 20, 2012
Coming up this week, Republicans in the U.S. Senate are challenging aid for Alaskan fishermen in the wake of the King Salmon disaster; Good Samaritans were busy in Southeast last week, and we hear the results of a genetic study of Western Alaska salmon. We had help this week from KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KMXT’s Brianna Gibbs in Kodiak, APRN’s Peter Granitz in Washington DC, and CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau....