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#01-24-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Bycatch, enforcement on the menu at IPHC
Jan 23, 2013 - 05:05 PM
Harvesters at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s annual meeting returned to their discussion of bycatch today (yesterday), ultimately passing motions that ask the commission to take serious steps toward reducing bycatch in the Pacific. Harvesters, who collectively advise the commission as the Conference Board, said in one resolution that they appreciated the work of the bycatch advisory group,  and, in an amendment, that they...

Council Approves Scoping Work for Harbor Overhaul
By Stephanie Joyce
Wednesday, January 23 2013
Less than a year after completing one small boat harbor, the City of Unalaska is beginning the process of overhauling the other one. City council voted Tuesday night to start scoping work for replacement of the floats at the Bobby Storrs harbor.  “We want to build a dock that is similar to the Spit Dock and CEM [Carl E. Moses], so that we are maintaining like facilities...
English: Mead Treadwell
Mead Treadwell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Treadwell speaks of obstacles to burgeoning Arctic at Norway conference
Carey Restino | The Arctic Sounder | Jan 23, 2013
With vessel traffic in the Bering Strait increasing exponentially, development across the Arctic improving, and the future of oil and gas exploration, fisheries, trade and tourism opportunities abounding, political leaders and scientists gathered this week in Norway for one of the more significant annual meetings on Arctic issues. Alaska’s Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell traveled to the Norway conference, delivering a strong message: Alaska needs a way to manage and communicate with itinerant vessels traveling through the Bering Straits. “This is the age of Arctic Shipping the great explorers dreamed of,” Treadwell said in a speech in Norway on Monday. “We’ve been given a ‘new ocean’ of possibilities — and dangers — and we need to do everything we can to prepare for both.” While vessels traveling from a U.S. port must comply with a wide variety of...

Leading Lady spill contained but oyster sales shut down
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Divers were able to raise the sunken fishing vessels, the F/V’s Kupreanof on Saturday and the Leading Lady Monday from Jakolof Bay, some four weeks after the boats went down in 48 inches of heavy snowfall. But enough fuel spilled in the sensitive oyster farm waters that the Alaska Department of Natural Resources announced today, Wednesday, that all commercial sales of the oysters from this area are shut down. “These oyster farms have been notified of the spill, and the ADEC Division of Environmental Health has issued a Stop Sale Order for the oysters in that area. The area is used by migratory birds and sea otters,” the release said. “Oysters and mussels from the farms....

Young named to two fisheries related committees
Posted 01/24/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has received subcommittee assignments on the House Natural Resources and House Transportation and Infrastructure committees for the 113th Congress, both....

Corrections: KTNA updates Su Dam story #SmartGrid
by Lorien Nettleton ~ January 23rd, 2013
APRN: Edit as you need.
In a previous story which aired on Tuesday, January 22nd, KTNA reported that  the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had yielded to pressure from Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and members of the State Legislature to....

NOAA scientist tracks ocean acidification in Alaska
Posted 01/23/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Ocean acidification is an imminent and potentially disruptive threat to Alaska's coastal waters, but with a concerted, well-coordinated effort, the state's fisheries will remain sustainable, says federal fisheries scientist Jeremy Mathis. The first of two buoys for ocean acidification network are to be deployed in February, to serve as an early warning system and economic tool for Alaska's fisheries. The project is funded by a $2.7 million allocation from the Alaska Legislation, and information gleaned from the buoys and sent to....

Water quality standards for cruise ships challenged
Posted 01/23/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Legislation introduced by the Parnell administration would delete a statutory requirement for cruise ships to meet by Alaska Water Quality Standards at the point of discharge. Current state law requires that commercial passenger vessels in state waters not discharge untreated sewage, treated sewage, graywater or other wastewaters in a manner that violates effluent limits or standards under state or federal law, including Alaska water quality standards....

Chukchi Trawl Survey Sheds Light on Unexplored Waters
By Lauren Rosenthal
Wednesday, January 23 2013
Fishing is off-limits in the Arctic, but last summer, a pair of commercial trawlers traveled north to the Chukchi Sea. They were on a scientific mission, to conduct the first-ever comprehensive study of the Chukchi’s ecosystem. Franz Mueter is the lead scientist on the study, and he's attending the Alaska Marine Science Symposium in Anchorage this week to....

Agency proposes recovery plan for rare right whale
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 4:56 pm | Updated: 4:58 pm, Wed Jan 23, 2013.
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed a recovery plan for the endangered North Pacific right whale that focuses on finding out more about the rare species. Before whaling, the population of North Pacific right whales may have been as high as 20,000, but only about 30 North Pacific right whales remain in U.S. waters. They make up the eastern population of the species.....

State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Murkowski Talks LNG in Japan, Taiwan
US Senator Lisa Murkowski led a Congressional delegation visit to Taiwan and Japan last week. As a ranking member on the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Murkowski met with government officials and industry leaders in both countries to talk potential trade opportunities for Alaska's natural gas. Senator Murkowski held a press conference Wednesday. KDLG's Dave Bendinger reports: (2:52).....

GVEA asks Legislature to boost funding for liquefied natural gas plant #SmartGrid
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 6:10 am, Thu Jan 24, 2013.
Matt Buxton
JUNEAU — Golden Valley Electric Association is asking the Legislature to quadruple the amount of cash available for a liquefied natural gas processing plant, an expensive piece of infrastructure integral to trucking gas to the Interior......

Sen. Murkowski confident of Asian gas market
Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:07 am | Updated: 12:08 am, Thu Jan 24, 2013.
FAIRBANKS — Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is confident there’s a market for Alaska’s natural gas in Asia after a recent trip to Japan and Taiwan. During a teleconference with reporters on Wednesday, Murkowski reported that Japanese.....

Alaska Coral 2013: Back to the Lab!
Posted by Rhian Waller of NG Explorers in Explorers Journal on January 23, 2013
Alaska Coral 2013 Highlights
By Rhian Waller.
NG Grantee Rhian Waller has been studying the deep-sea corals found in the shallows of fjords in Alaska, and investigating what they can tell us about the rest of the ocean as well. The expedition is over. It’s back to the laboratory at the University of Maine for both myself and the samples we collected on this cruise. It is time to look back on our field program and realize just how well it went – we had great weather, we had great diving, and we had a great crew – can’t really get better than that......

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