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#02-02-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
Judges OKs electronic record for observer lawsuit 
Feb 1, 2013 - 04:43 PM
Defendants in the lawsuit over the new marine observer program will submit the administrative record electronically by Feb. 19. Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Guarino filed the Jan. 28  motion asking to submit the record electronically on behalf of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. According to the motion, the record will contain 80,000-100,000 pages, as well as audio recordings....

Wrangell: City rejects haul out bid award protest, Kendrick appeals
By Greg Knight
Borough Manager Tim Rooney has rejected a Canadian firm’s protest over the recent acceptance of a bid for a new travel lift at the Marine Service Center. Rooney, who also acts as the Borough’s procurement officer, informed the Vancouver-based Kendrick Equipment Company on Jan. 22 that their protest of a winning bid by the Italy-based firm of Ascom S.p.A. was rejected – and that his office would recommend entering into a contract for the new machine with the Italian company. In their protest, Kendrick established ten separate reasons why they believed the deal with Ascom was deficient. In his response......

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Sea Ice Headed for the Pribilofs
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, February 01 2013
Sea ice pushing south towards the Pribilof Islands could interfere with the snow crab fishery in coming days. National Weather Service ice forecaster Becky Legett says a low pressure system south of the Aleutians combined with a high pressure system in the Bering Strait area is creating strong northerly winds. “And that is going to bring the ice edge down between....

Trawlers 86'd from Unalaska Bay?
February 1st 3:56 pm | Jim Paulin
While a trawler lobbyist doubts his boats would risk tearing up a $100,000 net on a crab pot in Unalaska Bay, local small boat fishermen have a simple solution. In their view, the pollock boats should drag their nets someplace else, outside the bay in the wide open Bering Sea. By a 5-2 vote last week, the Unalaska Dutch Harbor Fish and Game Advisory Committee endorsed a complete ban on trawling inside the Aleutian Islands bay, in the city of Unalaska and including the famous body of water known as Dutch Harbor. "Trawlers have the whole Bering Sea to fish in. They should not be fishing off our beaches in our community," said....

Tanner crab season ends in Unalaska, Opilio rolls on
Jim Paulin
Dutch Harbor Fisherman
January 31, 2013
Unalaska’s local Tanner crab fishery closed Saturday, while snow crab rolled on. The 35,000-pound Tanner quota was expected to be fully harvested, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska. This was the first time in three years that the Unalaska area was opened, and it performed better than the last time, in 2010, when it was closed early because of low numbers of crab in each pot, according to Fish and Game biologist Britta Baechler. “We were pretty pleased this year. We let the fleet take all 35,000 pounds,” Baechler said. Six small boats were registered for the fishery in the Unalaska/Kalekta Bay section of the Eastern Aleutian District. They were Biloxi Queen, Good Deal, Northern.....

Coastal zone re-emerges within Alaska Legislature
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2013 4:13 pm
Associated Press | 0 comments
JUNEAU, Alaska - Discussion has re-emerged in the Alaska Legislature over whether to re-establish a coastal management program in the state. Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, said Friday that he has drafted legislation but there were no immediate plans to introduce it. "It's ready to go," he said, "it's just a matter of making sure that there is enough support out there to get into it rather than just.......

Chenault: 'Voters have spoken' on coastal management
Comments Fri. echo Parnell on controversial issue
Posted: February 1, 2013 - 5:03pm
Although some legislators remain interested in authorizing a state coastal zone management program, a year and a half after the former program expired amidst disagreement between the House and Senate and five months after voters overwhelmingly rejected an initiative to establish a new program, Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, suggested Friday that he feels voters have already weighed in. During a Friday morning press conference....

Food system resolution advances in House
Resolution calls on Parnell to create working group
Posted: January 31, 2013 - 3:01pm  |  Updated: February 1, 2013 - 12:07am
The House Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Committee unanimously moved a resolution out of committee Thursday that would call on Gov. Sean Parnell to create a state food resource development working group. Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, who introduced the resolution, said he wants to bring together state agencies who dabble in food system-related issues — nutrition programs, research, ecology and beyond — and establish a “point person” in the governor’s office for.....

OPINION: My personal Pebble
February 1st 3:51 pm | Melvin Andrew
My name is Melvin Andrew. I live in Manokotak. I was born in Akiachuk and raised in Tuluksak, Manokotak, Kongiganak, and Bethel. I cannot truly call one community my home as many can claim, but I'm happy to say, "I'm from Alaska!" I married a wonderful woman from Manokotak and have called this my home for over 28 years. My personal pebble is my metaphor that relates to one's own grain of rock amongst a world of gazillions of grains of rock! Long and short translating to: insignificant in opinion, but among many. I adamantly opposed Pebble before, following the 'crowd' who opposed it due to water and fish issues. Water and fish is our life, sustenance, and way of life. I was raised commercial fishing and subsistence fishing my whole life and know the importance of them. Today we live in a Westernized culture, even in remote communities. Just about everything requires money to operate, even a subsistence way of life. There are many ways of earning a living besides commercial fishing. But in the past decade, many commercial fishermen required another way to support the rising cost of living and the subsistence way of life. Without a good job, a subsistence way of life is hard. The cost of boats....

Deepwater port in Nome or Port Clarence to support Arctic shipping?
Alex DeMarban
February 1, 2013
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineering is drilling down on two sites in Northwest Alaska that could serve as the future location of an Arctic deepwater port to protect Alaska's northernmost coasts from the potential perils of international ship traffic and pioneering resource development. Where to build such a port along Alaska's raw and rugged coast has been the subject of at least one congressional hearing, federal and state studies that include reams of local input. It remains to be seen how much cash the federal government will plow into the project, given the nation's ever-widening $16 trillion debt. "There is a need to invest further in port development for the Alaskan Arctic" to protect more than 3,000 miles of coastline against threats posed by increasing ship traffic, 60 percent of which are foreign-flagged....

Tlingit, Haida tribes oppose cruise ship bill
The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is opposing a bill that would change how Alaska regulates cruise ship wastewater. The council represents about 28,000 people. In a letter that was being distributed to lawmakers Friday, the council said the proposal would...

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