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#02-04-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Cruise ship: Grand Princess at Juneau, Alaska
Cruise ship: Grand Princess at Juneau, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cruise Ship Bill Moving Quickly Through Legislature
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | February 4, 2013 - 12:00 am
About a million people visit Alaska by cruise ship every year, creating floating cities along the state’s coastline. A bill that would change just how the waste they produce is regulated is moving rapidly through the legislature, and is scheduled to appear on the House floor Monday. So far, Gov. Sean Parnell’s bill to allow mixing zones for cruise ship waste instead of having the vessels meet water quality standards at the point of discharge has breezed through committee hearings. House Speaker Mike Chenault, a Republican from Nikiski, commented on the pace at a...

Fisheries, Water Quality Issues on Tap for Alaska Forum on the Environment
By Fishermen's News Online 10 hours 24 minutes ago
Several seafood-related issues, from the Bristol Bay watershed assessment to marine debris cleanup and Chinook salmon run declines, are on the agenda for the 15th annual Alaska Forum on the Environment, Feb. 4-8 in Anchorage. Michelle Ridgeway of Oceanus Alaska will discuss cruise ship routes, wastewater toxins and their effects on wild salmon and other subsistence food resources on the afternoon of Feb. 4. Dennis McLerran, administrator for EPA Region 10, will....

Murkowski launches push for expanded drilling, green energy policy revamp
English: Graph of Alaska crude oil reserves fr...
English: Graph of Alaska crude oil reserves from 1977 to 2006, created using MS Excel with data from the US Energy Information Administration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Ben Geman - 02/04/13 06:10 AM ET
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the top GOP member of the Senate’s energy panel, is spelling out her priorities in a sweeping blueprint that ranges from opening more federal lands and waters to oil drilling to launching a new green energy “trust fund.” The ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee is launching the “Energy 20/20” blueprint with a PR push that includes a speech Monday morning to......

Republican energy plan calls for more drilling, nothing to rein in greenhouse gases
Posted on Sunday, 02.03.13
WASHINGTON -- The Senate’s top Republican on energy issues, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, has crafted a blueprint for U.S. energy policy that calls for increased drilling while opposing laws to cap greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming. "Energy 20/20" is a signal of how the Republicans want to proceed on energy policy in the coming years as the nation wrestles with contentious.......

Is Canada, US cooperation North America’s way forward in the Arctic?
Ben Anderson
February 3, 2013
For years now, Alaska lawmakers have lamented the seeming lack of progress in developing the U.S. Arctic, as countries like Norway and Russia forge ahead with resource exploration and development and building infrastructure to take advantage of the economic potential of the world’s northern reaches. Now, some Arctic policy experts are calling for increased cooperation between the U.S. and Canada in developing North America’s Arctic resources -- but where to begin? Norway and Russia, those countries arguably best taking advantage of their Arctic geography, have their own history of cooperation. So, too, do the United States and Canada, but on a much different scale. Most of those latter countries’ Arctic successes have been in the environmental and scientific fields, with some additional cooperation between Coast Guards.....

Lockheed Martin Teams with Kampachi Farms to Develop a New Fish Farming System (video/photos)
(UNITED STATES, 2/2/2013)
One of Lockheed Martin’s latest innovations has earned a spot on TIME Magazine’s top 25 inventions of 2012 for its technology contributions to the Mobile Fish Pen. Lockheed Martin has teamed with Kampachi Farms of Hawaii and Illinois Soybean Association to develop an innovative new system that could produce a sea change in fish farming. The new system is a mobile fish pen, or drifting fish cage, which is hooked to a barge that drifts with the ocean eddies. The system circles in the current much like a satellite is held by gravity in a controlled orbit around the Earth.....

Globalstar, Inc. (PINK:GSAT) Takes a Dip Ahead of (Feb 5, 2013) Launch
February 4 2013
On Friday Globalstar, Inc. (PINK:GSAT, GSAT message board) closed 22% down, reaching $0.43 per share at the bell. The stock maintained a steady price throughout the day but took a nose dive immediately before the close. The company, which provides satellite telephone and data tracking solutions through low-orbit satellites, was recently delisted....