Skip to main content

#02-10-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Public input builds on wastewaster legislation
Bill could reach Senate floor next week
Posted: February 8, 2013 - 12:09am
Two bills that change the water quality criteria used to measure cruise ship wastewater could see a Senate vote as early as next week. The House’s wastewater bill shot straight through the Senate’s committee gauntlet and landed next to its companion bill in the Senate Finance Committee by Thursday morning. House Bill 80 had recently passed a House reconsideration vote 27-10. Thursday morning in Senate Finance Committee, HB 80 was joined by Senate Bill 29 as the topic of public testimony. If passed, the act would sunset a science panel...

Cruising clean within reach
If exemption bill passes, incentives evaporate
Posted: February 10, 2013 - 12:06am
In the rush to placate the desire of a profitable industry to end-run the requirement passed by voters in 2006 for large cruise ships to meet Alaska Water Quality Standards, many important facts and concerns are being ignored. Indeed, according to Michelle Ridgway, a professional marine ecologist who has over 30 years of experience researching undersea ecosystems and a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell, the ‘fast track’ mode of the cruise ship wastewater legislation is allowing false....

Many solutions
A Ketchikan councilman had it partly right when he proposed sales tax adjustments this week. Matt Olsen, who felt the economic pain generated during the most recent city budget session, suggested that Ketchikan charge higher sales tax in the summer. The result would be that tourists would pay a higher amount to support city services. Of course, locals would be paying the higher tax then, too. But, after the summer tourist season, the sales tax would be decreased in concern for those living and trying to make ends meet in Ketchikan. This would mean a 4-percent tax in the summer and a 3-percent tax in the off season. Business leaders expressed several concerns about the idea: 1. It would deter locals from....

Emotions run high over EPA's Bristol Bay watershed study
Margaret BaumanThe Cordova Times
February 9, 2013
A decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further review and add to information gathered for the Bristol Bay watershed assessment is being greeted with disappointment and dismay by those opposed to a massive copper mine. Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, a network of nearly 100 organizations that support fishermen and the industry that harvests Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, said this past week they are disappointed with the EPA's decision. The final document initially was scheduled for completion by year's....

The salmon situation
University of Alaska Anchorage fisheries economist Gunnar Knapp last week gave legislators in Juneau an overview of world salmon trends. You can view the entire presentation here....

Due date narrows for octopus mom
By Heidi Zemach
For The LOG
Over the last ten months the giant Pacific octopus LuLu, a resident of Alaska SeaLife Center, has proven to be an attentive mother to the hundreds, or thousands, of eggs she laid last spring. She’s sucking water in through her mantle, and blowing it over them, and fanning it to give them plenty of oxygen and keep the water circulating. Day in and out she’s hovering over these pearly white curtains of rice-like eggs that hang off separate threads like grapes, rarely leaving them to feed herself. She’s visibly losing weight in the process. Any approaching starfish or aquarium personnel she aggressively pushes away with her long arms. Large rocks that she picked up, and with which she had hoped to barricade herself and her eggs behind, lie scattered below her on the tank floor. Meanwhile, scientists like ASLC Aquarium Curator Richard Hocking, and Aquarium Coordinator Jared Guthridge are carefully observing her behavior, and learning new things about....

Senior Chenault staffer calls Valdez gasline route 'crock of s--t'
Lee Revis
February 9, 2013
"What a crock of sh-t.”
Only the expletive was fully spelled out and sent directly to Valdez City Clerk Sheri Pierce from the official legislative email address of, Rep. Mike Chenault, Speaker of the House in the Alaska House of Representatives. The email was sent to Pierce in reply to an email Pierce sent to all legislators and Gov. Sean Parnell on behalf of Valdez Mayor Dave Cobb. The email contained an electronic copy of a hard copy letter Cobb sent to Parnell’s Juneau office regarding the All Alaska Gasline Project. “I was shocked to receive that,” Pierce said....

Oregon program recycles salmon carcasses to put nutrients in streams
By The Associated Press
on February 09, 2013 at 4:40 PM
An Oregon marine program is being billed as "stream enrichment," but it's a lot smellier than it sounds.
That's because the program really comes down to dumping hundreds of excess hatchery fish carcasses into tributaries. It's a conservation program billed as a way to make up for the loss of marine-derived nutrients that get flushed from....

War on the seabed: the shellfishing battle
In the fertile inshore waters of the west coast conflict is brewing between small-boat fishermen and the industrial trawlers, with tales of sabotage, bullying and livelihoods at stake
Alex Renton
The Observer, Saturday 9 February 2013
The trawler was a mass of battered metal looming high above our little boat, a great bucket of rust on the bright blue Hebridean sea. For two days last July we watched it plough up and down a shallow patch inshore, just where we'd been used to seeing a school of basking sharks feeding. But those had gone, and so had the seals that sunbathed on the nearby rocks. A clanking noise filled the air, broken kelp fronds were washing up....

Popular posts from this blog

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said.........

#01-14-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Chinook Conservation, Trawling and Permit-Stacking Addressed by BoF Jan 13, 2014 View of Kodiak from Pillar Mountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Jay Barrett/KMXT The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its Kodiak area meetings on Friday afternoon at the Harbor Convention Center. KMXT’s Jay Barrett spoke with board Chairman Karl Johnstone about some of the decisions that came out of the meeting, and how the meeting schedule may change in the future..... 3:32 PM MON JANUARY 13, 2014 The Dillingham City Council Opposes Passage of House Bill 77 By MIKE MASON The Dillingham City Council has come out in opposition to a bill that is expected to be a major focus of attention during the next session of the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details..... PORT STUDY Corps draft feasibility study on ports due in March

Danish commandos 'monitoring hippies' on Arctic offshore rig #artcticloons

Image by Steve Rhodes via Flickr Alaska Dispatch | May 31, 2011 Armed Danish commandos have (possibly) been summoned to monitor Earth-loving "hippies" clinging to the underbelly of an Arctic deepwater oil rig  off the coast of Greenland , sources say. The environmental non-governmental group  Greenpeace  has published  statements and  video  showing its activists aboard two ships that are attempting to "interfere" with oil exploration going on in the Davis Strait, 100 miles west of Greenland. This business has in turn prompted the Kingdom of Denmark to launch two ships and a few helicopters to monitor the Greenpeace interference. The  Leiv Eriksson  is the source of all this Arctic bait and switch. British oil company  Cairn Energy  is attempting to drill four wells at depths of at least 5,000 feet this summer in "iceberg-strewn sea" with the 53,000-ton offshore oil rig, which has made its way to Arctic waters after a month of failed attempts by Green