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#02-20-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

English: Aerial view of the Port of Anchorage,...
English: Aerial view of the Port of Anchorage, Alaska, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Panhandle salmon and crab arrive in Anchorage stores
Published: February 19, 2013
By STEVE EDWARDS — Daily News correspondent
Get a taste of Southeast Alaska this week. The panhandle waters are producing some nice seafood options, says Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage......

Let Them Eat Cake
Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Our Federal Masters a couple weeks ago announced that there would be no approval of a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to connect King Cove with the Cold Bay Airport. (See our earlier piece about that decision.) Obama’s Loathsome Cowboy Ken Salazar did the deed. Predictably, the Alaska congressional delegation went apoplectic, decrying the injustice of it all and muttering...
Alaska Senate passes cruise ship bill
By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press
Updated 8:29 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A bill that would change how Alaska regulates cruise ship wastewater is on its way to the governor's desk. The state Senate passed HB80 Tuesday, 15-5, following lengthy debate over whether Alaska waters and fisheries would be adequately protected. The vote had been pushed to Tuesday after several failed attempts to amend it last week. The measure passed the House, 27-10, earlier this month.
The bill, proposed by Gov. Sean Parnell, would......

Alaska Senate panel gets update on Susitna dam project
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:53 am
Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska - A proposed massive dam in south-central Alaska could provide stable electricity rates in Alaska's most populous region for a century, officials behind the effort said Tuesday. The Alaska Energy Authority provided a special Senate committee with an update on the....

Vitter’s Victory: EPA Official Resigns During Investigation Over E-Mails
Published 1, February 20, 2013 Bizarre , Congress , Environment
A high-ranking EPA official, Region 8 Administrator James Martin, will resign after weeks of scrutiny over allegations that he used a personal email account to conduct “official business.” Martin was accused of using his...

New England fishermen protest federal regulations in letter to Congress
Published February 20, 2013
Associated Press
BOSTON –  New England fishermen facing a dire future for their industry asked Congress in a letter Tuesday for immediate help surviving deep and impending cuts to their catch limits. The letter, signed by 173 fishermen in ports from Connecticut to Maine, came as the industry prepares for May 1 catch reductions that fishermen warn could finish off the fleet. A 77 percent cut in the catch limit for cod in the Gulf of Maine and a 61 percent decrease in the cod limit in Georges Bank, off southeastern New England, are the most significant in an array of 2013 catch reductions on bottom-dwelling groundfish. The letter described the situation as "simply unbelievable" following rosy promises by regulators of healthier fish stocks and economic.....