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#02-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Story last updated at 4:54 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Homer fisherman one of 13 candidates for 2 IPHC seats
By Rashah McChesney
Morris News Service - Alaska The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced nominees for two seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commision, and a Homer man and a consultant for the Kenai River Sportfishing Association are among the candidates. Kevin Delaney, a sportfishing representative for the recently concluded Upper Cook Inlet Task Force, and Donald Lane, a Homer-based halibut fishermen and owner-operator of the fishing vessel Predator, are two of 13...

Story last updated at 3:57 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Begich's comments show willingness to be voice of reason on Pebble project  
By BRETT VEERHUSEN and Will Bishop
We were pleased to see Sen. Mark Begich's comments about the EPA's watershed assessment for Bristol Bay during his recent visit to Homer. While many of our elected officials in Alaska and Washington, D.C., have taken an ill-informed, uncompromising stance against the watershed assessment, Sen. Begich's comments represent a rational approach in line with the vast majority of his constituents. As a quick refresher, the EPA is studying Bristol Bay at the request of tribes....

Study shows seafood important as food source
Feb 27th, 2013
A lot of focus these days looks at regional food security issues. It’s a good idea to take stock of what farming products of meat and vegetables are available locally. If transportation became a barricade due to a natural disaster, how much food is on hand to feed one another. Much of the discussion played out so far is on a philosophical or anecdotal level. We know people trade foods, share foods, live from the land and sea by taking....

Mixed reviews for Alaska pollock in McDonald's Fish McBites Laurel Andrews
February 27, 2013
Alaska pollock's biggest new marketing coup, landing breaded and bite-sized as a new item on the menu of a global fast food powerhouse, may have turned up the heat on a controversy already simmering between Alaska salmon fishermen and members of the $1-billion pollock industry, but how do the new pollock nuggets taste?....

Weather Service Proposes Change to Winter Weather Wording 
Feb 27, 2013
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT The National Weather Service is changing some of its language related to winter weather, or at least proposing to do so. Aimee Fish is the acting warning coordination meteorologist for the Anchorage Forecast Office with the National Weather Service and said the hope is to simplify wording to make important weather information more understandable.....

Allegations of a "War on Salmon"
A well known environmental activist is accusing the administration of Alaska Governor Sean Parnell of waging a “war on salmon”. KDLG’s Mike Mason explains. (3:41)....
DOT details open-deck ferry Juneau to Haines roundtrip cut by five hours, construction could begin by early 2014 
Posted: February 27, 2013 - 9:52pm | Updated: February 28, 2013 - 12:12am
By RUSSELL STIGALL JUNEAU EMPIRE A new style of vessel proposed for the Alaska Marine Highway System has received much scrutiny for the use of an open car deck. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner Reuben Yost addressed this feature and others of the....

SE lawmaker proposes $2 billion fund for transportation 
Posted: February 27, 2013 - 9:53pm | Updated: February 28, 2013 - 12:18am
By RUSSELL STIGALL JUNEAU EMPIRE For the fourth session in a row the Alaska State Legislature is contemplating the creation of a state transportation fund. Southeast Rep. Peggy Wilson R-Wrangell has carried the legislation for the fund’s creation since 2010. This year continues with the introduction of House Joint Resolution 10. The....

Assembly covers SEAPA, ferries, Salard 
by Shady Grove Oliver, KSTK News February 27, 2013 3:29 pm
The Borough Assembly meeting on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 covered the Alaska Class Ferry controversy, LED lights, and the Southeast Alaska Power Agency. Borough Manager Tim Rooney was not present at the meeting. He submitted a written Borough Manager’s report to be read by a proxy. Rooney commended the work done last fall by linemen to replace Wrangell’s streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights. This conversion will save the City an average of $32,000 per year in energy costs.....

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