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#03-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

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SEACC backs Sealaska bill, 9 towns oppose it
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 14, 2013 8:32 PM
A major Southeast Alaska environmental organization has endorsed the latest Sealaska land-selection legislation. But a group of communities on or near Prince of Wales Island continues to strongly oppose the measure. The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council opposed the Sealaska bill from the start. It negotiated with the regional Native corporation, but actively lobbied against the measure in Southeast and Washington, D.C., as well as online. Now, it’s endorsed revised legislation proposed by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. “This wasn’t an easy decision,” says Buck Lindekugel, a SEACC attorney who’s been active in timber issues..... http://www.krbd.org/2013/03/14/seacc-backs-sealaska-bill-9-towns-oppose-it/


King Cove waits for an answer on the road
Posted 03/15/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Now it's a waiting game.
Will the Department of the Interior throw its support for a land exchange approved by Congress in the landmark Omnibus Pubic Land Management Act of 2009, and allow a 25-mile emergency road between King Cove and Cold Bay? A delegation of residents from the Aleutian fishing village of King Cove met in Washington D.C. in late February with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, face to face for an hour and 10 minutes, for what.... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1311king-cove-waits-for-an-answer-on-the-road

4:37 PM THU MARCH 14, 2013
Senator Begich Proposes a Solution to the J-1 Visa Problem for Seafood Processors
By MIKE MASON AND JAY BARRETT
U.S. Senator Mark Begich has proposed a solution to the restrictions to the J-1 visa program that will impact Alaska's seafood processing companies. KDLG's Mike Mason explains.... http://www.kdlg.org/post/senator-begich-proposes-solution-j-1-visa-problem-seafood-processors

Akutan Hovercraft Replacement Proceeding Slowly
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, March 14 2013
The Aleutians East Borough is moving ahead with a plan to replace the hovercraft that runs between Akutan and the airport on nearby Akun Island, but the timeline for swapping out the vessel is still up in the air. Borough administrator Rick Gifford says the hovercraft has actually been more reliable than expected, “but it still has its limitations. A conventional vessel probably would be more reliable.” Weather is the biggest challenge for the hovercraft. The latest operating report shows the hovercraft has almost 90 percent... http://kucb.org/news/article/akutan-hovercraft-replacement-proceeding-slowly/

Bids are in for North Harbor Project
March 14, 2013
Petersburg Harbormaster Glorianne Wollen and staff will make a recommendation to the Petersburg Borough Assembly Monday evening regarding the bids that were received for the North Harbor Project. "The Assembly will be presented with the bid results and the recommendation will be to go with the low bidder," Wollen said. "Western Dock and Bridge out of Ketchikan came in with that low bid." The bids that were received were from Tamico, Inc. for $7,189,420; Pacific Pile and Marine, LLC for $7,855,462; American Construction Company for $8,517,800 and Western Dock and Bridge for $7,090,670. "This has been a really extensive process," Wollen explained. "The funding aspect of this has been decades in the making." According to Wollen, they began really looking into replacing the North Harbor back in the 90s when harbors were still owned by the State. "We made.... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/story/2013/03/14/news/bids-are-in-for-north-harbor-project/1093.html

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013
So far, a savvy deal for salmon seiners (no more buybacks for now).... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2013/03/so-far-savvy-deal-for-salmon-seiners.html

THU MARCH 14, 2013
Pebble CEO to Address Fishermen and Processors (down in Seattle)
By MIKE MASON
The CEO of the Pebble Limited Partnership will be speaking to the members of an influential commercial fishing organization later this month..... http://kdlg.org/post/pebble-ceo-address-fishermen-and-processors







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