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#03-21-2013 - ComFish News Roundup
SE tanner catch was biggest in over a decade
by Matt Lichtenstein
March 20, 2013 9:25 am
Southeast crabbers had their biggest tanner harvest in more than a decade last month. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game just released a preliminary catch estimate of 1.2 million pounds for the fishery, which was open for a total of eleven days. “This one-point-two million pound harvest exceded last seasons harvest by about 130,000 pounds and it’s the largest tanner harvest in the last 12 seasons. In fact you have to go back to the 2000-2001 to find a larger harvest,” says Joe Stratman...

Begich to Sally Jewell: Visit King Cove on First Trip to Alaska
By Devon Kearns | Office of Senator Begich 21 hours 54 minutes ago...
  • Mar 21 2013 Begich Welcomes Further Review by Interior on King Cove Decision. Interior Agrees to Begich Request to Send Sally Jewell, Indian Affairs Representative to King Cove
  • Rep. Young Statement On Dept. of Interior's King Cove Road Announcement - Washington, D.C., Mar 21 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young released the following statement today regarding the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s decision to review the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the proposed land exchange and road corridor through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge: “While today’s announcement is still less than the people of King Cove deserve, it is prudent for the Department of Interior to re-open the EIS process.  The Department of Interior’s responsibility to the health and well-being of the people of King Cove must be taken into consideration," Rep. Young said.  "I implore the Secretary of the Interior to take a hard look at the facts, and listen to the community of King Cove’s valid concerns.” “The fight is long from over, but I want to thank Senator Murkowski for her tireless work on this issue.  I will continue to work with her and all parties to resolve this issue once and for all. I continue to believe that the safety and well-being of the residents of King Cove are being held hostage by outside environmental groups that value weeds and waterfowl over human life.”
Sen. Murkowski Announces Agreement with DOI on King Cove Road (March 21, 2013)

Muni Sues Port Designers, They Fault Construction
By Daysha Eaton, KSKA - Anchorage | March 20, 2013 - 5:20 pm
After years of problems, which halted the Port of Anchorage project, the Municipality of Anchorage is suing the designers. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan’s administration filed the lawsuits in response to recent studies released by the engineering firm CH2M Hill. That company faulted the port’s design. Robert Owens is an Assistant Municipal Attorney with the city. He says the municipality has been investigating problems with the port project since they arose 2009. “When the suitability study was completed we found out the full extent of the problems,” Owens said. There were multiple problems with the project, which used a patented “open cell sheet pile” design. These sheets of metal, driven into the ground, shored up by metal supports, with earth....

AK Sen. Mark Begich talks H2O visas, Magnuson-Stevens Act and more
March 20, 2013 by admin
Fish Radio
March 21, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Senator Begich talks work visas, Magnuson-Stevens Act and more.  That’s up after this.....

My Turn: Support passage of Sealaska lands bill
Posted: March 21, 2013 - 12:08am
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have introduced S. 340 in the U.S. Senate to finalize Sealaska’s land selections from within the Tongass National Forest as intended by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Representative Don Young has introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House. We are seeking broad public support for these bills as the most balanced economic....

March 21, 2013
Gloucester: Fish fund shows boat's debt up 700%
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Over the first two years of catch share fishing, through 2011, debt to the Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund for the lease of the allocation of fish from the permits acquired by the fund to help keep Gloucester boats active climbed almost 700 percent to nearly $800,000, according to the fund’s 2011 filings with the Internal Revenue Service and the state attorney general. Gloucester fishermen interviewed for this story said the spike in debt for the lease of quota reflects the increasing desperation of fishermen to remain at work even....