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#05-13-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Artificially coloured topographical map of the...
Artificially coloured topographical map of the Arctic region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013
U.S. National Strategy for the Arctic Region: Strong Foothold or on Thin Ice?

By Mihaela David The White House revealed the much anticipated national strategy for the Arctic region less than a week before Secretary of State John Kerry heads to the Arctic Council ministerial meeting in Kiruna. The document lays out the administration's strategic priorities for the region with the stated goal of positioning the U.S. "to respond effectively to emerging opportunities – while simultaneously pursuing efforts to protect and conserve this unique environment."[1]

Why is the strategy important?

Until this document was released, U.S. policy-making in the Arctic was guided by a rather brief and vague presidential directive (NSPD-66 adopted in 2009 in the waning days of the Bush Administration. Arctic policy observers and stakeholders have long called on the U.S. to start thinking strategically about this rapidly changing and increasingly important region. In a July 2012 letter to President Obama, Alaska senators Begich and Murkowski pressed the administration to deliver a formal strategy document that guides future Arctic development and "ties together all the individual agency policies and visions."[2] Articulating such a........

Experts Push for Improved Rescue Services in Arctic Regions
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle
OSLO, May 13 (Reuters) – Arctic nations must urgently improve rescue services in the resource-rich region that is opening up fast to shipping, energy and mining companies, Canadian experts said on Monday.....

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013
P1000582.jpg (Photo credit: bpotter1942)
Sitka troopers investigate rockfish dumping
From the Alaska State Troopers:
Location: Sitka
Type: Waste of fish
On 5/8/13 Sitka Wildlife Troopers received a report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that approximately 100 yelloweye rockfish were floating dead in the area of north Olga Strait.....

English: Map of the Copper River Highway in Al...
English: Map of the Copper River Highway in Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Replacing Copper River bridge proving vexing for Alaska engineers
Jennifer GibbinsThe Cordova Times
May 12, 2013
Rascally bridge #339 on the Copper River Highway is raising new questions for state of Alaska engineers. Due to a river depth of almost 70 feet, fast-moving currents and access challenges, engineers find themselves challenged in determining how to construct a replacement for bridge #339 that failed two years ago this summer. As a result.....

South Peninsula residents talk fish with Seaton, Micciche
Posted: May 12, 2013 - 8:59pm
By McKibben Jackinsky
Morris News Service - AlaskaHomer News
Homer area residents and voters from other areas of the Kenai Peninsula got a two-for-one special Friday with an opportunity to listen to and ask questions of Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, during a town hall meeting held at Homer City Hall. “Thank you to both men,” said Homer City Council member Francie Roberts in her.....

Petersburg: Tax-Free Day costs Borough too much
May 9, 2013
Resolution 2013-14 declaring May 11, 2013 as a sales tax-free day for the Petersburg Borough died due to a lack of a motion during the Petersburg Borough Assembly regular meeting Monday afternoon. “These tax free days cost the borough about $28,000 in lost tax revenue,” Petersburg Borough Assembly member Sue Flint said.......

Gov. Patrick announces clean energy investments.
Gov. Patrick announces clean energy investments. (Photo credit: Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs)
May 13, 2013
Gov. gets deaf ear from White House on fisheries
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, has declined to explain why the White House turned a deaf ear to the pleas of Gov. Deval Patrick for relief from what Patrick told her were “impending drastic cuts” in landings allowed the groundfishing fleet concentrated in his state. Three days after Patrick spoke with Jarrett on behalf of fishermen and lawmakers, a suite of unprecedented reductions in landing limits were announced and put in place by the National Oceanic and...
Gregory Smith, Chief Information Officer, Info...
Gregory Smith, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, The Pew Charitable Trusts (Photo credit: Interop Events)

Pew, NOAA push for ecosystem-based fisheries management
Monday, May 13, 2013, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
For more than 200 years, the catch of important fish such as cod,bass, sardines, salmon, and oysters and clams has helped America build ports, communities, and industries. These historic fisheries contributed not only to the nation's food supply but also to its economy, culture, and trade, according to the Pew Environment Group. Individual states regulated local fishing fleets, but their authority generally ended three miles from shore, far enough to oversee coastal fishing. The federal....