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#06-10-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

PICDA Takes Stance On Izembek Road
Cold Bay hunter rescue
Cold Bay hunter rescue (Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard)
By Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage | June 7, 2013 - 5:36 pm
Myron Naneng’s stance on the road from King Cove to Cold Bay is puzzling, according to Larry Cotter, who is the president of the Aleutian – Pribiloff Islands Community Development Association.....
Five Western senators (Cantwell,Murray,Merkley,Feinstein,Boxer ) question Obama on proposed Alaskan mine
By Juliet Eilperin, Published: June 9 E-mail the writer
Five Democratic senators are asking President Obama to consider blocking a proposed mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, a move that could heighten pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to veto the project.....

Gulf ratz discussion continues #NPFMC
Sunrise in the Gulf of Alaska
Sunrise in the Gulf of Alaska (Photo credit: Scott SM)
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council heard several hours of public perspectives today on a future Gulf of Alaska bycatch management action. The details have yet to be worked out, but the council will look at several proposals as it makes its way down a path toward eventual action. The council has enacted king salmon bycatch caps for the pollock and non-pollock trawl fleets in the gulf, and the fishing industry has asked for tools to aid in meeting those caps. But the council will have to overcome several challenges if it institutes a catch share........
CH2M Hill to pay state of Alaska $2.9M to settle claims of flaws at Fairbanks fish hatchery
First Posted: June 09, 2013 - 2:57 pm
Last Updated: June 09, 2013 - 3:01 pm
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The company that designed a new fish hatchery in Fairbanks has agreed to pay $2.9 million to settle the state's claims over alleged flaws. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports ( ) that as part of the settlement reached in late May, the company, CH2M Hill Inc., also agreed to swallow as much as $2 million worth of extra work it said it performed on the hatchery. The Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery had.....

Looking to fish in Alaska? There's an app for that.
Suzanna Caldwell
June 9, 2013
Headed out for some fishing in Alaska? There's an app for that.
Technology, smart phones and fishing are merging together thanks to the work of local entrepreneur and software developer Mike Blakeney. Last month, Blakeney unveiled his “Limit Out” app for iPhone and Android. The app pulls real-time data from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to give anglers up-to-date news on what's happening at rivers and streams across the state....
Date: June 09, 2013
Marine Safety Unit Valdez
Multimedia Release: Unified Command to remove, decontaminate leaking oil containers from BBC Arizona
VALDEZ, Alaska — The Unified Command composed of the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, City of Valdez, and Gallagher Marine Systems, LLC, finalized plans Sunday to off-load all 28 containers from the BBC Arizona for decontamination shoreside. Port Valdez stevedores removed the remaining Alaska-bound cargo from the ship over the weekend. Response crews finished construction of a temporary 30-foot by 100-foot decontamination and containment site on the Valdez Container Terminal pier Sunday. With the site complete, the next phase of response operations includes wrapping each container in plastic and lifting them off the ship and into the decontamination area. Response personnel will be....

Story at May. 31, 2013
By DAVID ROGERS | 6/9/13 6:00 PM EDT
Stalled takeoff for NOAA satellite plan?
To save weather jobs on the ground, the Obama administration would take money from weather satellites in the sky. That’s the bottom line to a proposal by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that would drain the last 2013 funds for a promising U.S.-Taiwan COSMIC-2 satellite program in order to prevent furloughs of NOAA’s Weather Service personnel this summer.The March 1 sequester has already cut about $54 million from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R), a package which hovers over North America and provides a steady stream of weather monitoring. The fact that the international COSMIC-2 program could end up high-and-dry just underscores the....