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#06-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly backs GMO labeling
Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:06 am
Matt Buxton
FAIRBANKS — The Borough Assembly approved a resolution supporting the labeling of genetically modified foods during its Thursday night meeting. The resolution, which was sponsored by Assemblyman John Davies, asks for the state and federal government to enforce the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms.....

5:04 PM SAT JUNE 29, 2013
The Bristol Bay Fisheries Report for Saturday, June 29 includes an update on how things are faring for the ongoing Port Moller Test Fishery and the latest.....

Tim Bradner: Studies mine some intriguing data concerning Pebble
Published: June 29, 2013 Updated 10 hours ago
By Tim Bradner — Economy
The fur is flying again over the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine near Iliamna. Sunday is the deadline for comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest version of its "assessment" of the effects of a large mine in the Bristol Bay region. I just stand back and watch all this, preferring to wait to pass judgment until companies planning the mine propose an actual project. EPA did not wait for that to do its assessment. However, two recent new studies that touch on Pebble, one indirectly, are worthy of note, although they deal with economic rather than environmental values. One is an assessment of the economic contribution of Bristol Bay's salmon industry done by the University of Alaska Anchorage's respected Institute of Social and Economic Research......

Fishing and Tourism Jobs Threated by Call for Increased Logging of Temperate Rainforest
June 28, 2013
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska – Trout Unlimited and Sitka Conservation Society voiced concern this week that  United States Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) may be backing an ill-conceived proposal by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell that the Forest Service hand over 2-million acres of Tongass National Forest old growth to the state for clear-cut logging. TU and SCS also expressed deep concern about Senator Murkowski’s  recent call on the U.S. Forest Service to boost old-growth logging in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, describing the senator’s remarks as inaccurate and out of touch with current economic conditions in the 17-million-acre temperate rainforest. “We’re worried that Sen. Murkowski is sprinting in the wrong direction when it comes to how the Tongass National Forest should be managed,” said Tim Bristol, director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program.  “It’s clear that the majority of Southeast Alaskans and  Americans in general are not interested in returning to a....

Steller sea lion has first captive birth in years
Posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013 4:31 pm | Updated: 4:33 pm, Sat Jun 29, 2013.
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Steller sea lion pup born at the Alaska SeaLife Center holds an important distinction. It's the first such pup born in captivity on this continent in decades, said the center's president, Tara Riemer Jones. "This is the first time since the 1980s that there's been a Steller sea lion birth in North America, so we're totally thrilled," she said. The pup, which probably won't be named for........