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#08-15-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Anti-Pebble Mine agenda may have originated within the EPA
The idea of pre-emptively vetoing the Pebble Mine project in Bristol Bay, Alaska may have come from the Environmental Protection Agency itself. The agency claimed that native Alaskan tribes called on them to launch a study into the effects of large-scale mining in Bristol Bay. But an article published by The Redoubt last month — which has now come to Congress’ attention — suggested former EPA staffer Phil North may have urged the use of a Clean Water Act veto to prevent the mining project from even beginning. “North advocated for a comprehensive approach to protection of the area, rather than mine by mine,” The Redoubt reported “The more he studied the area, the more he thought EPA should utilize its authority under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act to limit or prevent mining activities in the Bristol Bay area.”
6:36 PM WED AUGUST 14, 2013
Alaska's U.S. Senators Discuss the Proposed Izembek Road
Alaska’s 2 U.S. Senators used this week’s “Federal Overreach Summit” in Anchorage to call for the U.S. Department of the Interior to reverse its decision regarding the proposed road between Cold Bay and King Cove. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.....

29 Kings Short, Set Netters Closed for 2013
Posted: August 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Paul Shadura II, one of the Board Members for the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association said it was a travesty to keep set netters waiting for weeks only to come so close to the goal and not be opened.....

State Fails To Meet Yukon Chinook Escapement Into Canada
By Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks | August 13, 2013 - 5:09 pm
Alaska has failed to meet the Yukon River Chinook escapement goal into Canada despite increased fishing restrictions this summer. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game sonar counter at Eagle counted 28,369 kings as of Aug. 8. With the run tailing off to just a few hundred fish a day, state Yukon area summer season manager Eric Newland says escapement into Canada will fall well short of this year’s minimum goal.....

3:58 PM WED AUGUST 14, 2013
ASMI's Joe Jacobson Takes Over as the Director of the Alaska Division of Economic Development
A veteran of the seafood marketing industry in Alaska has taken a job as the new director of the Alaska Division of Economic Development. Joe Jacobson started his new job earlier this month. Previously Jacobson was the International Program Director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Before joining ASMI Jacobson worked for the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Beijing. Jacobson has a degree from the Alaska Pacific University and a master of arts in international relations from the City College of New York.....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Big Fishing Weekend Prompts $250,000 CDQ Payout
Coastal Villages Region Fund paid out over $250,000 in early August to commercial fishermen in celebration of Ted Stevens Day, after what the community development quota entity described as a “monster weekend” harvest. “We had a monster weekend with commercial fishermen delivering more than 250,000 pounds of salmon up and down the CVRF region,” said Morgen Crow, CVRF executive director. “The real people are receiving real dollars from our commercial operations that are paid for by the....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Story last updated at 8/14/2013 - 2:57 pm
Juneau hatchery funds new endowment for student research
Capital City Weekly
Fisheries research has always been an integral part of the mission and operation of Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. The company, which operates the Macaulay Hatchery, recently gave the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences $175,000 to create an endowment to support graduate students' research at the SFOS Lena Point facility in Juneau. The endowment is in memory of hatchery founder Ladd Macaulay. "My dad, as a teacher and a biologist, valued collaborative study to continually improve and problem solve," said Amy Jo (Macaulay) Meiners, Ladd Macaulay's daughter. "You can see in the design of the hatchery building that.....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Salmon Project Explores Alaskans’ Passion for Wild Salmon
The Salmon Project, a project aimed at helping Alaskans to share their personal relationship with salmon, has launched a website, to educate residents on protecting the environment to provide for future generations. “We are really used to, as Alaskans, having salmon, but not necessarily aware of the places they live as part of their lifestyle when growing up,” says Erin Harrington, the project organizer, who grew up in Kodiak.......

Charter captains question halibut proposal
Posted: August 14, 2013 - 4:16pm
With no budget for travel to hold an information workshop or take public comments at a hearing, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries officials held an informal audioconference presentation on Tuesday night on the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan. Participants had the chance to call in and ask questions. Most listened in and asked questions at the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center with a group of about 15, mostly charter captains. The format didn’t allow for the face-to-face conversation of 2011 when NOAA-National Marine Fisheries officials came to Homer and a group of about 150 fishermen made their views heard. Tuesday night wasn’t a formal comment hearing, as NOAA officials kept reminding people when.....

Revised Columbia River Treaty could restore salmon runs
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Aug. 14 2013, 5:23 PM EDT
A growing movement on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border wants to make the restoration of salmon runs in southeast British Columbia a key issue in negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty. If the runs are revived, salmon would once again spawn in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains where they vanished nearly 70 years ago after the Grand Coulee dam was built in Washington State.....

For Alaskans, orca film might stir memories of '80s-era controversy
Posted: August 15, 2013 - 12:02am
By Amy Fletcher
In the winter and spring of 1984, a heated debate took place in Alaska – playing out on the pages of the Juneau Empire, on the steps of the Capitol building and on the floor of the Alaska Legislature, and, eventually, in front of a federal judge in a courtroom in Anchorage. The issue: should SeaWorld be able to capture 100 orca whales from Alaskan waters over a period of five years and keep 10 of them for public display in their marine parks? For the majority of Alaskans, the answer was no. And despite the fact that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service had already issued....

Trident Seafoods to locate in Carrollton, create 175 jobs
Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 6:45 pm
Colton Campbell/Times-Georgian
The largest seafood company in North America announced plans Wednesday to open a new facility in Carroll County, creating 175 jobs for the area. Trident Seafoods, a privately traded corporation, will convert the former building owned by Chiquita Brands off Columbia Drive in Carrollton, with plans to open the new facility in late 2014. The project represents a $41 million investment in the state, Gov. Nathan Deal's office said in a release. "Needless to say, we're all excited," said Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner. "Everyone has worked so hard to make this day possible, and we think it's an indicator of things to come." The seafood processing company purchased the 104,000-square-foot building that formerly housed the Chiquita plant, used primarily to process the former property owner's production of Fresh Express pre-made salads.....

Deal could bring bottom trawling back to Monterey Bay
By Jason Hoppin
POSTED:   08/14/2013 04:59:37 PM PDT
Santa Cruz Sentinel
SANTA CRUZ -- While often natural enemies in the wild, environmentalists and fishermen have negotiated the outline of a deal to reopen a historic trawling fishery off the Santa Cruz coast. The deal still needs state and federal approval, but is quietly gathering support from major players around the Monterey Bay. The moment of harmony is both rare and tenuous, but could represent a thaw in the relationship between two sides often at odds on matters where marine conservation and economic livelihoods intersect. "We basically agreed to see if it was possible, and both sides kind....

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