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#08-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Rough-water rescue reveals holes in Kenai's capabilities as firemen pluck 2 from stormy Kenai River mouth
Peninsula Clarion

'Lucky to be alive'
Posted: August 24, 2013 - 9:09pm  |  Updated: August 26, 2013 - 8:56am
Peninsula Clarion
It’s lucky that they are alive at all; Wednesday was a bad day for a problem on the water. After F/V Fix capsized in the tall, narrow-troughed waves at the Kenai River mouth, pushed up by a fast-exiting extreme tide dragging against a heavy south wind, the U.S. Coast Guard passed over the opportunity to help, the Kenai Fire Department rescue boat would not start and the local Alaska State Trooper helicopters were already busy working....

Poll Shows Wide Fears of Pebble Mine
By Peter Granitz, APRN - Washington DC | August 26, 2013 - 6:02 pm
Hays Research Group asked 388 likely primary voters their opinions of a possible 2014 ballot initiative that would prohibit the Pebble Mine. More than 60% said they favor the measure. Some two-thirds of that group strongly support it.....

US troops will get AK salmon; People Mag says farmed fish is best; Begich calls EPA visit “good”
August 26, 2013 by Laine Welch
US troops will be eating Alaska salmon after all. Sodexo, the France-based food contractor did an about face after getting blasted by Senator Mark Begich.  Sodexo, which has an eight year contract to provide food services to the US military,  said it would only serve seafood meriting one particular eco-label that Alaska salmon doesn’t have.....
Kids Don’t Float Reaches 100,000
Posted: August 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm
The statewide Kids Don’t Float program will reach a milestone next month, as they teach their 100,000th students about boating and water safety in Alaska......

The Nature Conservancy Hires Consultants to Help With Dam Data
by Phillip Manning ~ August 26th, 2013
A worldwide environmental conservation group is becoming more involved in the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project. This summer, contractors working under the Alaska Energy Authority have been conducting fifty-eight studies to assess the environmental impact of the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric project. The Nature Conservancy, which operates in thirty-five....

10:03 AM MON AUGUST 26, 2013
The Lone Star is Still Stuck in the Mud of the Igushik River
The 78-foot sunken fishing tender Lone Star is still stuck in the mud in the Igushik River as responders try and figure out a new way to recover the vessel. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update......

Meat packers fight country-of-origin labels #COOL
By ERIC BRADNER | 8/26/13 3:59 PM EDT
An international coalition of farmers and meatpackers is asking a federal judge to rip the labels off beef, pork and chicken that tell consumers where their meat came from. The American Meat Institute, American Association of Meat Processors and seven other organizations, including mostly beef- and pork-related trade groups from Canada and Mexico, are urging Judge Ketanji B. Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to block the rule’s enforcement. In a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, the nine groups that oppose the rule will argue for an injunction against the mandate, which they say compels speech in violation of the First Amendment......

Study explains why deep-sea fish have higher mercury levels
Elizabeth BarberThe Christian Science Monitor
August 26, 2013
Ocean fish plucked from great depths are packed with more mercury than are their counterparts fished from shallower waters, according to new research from the University of Michigan and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.....

Russian Authorities Board Greenpeace Protest Ship in Arctic
MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Greenpeace accused Russia on Monday of trying to block its protest against offshore drilling in the mineral-rich but ecologically fragile Arctic after Russian coastguards boarded its vessel. The environmental lobby group said Russian officials boarded its icebreaker Arctic Sunrise after activists with banners reading “Save the Arctic” piloted motor boats toward an oil exploration vessel working for Russia’s top oil producer, the state-controlled Rosneft, and global major ExxonMobil.....