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#08-31-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visits King Cove

Residents pleaded for an eight-mile road through the Izembek Refuge that could save lives during medical emergencies
By Heather Hintze
Story Created: Aug 31, 2013 at 7:44 AM AKDT
KING COVE - In King Cove, an eight-mile road could mean the difference between life and death in case of medical emergency. “We've been trying for years and years and years. It's time. It's time to listen and to care about the people in King Cove,” said King Cove community health aide Bonita Babcock.
That’s why U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the trip to the small village to....

Yukon community Emmonak plans for long overdue port
Emmonak, AK
Published: 2013.08.30 09:26 AM
The longest river in Alaska and the third-longest river in North America does not have a landing. Emmonak, the community of about 800 at the mouth of the Yukon, has plans to change that. The city has proposed a $16 million, 650-foot port that would be a transportation hub in Western Alaska, Emmonak City Manager Martin Moore Sr. said. Not having a port at the mouth of the Yukon River has been a burden for communities all along the river and he said the infrastructure is long overdue. “This dock is not for Emmonak, but for the whole region and it’s an important factor in bringing the cost of energy and the cost of transportation down,” Moore said. “We pay....

Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA).
Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Trident wants in at Adak
August 30th 8:12 pm | Jim Paulin
It looks like fish processing will return to Adak.
Trident Seafoods want to process fish in the plant vacated earlier this year by Icicle Seafoods. And so does another company. The city is delighted to have two bidders, although Adak city manager Layton Lockett said the final say is up to the Aleut Corporation, which owns the building. "A deal should be in the works," Lockett said Monday. Trident made an offer to buy the processing equipment that the city bought for...

4:55 PM FRI AUGUST 30, 2013
The Pebble Partnership is Still Planning to Roll Out a Mine Plan Before the End of the Year
The Partnership looking at developing a massive gold and copper resource north of Lake Iliamna is planning to release a mine plan later this year in advance of formally entering into the state and federal permitting process. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.....

Japan plans to stop leaking radioactive
groundwater at
Fukushima with an underground wall of ice.
Seafood testing continues to assure food safety
Posted 08/30/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Two federal agencies are continuing to test seafood caught in U.S. harvesting areas, as needed, to assure the safety of the harvest for consumption, say officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration......

Cook Inlet Aquaculture seasonal work winds down
One fish, two fish
Posted: August 29, 2013 - 8:25pm  |  Updated: August 30, 2013 - 9:04am
By Rashah McChesney
Peninsula Clarion
It’s midmorning on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Lis Cordner grabs her jacket, a shotgun and the keys to the Airstream trailer she’s spent the summer in before locking the place up and heading down Skilak Loop Road. During one of several trips throughout the day, Cordner and her partner walk down a path just off of the main road, stopping to point out....

King Salmon Fail to Reach Spawning Grounds
By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | August 30, 2013 - 6:02 pm
Kuskokwim Chinook salmon – or Kings as they are known locally – did not make it to the spawning grounds this year as managers had expected. Counting projects are showing the lowest escapements in history for nearly all of the river’s tributaries. Managers and residents are trying to make a plan for next year.....

SeaShare, Food Bank partner to distribute fish taken as bycatch
Published: 2013.08.30 09:27 AM
Bycatch in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is a touchy subject. Discussions at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council about capping bycatch for salmon and halibut in various federal fisheries over the past few years have been contentious. Declining returns of king salmon in rivers throughout the state and subsistence-dependent residents having trouble catching enough fish for the winter, have added urgency to the issue. The council passed caps for king salmon on Bering Sea pollock in 2009, and for the Gulf of Alaska pollock and groundfish fleets in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In 2012, the......

Governor Praised for Taking Action on Regulations;
New guidelines for state agencies will help alleviate costly burden of compliance
August 29, 2013
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - The representative group for Alaska’s small-business owners yesterday praised Gov. Sean Parnell for taking action aimed at alleviating one of the two biggest barriers to job creation: Regulations. With a stroke of his pen Monday, the governor signed Administrative Order 266 (pdf), establishing new guidelines for state agencies to....

Electric Co-ops Honor Murkowski
By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer
Published: August 30th, 2013
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has received the NRECA Distinguished Service Award for her longstanding support of electric cooperatives.....

Former gov steps in to meet with REI
Published: 2013.08.30 09:33 AM
A former Alaska governor has stepped in to smooth over a potential diplomatic faux pas that might have impaired a Japanese initiative to invest in a North Slope liquefied natural gas export project. Former Gov. Frank Murkowski offered to host the visit by Gov. Toshitami Kaihara, the former governor of Hyogo Prefecture in Japan and a key figure in the formation of a Japanese group interested in Alaska LNG, after Gov. Sean Parnell declined a meeting. Resources Energy Inc., or REI, is a Japanese consortium of municipalities and business groups formed to find an independent source of LNG. The group....
Oregon wave energy stalls off the coast of Reedsport
By Elizabeth Case, The Oregonian
August 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Last September, with great fanfare, Ocean Power Technologies began construction on America's first wave-powered utility. Holding the first - and only - wave energy permit  from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, OPT had planned to deploy a test buoy off the coast of Reedsport by spring. But a year after the permit, regulatory and technical difficulties have all but halted the....

Voracious invading green crabs pose threat to local shellfish
Friday, August 30, 2013, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
An invasion of greedy green crabs (Carcinus maenas) along the coast of Maine has worried the locals and prompted a survey to control them more effectively. This crab species, which is native to Europe and are believed to first arrived in New England in the 1800s probably in a sailing ship's ballast water, has overtaken the....

BP: Jindal admin 'misrepresents' company's record
BP PLC says Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has misrepresented its record in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, including how much it has spent on cleanup. Geoff Morrell, BP's vice president of U.S. communications, responded Thursday to comments made a day....