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#09-16-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaskan mine, subject of Capitol Hill battles, loses a partner
Exploration drill rig at the prospective site ...
Exploration drill rig at the prospective site of the Pebble Mine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Ben Geman - 09/16/13 07:34 AM ET
One of the companies seeking to build a huge copper mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region has abandoned the controversial project that’s been at the center of Washington, D.C. political and lobbying battles. Mining giant Anglo American said Monday that it’s withdrawing from the partnership behind the Pebble Mine, leaving Northern Dynasty Minerals as the sole owner of the Pebble Limited Partnership formed six years ago. The proposed open-pit copper and gold mine has attracted heavy interest on Capitol Hill, where senior Republicans have accused the Environmental Protection Agency of placing undue hurdles before the project......

Record chinook salmon return on Columbia River
South structure of Bonneville Dam on the lower...
South structure of Bonneville Dam on the lower Columbia River, Washington, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Published: Sep 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM PDT
The fall Chinook salmon run on the Columbia River is the largest ever since construction of the Bonneville Dam, and could hit 1 million fish by the time it is done. The fish count at the dam east of Portland went over 613,700 on Friday, the largest number since the dam was completed in 1938. At the peak of the run, nearly 64,000 fish passed the viewing windows in a single day. The unprecedented abundance has prompted fisheries manager to extend sport, commercial and tribal fishing seasons on the river, and expand daily bag limits. Biologists say it is the result of a perfect combination of abundant food and....

Healthy oceans: Pacific Fishery Management Council must protect forage fish
By Randy Repass and Zeke Grader
Special to the Mercury News
POSTED:   09/15/2013 07:00:00 AM PDT
Here along the West Coast, seafood lovers and recreational anglers both enjoy access to one of America's greatest natural assets — the rich array of seafood teeming just off our shore. Our commercial fleet provides the public with fresh tuna, salmon, lingcod and other ocean delicacies, while sport fishermen relish the opportunity to catch their own. West Coast fishery managers have a chance right now to help conserve this incredible resource by improving protection of the little fish that sustain a productive ocean. When it meets Monday.....

September 16, 2013
AG suit vs. NOAA gets new backing
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts now has company in its suit against NOAA. The state attorney general’s lawsuit, which claims NOAA — in violation of the Magnuson Stevens Act — disregarded the devastating economic impact on fishing communities such as Gloucester generated by its staggering cuts in catch limits, now....