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#09-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Posted on Sunday, 09.29.13
In Pebble Mine project, Alaskan villages see perils, promise
BY SEAN COCKERHAM
MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU
ILIAMNA, Alaska -- In the vast, green, windswept tundra of Southwest Alaska, the planet’s greatest remaining stronghold of wild salmon, an open-pit mine of staggering proportions is being hatched. Right now it’s just a cluster of buildings in a remote valley, where the silence is broken by the buzz of helicopters bringing workers to collect core samples. But the proposed Pebble Mine could become the largest open-pit mine on the continent, and the Environmental Protection Agency figures it could wipe out nearly 100 miles of streams and thousands of acres of wetlands. The deposit of copper and gold is a potential... http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/29/3652588/in-pebble-mine-project-alaskan.html

Fisheries board focus will be on P-cod
Posted 09/28/2013
by - Cordova Times Staff
Thirty-six proposals related to Pacific cod will be up for consideration when the Alaska Board of Fisheries meets Oct. 18-22 in Anchorage. In addition to submitting written public comments, the board is inviting the public to offer oral testimony during the meeting, beginning Oct. 18. Any person intending to testify in person must..... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1339fisheries-board-focus-will-be-on-p-cod

5:50 PM SAT SEPTEMBER 28, 2013
Large New Longliner Has Ties to Bristol Bay
kdlg.org
By MIKE MASON
The largest new commercial fishing vessel to be built in the Northwest in 20-years was christened this past summer. It has ties to the Bristol Bay region. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

Fish Factor
Governor Answers Questions
By LAINE WELCH
September 28, 2013
(SitNews) - Governor Parnell took to the statewide airwaves last Tuesday to answer questions from Alaskans on APRN’s Talk of Alaska. Of fishing interest:   A Cook Inlet set netter asked about his stance on the proposed Chuitna coal mine in Cook Inlet that would set a precedent by removing, among other things, 11 miles of salmon streams.   “Didn’t you say you would never trade one resource for another?” she queried? “And I won’t,” Parnell responded.  “I’ve seen the written misinformation about Chuitna and the decision that was made on a proposal to basically stop any permitting and stop any activity,” he added.  “There has been no decision made to allow the mine to go forward. Certainly, a company can work the permitting process and the public process, but until such time as that’s allowed to play out … I don’t know what else to say except that my job is to make sure that the public has access to that process,  that they have input, that the science is.... http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/092813_fish_factor.html

Elliott Bay Design Group Opens Office in Ketchikan
http://www.ebdg.com
September 28, 2013
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), the naval architecture and marine engineering firm based in Seattle and New Orleans, has established an office in Ketchikan to meet growing customer demand in Alaska. Elliott Bay Design Group is a full service vessel design and engineering firm offering naval architecture, marine engineering and production support services to owners, operators and shipyards across the country. Elliott Bay Design Group stated in a news release it is the preferred service provider for a number of Alaska-based companies with which it shares long-standing relationships. Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) is a member of the Ketchikan Marine Industry.... http://www.sitnews.us/0913News/092813/092813_elliott_bay_design.html