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#10-16-2013 - ComFish News Roundup (Attn. King Crabbers.. 'Time to Mount Up')

Old news in the NYT. GL out on the grounds! 

ATV Decision Could Inform Pebble Mine Case
By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau | October 15, 2013 - 4:37 pm
Back in July, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the state was inappropriately granting permits for ATV usage on park land. The decision affected about 200 families who use their four wheelers to cross park lands to get to their property. Last week, the Court reissued their decision, and the way they handled the case could offer a clue on how they’ll handle other questions of land management, including one involving the proposed Pebble Mine. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports....

Paralells to Alaska Issues at World Fish Congress
Oct 15 2013
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Long-time Alaska fisheries journalist Bob Tkacz recently attended the second annual World Congress of Mariculture and Fisheries in Hangzhou, China. The theme this year is “promoting sustainable fishery development.” “The way these kind of events work here, the first one is usually kind of a dry run or dress rehearsal. You can go back on their web site and see last year’s was very small, so this was....

Kodiak: City Postpones Pier I MOA With State
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
Last week the Kodiak City Council postponed a vote on a memorandum of agreement with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The agreement dealt with the construction and ownership of a new Pier I, the pier where the state ferry Tustumena typically docks. City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the idea to replace the pier came about last year. “Back in 2012 it was decided that the best use of the earmarked money that was....

4:04 PM TUE OCTOBER 15, 2013
Weather Permitting, the F/V Lone Star May Leave Igushik Wednesday (today)
The captain of the M/V Double Eagle scheduled to arrive Tuesday; pending good weather and final inspections, towing ops could begin Wednesday.....

Defining a National Strategy for Arctic Alaska
The Administration looks to the private sector to take the lead in developing the region’s vast energy resources.
October 15, 2013
The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has fueled serious interest in offshore oil and gas exploration and new navigational opportunities in the region. To keep pace with emerging challenges, the White House and U.S. Coast Guard have issued new plans outlining a national strategy for the region. While the plans are composed in broad strokes, one clear message is that this Administration does not intend to forge ahead but instead will follow closely behind commercial initiatives to help ensure responsible stewardship. The U.S. is an Arctic nation and one of only eight members of the international Arctic Council. Alaska has 44,000 miles of coastline with the majority lying above the Arctic Circle. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the Arctic continental shelves constitute the largest unexplored....

Southeast Alaska Power Agency CEO: 'Overwhelming misinformation' in Thomas Bay Power debate
October 10, 2013
Southeast Alaska Power Agency CEO Trey Acteson this week decried what he called the ‘overwhelming amount of misinformation’ circulated at a city council meeting Sept. 24. Acteson focused primarily on accusations made at that meeting during the public comments section. In particular, he cited rumors of a rate increase, the possibility of new diesel construction, and statements about the SEAPA payroll, saying they were false. At least one SEAPA board member disagreed with Acteson’s characterization of the debate. Both he and SEAPA keep the wallets of Southeast consumers at heart, Acteson said. “My goal as CEO is to hold rates steady,” he said. Southeast has maintained a wholesale rate at 6.8 cents per kilowatt-hour – a standard measurement of energy used for billing, enough to burn a 60-watt bulb for more than 16 hours, or a 1,000-watt heater for one hour – for the past 16 years, according to a letter to the Wrangell Borough Assembly. Acteson claimed that when combined with annual rebates issued to the municipal....

Disable the panic button
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
Once again, a bill at the federal level attempts to cover all the bases and winds up quite possibly doing more harm than good. The New England Fishery Management Council's Habitat Omnibus Amendment threatens to shut down even more fishing areas to the Northeast groundfish fleets — the commercial fleets, that is. Some of the same areas that reportedly will be closed to commercial vessels in an effort to protect spawning stocks (which have been shown to have migrated from many of these protected areas as a result of the same climatic shifts that....

.ca: Company in PEI has success farming halibut in a land based aquaculture facility (audio)
Tuesday October 15, 2013

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