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#10-21-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Opponents of Alaska's Bristol Bay gold mine continue their battle
Indigenous Alaskans fear the Pebble Mine will go ahead despite Anglo American pulling out of the development last month
Mark Riley Cardwell, Monday 21 October 2013 06.55 EDT
Opponents of the development of the world's largest gold mine, in Alaska's Bristol Bay, have said they will continue to fight the project. A spokesman for indigenous Alaskans said there is still a danger that the Pebble Mine would go ahead despite British mining company Anglo American pulling out of the development last month. Ron Thiessen, CEO of the Northern Dynasty Minerals, the remaining developer, has issued a statement saying the plans for the mine would continue. The controversial Pebble Mine project would see the opening of vast open-pit gold and copper mines along tundra located 200 miles....

OPINION: Greenpeace tactics at meetings fall short of finding a solution
October 18th 11:19 am | Carey Restino
At the recent Iceland meeting of Arctic leaders, Greenpeace Executive Director Kumi Naidoo lobbied for the release of the 28 activists and two freelance journalists being held on charges of piracy following a protest staged on a Russian-owned oil rig in the Arctic. He rallied the crowd against Russian Arctic explorer Artur Chilingarov, asking him to publicly agree that the arrest of the activists is a violation of the Human Rights Act. Chilingarov reportedly responded that while meetings like the inaugural Arctic Circle conference is a great forum for...

Assembly Fish Ordinance Sees Revived Interest
Posted: October 21, 2013 at 8:04 am
Two new Borough Assembly members have mentioned the Anadromous Streams Ordinance as one of the reasons they sought election.....
4:57 PM FRI OCTOBER 18, 2013
The City of Dillingham Starts the Process of Clarifying Finable Offenses
The City of Dillingham has started the process of clarifying the fines that can be leveled by the city. It’s part of an effort to ensure the fines are recognized by the Alaska Court System. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story....

Fuzzy math of Alaska subsistence: Too many people, not enough fish, game
Craig Medred
October 20, 2013
Alaska's long, difficult, subsistence struggle was back before the Alaska Boards of Fish and Game last week with the many competing interests trying to paint the kaleidoscope black and white. Urban Alaska hunters and anglers often seem unable to grasp that subsistence is a touchstone for Alaska Natives, especially older Natives, watching the younger generation teased into the American melting pot by the attractions of TV and the Internet. Rural Alaskans, meanwhile, particularly rural Natives, seem unwilling to recognize that the subsistence priority afforded rural communities leaves some urban Alaskans feeling like second-class citizens. People who grew up hunting and fishing can struggle to hang onto their last contact with hunter-gatherer culture. They suffer at the idea of being denied hunting and fishing opportunities so others can be guaranteed such opportunities.....

Alaska Marine Conservation Councils Seafood Throwdown
October 21, 2013 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. It’s a Seafood face off.
In down town Anchorage this week four teams will be challenged to come up with a creative dish using secret ingredients, the key ingredient being various types of wild Alaskan Seafood. The Alaska Marine Conservation Council  is  hosting their version of the popular TV show Chopped....

Alaska Salmon Alliance aims to foster inclusive dialogue about Cook Inlet fisheries
OCTOBER 21, 2013 9:16 AM
The Alaska Salmon Alliance (ASA) is leading an initiative to expand the discussion about Cook Inlet salmon fisheries.  Long known for its divisive nature and the conflict between user groups, the Cook Inlet salmon harvest is both an economic and cultural engine for the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet watershed.  Founded in 2012 by a group of concerned fish processors, the Alaska Salmon Alliance aims to transcend...