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#12-24-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

The Interior Secretary Rejects the Izembek Road
Both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators have joined Governor Sean Parnell in denouncing Monday’s decision by the Interior Secretary to reject the proposed Izembek Road to connect King Cove and Cold Bay.....

Rio Tinto puts Northern Dynasty, Pebble on notice of possible departure
Alex DeMarban
December 23, 2013
After two large pensions funds urged London-based Rio Tinto to pull out of the controversial Pebble prospect, the company has put Canada's Northern Dynasty on notice that it will review its investment and may indeed back out. That would be a blow for junior mining company Northern Dynasty Minerals, leaving it without a major company as a partner. Another large mining firm, Anglo American, pulled out of the project earlier this year, seeking lower-risk opportunities. Rio Tinto owns about 19 percent of Northern Dynasty's shares. The Pebble prospect, a massive...

Pebble Responds to Rio Withdrawl
Posted: December 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm
Rio Tinto has been looking to withdraw from Northern Dynasty Minerals, the company behind the Pebble Partnership....

Fisheries Alliance Responds to Kenai Opposition
Posted: December 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm
The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has responded to opposition from local fishing groups and governments, saying they view the situation as an “opportunity” to have a public debate on the issue throughout the state....

Northern Dynasty Has One Foot in the Grave
By Rich Duprey
December 24, 2013
Just over a week after Northern Dynasty Minerals (NYSEMKT: NAK  ) announced it had regained full control over its controversial copper and gold Pebble mine in Alaska following its partner's decision to back out of the project, the miner found out its largest investor was also considering dumping the near-20% stake it held in the company....

Treadwell certifies Bristol Bay initiative
Posted: Monday, December 23, 2013 7:36 pm
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell on Monday certified a proposal to require legislative approval of large-scale mining activity in the Bristol Bay region. A release from Treadwell's office says there were a sufficient number of signatures to certify the petition, and the question will appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot unless the state Legislature passes a "substantially similar" bill in the coming session. The lieutenant governor oversees....

Sitka moorage hike to take effect Jan 1
by Robert Woolsey, KCAW
December 23, 2013 9:46 pm
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Moorage rates in Sitka’s harbors are going up next week. The Sitka assembly last night (Mon 12-23-13) approved the rate hike on second reading, bumping the per-foot monthly charge for permanent berths from $2.64 to $2.80, an increase of a little over 6-percent effective New Year’s Day.....

More Funding Needed for New Harbor Office
Ariel Van Cleave
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Planning for the new Homer Harbormaster’s office could be delayed slightly. The cost of the project is a little more than the city originally thought. There’s a special task force that’s been meeting since September to talk about the new building. Officials say it’s necessary because the current harbormaster’s office is too small and too outdated for the amount of staff and business that happens at the Homer port and harbor. Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins has...

Several Species of king crabs on display at Alaska SeaLife Center
DECEMBER 23, 2013
SEWARD, Alaska - Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program. AKCRRAB researchers collect female crabs from the field each year to raise their young at the hatchery. One advantage is that since the female selects her mate in the wild, the larvae produced are not domesticated. AKCRRAB research biologists donated female red king crabs from Kodiak and blue king crabs from St. Matthew Island to the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) in summer 2013 after the larvae hatched....

Originally published Monday, December 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM
Geoduck harvesters see money slipping through their fingers
China’s suspension of geoduck imports from the West Coast has hit Washington harvesters hard. Tribes, private companies and the state itself are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars.....

4,000 pounds of canned salmon donated to Cordova
CDFU SeaShare coordinate to get fish en route to Salvation Army for distribution thanks to processors AML and others
Posted 12/23/2013
by - Margaret Bauman
Two pallets packed with 4,000 pounds of canned wild Alaska salmon are en route from Seattle for distribution in Cordova, thanks to the combined efforts of fish harvesters, processors, transporters and the Seattle-based nonprofit SeaShare. It's all part of an ongoing effort by SeaShare, in cooperation with commercial fisheries and affiliated industries to feed people in need all over Alaska, as well as the Lower 48 states. The pallets will be delivered to the Salvation Army in Cordova, where Lt. Robbin Swales will oversee distribution of the cans into food boxes to Cordova residents, as well as to clergy for.....

EMS is easy; AK fishermen will shape the program
December 23, 2013 by Laine Welch Leave a Comment
Fish Radio
Fish Radio has talked about the need for volunteer their boats to test out new electronic monitoring systems.  But what does the new onboard technology actually involve for fishermen?  Each boat is....

December 24, 2013
Fed fishing aid still in limbo at year's end
By Sean Horgan
Staff Writer
The Christmas season will come and go before fishermen and fishing communities discover the fate of the $150 million in federal disaster aid they seek in the final fiscal 2014 federal budget. They should hear something soon after the calendar flips to 2014, but they might not like what they hear. The $150 million, currently within the Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill, remains in limbo as appropriators in the...