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#12-31-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Proposed Alaska mine might boost 1 vital export but hurt another
December 30
Medill News Service
ILIAMNA, Alaska It was another subfreezing day in Alaska as Glen Alsworth prepared for a 200-mile flight to a remote southwestern region of the state. Oreos, diapers and milk were among the items he stored in the back of his plane. Before long, the single-engine aircraft glided past the Redoubt Volcano and through the ravines of glacier-runoff water. Wonder and satisfaction crossed Alsworth’s face. “I look out the window – that’s my office,” he exclaimed. Alsworth is known as the “flying mayor” in the Lake and Peninsula Borough, balancing his time between running his small airline and volunteering as the mayor of a region that’s caught in a debate over how international trade....

BLM plans summer work at Red Devil Mine
BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Federal officials are planning field work next summer at an abandoned Alaska mercury mine to stop large tailings piles from eroding into a nearby creek.....

Be Careful With Petition: Murkowski
Posted: December 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, known as a lover of sports fishing, spoke with us last week about the recent petition to ban set netting in urban areas, saying overall the process in Alaska is good....

Corr Ousted From Fish & Game Committee
Posted: December 31, 2013 at 6:59 am
The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee gained two new guide representatives last night and one commercial fishermen. Incumbent fishing guide Tom Corr was narrowly defeated twice, first for the regular guide seat....

AK crab updates; a first look at currencies of overseas seafood customers
December 30, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Crab updates and world currencies. More after this...

Local Fishermen Voice Opinions For New Gulf Catch Share Plan
December 30, 2013
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.  Kodiak locals take action in new Gulf catch share plan. More after this....

Proposed Canadian Pipeline Would Increase Oil Tanker Traffic in Aleutians
By Annie Ropeik
Monday, December 30 2013
Canada’s energy authority gave conditional approval earlier this month to the Northern Gateway Pipeline project, which would run through British Columbia and would send hundreds more crude oil supertankers along high-traffic shipping lanes in Alaska waters. That means the Aleutian Islands will have to prepare for a higher risk of spills and accidents. The proposed pipeline stretches from Alberta, Canada, out to Kitimat, British Columbia, on the coast. It would carry 520,000 barrels of diluted oil sands bitumen a day. Canada’s National Energy Board said....

Homer: Task Force Looks to Trim Cost of New Harbor Office
English: Aerial view of Homer Spit and Homer H...
English: Aerial view of Homer Spit and Homer Harbor, Homer Alaska, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ariel Van Cleave
Monday, December 30, 2013
The group in charge of design plans and construction of a new harbormaster’s office in Homer has found ways to cut down on the budget. But the task force will still likely need a little extra from the city to build the new office. The group will need about $300,000 more according to the latest drawings and building designs. During the Port and Harbor Building Task Force’s November meeting, the members reevaluated the design and considered slowing down the project in order to secure funding. They’ve cut out about 300 square feet from the original plans and Homer Public Works Director Carey Meyer said estimates from local contractors helped dial in expected costs. He also compared....

December 22, 2013, 11:18 am
Feinstein to Obama: Move without Congress on GMOs
By Ben Goad
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is urging President Obama to use the power of his office to require labels on food containing genetically engineered ingredients. Legislation pending in both the House and Senate would force companies to tell consumers which products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), though there is no clear path forward in the divided Congress. Major agriculture and biotechnology firms oppose the effort, and have poured millions of dollars into campaigns to defeat state ballot initiatives seeking to mandate a labeling system. But Feinstein contends.....

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Oregon Coast to see new restricted areas
Dec. 28, 2013
Two more areas off the coast become off-limits to fishing and other “consumptive” recreational pastimes and commercial fishing beginning Wednesday. Restrictions begin at two new marine reserves at Cascade Head just north of Lincoln City and at Cape Perpetua south of Yachats, as well as slightly less-restrictive rules at marine protected areas north and....

Your View: Groundfish fishery has struggled for generations
Richard B. Allen was a member of the New England Fishery Management Council from 1986-95. He is a former commercial fisherman and fishery consultant who lives in Westerly, R.I.
December 31, 2013 12:00 AM
The historical record makes it clear that the current New England groundfish fishery disaster is but one of many disasters that have threatened the industry over its 400-year history ("Our View: Complex fisheries need the best minds," Dec. 22). The fishery has endured chronic crises since at least 1789, when a delegation of vessel owners from Marblehead asked Congress for financial assistance to counteract the losses being suffered by the industry. At the time, Marblehead was the top fishing port in North America, but the number of boats had declined dramatically as profits fell. That request led to....

Three Reasons Why Fukushima Radiation Has Nothing to Do with Starfish Wasting Syndrome
This invited post is authored by Chris Mah, a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History researcher.    Chris is one of the world’s leading experts on starfish and echinoderms in general.  He created and writes for Echinoblog, a one stop reading place for everything echinoderm. You can find him at Twitter at @echinoblog. In September 2013, I broke the story about a mass sunflower starfish (Pycnopodia helianthoides) die-off in British Columbia. This developed into further accounts of Starfish Wasting ‘disease’ which is now recognized as “Starfish Wasting Syndrome” (because the nature of the causative agent is unknown) and since been reported....

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