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#01-15-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

State, feds fight lawsuit seeking federal oversight of Cook Inlet fisheries
Laurel Andrews
January 14, 2014
The Alaska Legislature's two Finance Subcommittees on the Department of Fish and Game held a public hearing in downtown Anchorage Tuesday to discuss a lawsuit underway in which a Southcentral driftnetters association is seeking federal oversight of Cook Inlet fisheries. The lawsuit, filed by the United Cook Inlet Drift Association (UCIDA) last year, challenges the validity of Amendment 12, an amendment to the federal Fishery Management Plan that allows for Alaska to regulate commercial salmon fishing in three areas of the state: The central part of Cook Inlet, the eastern part of Prince William Sound, and part of the waters off of the Alaska Peninsula and Unimak Island. Originally filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., the case was later moved to Alaska....
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Parnell administration signals willingness to back off on measure aiming to speed development
Pat Forgey
January 14, 2014
JUNEAU -- The Parnell administration is expressing a willingness to back off a bit on one of its regulatory rollbacks, after a bill it introduced stalled in the last legislative session. Opposition to House Bill 77 has been marshaling for the session that begins next week. Among other things, the measure aims to speed development, in part by limiting public participation. "We've heard a lot of public input from people where people have basically told us there are certain provisions of this bill that they don't like," said Ed Fogels, deputy commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources. “We're looking at those provisions to see if we can change them to alleviate those concerns.".....

Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell talks fish in Kodiak
January 15, 2014 by Laine Welch
This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell talks fish in Kodiak. More after this....
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Stedman says hydro funds tight, otter bill will change
By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
Posted on January 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm....

Murkowski’s Appropriations Advocacy Reaps Fishery Failure and Tsunami Debris Aid
Senator’s Campaign Gets $75M for Fish Disasters Nationwide,
The 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill marks a major benchmark for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s negotiations for Alaska that address a wide range of marine needs for the state – most notably providing $75 million for recent fishery failures nationwide, including Alaska’s Chinook disaster in 2012.  It also boosts tsunami debris response efforts, advances a much-needed electronic monitoring alternative for Alaska’s small boat fishing fleet, and millions in government loans to improve the commercial fishing fleet. “While the spending bill is a clear positive step to deliver relief to Alaskans, it’s not.....

Tidal energy project progresses toward market goals #SmartGrid
By Hannah Heimbuch
Aerial photograph. The Coast Guard base and pi...
Aerial photograph. The Coast Guard base and piers at Homer Spit. Alaska, Lower Cook Inlet, Homer. Credit: Alaska ShoreZone Program NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC; Courtesy of Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA/NMFS/AKFSC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Homer Tribune
Jan 14th, 2014
Fresh from the deep water dock to city council chambers, recently collected data has bumped Homer’s Tidal Energy Incubator Project to the next level. That was the subject of a report presented at Monday’s Homer City Council given by Rep. Paul Seaton and Kris Holderied, a physical oceanographer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The two are part of a working group geared toward creating an ocean floor test bed for tidal power projects off of Homer’s deep water dock. These projects generate power from the natural movement of the tides and currents. “The newest thing is that we just had measurements made by Tom Ravens from UAA right at the deep water dock,” Holderied said. “They use an acoustic doppler current profiler, similar to the ones that are used by NOAA Tides and Currents Office.”
The acoustic profiler was submerged near the dock earlier this fall, Holderied said, but.....

Researchers launch 'kelp watch' to determine extent of Fukushima contamination
Jan 14, 2014 by Jon Weiner
( —Researchers from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have launched "Kelp Watch 2014," a scientific campaign designed to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state's kelp forest from Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.....

Surge in shark attacks sets Hawaii tourists, residents on edge
By Cheryl K. Chumley-The Washington Times Wednesday, January 15, 2014
An increase in shark attacks in Hawaiian waters have set both business owners and tourists on edge, while everyone from fishermen to marine biologists try to determine the cause of the uptick. According to a study by the University of Hawaii, 14 attacks were reported last year, far more than the three attacks per year reported for 2009, 2010 and 2011, the Los Angeles Timesreported. Carl Meyer, a marine biologist that led the study, said kayaking and paddle boarding has become more popular — filling the waters with food-like shadowy figures for hungry sharks, the Times reported. But longtime residents who rely on fishing to feed their families say.....

Mass. Fishing Industry Catches Federal Aid Haul
Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 06:38 PM
By Cynthia Fagen
Massachusetts will net a portion of $75 million in federal aid for its struggling fisheries industry, part of the $1 trillion Congressional spending bill, the Gloucester Times reported Tuesday. The bill will also allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility that employs 200 people to remain in Gloucester, Mass. "This is great news for our fishermen and.....

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