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#01-26-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

AK Beat: Alaska's state drink?
Alaska Beat
January 25, 2014
Alaska's state cocktail? Buzzfeed, the pop culture website responsible for popularizing GIF-heavy "listicles," has proclaimed the smoked salmon bloody Mary Alaska's signature cocktail. The drink is made like any other bloody Mary -- tomato juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, pepper and vodka -- except for the vodka part. The Alaska version is made using smoked salmon vodka from Alaska Distillery, a Wasilla-based company. Buzzfeed named the cocktail the state's signature drink despite the fact that the flavored vodka has only been produced for a few years....

Cook Inlet belugas show signs of oil-related contamination
Yereth Rosen
January 25, 2014
Cook Inlet’s endangered beluga whales, still struggling after a steep population crash in the 1990s, appear to be accumulating oil-related contamination from their environment or the fish they eat, according to a study presented at a poster session at last week’s Alaska Marine Science Symposium. The study compared levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, found in blubber and liver samples to those found in sediments at various sites in Cook Inlet where belugas are known to eat....

SeaWorld, activists make questionable claims on killer-whale life spans
January 25, 2014|By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel
In the middle of "Blackfish," the scathing documentary about SeaWorld's killer-whale program, an activist says the whales in SeaWorld parks die early while their counterparts in the wild live as long as humans. The claim, which goes unchallenged in the film, is a powerful contrast, meant to suggest that the giant marine mammals suffer when forced to live in man-made pools....

Fish Factor
Backers keep banning salmon setnetting afloat
January 25, 2014
(SitNews) - A measure aimed at banning salmon setnetting is being held afloat by backers. The ban includes the Anchorage area, much of the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Juneau. It would completely eliminate Cook Inlet setnetters and affect roughly 500 fishing families in all. Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell decided two weeks ago to not allow the question to go before Alaska voters as a ballot initiative in 2016.   The newly formed Kenai-based Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance followed up with an appeal filed in Alaska Superior Court. “In a measure based on conservation and Alaska law, our organization will challenge the decision to disallow our proposed statewide commercial set net ban in the urban, non-subsistence regions of Alaska from going to...

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Stopping the Bristol Bay mine
President Barack Obama must exercise his authority under the Clean Water Act to protect the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. Reduced to the best available science and the import of the Pacific Northwest’s maritime economy, it’s a decision that doesn’t require ponderous delays. The results are in. On Jan. 15, the Environmental Protection Agency issued its final “Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of...

New sea ice map offers a long-term look at climate change
Alex DeMarban
January 25, 2014
Mining more than a century of sea ice observations, including from 19th century Yankee whalers and 20th century Arctic wildcatters, researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have put together an expansive view of climate change that lets web surfers track the ice pack off Alaska for decades.  The interactive digital map, dubbed the Sea Ice Atlas, allows viewers to watch the ice around Alaska shrink and grow -- but mostly shrink -- during a period of their choosing, month by month or year by year.....

The ‘Pause’ of Global Warming Risks Destroying The Reputation Of Science
Posted on January 26, 2014
By Gareth Paltridge
Global temperatures have not risen for 17 years. The pause now threatens to expose how much scientists sold their souls for cash and fame, warns emeritus professor Garth Paltridge, former chief research scientist with the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research. Climate Change’s Inherent Uncertainties.... there has been no significant warming over the most recent fifteen or so years....

Avalanche-Dammed River Cut Offs Road to Valdez, Alaska
By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
January 26, 2014; 8:51 AM
The only road leading into Valdez, Alaska, has been blocked by avalanches and the resultant flooding.
A large avalanche occurred later on Saturday in Keystone Canyon, blocking the Lowe River. That led to a large backup of water behind the avalanche, the National Weather Service (NWS) in Anchorage reported....

Letter: The true cost of our oil addiction
Posted 01/26/2014
by Richard Steiner - for the Cordova Times
The first step in recovering from any addiction is to tell the truth -- admit the addiction, acknowledge its consequences. Yet this is something we still seem unwilling to do with our addiction to oil. Addicts would rather stay high than confront their addiction and commit to recovery. The truth about oil is that while there are benefits -- jobs, energy, government revenue -- there are also enormous long-term risks, impacts, and costs. While government and industry extoll the...

New Global Logistics Hub Activated as Saudi Arabian Mega Port Commences Operations
By Mirna Sleiman
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Emaar Economic City, a big Saudi real estate firm, has started operations at the country’s first privately owned port and will more than triple investment in the facility over the next five years, the company’s chief executive said. “Shipping lines are redrawing their logistics maps, where they stop and where they go. It will impact every port around the world,” Fahd Al Rasheed said in an interview on the sidelines of the World....

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