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#02-18-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Locals get face time with representatives
Posted: February 16, 2014 - 8:55pm
Peninsula Clarion
.......About one dozen people stopped by the meeting at the George A. Navarre Borough Administration Building in Soldotna where Reps. Kurt Olson, R-Kenai, and House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, heard public comment that focused on the fishing and energy industries. Robert Ruffner, with the Kenai Watershed Forum, Brian Gabriel Sr., Kenai city council member and commercial fisherman, and Megan Smith, a Cook Inlet setnetter, all testified to the representatives about their disappointment with the Board of Fish and the meeting process. Ruffner said while the Kenai Peninsula Borough is doing well in its efforts, the State of Alaska is failing the central peninsula with king salmon habitat preservation.....

Timeline approved for setnet ban lawsuit 
Published: 2014.02.17 11:41 AM
 An expedited timeline has been set in the lawsuit regarding the initiative to ban setnets in parts of Alaska. Alaska Superior Court Judge Catherine Easter approved a timeline for the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance’s appeal of the State’s decision not to certify the ballot initiative to ban setnets in parts of Alaska. The alliance, or AFCA, sought to have voters consider banning setnets in the urban, nonsubsistence, areas of the state — such as the Anchorage area, much of the Kenai....

What the Board of Fish Changes Mean For You
Posted: February 17, 2014 at 10:00 am
For most, the Board of Fish meetings were too long, too far away, too technical, or just too dull to really lock in to everything that happened. While this list isn’t comprehensive, the KSRM News Team has highlighted some of the bigger changes you’ll need to know about....

South-East Alaska Crab Season Tell All
February 17, 2014 by ladyfish
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Southeast crab questions answered. Hear more after this....

Susitna-Watana dam project draws attention to renewable energy goal
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 2:03 pm
Associated Press |
JUNEAU, Alaska - In 2010, the state adopted an energy policy that, among other things, set a goal of having 50 percent Alaska's electric generation come from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. The likeliest way to reach the goal is widely believed to include a major project in south-central Alaska, the proposed Susitna-Watana hydro complex. But the project, which critics see as unnecessary with the state pursuing a natural gas pipeline, is far from assured. Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, vented his frustration during a House Finance Committee hearing last week, saying the state should stop talking about the goal because he didn't see a commitment to it from Gov. Sean Parnell's administration. Stoltze later said his comments were more......

Arctic advance
The Arctic is the next great frontier for economic development.
Oil companies say so. The maritime industry sees it. Alaska's congressional delegation has been beating the drum about it: The nation has to be ready to compete in the Arctic.
It isn't.
But movement in the right direction is underway.
As a result of Sen. Lisa Murkowski's criticism of the Obama Administration's apparent...

All-Alaska Gas Pipeline Will Spike America's Energy Boom
by CHRISS W. STREET  16 Feb 2014
America’s energy boom is about to take another huge leap forward as the State of Alaska is on the verge of approving the $50 billion All-Alaskan Gas Pipeline (AAGP). The massive project will transport “stranded” North Slope natural gas south down the Kenai Peninsula to a new port built to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Asian markets. The project expects to gain the State Legislature’s approval in 60 days, finish planning, and begin six years of construction in 2018. Despite drilling on U.S. federal land shrinking every year since 2008, individual states are aggressively partnering with the private sector to build intra-state energy projects that do not cross any foreign borders and are thus exempt from the type of presidential approval requirements that stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline. AAGP will have spectacularly positive economic impacts on Alaskan citizens and cut America’s trade deficit by up to $24 billion a year.
The All-Alaska Gas Pipeline is being championed by Republican Governor Sean Parnell, who in 2010 ran and won on the Tea Party-supported “Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.” This has forced the high-spending Alaska Legislature to face the reality that oil production....

Court Dismisses Govt Appeal of First Nations Fisheries
04 February 2014
CANADA - The federal government has lost its bid to overturn a British Columbia court decision that recognized First Nations' rights to a commercial fishery. According to Ottawa Citizen, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed Ottawa's application on Thursday (30 January) for leave to appeal the lower court decisions, bringing an end a long legal fight with five of the Nuu-chah-nulth nations of Vancouver Island. "The decision is an overwhelming victory for the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, who have...
The gold rush of the sea in 1976.
DFO assessment of herring fishery based on broken ecosystem, study finds
Archeological records showing widespread and consistent Pacific herring abundance on B.C’s coast suggest fisheries officials are massively overestimating the current health of the fishery and misinterpreting spawning patterns, according to a Simon Fraser University study released Monday. Dwindling and inconsistent spawning returns characterized in Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) analysis are in stark contrast to the picture of herring abundance and consistency over the past 2,500 years, shown....

Cal State Long Beach professor tracks radioactive kelp
Steve Manley has launched a study of kelp beds from Alaska to Mexico to keep tabs on radioactive seawater contaminated by the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Published: Feb. 17, 2014 Updated: 8:16 p.m.
Anyone wondering about radiation found in kelp along the West Coast can check out the latest details on a new website. Steve Manley, a biology professor at Cal State Long Beach, just launched Kelp Watch 2014 at The site will update readers on how much radiation is found in kelp growing in the waters off California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. The website will be updated as data come in. The kelp is expected to show cesium levels starting as...

New Jersey juices up as it waits for a federal waiver to Jones Act
Published February 18, 2014
New Jersey is in a pickle as a rule of the high seas shuts off the flow of salt to keep roads clear. State officials are now being forced to turn to a briny pickle juice-like mixture as an alternative to deice the roads while racing to get a federal waiver that is currently holding up a 40,000 ton shipment of rock salt.....

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