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#03-04-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

English: ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- A...
English: ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, delivers the executive proclamation by Gov. Sarah Palin during the POW/MIA ceremony Sept. 19. The proclamation stated that Sept. 19 would be known as POW/MIA recognition day in Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
4:16 PM MON MARCH 3, 2014
Governor Parnell Responds to the EPA's 404-C Decision Regarding the Pebble Mine
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell says the EPA is bypassing the established permitting system in Alaska by its decision last week to instigate a 404-C process to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine. The EPA wants to use authority granted under the Clean Water Act to stop the issuance of dredge and fill permits....

Ocean Beauty wins Philippines food aid contract
Ocean Beauty Seafoods has won a state contract to supply a large volume of canned Alaska pink salmon for disaster relief in the Philippines....

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Acidic ocean having an effect on survival and growth of shellfish
March 03, 2014
(SitNews) - Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, US policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean.  Any kid’s chemistry set will show that big changes are occurring in seawater throughout the world.  As the oceans absorb more carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning outputs (primarily coal), it increases acidity to a point where shellfish can’t survive. It is referred to as ocean acidification (OA) and results in sea creatures....

Begich Tackles Federal Overreach, Education in Legislature Address
Sen. Mark Begich covers a variety of topics in annual speech to state Legislature
Adam Pinsker, Multimedia Political Reporter
POSTED: 11:21 PM AKST Mar 03, 2014
Juneau - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich dove head-first into the controversial sea of education funding Monday, in his annual address to a joint session of the state Legislature. Begich criticized a proposed constitutional amendment pending before the Senate, which would allow public dollars to be used for private classroom instruction. “There is already plenty of school choice in our public system, from home schools to charter schools, to...

Kodiak Coast Guard Crews Kept Busy Out West
Mar 3, 2014
Annie Ropeik/KUCB
A mariner possibly suffering from appendicitis was medevac’ed from a vessel near Unalaska on Saturday.....

State of the Coast Guard address tackles trying times
Posted on March 3rd, 2014
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard address last week at the service’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Papp provided an overview of programs and issues of the last four years and also looked ahead to what the service could face in the future. Emphasizing that this year the....

Idaho seafood supplier challenged by winter weather
by Jamie Grey
Posted on March 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Updated today at 7:10 AM
BOISE -- From Washington state to Washington D.C., Monday was a mess with snow and ice forcing closures around the nation. Agencies closed some major highways and interstates and airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights....

March 03, 2014
Contact: Ron Warren
Big runs of Columbia River chinook, coho highlight 2014 salmon forecasts
OLYMPIA - Salmon fishing in the ocean and the Columbia River this summer could be great thanks to an abundant run of hatchery coho and a potentially historic return of chinook, according to state fishery managers. Opportunities for anglers also look good in Puget Sound, where another strong run of coho salmon is expected this year. The forecasts - developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty Indian tribes - for chinook, coho, sockeye and chum salmon were released at a public meeting in Olympia today, marking the starting point for developing 2014 salmon-fishing seasons. Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for WDFW, said protecting and restoring weak wild salmon populations will continue....

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