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#03-15-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Industry Urges Senate for Vessel Discharge Legislation
Posted by Eric HaunFriday, March 14, 2014
............ Signatories to the March 13 letter include:  Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers Association, American Association of Port Authorities, American Chemistry Council, American Great Lakes Ports Association, American Iron and Steel Institute, American Maritime Congress, American Maritime Officers, American Maritime Officers Service, American Tunaboat Association,  American Waterways Operators, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, At-sea Processors Association, Chamber of Shipping of America, Conservation Cooperative of Gulf Fishermen, Dredging Contractors of America.......

Alaskans Weigh in on Controversial DNR Permitting Bill
Dozens of people from around the state called in or testified in person on House Bill 77
Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer
POSTED: 09:39 PM AKDT Mar 14, 2014
JUNEAU - Members of the Senate Resources Committee listened to nearly four hours of testimony Friday on a bill that would streamline the permitting system for land and water uses. The state Department of Natural Resources introduced the bill last year. DNR claims it....

State of Alaska Helping Find New Partner for Pebble Project?
By Alaska Native News 16 hours 17 minutes ago
JUNEAU – On Thursday, Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) and Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) revealed statements from Northern Dynasty CEO, Ron Thiessen contradicting Governor Parnell’s stated position on that he would reserve judgment until completion of the permitting process for the Pebble Mine. In previous comments Governor Parnell has.....

Is Alaska's Pebble Mine the Next Keystone XL?
The push to open a gold-and-copper mine in a rich fishing area has split Alaskans along unusual political lines.
Alaska's Bristol Bay region, adjacent to the Bering Sea in the state's southwest corner, is rich with large and productive reserves of natural resources. One of those resources, the world's largest sockeye-salmon fishery, generates an estimated $1.5 billion annually. The thousands of pristine acres of surrounding wetlands, ponds, and lakes are treasured because there isn't much untouched land left in America. Bristol Bay is also home to a large population of Alaska Natives, whose cultures and lifestyles revolve around the region's "wildness" and especially its salmon. Those are the living, breathing resources of Bristol Bay. And then there are the inorganic resources—oil and gas and mineral deposits, not yet fully explored or exploited but representing a whole lot more wealth than Alaska's accessing now. A particularly significant deposit of gold, molybdenum, and copper—the largest known untapped copper deposit in the world, in fact—has been identified in Bristol Bay. It's known as the Pebble prospect. A Canadian company called....

Sen. Lisa Murkowski: Alaska 'road to nowhere' is actually a lifesaver
By Lisa Murkowski
March 14, 2014, 8:50 a.m.
To a non-Alaskan unfamiliar with the harsh realities of living in remote corners of the nation's largest state, the proposed link of two small towns whose populations barely total 1,000 people may seem like a "road to nowhere." Unfortunately, former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt's March 11 commentary in The Times reflects this unsympathetic thinking. His delusive comments don't change the fact that this small, lifesaving road would provide the people of King Cove, Alaska, with access to medical care in emergencies.
When the federal government created the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge 54 years ago, it cut off the traditional land.....,0,1295756.story

Frankenfish a threat
No fish tastes better than the wild kind.
But the Food and Drug Administration continues to evaluate the safety of genetically-engineered salmon. Of course, the FDA's main concern is whether Frankenfish are safe.....

Ahtna Goes to Congress For Role in Game Management
By Liz Ruskin, APRN - Washington DC | March 14, 2014 - 4:16 pm
Alaska tribes and rural hunters have long complained that the dual federal-state game management system is hard to live by and doesn’t give subsistence users their due. Today, Ahtna Inc., the smallest of Alaska’s Regional Native Corporations, presented a proposal for co-management of game to a U.S. House panel. Unlike most of rural Alaska, the eight villages of the Ahtna Region are on the road system. Ahtna President Michelle Anderson told a congressional panel today that every season, local hunters have to contend with more and more hunters who drive in from elsewhere. She said it’s not just a matter of food but also cultural erosion. “It’s a shame that this last season for instance, you know, many of our hunters who have....

Safety Council Recognizes Alaskans at 2014 Governor's Safety and Health Conference
By 20 hours 28 minutes ago
...........At Trident Seafoods Petersburg work hours are long, jobs are physical and repetitive, and the environment is cold, wet, and loud. It is a notable accomplishment for a fish processing company to have an injury illness rate below the National Industry Average and many companies would be satisfied with that, but Trident Seafoods is not like most companies. Trident’s Petersburg Plant has topped that performance with a perfect record in 2013 – zero recordable incidents.....

Totonto: Not all king crab at festival is from Alaska's well-managed fishery
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Mar. 14 2014, 9:04 PM EDT
Last updated Friday, Mar. 14 2014, 9:31 PM EDT
The Alaskan king crab festival has begun. But buyer beware: Not all of the sweet bounty is imported from Alaska’s well-managed fishery. Some of it comes through a circuitous route from Russia, an unsustainable market rife with illegal harvesting and poaching. Mike Erickson, president of Alaska Glacier Seafood Co., said by phone from Juneau that in years past, his company has been a major supplier. “But our resource is dwindling. It has to be coming from somewhere.” The Alaskan king crab festival is one of the most anticipated food events in the Lower Mainland. It’s an annual event that’s been going on since the late 1980s. The monstrous catch is shipped live to Vancouver and is offered in two-, three-, and four-course feasts....

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