Kuskowkim fisherman are expected to face serious restrictions on subsistence salmon fishing this summer in efforts to bring more king salmon to the spawning grounds. With fishing closed possibly all of June, the working group is asking that dipnets be used selectively to harvest non-Chinook salmon.
The Environmental Protection Agency set a potentially unprecedented process in motion when it began work on Feb. 28 to preemptively block Pebble mine as an effort to protect Bristol Bay fisheries.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a formal statement the agency was initiating action to invoke its authority to veto the proposed Iliamna-area copper-gold mine under the seldom-used Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act.
The regional U.S. Army Corps of Engineers handles Section 404 permit applications for all projects, public or private, that could impact wetlands.
A new commercial fisheries group filed an amicus brief Thursday in the lawsuit regarding the initiative to ban Cook Inlet setnetters.
The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, or AFCA, wants to ask voters to ban setnets in urban parts of the state. If the initiative made it on to the ballot and passed, it would eliminate setnetters in Cook Inlet.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced plans to lower the bycatch limits for halibut in the Gulf of Alaska for the trawl and hook and line fisheries effective either immediately or phased in over the next three years.
Hook and line catcher processors will see a 7 percent reduction implemented this year; hook and line catcher vessels and trawlers will see a 15 percent reduction over three years.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently exercised a damaging and preemptive power play against Alaska, and all other states, by using the Clean Water Act to keep the state from permitting a project in Southwest Alaska on state land. This is not about environmental protection or clean water. Instead, this is about the federal government bullying Alaska and private industry through the use of poor science and political favoritism on behalf of the environmental lobby.
"The buzz in the seafood world right now is the beginning of halibut season," says Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods. "The season for these lovely flatfish begins this weekend; we are hoping the weather holds on the fishing grounds and fishermen are able to get out to target these amazing fish.
"As long as all the contributing factors go our way we should have fresh halibut in at the beginning of the week."
John Jackson from New Sagaya Markets says the first-of-the-year fish will probably carry a hefty price tag.
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Friday decision to put the Clean Water Act into action to begin the process to protect Bristol Bay’s world class salmon fishery from the threat of a giant gold and copper mine in the fishery’s headwaters.
Today is Ash Wednesday - the start of Lent, a time of fasting and soul searching for hundreds of millions of Christians around the world. The word Lent derives from the Old English lencten, meaning spring. Many believers will give up favorite fo
Tom Enlow, Exec. Vice President of Unisea, talks about the decision to go for recertification of Alaska pollock by the MSC, and also why RFM certification may be a better representation of the sustainability of Alaska product. He says that one key difference is the MSC program is based on a promise to improve - which is credible - but the Alaska RFM / FAO program is based on what has already been achieved and documented.
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.
The move comes before the Pebble Limited Partnership has released a mine plan and before they have even filed for permits. Alaska Governor Sean Parnell calls the EPA decision a preemptive veto.
The Bristol Bay Regional Development Assoc. said they (BBRSDA) applaud the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision on Friday to put the Clean Water Act into action to begin the process to protect Bristol Bay’s world class salmon fishery from the threat of a giant gold and copper mine in the fishery’s headwaters.
Here's my favorite thing about the Environmental Protection Agency enacting a rarely used section of the Clean Water Act to potentially shut down the behemoth Pebble Mine project proposed for the headwaters of Alaska's Bristol Bay: The agency is stepping up to call the bully's bluff.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps toward possibly restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a world-premier sockeye salmon fishery in southwest Alaska.
The decision follows release of an EPA report in January that found large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed posed significant risk to salmon and could adversely affect Alaska Natives in the region, whose culture is built around salmon.
EPA has spent three years studying the potential impacts on salmon of a large, open pit mine in the Bristol Bay region, where half of the world's sockeye salmon are produced. Its final study came out in January after two drafts, 1.1 million public comments and two reviews by an independent panel of experts.
Anyone who knows John Van Amerongen, former editor of the Alaska Fishermen's Journal, and for the last several years a devoted employee helping Trident with their media and marketing, knows he has been working on a big project: a biography of Chuck Bundrant.
Plans to expand halibut surveys by 30% have been trimmed a bit but boats are still needed to help. Each summer halibut scientists survey 1,300 stations from Oregon to the Bering Sea. Since 1998 the surveys have been done in a depth range of 20 to 275 fathoms where most of the fishing takes place. Now they want to check out deeper and shallower depths.
About 30 opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine met in Washington today with White House and high-ranking EPA staff. They came armed with a new EPA study that found a mine of Pebble’s size would pose a significant risk to Bristol Bay and its valuable salmon fisheries. Now they’re asking the Environment agency to take the next step and kill the project. They didn’t get a definite answer.
The chief financial officers for the city of New York and the state of California are continuing to call for major mining company Rio Tinto to divest itself from Northern Dynasty. Both New York City and California hold substantial amounts of Rio Tinto stock, and as shareholders they're trying to promote responsible investments, which they say the Pebble Mine is not.