WWF-Bristol Bay; Sustainable fisheries, sustainable future
December 28, 2010
World Wildlife Fund
WWF Video on Bristol Bay commerical fishing now on YouTube. Click on "read full article" below.
Mining Company Planning Mineral Exploration in Bristol Bay Area
December 28, 2010
Alaska Public Radio Network
One more Canadian mining company has announced plans to explore for gold, copper and molybdenum in the Bristol Bay area next year.
Vancouver-based Millrock Resources, has staked more than 266 claims covering more than 66 square miles of land located 50 miles northeast of Dillingham.
House Dems to Interior: More science needed before Shell can drill off Alaska
December 21, 2010
The Hill (Politics Blog)
More than three-dozen House Democrats are urging the Interior Department not to approve Royal Dutch Shell's request to drill in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast next year until more scientific information is available.
The lawmakers, in a letter Friday to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, say the agency should wait for an ongoing scientific review by its U.S. Geological Survey, which is reviewing literature about the effects of drilling on marine mammals and others issues, and identifying knowledge gaps.
Ocean Acidification changes nitrogen cycling in world seas
December 20, 2010
National Science Foundation
Increasing acidity in the sea's waters may fundamentally change how nitrogen is cycled in them, say marine scientists who published their findings in this week's issue of the journalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients in the oceans. All organisms, from tiny microbes to blue whales, use nitrogen to make proteins and other important compounds.
Pebble Mine Exploratory Permit Lawsuit Continues in Court
December 13, 2010
KTVA 11 Anchorage
The lawsuit over exploratory permits for the proposed Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska rolls into its second day on Tuesday, at the Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage.
The Bristol Bay group called Nunamta Aulukestai, meaning "caretakers of the land" in Yup'ik, is bringing the suit against the State Department of Natural Resources.
Nunamta claims the state issued permits to Pebble without first holding a mandatory public comment period.
Pebble officials say they have kept the public well-informed.
Oil industry pushing for Congress - not Obama - to set environmental regs
December 7, 2010
San Francisco Chronical (Politics Blog)
The [oil] industry is still bristling from the White House's decision last week to reverse course on offshore drilling and block exploration in federal waters along the Atlantic Coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico as part of the government's 2012-2017 outer continental shelf lease plan. Some lawmakers want to hold oversight hearings examining the policy reversal next year. But oil and gas lobbyists want Congress to go further and are pushing lawmakers to pass legislation that would force the administration to hold lease sales in those now-walled-off areas.
Trial will address whether exploration of Pebble was legal
December 7, 2010
Anchorage Daily News
A civil trial that began Monday calls into question the legality of much of the work done over the past two decades to study the massive Pebble copper and gold prospect in Southwest Alaska.
The case, filed last year, is one of a number of legal challenges to Pebble that have erupted in the past few years as the project gets closer to reality. If the state loses in court, some work on Pebble could be delayed, perhaps for several years, the companies contend.
ADF&G releases climate change strategy
December 1, 2010
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its Climate Change Strategy. The report looks at the potential impact that climate change would have on the state's wildlife and fisheries - and what it might mean for commercial fishermen and subsistence users.
The report anticipates that fire regimes might increase, that the distribution of the state's freshwater might change, and that sea ice in the Arctic will continue to shrink. Alaska's crab fishery could be affected both by ocean acidification and by the increased presence of invasive species like green crab. A rise in ocean temperatures could cause pollock to drift northward, and could potentially increase commercial fishing opportunities in the Arctic. In addition to affecting distribution of fish, climate change could also lead to earlier salmon runs
Bristol Bay crab season starts to wrap up
November 30, 2010
UNALASKA, AK (kucb) - It's the end of November, and the season for Bristol Bay red king crab is now 97% complete. Just under 13 million pounds have been harvested, and about 400,000 pounds remain. The total allowable catch, including the CDQ quota, is 14.8 million pounds.
Plenty of salmon in the sea: Hatchery fish add to population, taxing ocean's resources
November 28, 2010
Studies over the past several years suggest competition for food is affecting salmon runs up and down the West Coast, from Puget Sound chinook to Bristol Bay, Alaska, sockeye. In some instances, the fish are smaller when they return, making them more susceptible to predators. In others, runs are actually declining.