The firm hired by the Pebble Partnership to review the company's substantial environmental baseline studies will hold a second set of independent science panels starting May 6. The panels will be held in Anchorage, and will be filmed and broadcast via web-stream live. Remote participants can submit questions and comments by email during the event.
The Keystone Center, which was commissioned to complete the review, is now accepting registrations for the science panels, which will be broken up by topic over two days. On May 6, the panel will focus on vegetation and wetlands, while the May 7 panel will focus on wildlife, habitat and threatened or endangered species.
Independent scientists have been asked to review Pebble Partnership's studies, and panelists and committee members serve without compensation other than travel and lodging expenses. Recommendations that are issued from the panels will be incorporated into a forthcoming report.
The scientific peer review panel, convened and moderated by the Keystone Center, a Colorado-based nonprofit hired to facilitate a dialogue regarding the proposed mine, convened last October amid controversy and anti-Pebble protests. Opponents say the review panel process is biased because it is paid for by the Pebble Partnership. Keystone organizers contend, however, that the scientists reviewing the data are unpaid and unbiased. At last fall's meetings, questions were raised about the methodology used to evaluate certain features of the region, which is being researched in conjunction with a hotly controversial proposed large-scale gold, copper and molybdenum mine in the Bristol Bay watershed.
The Keystone Center said last fall that it hoped to hold the next panel in Bristol Bay.
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NOAA presentation on federal grant and assistance programs for New England fishing industry
Monday, Dec. 2, 2013
3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
NOAA Fisheries is sponsoring a free presentation by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on their programs that can provide support to the fishing industry during these challenging times. Commercial fishing is considered a type of harvesting so is suitable for these forms of assistance.
Find out if your business is eligible for the various kinds of assistance offered by these agencies and get information on how to apply.
The presentation will be held at NOAA Fisheries, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, Mass.
If you cannot attend in person, you can participate by dialing 866-647-1746 and entering #6042534.
You can also watch by webinar by following these steps:
1. Go to https://nero-fso.webex.com/nero-fso/j.php?ED=154126372&;UI D=1188721632&PW=NZWRjODUwMDEz&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
2. Enter your name and email address
3. Enter the meeting password: Assistance1
4. Click "Join"
For more information, contact Olivia Rugo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-675-2167
Eric Haynes’ Cod Cakes
Four Thousand Hooks
A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska
By Dean Adams
University of Washington Press, 2012
Softcover, 270 pp., $16.95
One of the neat things about Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle is the Author's Corner and Bookstore, where you can get your mitts on a wide range of books about fishing. Plus there's seating and a special section for book signings, discussions and more.
It's easy to see why Dean Adam's book "Four Thousand Hooks" was featured at Pacific Marine Expo last year. Want to find out what's on tap in the Author's Corner this year? Just click here and scroll down for the 2013 show's lineup.
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