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The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

Yesterday's bloodshed in Seattle has left many of the area's residents in shock. But another slow-moving threat could bring a different kind of devastation to the Pacific Northwest community.

The Pebble Partnership is working on a permit application to submit to the state of Alaska for a potential copper and gold mine at the head waters of Bristol Bay.

Meanwhile, the EPA released a draft scientific study of the watershed, under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act. The agency will accept public comments until July 23.

The Bristol Bay commercial fishery delivers about $100 million in revenue to the state of Washington. If you have a stake in this fishery, you are probably in Alaska already, poised for the start of fishing tomorrow.

But if you are in Seattle today, or know someone who can represent you, please find your way to the Jackson Federal Building at 915 2nd Ave. by 2 p.m. for a public hearing hosted by EPA.

For more information on the study and how to submit your comments, go to the EPA's Bristol Bay information page.

Alaska public meetings are scheduled for the coming week.

Anchorage: Monday, June 4
5:30 p.m., University of Alaska, Wendy Williamson Auditorium

Dillingham: Tuesday, June 5
11:30 a.m., Middle School Gymnasium

Naknek: Tuesday, June 5
5 p.m., Naknek School Auditorium

Levelock: Wednesday, June 6
4 p.m., Rainbow Hall

Igiugig: Wednesday, June 6
5 p.m., Igiugig Airport Hangar

Nondalton: Thursday, June 7
5 p.m., Nondalton Community Center

New Stuyahok: Thursday, June 7
1 p.m., Cetuyarag Community Center

National Fisherman Live

National Fisherman Live: 1/27/15

In this episode:

Assessment: Atlantic menhaden is not overfished
Bering Sea pollock fishery casts off
Dock to Dish opens Florida’s first CSF
Second wave of disaster funds for Alaska
Fisherman lands N.C.’s largest bluefin ever

Inside the Industry

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is still seeking public review and comment on the Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management Conformance Criteria (Version 1.2, September 2011). The public review and comment period, which opened on Dec. 3, 2014, runs through Monday, Feb. 3.

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NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.

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