National Fisherman

DILLINGHAM -- President Barack Obama's top environmental official was visibly moved as people in this fishing town told her the giant Pebble mine would kill wild salmon and destroy their culture.
 
"You remind why we're all here, what we work for every day and why I am probably the most blessed person in the world to be at EPA at this time," said Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy.
 
"I intend to make you proud in the position the president has given me," she said to a standing ovation in the packed gymnasium at a Dillingham school on Tuesday.
 
McCarthy, confirmed to lead the EPA just last month, visited the Bristol Bay region this week as a nationwide debate grows over the proposed mine. It could be the largest open pit mine in North America and is in a region that produces half the world's wild sockeye salmon.
 
The proposed gold and copper mine pits people anxious for new jobs against those who say it will destroy streams, wetlands and salmon populations. Mine opponents in Dillingham were exalting at what they saw as McCarthy's sympathy.
 
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Inside the Industry

NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Alaskans will meet with British Columbia’s Minister of Energy and Mines, Bill Bennett, when he visits Juneau next week and will ask him to support an international review of mine developments in northwest British Columbia, upstream from Southeast Alaska along the Taku, Stikine and Unuk transboundary rivers.

Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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