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The face and composition of Gloucester’s historic inner harbor could change dramatically in coming decades due to substantial boundary revisions to the city’s designated port area contained in the state’s long-awaited DPA boundary review.
 
The report, authored by the state Coastal Zone Management Agency and presented Monday to Mayor Carolyn Kirk, would radically alter the current footprint of the DPA by removing all but two East Gloucester and Smith Cove waterfront parcels — the Americold cold storage facility on East Main Street and the Gloucester Marine Railways facility at the northern tip of Rocky Neck — while holding out the very real possibility of escalating development of alternative mixed-use sites across the waterfront.
 
The contraction of the DPA, first established in 1978 as a protection for fishing and fishing related businesses along the city’s waterfront, would have a domino effect that could provide the most substantial change in the city’s waterfront since it blossomed as America’s first seaport nearly 400 years ago.
 
“It’s a landscape-altering decision that’s been rendered by CZM,” Kirk said Monday, hours after receiving the report.
 
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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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