National Fisherman

Proponents of a massive and contentious copper and gold mine in Alaska are poised to issue a rebuttal to the Environmental Protection Agency’s February move to halt the project in its early stages.
The Pebble Partnership expects to respond Tuesday to the EPA’s February decision to delay the permitting process for the Pebble Mine project under a seldom-used provision of the Clean Water Act, according to the firm’s CEO, Tom Collier.
Collier said the move amounts to regulatory overreach by the agency.
“We don’t believe they have the statutory authority,” he said Monday.
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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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