National Fisherman


A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to look further into the potential destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine is drawing more fire from mine proponents and more support from those concerned about adverse impact.
 
The Pebble Limited Partnership in Anchorage, the principal asset of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd., of Vancouver, British Columbia, has responded with criticism to the EPA's decision to initiate a regulatory process under Section 404© of the Clean Water Act to identify options to protect the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon fishery from potentially destructive impacts of the open pit mine.
 
The PLP is calling on the EPA to suspend the 404© regulatory process, to wait for submission of a proposed development plan for Pebble, and to participate in the National Environmental Policy Act permitting process to come, said Tom Collier, recently named as chief executive officer of the PLP.
 
Collier contends that despite three years of study went toward completion of the EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment document, the EPA hasn't quantified any impact of any of its speculative mine scenarios on any fishery in Bristol Bay. "On that basis alone, EPA simply hasn't demonstrated that mineral development at Pebble will have an unacceptable adverse effect on the region's fisheries, and so doesn't have the regulatory authority to veto future development," Collier said in a letter to the EPA on April 29.
 
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Inside the Industry

The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:

The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.

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Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.

Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.

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