National Fisherman


Former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski unfortunately and inaccurately draws parallels between attempts to stop oil exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and the EPA's involvement in the Pebble Mine debate.

The analogy, in a Nov. 4 commentary, is inappropriate and deserves correction.

Oil and gas development has been in the hearts and minds of Alaskans for a long period of time. We find ourselves highly dependent on oil for revenue to finance the state. We depend on natural gas for heat and electricity. The Pebble Project as-proposed bears no comparison for Alaskans with NPR-A.

Gov. Murkowski's comments about Pebble mine -- an effort to unearth what's believed to be a mother lode of gold and copper near the headwaters of Bristol Bay, among the world's most successful wild commercial salmon fisheries -- and EPA's involvement in that discussion, are wrong and ill-considered.

Read the full story at the Alaska Dispatch>>

Inside the Industry

The Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance recently announced that the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation has awarded the organization a Hollings Grant to reduce whale entanglements in Alaska salmon fisheries by increasing the use of acoustic whale pingers to minimize entanglements in fishing gear.

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Last week, Alaska senators Lisa Murkowski (R), Dan Sullivan (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) asked Secretary of State John Kerry to negotiate with Canadian leaders to make sure appropriate environmental safeguards are in place for mine development in Southeast Alaska.

The congressional delegation explained the importance of this issue to Alaskans and the need for assurances that the water quality in transboundary waters between Alaska and Canada will be maintained.

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