National Fisherman


ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has cleared the way for an initiative that would require legislative approval for major mining operations in the Bristol Bay watershed, like the proposed Pebble Mine.
 
The court issued a brief order Monday, after hearing arguments June 11. It plans a more expansive order, explaining its reasoning, later.
 
In January 2013, a lawsuit was filed over certification of the "Bristol Bay Forever" initiative. The measure would require legislative approval for metallic sulfide mining operations within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve that disturb at least 640 acres of land.
 
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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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