National Fisherman

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A population of Pacific harbor seals living in an Alaska lake could be another hurdle for developers proposing a massive open-pit copper and gold mine.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Monday petitioned the federal government for endangered species protection for harbor seals that live in Iliamna Lake about 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Pebble Mine poses a threat to the only known U.S. freshwater population of harbor seal, said spokeswoman Kiersten Lippman.

"They often don't do well with human disturbance, in many cases, especially if they're not used to it," said Lippman, a biologist for the group in Anchorage.

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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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