2011

25 August 2011

Travel award available for Fisheries Society conference

The Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society is offering a monetary Cultural Travel Award for an Alaska Native or other minority person to cover travel expenses to attend the 2011 Annual AFS Chapter Conference, November 14-18, 2011 in Girdwood, Alaska.

Applications are available online, and must be received by September 30.

The theme of the annual meeting is "Fisheries in Today’s Alaska: Integrating Fish, Habitat, and People." The meeting theme will be evident throughout the array of topics covered in the 12 paper sessions and the poster session. All sessions are currently open for presentation submission. Topics will include:

  • Tying Habitat to Ecosystem Processes and Fisheries Health
  • Genetics, Genomics, and the Sustainability of Alaska's Fish Resources
  • Fisheries Education and Outreach:
  • Reaching out to Youth in Alaska and Reeling in Fish Biologists of the Future
  • Cross Connection: Adapting and Integrating Principles of Management and Conservation
  • Sustainable Fisheries: Utilization, Economics, and Governance
  • Freshwater Ecology: Describing the "Cogs and Wheels" of Freshwater Fish Ecosystems
  • Marine Fisheries Ecology
  • Marine Invertebrates in Alaska
  • Spatial Dynamics and Analyses in Fisheries
  • Working With Subsistence Communities: The Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program
  • Herring Research and Management

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Pebble Mine in the News: August 25

To help keep readers up-to-date, Pebble Watch offers regular roundups of news articles related to the proposed Pebble Mine. Indian Country Today Media Network recently featured Bristol Bay in three in-depth articles:

"With Billions at Stake in Bristol Bay, Mining Company Spends Big " (August 24, 2011)
...The orthodox church has joined forces with many Native Alaskans, environmental groups, investors, restaurants and even jewelers across the United States and overseas to fight development of the Pebble Mine. They fear that the mining and its waste products will harm fish and other wildlife; adversely affect tourism, hunting and fishing industries; and destroy the subsistence way of life of Native Alaskans. But who are they fighting? What is the Pebble Limited Partnership? Read the entire article at Indian Country Today.


"Allowing Mining in Bristol Bay Puts Wildlife at Risk" (August 23, 2011 - Indian Country Today)
[Pristine wilderness] ...supports many Native Alaskans-primarily Yupik, but also Aleut, Dena'ina, Athabascan and Tlingit-who have called Bristol Bay their sacred home for thousands of years. The landscape is dotted by their peaceful villages, most of them accessible only by plane, boat or snowmobile. But Bristol Bay's apparent calm belies the area's geological volatility and recent dire threats posed by mining companies, which are planning to open vast copper-gold-molybdenum mines. Read the entire article at Indian Country Today.


"Beautiful Bristol Bay Is Popular with Both Salmon and Tourists" (July 15, 2011 - Indian Country Today)
At the edge of the Arctic lies a primordial land where immense tectonic plates collide. Volcanoes outline the area, their smoking fumaroles hinting at immense forces deep below the ground, and earthquakes occasionally rumble through the landscape. This is the Bristol Bay watershed in southwestern Alaska, sculpted long ago by the ponderous advance and retreat of glaciers. Now the land is covered by tundra and dominated by rivers, lakes, streams and swamps. It is harsh, isolated, and yet, it has a mystical beauty. Read the entire article at Indian Country Today.

 

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17 August 2011

EPA updates watershed assessment schedule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided additional details about upcoming activities related to its ongoing assessment of Bristol Bay, including an opportunity for public participation in December 2011:

  • Meeting with Intergovernmental Technical Team - August 2011
  • Request public input on selection of External Peer Review Panelists - December 2011
  • Draft Assessment released to Public and External Peer Review Panel for review - April 2012
  • EPA Public meetings - April 2012
  • External Peer Review Panel holds public meeting (after close of public comment period) - May 2012
  • Final assessment report - Late Summer/Fall 2012

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BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting

BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting in Kodiak, Alaska at the Convention Center at 6 P.M.

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16 August 2011

EPA provides documents detailing watershed assessment progress

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated its web site with several documents related to its ongoing watershed assessment of Bristol Bay. These include a draft watershed assessment outline, presentations and diagrams from the Intergovernmental Team Meetings it held last week.

The meetings were held in order to talk with scientists and technical staff from other federal, state and tribal governments in Alaska. "The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the status of EPA's Bristol Bay assessment with government partners and find out if there is additional technical or scientific information that should be incorporated into our work," said Judy Smith, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator.

The information presented at the meetings represents "a sample of where EPA is currently at in the evaluation, assessment and information gathering process," said Smith. "We have a lot of work left to do on the assessment, but we are making progress, especially on pulling together information about the current conditions of the watersheds."

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Download the August 2011 watershed assessment outline (PDF)

Download the following presentations (PDF)

Download the following draft conceptual diagrams (PDF)

The EPA is using conceptual diagrams as a tool during the watershed assessment and explains that "these diagrams can be useful tools throughout an assessment, from structuring and clarifying initial brainstorming, to providing a framework for data collection and analysis, to organizing and presenting results."

  • Conceptual Diagram Introduction
  • Diagram 1: Environmental impacts of mining in Bristol Bay: construction & operation, habitat effects
  • Diagram 2: Environmental impacts of mining in Bristol Bay: construction & operation, water quality effects
  • Diagram 3: Environmental impacts of mining in Bristol Bay: post-closure, water quantity/habitat & water quality effects
  • Diagram 4: Environmental impacts of mining in Bristol Bay: accidents & catastrophic failures

Members of the Intergovernmental Technical Team

  • EPA Region 10
  • EPA Office of Research and Development
  • EPA Office of Water, Oceans and Watersheds
  • Curyung Tribal Council
  • Ekwok Village Council
  • Iliamna Village Council
  • Koliganek Village Council
  • Levelock Village Council
  • Newhalen Tribal Council
  • Nondalton Tribal Council
  • South Naknek Village Council
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Alaska Department of Natural Resources
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Alaska Department of Public Health
  • National Park Service
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Bureau of Land Management
Principles of the Intergovernmental Technical Team

 

 

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Pebble Mine in the news: August 17

To help keep readers up-to-date, Pebble Watch offers regular roundups of news articles related to the proposed Pebble Mine. Following are stories that have recently appeared in local and national publications.

"Supreme Court allows Pebble initiative onto October ballot" (August 17, 2011 - Anchorage Daily News)
A ballot initiative that could sidetrack the giant Pebble mine will be allowed to go before voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough this October under a ruling Wednesday by the Alaska Supreme Court. Read the entire article in the Anchorage Daily News.

"Supreme Court Grants Emergency Review of Pebble Partnership, Lake and Peninsula Borough Case" (August 17, 2011 - Alaska Public Radio)
The Supreme Court of Alaska has granted a motion by the State of Alaska for emergency review of the Case of the Pebble Partnership versus the Lake and Peninsula Borough, as well as the State's motion for leave to appear and participate in the case as a ‘friend of the court.'. Listen to the story at APRN. (mp3)

"In poll, commercial fishermen come out against Pebble mine" (August 16, 2011 - Anchorage Daily News)
A new poll commissioned by an environmental foundation concludes that Bristol Bay commercial fishermen are overwhelmingly opposed to development of the proposed Pebble mine prospect. The poll, released Tuesday, found that 85 percent of the commercial setnetters and drift fishermen surveyed oppose the Pebble mine. And 98 percent believe the headwaters of Bristol Bay should be protected for future generations. The poll was conducted in May by Craciun Research and has a margin of error of just over 5 percent. Some 350, or 10 percent, of Bristol Bay's commercial fishing permit holders were surveyed. Read the entire article at the Anchorage Daily News.

"BBNC asks state to stay out of Pebble ballot litigation" (August 15, 2011 - Alaska Dispatch)
Bristol Bay Native Corp. asked the state of Alaska Friday to withdraw its amicus curiae briefing in litigation involving a ballot initiative that would affect development of the Pebble mine. BBNC expressed its disappointment with the state's attempt to interject itself in the Alaska Supreme Court's review of the ballot initiative litigation before the election is held. Read the entire article at the Alaska Dispatch.

"Court decision on mining initiative expected soon" (August 15, 2011 - Cordova Times)
Alaska Supreme Court justices have granted a motion from the Pebble Limited Partnership to expedite a decision over a Lake and Peninsula Borough ballot initiative that would affect development of the proposed Pebble mine. The court is still weighing, however, a request by the state of Alaska to participate in the case and a decision on that matter was expected within a few days.
Read the entire article at the Cordova Times.

"Pebble advertising wars heat up as sides seek support" (August 14, 2011 - Anchorage Daily News)
The battle over the giant Pebble gold and copper prospect is escalating across Alaska with a blitz of radio and television ads. Again. You've probably at least caught glimpses or heard a fragment or two, but you may be puzzled over what it's all about. Read the entire article in the Anchorage Daily News.

"Pebble is different from other Alaska mines" (August 12, 2011 - Arctic Sounder)
Alaska's history is rich with mining, and every mine is different. Gold, copper, lead. But when it comes to the risk of contamination, differences in geology and hydrology - rocks and water - drive the risk. Pebble is different from other Alaska mines because of rocks and water. Read the entire article in the Arctic Sounder.

"State May Intervene in Pebble Mine Case" (August 5, 2011 - Alaska Public Radio)
The State of Alaska has intervened in the case of the Pebble Limited Partnership versus the Lake and Peninsula Borough. The case revolves around whether or not a citizen initiative can go to the ballot in October. ‘Alaskan's for Bristol Bay' has been working to get the ‘Save Our Salmon' Initiative on the ballot since March. The initiative is aimed squarely at Pebble Mine. It would amend the Borough's development permitting code to prevent the advancement of any large-scale resource extraction activity, including mining that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat. Listen to the story at APRN. (mp3)

"The 'Pebble Mine girl,' Alaska's most unlikely celebrity" (August 2, 2011 - Alaska Dispatch)
Martina Arce might be the best known, least known person in Alaska these days. The "Pebble girl," as people tend to call her, is all over the place. You can't turn on your TV or surf to a news web site without seeing the perky, dark-haired young woman explaining, in her now characteristically calm and deliberate way, the economic concerns in southwest Alaska and what part the proposed Pebble Mine might play. Read the entire article at the Alaska Dispatch.

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13 August 2011

BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting

BBNC Shareholder Informational Meeting in Soldotna, Alaska at the Soldotna Sr. Center at 1 P.M.

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12 August 2011

BBNC Board of Directors Meeting

BBNC Board of Directors Meeting - Anchorage, Alaska

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07 August 2011

Salmonstock (last day)

Salmonstock

August 5, 6, & 7, 2011

Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds

Ninilchik

The nonprofit Renewable Resources Foundation (RRF) is promoting this three-day music salmon event as a forum for information on Alaska wild salmon resources. (You may know the foundation as the source of those "No Pebble" stickers.) The RRF, an activist nonprofit organization that has been involved in efforts to stop the proposed Pebble project, is based in Anchorage. Its website says the group is "dedicated to the continued protection of our commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries, as well as maintaining Alaska's renowned hunting and fishing heritage."

Event musicians include Pamyua and the New Stuyahok Dancers. Also at the event: an information center stocked with information and presentations regarding Alaska wild salmon and their habitat (www.salmonstock.org). Funds from the event will go to support other RRF outreach efforts, organizers say.

 

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06 August 2011

Salmonstock

Salmonstock

August 5, 6, & 7, 2011

Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds

Ninilchik

The nonprofit Renewable Resources Foundation (RRF) is promoting this three-day music salmon event as a forum for information on Alaska wild salmon resources. (You may know the foundation as the source of those "No Pebble" stickers.) The RRF, an activist nonprofit organization that has been involved in efforts to stop the proposed Pebble project, is based in Anchorage. Its website says the group is "dedicated to the continued protection of our commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries, as well as maintaining Alaska's renowned hunting and fishing heritage."

Event musicians include Pamyua and the New Stuyahok Dancers. Also at the event: an information center stocked with information and presentations regarding Alaska wild salmon and their habitat (www.salmonstock.org). Funds from the event will go to support other RRF outreach efforts, organizers say.

 

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