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NOAA extends comment period for groundfish stocks

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the comment period for an interim final rule that would restrict fishing for groundfish stocks in the Aleutian Islands.

Mark Begich sworn in as Anchorage mayor; Comment period ends on Greens Creek draft EIS; City rejects hazardous material team grant; Marine Park Plaza celebrates grand opening; False killer whale sighted near Juneau in May.
Appeals court sides with Wards Cove in sablefish case

ANCHORAGE - An appeals court sided Tuesday with a Seattle-based commercial fishing company that argued it was eligible under federal regulations to harvest both sablefish and halibut.
Alaska Digest

PALMER - A preacher was acquitted Monday of two counts of manslaughter and two counts of criminally negligent homicide in the shooting deaths of two intruders at his Big Lake Community Chapel last spring.
Agency rejects herring petition

The National Marine Fisheries Service says there's no evidence Lynn Canal herring stocks are a distinct population from the rest of Southeast's Pacific herring. On that basis the agency has rejected a Sierra Club petition to list the local herring under the Endangered Species Act as threatened or endangered.
Ice seals to be studied for possible ESA listing

A federal agency announced Wednesday it would consider Endangered Species Act protections for ribbon seals in the Bering Sea, plus three other seal species that rely on sea ice for survival.


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