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Alaska lawmakers pan report on oceans the first of two major ocean reports to Congress. The second is expected later this summer from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, a study group appointed by Congress. The Pew report catalogs a raft of threats to U.S. seas: Massive...
Alaska Digest

An inch-long caterpillar that dines on the tips of spruce trees is creating headaches for homeowners near Fairbanks.
United Fishermen, politicians, Native communities worry about aquaculture

The United Fishermen of Alaska, Juneau politicians and Native coastal communities are worried that a federal effort to establish aquaculture in the open ocean isn't accounting for potential harm to wild fisheries and the marine ecosystem.
Ocean panel studies Alaska water policies

Alaskans bragged about fisheries management to the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy last week, and the commissioners took notes. "In many ways Alaska set some good examples for the rest of the nation," said...
This year's dividend check drops to $920

The Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year is $919.84, Department of Revenue Commissioner Bill Corbus said Monday night.
Governor to protest fisheries intervention

As congressional reform of U.S. ocean policy looms, Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski is expected to testify today in Washington, D.C., to defend Alaska's management of its fisheries.
Ocean management needs change

...the realm of modern ocean science, there is surprisingly little debate. Both the presidentially appointed U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the independent Pew Oceans Commission have come of the same conclusion: Our ocean ecosystems are stretched...
Groups seek economic safeguards for villages

...strengthened with more economic safeguards for coastal fishing villages. Stevens, the Bush administration and the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy are calling for establishing more quota share-based fisheries in federal waters. Stevens' bill, a revision...
Governor creates ocean-policy position

Gov. Frank Murkowski created a new position in state government Friday - an ocean policy coordinator - to protect Alaska's interests when Congress attempts to hash out a new U.S. ocean policy in 2005.
Business Digest

Silverbow plans to add five hotel rooms, Anti-mining ads target Pebble project & Sen. Ted Stevens signs fisheries act


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