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    Sockeye returns in the Great Land?

    The latest estimates for the return of sockeye to the Columbia River is something close to 650,000 over Bonneville Dam, which would be an all-time record return since record keeping started (1930's). I haven't heard how the returns are doing on the KP or Bristol Bay, but I'm hoping they are as...
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    Hunting on Kenai NWR

    Not sure if this specific issue has been debated on this BB. I couldn't find it, although it's likely been a topic of discussion. https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/eenews/2022/04/19/appeals-court-oks-fed-limits-on-alaska-bear-hunting-methods-00026254 This probably won't make any...
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    Another FERC project proposed - Huge gas pipeline EIS

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just issued a final Environmental Impact Statement on the Alaska LNG Pipeline. I haven't read it yet, but it seems quite substantial: https://www.ferc.gov/industries/gas/enviro/eis/2020/03-06-20-FEIS.asp Seems like this proposal has been around for...
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    Alaska cod fishery closes

    Another fishery shut down due to changing ocean conditions. https://www.npr.org/2019/12/08/785634169/alaska-cod-fishery-closes-and-industry-braces-for-ripple-effect This isn't the first domino to fall, and it won't be the last. The North Pacific, as we know it, is changing. And it's not for...
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    More trouble on Mat-Su Valley tribs

    As we have discussed on the forum many times, Northern pike are well established on several Mat-Su Valley tribs. But now an invasive plant has been identified, and has taken hold - Elodea. Here is a recent article from the National Fish Habitat Partnership that describes the issues on...
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    New hydropower project on the Kenai Peninsula

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission just issued a final environmental impact statement on the Grant Lake Hydropower Project. If built, it would be located on the KP, near Moose Pass. There seems to be some local opposition. Not sure what the local impacts would be, but some folks have...
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    Earthquake and recovery

    I'm not sure if this belongs in this forum, but best of luck to all those folks who were affected by the recent quake(s) in Anchorage over the past few days. Many of us live in earthquake country, but no more so than the folks who live in the Great Land, and contribute to this BB. Hope...
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    ADF&G helping us with Northern Pike

    The good folks at ADF&G get to explain their troubles with northern pike, in anticipation of what we might expect. http://www.lrf.org/lake-roosevelt/news/370-alaska-department-of-fish-and-game-to-provide-conference-keynote And we appreciate their help and technical assistance! For those who...
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    Size and Age of Chinook salmon decreasing across its range.

    We sorta knew this already, but in case there were any doubters amongst us, here is the most recent research: http://www.cbbulletin.com/440291.aspx Here are some excerpts from the article: The researchers analyzed nearly 40 years of data from hatchery and wild Chinook populations from...
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    It was a good year for the comm fish folks in the Great Land

    It appears to have been a very good year to be a commercial fisherman in Alaska in 2017. http://www.cbbulletin.com/439674.aspx Nice to know they're doing well. I would hope the fishing was as productive across the various user groups, but given the discussions we've had on this BB, that's not...
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    Alaska vs UCIDA, et al.,

    As Nerka correctly predicted........ From the SCOTUS website: CERTIORARI DENIED: 16-668 MAGEE, EMMETT V. COCA-COLA REFRESHMENTS USA, INC.16-768 SNYDER, GOV. OF MI, ET AL. V. JOHN DOES #1-5, ET AL.16-790 BUTKA, KAP S. V. SESSIONS, ATT'Y GEN.16-916 SMITH, MALCOLM A. V. UNITED STATES16-1001...
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    Supreme Court turns away appeal on Polar Bear habitat in Alaska

    The Supreme Court did not take up the appeal of the critical habitat designation for polar bears in Alaska. So the earlier Ninth Circuit court ruling stands. http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/05/01/supreme-court-leaves-polar-bear-habitat-intact/ As I understand it, almost 98% of the cases...
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    Northern pike - Nightmare fish. We gottem too!

    We've discussed the serious problems associated with the introduction/range expansion of northern pike, and the impact on Pacific salmon stocks, particularly in the Mat-Su Valley. Well...... you're not alone. The Columbia River is facing the same issue...
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    Bear and wolf management on National Wildlife Refuges - Op/Ed - Kathleen Parker

    The attached Op/Ed appeared in our local newspaper this morning (March 16, The Columbian, Vancouver, WA). It's from Kathleen Parker, a columnist from the Washington Post. http://www.pressherald.com/2017/03/14/kathleen-parker-congress-considers-a-grizzly-betrayal-in-alaska-wildlife-refuges/...
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    The Federal Government can't own land!?

    Here in the Portland/Vancouver metro area, the trial of the Bundy’s is finishing up. A verdict is due anytime now. As you may recall, Ryan and Ammon Bundy were the guys who took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon earlier this year. They did so because they were...
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    A court victory for BoF and ADF&G. And KSRA........

    Not sure how this court decision is being viewed in the Great Land..... I haven't read it all yet, but it appears to reaffirm the authority of the State to regulate the various fisheries on the Kenai Rv. http://www.thefishingwire.com/story/358741
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    And the folks in Ohio are not happy....... Can't please everyone.

    The Prez makes it official: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/30/436125678/obama-renaming-continents-highest-peak-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali Same as it's been for centuries. But the folks from the Buckeye State are bringing their torches and pitchforks to the White House. Not...
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    Kenai Hydro - FERC order on preliminary permit

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order regarding Kenai Hydro (6/18/15). The order is here: http://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/comm-meet/2015/061815/H-3.pdf FERC denied re-hearing on the expiration of a preliminary permit for the Grant Lake hydropower project, near Moose Pass. I...
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    Interior approves drilling in the Chukchi Sea

    Yesterday (May 11), the Dept of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management conditionally approved Shell Oil's permit for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea. Still not a done-deal, but recognize that this decision was made by the Obama Administration. That would be the...
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    Federal Subsistence Board recent decision on defining rural/non-rural

    On a related note..... The Federal Subsistence Board is in the process of re-defining how they determine rural/non-rural for the purposes of establishing a subsistence priority. The link is here...

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