Alaska Digest

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2007

Anglers cited for violations near Sitka

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JUNEAU - Alaska Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement officers issued numerous citations to anglers in the Sitka area this weekend, accusing them of violations involving salmon and lingcod.

A 43-year-old Sitka guide was accused of aiding four clients in failing to record the catch of king salmon. Investigators said four anglers from Washington on the Gracie K did not record the salmon immediately after catching them. They could be fined $110 each.

A 26-year-old man from Idaho on the vessel Firecracker was cited after investigators said he caught a salmon near Kruzof Island at 8 a.m. Saturday but still hadn't recorded it as of 2 p.m. He could be fined $110.

A 54-year-old North Dakota man was accused of retaining an oversized lingcod near Sealion Cove. At 39 inches, his fish was four inches longer than the legal limit, officials said. He could be fined $110.

On Wednesday, a 54-year-old angler with L&M Charters was accused of harvesting lingcod during the closed season. He caught his fish on Monday, two days before the season began, officials said.

Agency issues new requirements to BP

ANCHORAGE - The federal office in charge of pipeline oversight has issued a new round of requirements to oil company BP PLC as it continues repairs on a faulty network of crude oil transit lines at Prudhoe Bay, the agency chief said Sunday.

The guidelines laid out by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration direct the company to intensify its corrosion monitoring program, remove leftover oil from out-of-service pipelines and submit monthly updates on the progress of construction upgrades and corrosion monitoring at the nation's largest oil field.

BP's latest plans to refurbish production and transport operations on the North Slope prompted the new set of orders, which the company received on April 27, PHMSA administrator Thomas Barrett said Sunday by phone from Washington, D.C.

The company plans to install an improved inspection system and pipeline entry ports for corrosion-prevention fluids. It is also downsizing the diameter of its pipelines to speed the movement of oil and reduce the build-up of sludge, one of several precursors to corrosion.

"Our interest is in monitoring their progress and watching out for the existing system as the new one comes forward," Barrett said.

BP has said the infrastructure should be in place by December 2008.

A BP spokesman could not immediately comment on the order. However, spokesman Daren Beaudo earlier told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that the company intends to cooperate.

Wounded warriors plan return to Kodiak

KODIAK - In August 2006, Kodiakan Peter Malley, his wife Beverly, and a team of local friends hosted four young, injured veterans for a relaxing week of fishing and barbecues through the nonprofit Wounded Warrior Project.

That was Malley's first time working with Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps severely injured war veterans cope with their wounds and integrate into life after combat. Many of the wounded warriors sustained serious injuries, such as double amputations or blindness.

"That's their goal," he said. "To get (them) out of their beds and get them moving."

The summer fishing trip was so successful, Malley and the WWP board of directors began planning a return trip to Kodiak in summer 2007.

"They're all coming back because they love it," Malley said. "It's not just one group (coming) this time. (We have) already put together a schedule for four separate groups."

The veterans and their caregivers are arranged into four groups of eight people, each staying for six days. The first group arrives July 18 in Kodiak.

Malley said the majority of time will be spent sportfishing, with one day for sightseeing, and perhaps one day of four-wheeling, depending on the weather and the veterans' injuries.

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