Business Briefs

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

NMFS to develop essential fish habitat proposals

The National Marine Fisheries Service is collecting public comments on development of essential fish habitat components for several fishery management plans:

Gulf of Alaska groundfish;

Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands king and tanner crab;

Bering Sea/Aleutian Island groundfish;

Alaska scallops;

Salmon fisheries in the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska.

NMFS will use public comments to develop a supplemental environmental impact statement covering essential fish habitat components mandated by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

NMFS will hold public scoping meetings and accept written comments to determine issues of concern and management options, identify potential areas for designation as "essential fish habitat" and "habitat of particular concern," minimize adverse effects of fishing and encourage conservation and enhancement of essential fish habitat.

Lynden plans customer appreciation barbecue

Lynden Transport plans a customer appreciation barbecue next Wednesday at its Kenai terminal from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. RSVP to 283-9640 by Monday.

Homer chamber plans mixer

The next Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer will be June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bay Realty Building. The mixer will be an opportunity to see renovations, enjoy refreshments, win door prizes and meet the staff. All chamber members and interested business owners are invited. For information, call the chamber at 235-7740.

Pipeline company wins safety recognition

The Cook Inlet Pipe Line Co. of Anchorage earned three American Petroleum Institute awards at the API Pipeline Conference last month in San Antonio, Texas.

Cook Inlet Pipe Line is among 15 small American pipeline companies that finished 2000 with no occupational safety incidents to report to federal occupational safety authorities.

Cook Inlet Pipe Line, operated by Union Oil Co. of California, Phillips Petroleum Co., Mobil Pipe Line Co. and Forest Oil Corp., earned recognition for no lost workday cases, for lowest Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable incident rates and for lowest vehicle accident rates.

"This recognition reflects the employees' efforts and Unocal's intent to operate safely and minimize impact on the environment," said Joe Monroe, managing director of Unocal pipelines and terminals.

Knowles honors VECO

VECO Corp., which employs 4,500 people, including 2,000 in foreign countries, has received Gov. Tony Knowles' Exporter of the Year award.

VECO has grown from a Cook Inlet welding and pipefitting support company to a worldwide engineering and construction firm that performs a broad range of services including major design-build projects for the oil, gas and mining industries.

"VECO is an Alaska-founded and Alaska-owned company that exports project engineering, construction and operations expertise around the world," Knowles said. "We congratulate VECO on their success in selling Alaska services and know-how into markets like Russian, China, Kuwait, India, central Africa and Egypt."

-- Clarion staff reports

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