ANCHORAGE - A half dozen large buoys suspected to be from Japanese oyster farms have appeared near Yakutat at the top of Alaska's panhandle and may be among the first debris from Japan's devastating tsunami last year. As more debris shows up, there's little need to be worried that it will be contaminated by radiation, state health and environmental officials said Friday.
More than 30 people crowded into a conference room Thursday to hear the Alaska Board of Fisheries consider a petition to open the East Forelands area of the setnet fishery in the Cook Inlet. The teleconference site at the Kenai Legislative Information Office in Kenai was one of several locations in the state where users could tune in to hear the emergency board of fisheries meeting.
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