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Technology Review: Cheap, Printed RFID

Technology Review: Cheap, Printed RFID : "New RFID tags with circuitry deposited by simple printing technologies could finally make it cost effective to tag low-value products on retail shelves. The...... http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/21871/

Overall, fishing in '08 a plus: Commerical Fishing | adn.com

Overall, fishing in '08 a plus: Commerical Fishing | adn.com : "Overall, fishing in '08 a plus SOME BUMPS: Despite high fuel costs, industry was able to do well. By MARGARET BAUMAN Alaska Journal of Commerce Published: December 27th, 2008 10:39 PM Last Modified: December 27th, 2008 10:40 PM Alaska's lucrative seafood industry appears to have done very well overall in 2008, despite the increased cost of doing business, with sales in the hundreds of......... http://www.adn.com/money/industries/fishing/story/635463.html

Japan Turns to Technology to Lift Fishing Industry - NYTimes.com

Japan Turns to Technology to Lift Fishing Industry - NYTimes.com : "By MARTIN FACKLER Published: December 25, 2008 OTOSHIBE, Japan — The Shinei Maru No. 66 looks like the dozens of other fishing boats moored in this Japanese harbor. But its builders say it is the world’s first hybrid fishing trawler. By switching between oil and electric-powered propulsion, it uses up to a third less fuel than conventional boats. ..... Until very recently, commercial fishermen around the world have been laboring under the weight of high fuel prices. In Europe earlier this year, fishermen expressed their frustration by blockading ports to protest prices and taxes. In the United States, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, the former Republican vice presidential nominee, has called for low-interest loans to help Alaskan fishermen buy fuel-efficient engines. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/26/business/worldbusiness/26fishing.html

Japanese company releases Sushi guide for the iPhone

Japanese company releases Sushi guide for the iPhone : "Great news for people who a) own an iPhone or iPod Touch and b) never know what kind of topping to get when eating Sushi: Tokyo-based Shogakukan, known outside Japan for its http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/12/25/japanese-company-releases-sushi-guide-for-the-iphone/

Satellite Player Skyterra Ready to Try Again

Satellite Player Skyterra Ready to Try Again : "Satellite Player Skyterra Ready to Try Again After winning the right to offer a satellite and cellular-based mobile voice and data service, raising $500 million in capital and restructuring its ownership, Skyterra (formerly Mobile Satellite Ventures) is getting ready for what it hopes will be two game-changing years. The.. http://gigaom.com/2008/12/25/satellite-player-skyterra-ready-to-try-again/

Ribbon seals aren't endangered, government rules: Alaska News | adn.com

Ribbon seals aren't endangered, government rules: Alaska News | adn.com : "Ribbon seals aren't endangered, government rules The Associated Press Published: December 23rd, 2008 01:32 PM Last Modified: December 23rd, 2008 01:33 PM WASHINGTON -- Ribbon seals do not currently face extinction and don't need to be added to the endangered species list, the government said today. Because of the melting of sea ice due to global warming, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was petitioned in 2007 to http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/632556.html

Fishing frenzy: City of Kenai forms task force; fears Mat-Su borough | Peninsula Clarion

Fishing frenzy: City of Kenai forms task force; fears Mat-Su borough | Peninsula Clarion : "Fishing frenzy: City of Kenai forms task force; fears Mat-Su borough By Dante Petri | Peninsula Clarion Fear of potential fisheries legislation influenced by politicians and anglers in the Matanuska-Susitna region has spurred the city of Kenai to form a salmon task force. 'This is an attempt to get http://peninsulaclarion.com/stories/122208/new_278178663.shtml

Alaska Airlines to suspend Petersburg service in March

CapitalCityWeekly.com - Southeast Alaska's Online Newspaper : "Alaska Airlines to suspend Petersburg service in March Bus and ferry service will be provided while runway is repaired By Pat Forgey | Juneau Empire Alaska Airlines will not operate in or out of Petersburg from March 23 to April 21 while the runway there is being repaired, the company announced Friday. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/121708/bus_368669230.shtml

Habitat protection proposed for Alaska sea otters

Habitat protection proposed for Alaska sea otters from adn.com: Top A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal issued today would designate 5,879 square miles of ocean along the Aleutian Islands as critical habitat for threatened sea otters. http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/wildlife/story/625095.html

PR: MoreRFID - GlobeRanger Corporation Named 2008 Top 100 Grocery and Food Supply Chain Award Winner

MoreRFID - GlobeRanger Corporation Named 2008 Top 100 Grocery and Food Supply Chain Award Winner : "[12/15/08] GlobeRanger, the leading global provider of end-to-end enterprise solutions and professional services for RFID, mobility and sensor-based solutions, proudly announces our selection as a 2008 Food Logistics 100 (FL100) solution and service provider. The annual Food Logistics award recognizes outstanding technology and service providers dedicated to the advancement of global grocery and food service distribution supply chains. 'In today's tough economic climate, grocery and foodservice distributors and manufacturers are facing complex distribution challenges and they're applying more technologies to better manage their supply chains,' explained Katherine Doherty, Editor-in-Chief of ... http://www.morerfid.com/details.php?subdetail=Report&action=details&report_id=5285&display=RFID

WP: FDA Draft Report Urges Consumption of Fish, Despite Mercury Contamination

FDA Draft Report Urges Consumption of Fish, Despite Mercury Contamination : "FDA Draft Report Urges Consumption of Fish, Despite Mercury Contamination By Lyndsey Layton Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, December 12, 2008; A07 The Food and Drug Administration is urging the government to amend its advisory that women and children should limit how much fish they eat, saying that the benefits of seafood outweigh the health risks and that most people should eat more fish, even if it contains mercury. If approved by the White House, the FDA's position would reverse the government's current policy that certain groups -- women of childbearing years, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children -- can be harmed by the mercury in fish and should limit their consumption. The FDA's recommendations have alarmed scientists at ...... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/11/AR2008121103394_pf.html

Politico: Bush fights to loosen fishery rules - Erika Lovley and Ryan Grim

Bush fights to loosen fishery rules - Erika Lovley and Ryan Grim - Politico.com : "Sen. Ted Stevens may be leaving a final holiday gift behind for one of his most loyal constituencies: the Alaska commercial fishing industry. In 2006, while Congress negotiated the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the fishermen fought to loosen rules that govern the environmental review process surrounding catch limits. The resulting language “wasn’t as specific as it should have been,” said David Benton, head of the Marine ... http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16321.html

Economists: Alaska still top fishing state - Juneau Empire

Economists: Alaska still top fishing state - Juneau Empire : "Economists: Alaska still top fishing state Employment in crab industry drops sharply after privatization By Margaret Bauman | Morris News Service ANCHORAGE - Alaska continues to hold its own as the nation's No. 1 fishing state, with salmon fisheries providing the most jobs. However, employment in the crab fishery has dropped substantially in part because that fishery was privatized, state economists say. A report in the November issue of http://juneauempire.com/stories/120908/sta_365477333.shtml

newsminer.com • Seminar shows Fairbanks residents the ropes

newsminer.com • Seminar shows Fairbanks residents the ropes : "FAIRBANKS — The figure-eight knot. The bowline. The double fisherman’s knot. They all have a couple of things in common. Someone who knows how to tie one might be better prepared for, say, a weekend fishing trip to Chitina. And someone who doesn’t know how to tie one" http://newsminer.com/news/2008/dec/08/new-seminar-shows-fairbanks-residents-ropes/

The Tundra Drums - Last Frontier is battleground for Endangered Species Act

The Tundra Drums - Last Frontier is battleground for Endangered Species Act : "Last Frontier is battleground for Endangered Species Act VICTORIA BARBER December 02, 2008 at 2:32PM AKST At the Resource Development Council’s annual conference in Anchorage, Denby Lloyd, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, projected a large map of the state on an overhead screen. One at a time, swathes of red marking the habitat of Cook Inlet beluga whales, Steller’s sea lions, spectacled eiders, polar bears, Kittletz’s murrelet, bowhead whales, Aleutian shield fern, Lynn Canal herring and other species protected by the Endangered Species Act were layered on top of one another, encroaching further and further in on Alaska’s familiar coastline until all but a small bubble in the Interior remained. “God,” uttered a man seated at a linen-covered table close to the podium, audibly sucking in his breath. “I guess I was impressed when I saw these graphs,” said Lloyd. “It appears that.. h

Conservation group sues to protect walrus: Alaska News | adn.com

Conservation group sues to protect walrus: Alaska News | adn.com : "Conservation group sues to protect walrus By DAN JOLING The Associated Press Published: December 3rd, 2008 03:42 PM Last Modified: December 3rd, 2008 03:43 PM A conservation group went to court today to force the federal government to consider adding Pacific walrus to the list of threatened species." The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne for failing to act on a petition seeking protection for walrus under the Endangered Species Act. Walrus are threatened by global warming that melts Arctic sea ice, according to the group, which was one of the parties that successfully petitioned to list polar bears as threatened. The group also has filed petitions to protect Arctic seals. The walrus petition was filed in February. The Fish and http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/610489.html

Port of Tacoma Tests GPS Tracking System to Enhance Inland Rail Supply Chain Visibility

Port of Tacoma Tests GPS Tracking System to Enhance Inland Rail Supply Chain Visibility : "Port of Tacoma Tests GPS Tracking System to Enhance Inland Rail Supply Chain Visibility The Port of Tacoma is testing a new GPS tracking system developed by Safefreight Technology that provides actionable data related to location, speed, direction, starts, stops and other metrics for inland rail intermodal containers. Tacoma, WA (PRWEB) Dec. 3, 2008-- To enhance inland rail supply chain visibility, the Port of Tacoma is testing a GPS tracking system that tracks intermodal containers from the time they leave waterfront terminals until they reach their destinations in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Tracking Device on Intermodal Container In addition to power management, it was important that the Port had a solution that was highly ruggedized and configurable 'over-the-air' in order to http://www.emediawire.com/releases/container-tracking/asset-tracking/prweb1697484.htm

Court asked to side with power plants against fish: Money | adn.com

Court asked to side with power plants against fish: Money | adn.com : "Court asked to side with power plants against fish CLEAN WATER ACT: Bush administration says cost is too high. By DINA CAPPIELLO The Associated Press Published: December 2nd, 2008 10:24 PM Last Modified: December 2nd, 2008 10:30 PM WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to let the nation's older power plants draw in billions of gallons of water for cooling without installing technology that would best protect fish and aquatic" http://www.adn.com/money/story/609466.html

Greenpeace puts pollock fishery in its cross hairs: Money | adn.com

Greenpeace puts pollock fishery in its cross hairs: Money | adn.com : "Greenpeace puts pollock fishery in its cross hairs QUOTAS: Ad campaign claims the Bering Sea product is overfished, but feds say the decline is natural. By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: December 2nd, 2008 11:14 PM Last Modified: December 2nd, 2008 11:45 PM In a TV ad that debuted on Alaska television Tuesday, a sad-looking, bearded fisherman in a yellow rain slicker -- the spitting image of the guy on the Gorton's fish stick frozen meals -- wanders the streets with a". http://www.adn.com/money/story/609562.html

Shipwreck jolted Alaska salmon industry: Life | adn.com

Shipwreck jolted Alaska salmon industry: Life | adn.com : "Shipwreck jolted Alaska salmon industry STAR OF BENGAL: 111 people died when tugs failed as ship was leaving Wrangell By WESLEY LOY wloy@adn.com Published: December 2nd, 2008 11:42 PM Last Modified: December 2nd, 2008 12:36 AM A century ago this year, an iron-hulled, three-masted sailing ship departed the Southeast Alaska fishing town of Wrangell laden with 5,260 cases of salmon." http://www.adn.com/life/story/609590.html

The Scientist : The crabby entrepreneur [2008-12-01]

The Scientist : The crabby entrepreneur [2008-12-01] : "'The most important thing I learned [as a crabber] was to be comfortable taking risks,' says King. He also sees similarities in the competitive natures of fishing and biotechnology. 'With fishing, you really develop this aggressive hunter-gatherer attitude about getting your share. That's an important thing in business.'" http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/55223/