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Pelican Seafoods foreclosure suspended

Image via Wikipedia Oct 29, 5:19 PM EDT   JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Foreclosure proceedings on the biggest business enterprise in Pelican have stalled. Once and future owner Kake Tribal Corp. planned to reacquire the Pelican Seafoods plant through a foreclosure last month, but the plant's potentially hazardous coolant has complicated the situation. To keep the ammonia contained, the freezers must keep running and no one wants to pay that expense. "We're going to hold off on that indefinitely, until the situation with the ammonia is complete," Kake Tribal CEO Steve Malin told the Juneau Empire.   Kake Tribal bought...............

Alaska's young fishermen to gather to become savvy businessmen, chart industry future

Image via Wikipedia October 29, 2009 Thursday Cordova, Alaska - Eric Lian was 12 years old when he began commercial salmon fishing on his dad's purse seiner in Prince William Sound, Alaska. His dad, Phil, now a veteran of 50 fishing seasons on the sound, urged him not to take up fishing as a livelihood. Working at sea is dangerous, and unpredictable salmon prices make it a boom and bust industry, he said. Those warnings grew especially strong in the years after the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Eric Lian, center, 2007 AYFS participant, now helps lead the Cordova District Fishermen United. Photo Courtesy Marine Advisory Program. "My father started fishing on the sound when he was just a young boy," recounted Lian. "He went through the good times and the bad times; he saw it all. Then the spill happened, and what Exxon did to fishermen

Wildlife group to sue over Inlet belugas

Image via Wikipedia By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press Published: October 29th, 2009 01:31 PM Last Modified: October 29th, 2009 02:53 PM An environmental group that has pressed the federal government to provide maximum protection for Cook Inlet beluga whales said Thursday it intends to sue. The issue is over designating critical habitat to help the white whales that swim the waters off of Alaska's largest city recover. The whales were listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act a year ago, meaning............

Kodiak: Shipyard becomes reality

Article published on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer  After 10 years and an $18 million expenditure a City of Kodiak shipyard capable of servicing 660-ton vessels became a reality Monday afternoon with the smashing of a bottle of champagne against the side of the new boatlift located alongside St. Herman Harbor. Image via Wikipedia City officials are counting on the facility to provide local jobs, service the local fishing fleet and become a moneymaker for the city. The yard is supposed to attract owners of vessels who previously traveled to Seward, Homer or even the Seattle area for hull cleaning and repairs. “We’re hopeful that this will not only provide a service to the larger boats in our community, but also be an economic stimulus — providing more local jobs, more business opportunities and a larger tax base,” said Port and Harbor Advisory Board president Nick Szabo   Harbormaster Marty Owen said the new boatlift will be able to service the 350 large boat

USA. Iridium announces Goldman Sachs as lead financing advisor

Image via Wikipedia Image by cliff1066™ via Flickr Wednesday, 28 October 2009 Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) today announced that it has engaged Goldman, Sachs & Co. as its lead global advisor on the financing of Iridium NEXT, the company’s next generation satellite constellation............ ............ Goldman Sachs will lead the initiative to secure the remainder of funding necessary to develop, build and launch the new constellation, which is anticipated to begin launching in 2014............

Congressmen worry ocean policy will block development

By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press Published: October 26th, 2009 05:14 PM Last Modified: October 26th, 2009 05:14 PM Dozens of U.S. representatives sent a letter Monday to the head of the President's Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force with concerns that the policy will block offshore energy development and cost jobs to Americans. Sixty-nine House members, including Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, signed the letter in which they responded to the task force's interim report released last month. The task force is working on a national policy for governance of the country's oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. Two dozen senior policy members from..........

Bering crab season off to smooth start

By Margaret Bauman | Alaska Journal of Commerce   Monday, October 26, 2009 Story last updated at 10/26/2009 - 10:34 am   Calm seas and unseasonably warm weather greeted Bering Sea crab fishermen as they embarked on the 2009-10 red king crab season in search of a harvest quota of 16.9 million pounds of king crab. The Coast Guard meanwhile has begun its annual deployment of a Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Air Station Kodiak to Cold Bay for.....

University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Ship Simulator Lab Upgraded

Image via Wikipedia October 23, 2009 Friday Ketchikan, Alaska - The Marine Transportation department of the University of Southeast Alaska Ketchikan completed a $65,000 upgrade this fall to the Ship Simulator Lab in order to better train maritime students. These upgrades included adding another helm station, increasing the number of 50" screens from one to three, and adding new local and other Southeast Alaska training simulation areas, including Ketchikan, Juneau, Wrangell Narrows and Snow Pass. The main benefit of a simulator is the ability for users to experience more learning events in one week than a person may experience out on the water in five or ten years. Another benefit is that a simulator is less expensive than running real vessels and if a user makes a mistake, there is no danger to property or people. The upgraded simulator capabilities allow for the   display of varying environmental conditions: any time of day or night with celestial bodies accurately displayed for

To Cut Global Warming, Swedes Study Their Plates ( Just say no to fish and beef? Grrr.... )

Image by Handforged via Flickr By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL Published: October 22, 2009    STOCKHOLM — Shopping for oatmeal, Helena Bergstrom, 37, admitted that she was flummoxed by the label on the blue box reading, “Climate declared: .87 kg CO2 per kg of product.” “Right now, I don’t know what this means,” said Ms. Bergstrom, a pharmaceutical company employee. But if a new experiment here succeeds, she and millions of other Swedes will soon find out. New labels listing the carbon dioxide emissions associated with the production of foods, from whole wheat pasta to fast food burgers, are appearing on some grocery items and restaurant menus around the country. People who live to eat might dismiss this as silly. But changing one’s diet can be as effective in reducing emissions of climate-changing gases as changing the car one drives or doing away with the clothes dryer, scientific experts say. “We’re the first to do it, and it’s a new way of thinking for us,” said Ulf Bohman, head of the N

Special salmon culture class offered in Sitka

Image via Wikipedia Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Story last updated at 10/21/2009 - 1:32 pm Capital City Weekly SITKA - The University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program is offering a 2-credit special topics class, to be held in Sitka Nov. 9-12. Students will be provided an overview of salmon culture techniques commonly used in........

Bill giving FDA new powers to oversee food supply has wide support

Image via Wikipedia By Andrew Zajac October 22, 2009   Reporting from Washington - Legislation granting the Food and Drug Administration new powers to oversee the nation's food supply has elbowed its way onto Congress' crammed calendar with bipartisan support and rare agreement between consumer groups and an industry stung by product recalls. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), would require the FDA to step up inspections of food facilities and to issue new rules to improve the quality of imported food and to combat contaminants in fresh produce. The measure also would give the agency authority to recall products

Bering Sea crab fisheries underway; Salmon ups and downs; & Share the bounty

Fish Factor Bering Sea crab fisheries underway; Salmon ups and downs; & Share the bounty By LAINE WELCH   October 19, 2009 Monday Bering Sea crab fisheries got underway on Oct. 15 with the eastern waters at Bristol Bay seeing the most action right off the bat. Fish and Game at Dutch Harbor said 93 boats pre-registered for the red king crab fishery, and 62 dropped pots on opening day. The guideline harvest at Bristol Bay is 16 million pounds of red king crab, a drop of almost 22% from 2008. Another 1.2 million pounds of blue king crab can be harvested at St. Matthew Island this year, the first opener there for a decade. But the overall drop in king crab supply from Alaska won't be reflected in higher prices to fishermen - due to the global recession and the 23 million pounds of king crab coming into the U.S. from Russia. According to the Inter-Cooperative Exchange (ICE), which

Proposed Salmon Protocol Aims To Unify Conversations on the Web

As comments on the Web become fragmented, conversations that occur on downstream aggregation sites often are taking place in a silo, disjointed from parallel discussions on the originating Web site. Over the last two years, many people have found this evolution controversial, hoping to unify the conversations in a central location - and some services, including JS-Kit's Echo and Disqus , have taken the first step by pulling external discussions to the source. But a brand new proposal, authored by John Panzer of Blogger , called the Salmon Protocol , is looking to take advantage of Pubsubhubbub to unify the conversations in all places, both upstream and downstream. And yes... the name of Salmon comes because those fish manage to swim upstream, just like the comments........... gets a serious rebuild

Up until today the was nothing more than a single blog and feed. However, as of now it's this (existing) blog content is being seamlessly redirected to the subdomain The headline feed is embedded into the root domain . There you will now find a more traditional site with more room to grow in interesting ways. Deeper Facebook and Twitter integration etc.. Don't worry about having to change anything on your end. The RSS feed stays the same and our blog posts will still keep a coming to you.... However, if you have a minute you may want to check out the new site >> Cheers. Hauling Gear Team

Alaska spotted seals denied endangered species protection

Image via Wikipedia By DAN JOLING The Associated Press Published: October 15th, 2009 01:55 PM Last Modified: October 15th, 2009 03:56 PM potted seals off Alaska's coast do not merit endangered species protection despite losses of Arctic sea ice from global warming, a federal agency announced Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, however, will list as threatened a small population of spotted seals that live off the coasts of Russia and China. Doug Mecum, acting administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service Alaska region, said spotted seals in two populations closest to Alaska exceed 200,000 animals. "We do not predict the expected fluctuations in sea ice will affect them enough to warrant listing at..........

NOAA rep shoots down rumor of NMFS' candidate

Published: October 14, 2009 05:50 am By Richard Gaines Staff Writer Squelching a hot and fast-moving rumor, an official source yesterday said Elliott Norse, a crusading environmentalist and fierce opponent of trawling or dragging — hauling a weighted net along the ocean bottom for groundfish — is not a candidate to fill the top spot at the National Marine Fisheries Service. Justin Kenney, communications director for Jane Lubchenco, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, responded to reports on a blog and industry Internet Web site that Norse — seen as something of a lightning rod figure — had become a candidate to head NMFS. "Elliot Norse is not currently a candidate for the NMFS position," Kenney said in an e-mail to the Times. The rumor surfaced Sunday in Deckboss, the blog of former Alaska newspaperman Wesley Loy and was picked up by the industry Web site, on Monday. had correctly reported last spring that Arne Fug

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Kookesh: Restore Native rights

Sunday, October 11, 2009 Story last updated at 10/11/2009 - 1:07 am   Senator says Natives may have to sue feds for subsistence issues By Eric Morrison | JUNEAU EMPIRE State Sen. Albert Kookesh believes Alaska Natives may be forced to file a class action lawsuit against the federal government to restore the subsistence rights it promised under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Kookesh, D-Angoon, who is facing trial over a $500 state subsistence fishing citation, gave a video statement Friday to the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood 97th Grand Camp Convention that criticized the state for trampling on subsistence rights. He was in Washington, D.C. for much of the five-day convention. "We need to get away from the state as much as we can," he said. "They are not our friend. They've proven that time and time again. Let's make the federal government responsible and sue them if we have to." The majority of......... ht

Anchorage Daily News op-ed: Our view: Safer seas

Coast Guard inspections vital Published: October 5th, 2009 07:25 PM Last Modified: October 5th, 2009 07:25 PM Too many fishermen die on the job. The deaths of five more in the sinking of the Alaska Ranger in the Bering Sea in 2008 drove home that truth once again, and for the fourth time after a fatal accident, the National Transportation Safety Board has said Congress should give the Coast Guard the power to do mandatory inspections of commercial fishing vessels. That authority is long past due...........

Arstechnica: Weird Science regulates the voltage of electric fish

The weather forecast for exoplanet COROT-7b: vaporized sodium with mineralized hail. By comparison, the rest of Weird Science seems downright normal.  By John Timmer | Last updated October 4, 2009 2:00 PM CT Power management features of electric fish: South American electric fish live in murky waters, and generate current in order to both sense their surroundings and communicate with fellow species members. But, as humans have found, it can be rather expensive to generate electricity, although the fish pay in terms of calories. So, it really shouldn't come as a surprise that they can regulate their power output . But the details of the system are very elegant. Generating the current

Strong pink salmon run means plenty of work at Bellingham Cold Storage

POSTED: Sunday, Oct. 04, 2009 DAVE GALLAGHER - THE BELLINGHAM HERALD If you were looking for the busiest workplace in Whatcom County last month, one of the contenders would have to be Bellingham Cold Storage. The facility on Bellingham's waterfront is one of the few places in the region where commercial fishing boats can unload fresh fish. Thanks to a tremendous pink salmon run, the facility had hundreds of workers unloading, cleaning, freezing and canning fish 24 hours a day for about three weeks. During that three-week period in September, BCS quickly went through its one million pounds of ice that it has stored on site. At times it......  

‘Deadliest Catch’ training - Film crew from the popular fishing show trains at the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Kodiak

Cover of Deadliest Catch: Desperate Hours Article published on Friday, October 2nd, 2009 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer   Four film-crewmembers from the television show “Deadliest Catch” received training from U.S. Coast Guard personnel Thursday afternoon to prepare for the sixth season of the show that airs on the Discovery Channel . Challenging survival suit/life raft and flare training combined with drills in the pool made up the better half of the crew’s morning. All the training is necessary for the dangerous job ahead of them. The crewmembers agree that the training is necessary to overcome the risk posed when shooting footage out on the sea. “It’s an experience you’re never going to get anywhere else,” said Josh Silberman, a producer of the show. The crew includes Zac McFarlane, series director of photography; Josh Silberman, producer; Tim Beers, producer; and Bryan Gregg, backup producer and shooter. Both Silberman and .....

Is Kodiak tsunami ready?

Image via Wikipedia Article published on Thursday, October 1st, 2009 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer  Is Kodiak a tsunami-ready community? The road signs say it is, and so does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association certification. But Wednesday’s deadly tsunami in Samoa highlighted the difficulty of predicting and preparing for one. The emergency warning sirens tested on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. are an important part of Kodiak’s preparedness strategy. The tsunami warning siren sounds a long wavering note for three minutes. But, Kodiak City Fire Chief Rome Kamai said..........

Class ring makers join boycott against Pebble Mine

PRICELESS PROPERTY: Environmental concerns outweigh need for gold. The Associated Press Published: October 1st, 2009 11:08 PM Last Modified: October 2nd, 2009 05:15 AM The growing list of jewelers vowing to boycott gold from the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska now includes major manufacturers of class rings. Herff Jones and Commemorative Brands Inc., both of which make class rings, have joined the list of jewelers opposed to the proposed mine in Southwest Alaska. Two other companies, Birks & Mayors and Hacker Jewelers, also added their names to the list this week out of concern for the region's environment. Canadian-based Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and London-based Anglo American are hoping to develop Pebble into a mine. The huge copper, gold and molybdenum deposit is in a region of major wild salmon streams. The 18 jewelry companies against Pebble represent sales..................

Fisherman cited in Yukon village subsistence protest

By | @ Published: October 1st, 2009 03:12 PM Last Modified: October 1st, 2009 05:04 PM A police officer in Marshall has been ticketed for illegal fishing in a summer protest of subsistence fishing restrictions. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protection officer on alaska/rural/story/957437.html

Jeppesen Marine to Sell Its Nobeltec Line of Marine Navigation Software to Signet U.S.A., Inc.

Image by GrahamAndDairne via Flickr ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Jeppesen Marine today announced it has reached an agreement to sell its Nobeltec family of marine navigation software to Signet U.S.A., Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Signet, S.A., a leading designer and manufacturer of marine navigation software and technology. Nobeltec will become part of Signet's portfolio, of which Furuno Electric Company is a significant shareholder. "The sale of our Nobeltec software line reinforces our commitment to providing our original equipment manufacturer partners with the very best electronic charts and electronic charting technology, while they focus on navigation applications," says Greg Bowlin, Jeppesen senior vice president and chief strategy officer. "We are pleased that Nobeltec and its history of innovation will continue. We also.....

Researchers pursue Alaska octopus

ALASKA NEWSPAPERS STAFF October 01, 2009 at 11:33AM AKST Researchers from NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center are going to take a serious look at octopus starting in winter 2010. “Scientists haven’t learned enough about octopus in Alaska to provide for an ecosystem approach to management,” said Doug DeMaster, director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center.  “The knowledge our researchers gain will be valuable on its own, but will be even more so if anyone wants to establish an octopus fishery here.  We’d like to get ahead of that possibility with this North Pacific Research Board-funded project. “We’ve seen earlier investigations into commercial octopus fishing in Alaska and global markets for octopus are leading to increased interest in retention and sale over the past few years.” The planned research also includes a pilot tagging study in Dutch Harbor by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Reid Brewer.  This study will use tiny, bright, flexible tags

NTSB recommends more safety oversight for fishing fleet

ALASKA RANGER: Coast Guard urged to seek inspection power. By ERIKA BOLSTAD Published: September 30th, 2009 07:36 AM Last Modified: September 30th, 2009 10:14 PM WASHINGTON -- For the fourth time following a fatal marine accident, the National Transportation Safety Board will recommend that the U.S. Coast Guard ask Congress for the authority to inspect the nation's commercial fishing fleet, which currently must meet only minimal and largely voluntary safety standards. The board's suggestion came Wednesday as it made public the finding of its investigation into the March 2008 sinking of the Alaska Ranger in the treacherous but............