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Fishermen aim for higher quality, better prices

By MARGARET BAUMAN Image by toddraden via Flickr ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Last updated November 29, 2009 3:40 p.m. PT ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Processors of Bristol Bay's famed wild Alaska sockeye salmon told the bay's driftnet fleet that quality must continue to improve to compete in the global marketplace with other wild and farmed salmon. "You need to understand this is not an option for you, not a choice," Scott Blake, president of Copper River Seafoods, told fishermen packed into a meeting of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association during the 2009 Pacific Marine Expo. "If you are to survive in this industry, you have to realize what you are competing against," Blake added. "Ultimately, it is the consumer who will tell you if you are successful. You have to give people a reason to put wild salmon on their plates and you have to be cost competitive." Blake and spokesmen for three other processors of Bristol Bay

Alaska charter boat captains to offer veterans free halibut trips

Anchorage Daily News / Image by forty42two via Flickr Published: November 28th, 2009 08:54 PM Last Modified: November 28th, 2009 08:54 PM WHITTIER -- A Whittier charter boat fishing captain is organizing another Alaska fishing tournament aimed at helping veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and during Desert Storm. Charter boat captains from Homer, Whittier and Valdez will join forces in the Alaskan Veterans Fishing Tournament next year to offer free halibut trips for veterans. Organizer Jack Roskind of Knot Roughin' It Charters said.... God on ya guys......

Cisco Space router. 24"x18"x18" . Expected to have a throughput of about 100Mbps "unprecedented in orbit"

According to NetworkWorld's Cisco Subnet blog , the router measures about 24 inches by 18 inches by 18 inches and is expected to have a throughput of about 100Mbps. That's small potatoes by land lovers' standards, but is "unprecedented in orbit," Cisco says. And, it will include Cisco's full IOS software. It was also built to sip lightly on the power supply as the satellite must operate on 5,000 to 7,000 watts of power from its solar panels and can only spare a few of them for the hitchhiking router......... ..... IRIS offers several distinct advantages over conventional satellite technology, the companies stated. IRIS can route data to multiple ground receivers in a single step, increasing transponder utilization. Because the payload regenerates the signal, its power is increased slightly, allowing a reduction in the size of sending and receiving terminals, particularly important for mobile applications..........

Native Organizations Oppose Yakutat Mine

" Land too important for future generations" Image via Wikipedia   November 26, 2009 Thursday AM (SitNews) Yakutat, Alaska - The Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp (ANB) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) are seeking to block development of a strip and dredge placer mine by Geohedral LLC near the fishing community of Yakutat, Alaska. The NCAI, a national organization that fights to protect tribal nations' treaty rights, and ANB, an Alaska Native civil rights organization with Native and non-Native members, have passed resolutions opposing mining in the Yakutat Forelands, a region between the Coastal Mountains and the Gulf of Alaska, where Geohedral LLC has staked over 91 square miles of mining claims. In addition, the people in Yakutat, population 600, have collected over 450 signatures from the region on petitions opposing any mine development in this area. "

If The FedEx Guy Drops Your Package, Senseaware Updates You Online

BY Cliff Kuang Tue Nov 24, 2009 at 1:24 PM FedEx unveils Senseaware, a drop-in sensor for packages that monitors everything from nasty falls to boxes being opened. Image via Wikipedia Speed isn't good enough when you're shipping something like transplant supplies for emergency surgery or tissue samples. You also need to be perfectly sure that what you're sending hasn't been compromised for even a second along the way. FedEx has come up with an answer: Senseaware, a drop-in sensor that pings the status of its contents to the Web, including temperature, exact location, and whether the shipment has been opened or exposed to light. There's even an accelerometer, for detecting drops. Having...........

Judge denies Pebble injunction

By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK Published: November 27th, 2009 05:03 PM Last Modified: November 27th, 2009 05:03 PM A state Superior Court judge today rejected a motion filed by a coalition of Native village corporations to block exploration at the massive copper and gold........

GateHouse A/S Astutely Gets SDR Communicating Using Inmarsat BGAN.

Image by The Rocketeer via Flickr GateHouse A/S, Spectrum Signal Processing by Vecima (Spectrum) and Inmarsat will be demo’ing a Software Defined Radio (SDR) implementation of a BGAN terminal at SDR’09 from December 1-4 in Washington DC. The demo will show a Software Defined Radio platform running GateHouse’s BGAN SDR waveform and visitors will be able to access the internet via the Inmarsat BGAN satellite network. GateHouse initiated earlier this year a.........

United Fishermen of Alaska address subsistence review

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 Story last updated at 11/24/2009 - 10:40 am Southeast official says issues with small rural community should not affect rest of the state By Klas Stolpe | JUNEAU EMPIRE Subsistence was the gorilla, or whale, if you will, in the room at the fall meeting of an organization representing more than 35 commercial fishing organizations throughout Alaska waters. The United Fishermen of Alaska met in Seattle last week and heard from a representative of the Department of Interior, which is conducting a formal review of Alaska subsistence regulations and the department's subsistence management policies and programs on federal lands to make them work more effectively to meet the needs of Native Alaskan communities. Pat Pourchot, special assistant for Alaska affairs to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, is heading the review process and spoke at the meeting via teleconference. He said he didn't know about Southeast, but that............. ht

ArcherMind shows off 'world's first' Android-based in-car nav system

By Darren Murph posted Nov 24th 2009 9:33AM One could argue that the Motorola Droid is in fact the first-ever Android-based in-car navigation solution, but we're............

Frozen salmon over fresh? Why, it's better for the planet that way

Image by Ben Ward via Flickr By Abby Haight, The Oregonian November 22, 2009, 7:00PM Frozen salmon is better for the planet than fresh, because it takes so much less energy to make it safely to your dinner plate. That's the finding of Portland-based Ecotrust, which studied how sustainable it really is to catch fish, keep them cold and fly them to markets around the world -- instead of flash-freezing at sea and then shipping to market later, by truck or rail. "We said, 'Eat wild salmon,'" said Astrid Scholz, vice president of knowledge systems at Ecotrust and one of the report's authors. "But it made me a little uneasy.... There's something wrong about catching an Alaska salmon, putting it on a helicopter, and then putting it on a jet to Moscow and then to New York so someone can eat their $50 dinner of fresh Copper River salmon." Scholtz was joined in her research by Ulf Sonesson, a researcher at the Swedish Institute for Food and Biot

NMFS wins halibut charter case

 Monday, November 23, 2009 A federal judge today declared the National Marine Fisheries Service the winner in a lawsuit some halibut charter........

Chefs serve salmon with message as a side dish

Image via Wikipedia BRISTOL BAY: Those against Pebble mine reach out to diners. By MARY PEMBERTON The Associated Press Published: November 14th, 2009 08:44 PM Last Modified: November 15th, 2009 03:54 PM Seattle diners who order the salmon will get their meal with a message this week. Chefs at more than a dozen restaurants are cooking up fish dishes that come with a special side: a warning that the creature's future could be threatened by a giant gold and copper mine proposed for Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska, home to the world's largest sockeye salmon runs. Kevin Davis, co-owner...........

Garmin plots Android phone

Image by Mr Ush via Flickr Image by pipot83 via Flickr November 11th, 2009 Garmin is planning an Android-powered phone in 2010..........

Alaska showcase in NYC seeks funding ( ASMI mention.. )

Image by Getty Images via Daylife LEGISLATURE: Philanthropist says money is short, asks for state help. By SEAN COCKERHAM Published: November 9th, 2009 10:17 PM Last Modified: November 10th, 2009 10:01 PM Clip............   Rogoff said she's also pursuing private partnerships for Alaska House, which has a staff of six. If Alaska House stays open it might be through a public-private effort or an annual state appropriation, she said. She Image via Wikipedia suggested there could be business expositions or the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute might use the space to show the difference between farmed and wild salmon, for example. Alaska House hosted a series of programs during the past year on Alaska issues and arts, with Native art for sale in the gallery. Its proposal for next year includes regular "Alaska Nights" with films, performers, athletes and others from the state. An Alaska S

New heat pump captures solar energy from seawater - KCAW Sitka

SITKA, ALASKA (2009-11-06) A clean energy consultant believes a groundbreaking heating system in Seward using seawater may have applications in Sitka and other coastal communities. Anchorage-based engineer Andy Baker has been assisting the Seward Sea Life Center to design and install the seawater system, which uses a heat exchanger in conjunction with a fairly conventional heat pump system to extract BTUs from the chilly waters of Resurrection Bay. © Copyright 2009, Raven Radio Foundation Inc.   Audio >>>

Interview: Behnken a National Fisherman "Highliner" - KCAW Radio - Sitka, Alaska

SITKA, ALASKA (2009-11-06) For the second year in a row a Sitka fisherman will appear on the cover of the December issue of National Fisherman, as one of that magazine’s “Highliners of the Year.” Except this year’s honoree is a woman, and only the third female ever to be named to the prestigious roster. Linda Behnken is a salmon troller, and a longliner for halibut and black cod. She’s currently the director of ALFA, the Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association. She stopped by KCAW to speak with Robert Woolsey about her interest in fisheries management, her years on the North Pacific Council, IFQs, the Southeast trawl ban, and the charter halibut conflict. Audio >>

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said.........

Kodiak: Parking becoming a problem for fishermen

Article published on Friday, November 6th, 2009 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer   People who are using city parking spaces as long-term storage for derelict vehicles are making it difficult for commercial fishermen to conduct business. “This has been a problem probably that’s been here for 30 years,” Port and Harbor Advisory Board member Daniel Miller said at Thursday afternoon’s meeting. “Things seemed to work out OK until the last couple years.” Board member Anne Kalcic also believes parking is a problem.   “Salmon fishermen are usually out for about a week and it’s hard for them to find a spot now,” Kalcic said. “Everyone should have the.............. Image by janusz l via Flickr

Kodiak: Coast Guard may open VHF tower on Middle Cape Ridge

Image via Wikipedia New towers in southwestern Kodiak would pick up distress signals Article published on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer Rescue 21, the project the Coast Guard touts as the “911 of the sea” may soon arrive in Kodiak with a proposed very high frequency (VHF) tower on Middle Cape Ridge in southwestern Kodiak. An early stage of the Middle Cape Ridge project began last month with the start of a public comment period for the site’s environmental assessment. If the public identifies potential environmental risks, the project will require an environmental impact study. A new tower would specifically protect boats that rely on Channel 16 to communicate mayday calls. In southern parts of the Shelikof Strait, the Coast Guard is presently unable to pick up the signal. Calnan said Rescue 21 plans to install communication equipment in 60 Alaskan coastal sites by the year 2017, if funding allows...............

Stratos is Appointed Distribution Partner for New Inmarsat Global Satellite Phone Services

Tue Nov 3, 2009 7:15am EST Stratos is Appointed Distribution Partner for New Inmarsat Global Satellite Phone Services - New-generation Inmarsat offering will come fully integrated with Stratos value-added services to ensure cost efficiency and optimal performance - BETHESDA, MD, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ - Stratos Global Corporation, the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today announced it has been appointed as an Inmarsat Distribution Partner for Inmarsat's new Global Satellite Phone Services (GSPS).   The new-generation Inmarsat GSPS will be available in 2010 in mobile, fixed-land and fixed-maritime packages. Planned for launch at the end of the second quarter of 2010, the IsatPhone Pro global handheld will be the first Inmarsat GSPS terminal to become commercially available.   Inmarsat GSPS from Stratos will offer a powerful alternative to the handheld, fixed and maritime phone solutions currently available in the ma

Salmon present deadly hazard to dogs

Image by samikki via Flickr Saturday, October 31, 2009 10:19 AM PDT By Ben Salmon The (Bend) Bulletin BEND, Ore. — In early September, it became clear to Shana Brooks that something was wrong with her 10-month-old golden retriever, Abby. The happy, healthy dog suddenly stopped eating and drinking, and she became lethargic. A trip to see Dr. Taylor Douglas of Bend and some blood tests revealed nothing, Brooks said. Back home, Abby’s condition continued to decline, and a second trip to the vet’s office resulted in exploratory surgery, where doctors found swelling, but little else that would lead them to a diagnosis, she said. “It was kind of funny, because I was like, ’Well, she needs to get better because I’m leaving for Alaska for a week on this vacation,”’ said Brooks, a physical therapist. “And (Dr. Douglas) asked me, ’What are you going to Alaska for?’ And I said, ’I’m going fishing.”’ It was that................