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Iridium satellite phones second life

Iridium satellite phones second life : "Iridium satellite phones second life by Max Jarman - Feb. 1, 2009 12:00 AM The Arizona Republic Ten years later, Iridium is alive and well in Tempe. The high-profile Motorola venture crashed in a spectacular 1999 bankruptcy after its technologically flawless but pricey satellite phone system failed to catch on with consumers. Only a handful of employees remained in 2000, when Iridium Satellites LLC paid $25 million for the array of orbiting satellites that Motorola and other investors spent more than $5 billion to develop. The new leadership refocused the business on industrial customers, not consumers. The company, now profitable, is working on a ......... http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/2009/01/31/20090131biz-iridium0201.html

Crewman jumps into sea, refuses rescue: Alaska News | adn.com

Crewman jumps into sea, refuses rescue: Alaska News | adn.com : "Crewman jumps into sea, refuses rescue VICTIM: 40-year-old likely committed suicide in cold water, investigator says. By WESLEY LOY wloy@adn.com Published: January 31st, 2009 12:26 AM Last Modified: January 31st, 2009 12:27 AM A crewman on a Bering Sea commercial fishing boat leapt into the deadly cold water and fought rescue efforts before vanishing, authorities said Friday. "At this point it looks like a suicide," said Thomas Lowy, a state trooper at Dutch Harbor. The victim was identified as 40-year-old Michael Leo Beaulieu. His commercial fishing license lists his home as Frisco, Colo., but ... http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/674081.html

Lituya refloated after running aground near Metlakatla

Lituya refloated after running aground KCAW - Public Radio in Sitka, Alaska - Local News : "KETCHIKAN, ALASKA (2009-01-30) The state ferry Lituya was refloated Friday afternoon after running aground early Friday morning off the coast of Metlakatla. http://kcaw.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=539

Alaska begins planning for new state ferries

Alaska begins planning for new state ferries The Associated Press Originally published Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 3:56 p.m. Updated Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 5:45 p.m. newsminer.com • Alaska begins planning for new state ferries : "KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- Alaska Marine Highway System officials have started planning for a new generation of ferries to replace aging vessels in the 11-ship fleet. Ferry officials last week published a project summary and status report. Agency official also... http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/28/alaska-begins-planning-new-state-ferries/

Inside Opinion : That "silly" (Cook Inlet Beluga) headline . . . | adn.com

ADN Editorial Page Blog : Inside Opinion : That "silly" (Cook Inlet Beluga) headline . . . | adn.com : "That 'silly' headline . . ." ........... If the published headline is snappy and clever, we claim the credit. If it’s a clunker that doesn’t do justice to the piece, like the one on today’s compass (“Protection requirements for Cook Inlet belugas are silly”), don’t blame the writer – blame us. (Sorry about that, Mr. Nizich.) -- Matt Zencey editorial page editor . http://community.adn.com/node/137360

UNH/NOAA Report: Arctic Region Underprepared for Maritime Accidents

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - UNH/NOAA Report: Arctic Region Underprepared for Maritime Accidents : "UNH/NOAA Report: Arctic Region Underprepared for Maritime Accidents" January 29, 2009 Ice and open water in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska. High resolution (Credit: NOAA) The existing infrastructure for responding to maritime accidents in the Arctic is limited and more needs to be done to enhance emergency response capacity as Arctic sea ice declines and ship traffic in the region increases, according to new report released today by the University of New Hampshire and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The report details findings from a panel of experts and decision-makers from Arctic nation governments, industry and indigenous communities convened by the Coastal Response Research Center, a UNH-NOAA partnership housed at the university. The panel, which included representatives from

NPR: For Tips On Riding Financial Waves, Ask Fishermen

For Tips On Riding Financial Waves, Ask Fishermen : NPR : "All Things Considered, January 28, 2009 · Many Americans are suffering emotionally as well as economically from the financial crisis. But for some people, life has always been full of big ups and downs — especially for fishermen. Imagine trying to make a living by catching Dungeness crabs in the waters off far northern California. It's the most dangerous fishery on the West Coast. Lots of commercial fishermen all rush out ... http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99957121

Protection requirements for Cook Inlet belugas are silly: Compass | adn.com

Protection requirements for Cook Inlet belugas are silly: Compass | adn.com : "Protection requirements for Cook Inlet belugas are silly COMPASS: Other points of view By MIKE NIZICH Published: January 28th, 2009 08:41 PM Last Modified: January 28th, 2009 08:42 PM Congress passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973 to safeguard species from extinction. No one questions that reasonable and prudent measures should be taken to avoid extinction, especially when the threat is posed by human activity. In recent years, however, the act has become the weapon of choice for environmental groups to thwart resource and economic development activities they oppose. Projects within the habitat of a listed species must undergo extensive consultation and analysis before approval. In Alaska alone there are 19 ESA-listed species, with another nine species being considered for listing. They run.. http://www.adn.com/opinion/compass/story/671079.html

Subsistence harvest near Red Dog mine declines: Mining | adn.com

Subsistence harvest near Red Dog mine declines: Mining | adn.com : "Subsistence harvest near Red Dog mine declines By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: January 28th, 2009 09:46 PM Last Modified: January 28th, 2009 11:20 PM A new federal study says the state's largest mine likely caused reduced caribou and beluga harvests by nearby villagers. The harvests in the subsistence-dependent village of Kivalina declined substantially after the Red Dog zinc and lead mine opened 20 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency said in the draft report on the mine's impact on the environment. For decades, Kivalina hunters have blamed the daily traffic on the 52-mile industrial road connecting the mine to its port, as well as ship traffic at the port, for changing animal migrations and causing hunting problems. The Chukchi Sea port lies 17 miles southeast of the village in Northwest Alaska. In a section of the 650-page report, the EPA said ... http://www.a

Ruling Gives Satellite Firm Time to Order Spare Satellite

Ruling Gives Satellite Firm Time to Order Spare Satellite : "Ruling Gives Satellite Firm Time to Order Spare Satellite By Peter B. de Selding Space News Staff Writer PARIS - Mobile satellite services operator ICO Global's success in getting U.S. regulators to loosen a requirement for having a spare satellite available before rolling out a ground-repeater network will buy the start-up operator badly needed time before it must find fresh cash for the planned satellite's construction but has some industry officials guessing about ICO's strategy. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in one of its last rulings before Chairman Kevin J. Martin left his job, granted ICO a license Jan. 15 to build a network of ground-based signal repeaters that will use the same frequencies as ICO's orbiting satellite. The ground network, called an Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC), is viewed as critical by mobile satellite services companies insofar as it will allow their

Thrane & Thrane SAILORs To Communicate Via KVH's TracPhone : Satnews Publishers

Thrane & Thrane SAILORs To Communicate Via KVH's TracPhone Satnews Daily January 26, 2009 KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has a new global distribution agreement with Thrane & Thrane (OMXC: THRAN) for KVH’s TracPhone® V7 satellite communications system and the mini-VSAT BroadbandSM service. Under the terms of this arrangement, KVH’s TracPhone V7 system and the mini-VSAT Broadband service will become Thrane & Thrane’s solution for... http://www.satnews.com/cgi-bin/story.cgi?numbe=44555133

SitNews: Ketchikan musicians recorded by one of world's best

Ketchikan musicians recorded by one of world's best January 24, 2009 Saturday Ketchikan, Alaska - For Darren Morze, proprietor of Philadelphia-based Plan B Recording Studios, an average day involves recording some of the east coast's finest musicians, doing live sound for legendary bands at Philadelphia's Trocadero Theater, and rehearsing with his NYC-based indie rock band, Native Black. This Winter, Ketchikan residents Carol Alley and Jason Custer switched up Morze's schedule, offering him a free plane ticket, housing, and all-you-can-eat king salmon and halibut in return for some technical assistance. "Sure!" said Morze, a dedicated fan of seafood and travel. "This is like winning the lottery!" Darren Morze, proprietor of Philadelphia-based Plan B Recording Studios. This photo was taken at his studio in Philadelphia Photograph co

Wrangell Seafoods in Southeast Alaska files for bankruptcy

Wrangell Seafoods in Southeast Alaska files for bankruptcy The Associated Press Published Saturday, January 24, 2009 ANCHORAGE — A Southeast Alaska seafood processor has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Wrangell Seafoods, which operates a seafood plant in Wrangell, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Anchorage and acknowledged owing millions of dollars. Company President Douglas Roberts signed the documents but did not respond to phone calls seeking comment by the Alaska Journal of Commerce. An official with the city of Wrangell said... http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/24/wrangell-seafoods-southeast-alaska-files-bankruptc/

Top Chefs Hope Obama Improves Food Policy - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

Top Chefs Hope Obama Improves Food Policy The country's top chefs hope that President Obama's flair for good food will encourage people to expand their horizons when it comes to what they eat. AP Saturday, January 24, 2009 "Visiting one of his favorite Chicago restaurants in November, Barack Obama was asked by an excited waitress if he wanted the restaurant's special margarita made with the finest ingredients, straight up and shaken at the table. 'You know that's the way I roll,' Obama replied jokingly. Rick Bayless, the chef of that restaurant, Topolobampo, says Obama's comfortable demeanor at the table -- slumped contentedly in his chair, clearly there to enjoy himself -- bodes well for the nation's food policy. While former President Bush rarely visited restaurants and didn't often talk about what he ate, Obama dines out frequently and enjoys exploring different foods. 'He's the kind of diner who wants t

Dip-netters sue for subsistence designation

Dip-netters sue for subsistence designation Published Saturday, January 24, 2009 newsminer.com • Dip-netters sue for subsistence designation : "FAIRBANKS — Frustrated by inaction from the state Board of Fisheries, the Chitina Dipnetters Association is taking its case to court. The Fairbanks-based association, with financial support from the Alaska Outdoor Council, has filed a lawsuit against the state Board of Fisheries and Alaska Department of Fish and Game to get the Chitina dip net fishery on the Copper River designated as a subsistence, rather than personal use, fishery. .. http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/24/dip-netters-sue-subsistence-designation/

Google Ocean coming soon after all?

Google Ocean coming soon after all? Perhaps the new 2D shaded bathymetry layer does not mean we'll have to wait a while for the real 3D thing: AppScout and WebProNews both report that a 'special announcement about Google Earth' is due on February 2, and in addition to the usual suspects speaking, also in attendance will be noted oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Both sites speculate Google Ocean is coming. What might Google Ocean entail? Considering how a combined land and ocean dataset might be problematic from a realism perspective for Google Earth (after all, the oceans aren't empty), it could well make sense to add another separate dataset, in addition to Google Sky and Google Earth. You could then switch between Google Earth and Google Ocean for a certain view, much as you can now switch to Google Sky. But all this is speculation — Google Lat Long hasn't announced this week's 2D bathymetry update yet, so maybe that's what people are gathering for in San Fr

Begich hires Bob King

Begich hires Posted by Alaska_Politics Posted: January 23, 2009 - 11:15 am from Alaska_Politics's blog *Bob King of Juneau, who will be a legislative assistant advising Begich on fisheries, the Coast Guard, Arctic policy and other issues under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.......... http://community.adn.com/node/137100

State seafood worth $5.8 billion - Juneau Empire

State seafood worth $5.8 billion - Juneau Empire : "State seafood worth $5.8 billion By Kate Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE If Alaska were a country, its 2007 seafood catch would rank ninth in the world. The total value of the fishery: $5.8 billion, according to the Marine Conservation Alliance. On top of that, anglers in Alaska reported spending nearly $1.4 billion, according to the Department of Fish and Game. These are tidbits from three new studies this month from the state, the feds and private-sector economists on the economic impact of fishing in Alaska and the United States. Since their methods differ, the numbers aren't all...... http://juneauempire.com/stories/012309/loc_380702010.shtml

SitNews: 2008 Cargo Traffic Steady at the Port of Prince Rupert, Despite Global Economic Decline

SitNews: 2008 Cargo Traffic Steady at the Port of Prince Rupert, Despite Global Economic Decline : "2008 Cargo Traffic Steady at the Port of Prince Rupert, Despite Global Economic Decline January 22, 2009 Thursday Prince Rupert, B.C - Led by a surge in container traffic through the Fairview Terminal, the Port of Prince Rupert on the north coast of British Columbia, Canada, handled 10,596,863 tonnes in 2008, a moderate increase over 2007, despite a global economic downturn that has resulted in declining traffic through most other North American West Coast ports. Prince Rupert is located about 90 miles southeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. According to information provided by the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Fairview Terminal handled 181,890 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) from 78 vessels in its first full year of operations, following the facility's opening in late October, 2007. The terminal's throughput for the first six months was 42,555 TEUs, before jumping more than 300 per

U.S. Leaders Support Law of the Sea Treaty | Worldwatch Institute

U.S. Leaders Support Law of the Sea Treaty by Ben Block on January 22, 2009 Photo courtesy Trey Ratcliff/Flickr The United States, the country with the largest exclusive economic zone, may ratify the Law of the Sea treaty. Among many measures, it would set guidelines for U.S. oil companies that seek to mine the Arctic Ocean." class="caption" align="" height="164" width="250"> Photo courtesy Trey Ratcliff/Flickr The United States, the country with the largest exclusive economic zone, may ratify the Law of the Sea treaty. Among many measures, it would set guidelines for U.S. oil companies that seek to mine the Arctic Ocean. Newly appointed U.S. leadership is promising to join a longstanding international agreement that oversees ocean resource and pollution disputes. During last week's Cabinet confirmation hearings, leaders in both the U.S. Senate and the administrati

Getting Kensington on Obama's radar - Juneau Empire

Getting Kensington on Obama's radar - Juneau Empire : "Getting Kensington on Obama's radar Local activist seeks to hedge against possible Supreme Court loss By Kate Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE A national coalition of environmental groups specifically mentioned the Kensington gold mine in its briefing for President Barack Obama's transition team. For local activist Mark Rorick, executive director of the Juneau Group of the Sierra Club, one of the groups in the coalition, it's a way to hedge against a possible loss in the U.S. Supreme Court later this year over whether mining company Coeur Alaska can dispose of mine tailings in Lower Slate Lake. The mine is 45 miles northwest of Juneau; Coeur Alaska is owned by Idaho-based Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. Rorick is aware that he's not the only one trying to bend the President's ear. 'You can imagine how many things that people are... http://juneauempire.com/stories/012209/loc_380299516.shtml

CapitalCityWeekly.com - Alaska TWIC enrollment grows

CapitalCityWeekly.com - Southeast Alaska's Online Newspaper : "Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Story last updated at 1/21/2009 - 11:41 am Alaska TWIC enrollment grows By Margaret Bauman | Morris News Service - Alaska JUNEAU - Some 8,400 Alaska workers whose jobs require accessing secure areas of ports have signed up for the so-called TWIC, or Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, they will need for port entry after Feb. 12. The federal program is designed to ensure port security nationwide. Since the registration period began months ago, the Marine Exchange of Alaska in Juneau has been working with the federal Transportation Security Administration and its subcontractor, Lockheed Martin, to make sure the registration process works smoothly, and at a reasonable cost, for all who must be registered in Alaska. And for the most part, it has gone smoothly, said Brett Farrell, assistant director of the Marine Exchange, a nonprofit association of..... http://www.capitalcitywe

Herring group, who are they?

Herring group, who are they? SitNews, AK 1-21-2009 Mr. Rauwolf mentioned in a past letter there were hundreds of lifelong Ketchikan area residents that comprised this organization. Can Mr. Rauwolf provide a ... http://www.sitnews.us/0109Viewpoints/012109_kevin_kristovich.html

KVH and ViaSat Bring Broadband Internet to Vessels and Planes in the Pacific

KVH and ViaSat Bring Broadband Internet to Vessels and Planes in the Pacific : "KVH and ViaSat Bring Broadband Internet to Vessels and Planes in the Pacific Live mini-VSAT Broadband service in the Pacific is a major milestone in joint effort by KVH and ViaSat to support broadband Internet & VoIP telephone service for maritime & aeronautical applications globally MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadband Internet and crystal-clear telephone service is now available to vessels and jets crossing the Pacific Ocean thanks to the successful rollout of the new Pacific Ocean Region for the mini-VSAT Broadband(sm) satellite communications service from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI). The new coverage area, which includes Alaska, the........ Maps illustrating the current and planned coverage for mini-VSAT Broadband service are available at http://kvh.com/footprints . Visit http://www.minivsat.com for additional details regarding the TracPhone V7 and mini-VS

Halibut fishery to start later, catch cut: Laine Welch | adn.com

Halibut fishery to start later, catch cut: Laine Welch | adn.com : "Halibut fishery to start later, catch cut LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: January 17th, 2009 10:27 PM Last Modified: January 17th, 2009 02:10 AM KODIAK -- Alaska's halibut fishery will get off to a later start and fishermen will haul in fewer fish this year. The catch limits for waters ranging from the West Coast and British Columbia to the Bering Sea were announced Friday by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Alaska halibut catch was set at 45.6 million pounds, down from 50 million last year: • 5.02 million pounds for longliners in Southeastern. They were bracing for a 30 percent cut to 4 million pounds. • 21.7 million pounds for Alaska's biggest halibut hole -- Area 3A, the central Gulf. That's down about 1 million pounds. • 10.9 million pounds for Area 3B, the western Gulf. That's the http://www.adn.com/money/welch/

Google Earth Blog: New View of Ocean Floor in Google Earth

Google Earth Blog: New View of Ocean Floor in Google Earth : "January 17, 2009 New View of Ocean Floor in Google Earth Google has released a new rendering of the ocean floors around the world. The ocean floor is colored to reflect the terrain features of the sub-sea surface. The new rendering is a bit higher resolution and is presumably more accurate than the previous version. According..... http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2009/01/new_view_of_ocean_floor_in_google_e.html

newsminer.com • Feds issue offshore drilling plan, including Alaska's Bristol Bay

newsminer.com • Feds issue offshore drilling plan, including Alaska's Bristol Bay : "Feds issue offshore drilling plan, including Alaska's Bristol Bay H. Josef Hebert/The Associated Press Published Friday, January 16, 2009" WASHINGTON -- The Interior Department on Friday issued a detailed proposal for widespread oil and gas drilling off both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts in areas that have not had energy exploration for decades. The proposal, issued in the Bush administration's final days, calls for oil and gas leases to be made available within two to six years "in areas of hydrocarbon potential" from New England to Florida and off the length of California. Until recently these regions of the Outer Continental Shelf have been declared off limits to... http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/16/feds-issue-offshore-drilling-plan-including-alaska/

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Gale warnings lead to delay of Tanner season

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Gale warnings lead to delay of Tanner season Article published on Thursday, January 15th, 2009 DAILY MIRROR STAFF" Because of gail warnings — or winds 35 knots of higher — and a storm warning of 50-knot winds for tomorrow, the start of the Kodiak District Tanner crab season is delayed for another 24 hours as of today, said.. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7156

With Lives At Stake, Has Kellogg's Failed The Social Web Responsibility Test? - David Berlind's Tech Radar - InformationWeek

With Lives At Stake, Has Kellogg's Failed The Social Web Responsibility Test? - David Berlind's Tech Radar - InformationWeek : "With Lives At Stake, Has Kellogg's Failed The Social Web Responsibility Test? Posted by David Berlind, Jan 15, 2009 01:38 PM If you work in the IT or PR department of a company whose products could, in some conceivable circumstance, bring harm to your customers, this case study is for you. Ask yourself this question: If you discovered that your product could be carrying a lethal payload as Kellogg's has discovered with two of its peanut butter cracker brands (photo below), what is your next move on the Web? After all, with its multimedia capability, the Web is practically a perfect channel for the social responsibility that must follow such a discovery. Keebler Puts Hold on Cracker SalesThe crisis at hand, and it is a crisis if you ask me (more on that in a second), has to do with a peanut butter-related salmonella outbreak that is potenti

King Cove cheers wilderness vote: Alaska News | adn.com

King Cove cheers wilderness vote: Alaska News | adn.com : "King Cove cheers wilderness vote By ERIKA BOLSTAD ebolstad@adn.com Published: January 15th, 2009 01:01 PM Last Modified: January 15th, 2009 07:04 PM WASHINGTON -- Many people watched closely Thursday as the U.S. Senate passed a massive lands bill designating more than 2 million acres of wilderness in nine states, but none watched with as much focus as the Alaskans from King Cove. The legislation, which pulls together 150 public lands, parks and water bills in one package, also includes a provision that authorizes a land swap and allows planning to begin for a 25-mile gravel road through a national wildlife refuge from the community of King Cove to the airport in Cold Bay. The community of King Cove has sought the road for the past decade as an alternative to the hovercraft used to travel across the bay to get to the airport in Cold Bay. The World War II-era airport in Cold Bay is home to the third-longest runway in

Our view: Arctic fishing?: ADN Editorial | adn.com

Our view: Arctic fishing?: ADN Editorial | adn.com : "Our view: Arctic fishing? Federal managers decide to look before they leap Published: January 14th, 2009 09:21 PM Last Modified: January 14th, 2009 09:22 PM As ice disappears from Alaska's arctic waters, North Pacific fishing fleets may be tempted to push into the newly opening area, seeking whatever fish they might find. But nobody knows very much about the region's marine environment, how the. http://www.adn.com/opinion/view/story/654533.html

SATELLITE PROCESSING OF 121.5/243 MHz EMERGENCY BEACONS TO BE TERMINATED ON FEB. 1, 2009

SATELLITE PROCESSING OF 121.5/243 MHz EMERGENCY BEACONS TO BE TERMINATED ON FEB. 1, 2009 http://www.acc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=3723 The International Cospas-Sarsat Program, a program that uses a satellite constellation to relay distress alerts to search and rescue authorities, announced at its 25th Council Session that it plans to terminate satellite processing of distress signals from 121.5/243 MHz emergency beacons on Feb. 1, 2009. Mariners, aviators, and individuals using emergency beacons will need to switch to those operating at 406 MHz if they want to be detected by satellites. The termination of 121.5/243 MHz processing is planned far enough into the future to allow users adequate time for the transition to the 406 MHz beacon. The Cospas-Sarsat Program has approved a plan for the phasing out of 121.5/243 MHz satellite alerting services that address practical aspects of the phaseout. This decision is a follow-on to Cospas-Sarsat’s announcement last year that i

Fish Traps ill suited for commercial fisheries By Bob Thorstenson

SitNews - Opinion/Letter: Fish Traps ill suited for commercial fisheries By Bob Thorstenson : "Fish Traps ill suited for commercial fisheries By Bob Thorstenson January 14, 2009 Wednesday As much as old timers like to romanticize about fish traps, they were a bad idea and will remain a bad idea no matter what the fuel costs are. With the logic shown by Mr. McGilvray and revealed by his idea that the 'replaced' gillnetters and seiners would indeed have jobs (pitching fish out of the traps), like some of the 'new-age green' logic out there, you'd have to follow that analysis up with a 3rd level, replace drift gillnetting by just doing more purse seining. Note that SEAS does not endorse this eco-nazi madness but consider this. Cost per pound and pound per gallon of diesel burned, purse seining is more efficient than any other type of salmon harvest, including trolling, drift gillnetting and most sport fishing. Seining is probably more fuel and....... http://www.s

State to sue US over Inlet beluga protection: Alaska News | adn.com

State to sue US over Inlet beluga protection: Alaska News | adn.com : "State to sue US over Inlet beluga protection The Associated Press Published: January 14th, 2009 11:32 AM Last Modified: January 14th, 2009 01:18 PM The state of Alaska says it will sue over a decision to list the beluga whales of Cook Inlet under the Endangered Species Act. http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/653814.html

Holland America Line Serves Up Authentic Alaska Cruise Souvenir

Holland America Line Serves Up Authentic Alaska Cruise Souvenir : "Holland America Line Serves Up Authentic Alaska Cruise Souvenir Alaskan Seafood Feast is 'Home Excursion' Back to Alaska SEATTLE, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Guests who cruise in Alaska can relive the culinary experience of the Great Land with Fresh Ketch, an Alaskan seafood feast delivered at home for friends and family to enjoy. The innovative 'home excursion' brings a taste of Alaska home through a partnership with seafood specialists, Alaska Fresh Ketch. Ketchikan-based Alaska Fresh Ketch serves up the ultimate in Alaskan souvenirs -- wild Alaskan king salmon, halibut, smoked salmon and king crab. With two variations, the feast for six to eight people comes wrapped in a keepsake box decorated with local artwork and filled with menus, recipes, cooking tips, special cooking tools, place cards for your table and secret sauces. A souvenir memory book includes descriptions about the seafood, the local Al

Ketchikan Daily News Op-Ed | Two more years of breathing room

Ketchikan Daily News | Breathing room : "Breathing room Commercial fishermen have a two-year breather, and perhaps longer, after President Bush signed a bill recently giving small commercial vessels a two-year moratorium from permits for discharges under the Clean Water Act. According to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the bill also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to study the types, volumes and effects of discharges from different sizes of commercial vessels, and then ... http://www.ketchikandailynews.com/free/Edit-fishing-nep

Bush supports ratification of sea treaty to administer Arctic: Environment | adn.com

Bush supports ratification of sea treaty to administer Arctic: Environment | adn.com : "Bush supports ratification of sea treaty to administer Arctic LAW OF THE SEA: The policy gives U.S. legal claim in the Far North. By TOM KIZZIA tkizzia@adn.com Published: January 12th, 2009 09:47 PM Last Modified: January 12th, 2009 11:46 PM In one of its last official acts, the Bush administration released a comprehensive policy Monday for the Arctic regions, addressing the growing number of boundary, resource development and shipping disputes in the fast-changing waters north of Alaska's coast.. http://www.adn.com/news/environment/story/651771.html

Supreme Court weighs in on mine tailings: Mining | adn.com

Supreme Court weighs in on mine tailings: Mining | adn.com : "Supreme Court weighs in on mine tailings KENSINGTON: Owner admits waste will kill all fish in nearby lake. By MATTHEW DALY The Associated Press Published: January 12th, 2009 11:51 PM Last Modified: January 12th, 2009 11:52 PM WASHINGTON -- A lawyer representing an Alaska gold mine urged the Supreme Court on Monday to uphold the mine owner's permit even though he acknowledged that the company's plan to dump metal waste into a nearby lake would kill all aquatic life. http://www.adn.com/money/industries/mining/story/651787.html

Cold Bay Road Update: Senate clears way for airport access through Alaska refuge: Environment | adn.com

Senate clears way for airport access through Alaska refuge: Environment | adn.com : "enate clears way for airport access through Alaska refuge By ERIKA BOLSTAD ebolstad@adn.com Published: January 11th, 2009 12:47 PM Last Modified: January 11th, 2009 01:08 PM WASHINGTON -- In a rare Sunday session, the U.S. Senate moved closer to passing a massive lands package that designates new wilderness areas throughout the West and also allows the state of Alaska to build an airport access road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge........ http://www.adn.com/news/environment/story/650163.html

newsminer.com • Partisan wrangling mars Senate wilderness bill

newsminer.com • Partisan wrangling mars Senate wilderness bill : "Coburn sharply disputed that. 'The decision by Senate leaders to kick off the new Congress with an earmark-laden omnibus lands bill makes a mockery of voters' hopes for change,' he said in a statement. 'This package represents some of the worst aspects of congressional incompetence and parochialism.' For example, Coburn said, the bill includes $3 million for a 'road to nowhere' through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska; $460 million for a water project designed to save 500 salmon in California; and $3.5 million to help celebrate the 450th birthday of St. Augustine, Fla., in 2015. Environmental groups also oppose the Alaska road. The rest of the bill, they say, would be a huge accomplishment for Congress... http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jan/10/partisan-wrangling-mars-senate-wilderness-bill/

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Ice hazardous even for boats in harbor

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Cold winter conditions leave moored boats in Kodiak’s harbors in dangerous conditions to sink even when they’re not out at sea, Harbormaster Marty Owen said. The leaky culprit? Frozen pipes and through-hull fittings can leak or potentially burst – a danger that can happen to any size vessel. “A one-inch hole at the bottom of a boat will sink it real quick, particularly if no one is watching it,” Owen said. Owen and Coast Guard officials suggest boat owners constantly check on their boats. The harbor’s staff also. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7130

Why storms are good news for fishermen - environment - 06 January 2009 - New Scientist

Why storms are good news for fishermen - environment - 06 January 2009 - New Scientist : "ON THE surface of the sea conditions can be atrocious, with freezing gales and enormous swells. Slip beneath the waves and descend into the blue, however, and you enter another world, a more tranquil place where the violence of the waves above turns into an ever-gentler to-and-fro, and the temperature never falls much below freezing. We tend to assume that life in the. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126881.700-why-storms-are-good-news-for-fishermen--.html?full=true

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Lower cod, crab limits challenge fleet

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Lower cod, crab limits challenge fleet" Article published on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 By MISTY MAYNARD Mirror Writer There may be fewer fish in the sea, but the challenges Kodiak fishermen face are only increasing. Not only has the total allowable catch decreased for at least three fisheries – cod, Tanner crab and snow crab – but those fishing face weather conditions as unstable as the economy. “The weather hasn’t been all that great, with heavy freezing spray,” said Tom Pearson, a fisheries biologist for the National Marine Fishery Service. Pearson noted the cod fishery, which opened Jan. 1 for those with fixed gear and will open to trawl gear Jan. 20, has had a slow start. Still, he said that is not unusual. “There’s usually a slow start,” he said. The cod fishery, which is federally managed, has a total quota of 41,807 tons for the Gulf of Alaska. That is further broken. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

SitNews - Opinion/Letter: Fish Traps By Rudy McGillvray

SitNews - Opinion/Letter: Fish Traps By Rudy McGillvray : "In light of the high price of deisel fuel for boats, perhaps fish traps are not a bad idea. They are and were the most efficient way to catch fish. They just need better management. Ok, I'll bet I've got your attention now. There are.. http://www.sitnews.us/0109Viewpoints/010609_alan_mcgillvray.html

EPA report analyzes effectiveness of ship pollutant controls: Tourism Industry | adn.com

EPA report analyzes effectiveness of ship pollutant controls: Tourism Industry | adn.com : "EPA report analyzes effectiveness of ship pollutant controls DISCHARGE: Agency will look at more data; may not seek change. By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: January 6th, 2009 10:11 PM Last Modified: January 6th, 2009 10:11 PM Federal environmental regulators have published a report they said will help them decide whether the limits on sewage and other wastewater discharges from cruise ships traveling in Alaska waters are stringent enough." http://www.adn.com/money/industries/tourism/story/644803.html

WP: Bush to Protect Three Areas in Pacific

Bush to Protect Three Areas in Pacific : "Bush to Protect Three Areas in Pacific Marine Monuments Burnish an Environmental Record That Is Seen as Mixed By Juliet Eilperin Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, January 6, 2009; A01 President Bush will create three new marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean today, according to his top aides, a move that will help preserve sprawling sea and island ecosystems and cement the one aspect of his legacy that has won praise, sometimes grudgingly, from many environmentalists. Bush's decision to safeguard far-flung areas totaling 195,280 square miles, which comes just two weeks before he leaves office, underscores his contradictory environmental record. While he has resisted imposing mandatory curbs on greenhouse gas emissions linked to climate change and has opened large areas of the nation to drilling, mining and other use of resources, by the end of his term he will have protected more ocean than any person in history. Invoking

Fayetteville woman documents Alaskan king crab fishing

Fayetteville woman documents Alaskan king crab fishing WVPubcast News : "January 5, 2009 · Colleen Laffey is a freelance videographer and a general outdoors-woman who calls Fayetteville home. She lives a stone’s throw away from The New River Gorge. But half of the year she works around the world as a videographer for major TV networks. Her job has taken her all over the world but most recently to the far waters off Alaska’s western shores. One of her more exciting jobs was this fall. Laffey spent a month working for the Discovery Channel on its popular reality TV series, The Deadliest Catch.... http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=7286

Fisheries had their challenges: Commerical Fishing | adn.com

Fisheries had their challenges: Commerical Fishing | adn.com : "Fisheries had their challenges Laine welch Fisheries Published: January 3rd, 2009 10:52 PM Last Modified: January 3rd, 2009 10:52 PM KODIAK -- Commercial fishing in Alaska remains a vibrant industry that each year provides more than half our nation's wild-caught seafood. Alaska's fishery resources are the........... http://www.adn.com/money/industries/fishing/story/641996.html

‘Deadliest Catch’ sets sail from Kodiak

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "They aim to do Kodiak proud — and catch some crab while they’re at it. Seven hometown Kodiak crewmen are going to be featured in an upcoming season of “The Deadliest Catch,” the popular Discovery Channel documentary series capturing life on ship in the Bering Sea during crab-catching season. The crew, onboard Incentive, left Kodiak Thursday on the dawn of the new year bound for King Cove before.. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7120