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KRBD - Eight black cod a year for guided anglers

KRBD - Public Radio in Ketchikan, Alaska - Local News : "SITKA, ALASKA (2009-02-27) The Board of Fisheries has established a bag limit for sport-caught black cod for the first time. Proposal 137 quickly became. http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=579

Evan Williams: How Twitter's spectacular growth is being driven by unexpected uses

Talks Evan Williams: How Twitter's spectacular growth is being driven by unexpected uses http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/evan_williams_on_listening_to_twitter_users.html About this talk In the year leading up to this talk, the web tool Twitter exploded in size (up 10x during 2008 alone). Co-founder Evan Williams reveals that many of the ideas driving that growth came from unexpected uses invented by the users themselves. About Evan Williams Evan Williams is the co-founder of Twitter, the addictive messaging service that connects the world 140 characters at a time. Full bio and more links Where he notices http://kogibbq.com using twitter here >> http://twitter.com/kogibbq/

KRBD - Fish Board adopts proposal for Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring

KRBD - Public Radio in Ketchikan, Alaska - Local News : "SITKA, ALASKA (2009-02-27) The State Board of fish has made some changes to the way the sitka sound sac roe herring fishery is managed. The guideline harvest level for the commercial harvest will be based on a rate of 12 to 20 percent... http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=580

KodiakDailyMirror.com : Chinook bycatch may lead to pollock closures

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Chinook bycatch may lead to pollock closures Article published on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer The Bering Sea pollock fishery is identified as a contributing factor to the recent steep decline in Yukon/Kuskokwim king salmon escapements. A draft environmental impact statement on Bering Sea chinook salmon bycatch management published by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in December raises the possibility of limitations on the Bering Sea pollock fishery if prescribed chinook bycatch levels are exceeded. Under the preferred plan, bycatch caps would be assigned to designated sectors. Once the cap is reached in a sector, fishing there must cease. The Alaska pollock fishery is the nation’s largest by volume. In 2007, the Alaska groundfish fisheries harvested 2 million pounds of groundfish worth more.......... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7298

Petersburg Pilot: New power house in Southeast Alaska

Petersburg Pilot : "New power house in Southeast Alaska Robert Monteith February 26, 2009. Three years of effort and five communities finally culminated on Tuesday with the formation of the Southeast Alaska Power Agency (SEAPA). The public utility is the successor entity to the Four Dam Pool, which serviced five communities with four hydroelectric projects. SEAPA will continue serving Wrangell, Petersburg, and Ketchikan with two projects at Swan and Tyee lakes. Dave Carlson served as Four Dam Pool’s CEO and he’ll continue in that capacity with SEAPA. He said the divestiture would allow board members to think more locally. “What we’re going to be looking at for Southeast is the two projects, including the Swan-Tyee intertie which is scheduled to ... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/www/stories/022609seapa.htm

Alaska fish, wildlife get $35 million boost: Wildlife News | adn.com

Alaska fish, wildlife get $35 million boost: Wildlife News | adn.com : "Alaska fish, wildlife get $35 million boost Anchorage Daily News Published: February 25th, 2009 08:55 PM Last Modified: February 25th, 2009 08:55 PM Alaska will receive about $35 million of some $741 million to be split among all 50 states to fund fish and wildlife conservation, boater access and the education of boaters, anglers and hunters, Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar announced .. http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/wildlife/story/702819.html

(Obama - Commerce) Locke's past overlaps with post - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com

Locke's past overlaps with post - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO.com : "President Barack Obama on Wednesday tried for the third time to fill the vacant commerce secretary position, tapping former Washington Gov. Gary Locke for a Cabinet post that two previous nominees have backed away from. But Locke’s post-gubernatorial efforts to drum up business for an array of companies in the rapidly expanding Chinese market may require steps to reconcile with the administration’s ethics policy. At a late morning press conference, Obama called Locke “the right man for this job” and asserted Locke’s background equips him to be “a tireless advocate for our .... http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19338.html

Budget change slashes Marine Exchange funds - Juneau Empire

Budget change slashes Marine Exchange funds - Juneau Empire : "Budget change slashes Marine Exchange funds Juneau-based nonprofit tracks vessels in state's busiest waterways By Pat Forgey | JUNEAU EMPIRE The cruise ship Empress of the North struck a rock west of Juneau in 2007, sending public and private vessels racing to help. But few ships could carry its 281 passengers and crew. The state ferry Columbia was out of radio contact at the time, on the other side of Admiralty Island. But Coast Guard officers coordinating the rescue from Juneau tracked its position through the Marine Exchange, and quickly diverted it to the scene. The Columbia collected the passengers from the fleet of fishing, tug, tour and rescue vessels and brought them safely to Auke Bay. Gov. Sarah Palin has proposed cutting state funding for the Marine Exchange, the Juneau-based nonprofit that operates vessel tracking stations in the state's busiest.... http://juneauempire.com/stories/022509/loc_3983887

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: State won’t sponsor MSC fish certification

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "State won’t sponsor fish certification Article published on Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer Alaska salmon has gained recognition around the world as a healthy and sustainable resource. But this perception is in jeopardy. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is discontinuing its role as client for salmon certification with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that operates a global environmental seafood certification program. MSC certification ensures seafood is harvested in a sustainable manner, with minimum environmental impact and... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7290

Obama Aims to Strengthen U.S. Ties With Japan - First 100 Days of Presidency - Politics FOXNews.com

Obama Aims to Strengthen U.S. Ties With Japan - First 100 Days of Presidency - Politics FOXNews.com : "President Obama told Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso on Tuesday that the United States wanted to strengthen ties with Japan, a country Obama described as the cornerstone of U.S. security policy in East Asia and a major U.S. economic partner. Aso, who is struggling to stay in power, was the first foreign leader to visit the Obama White House, and the U.S. president called the prestigious invitation 'a testimony to the strong partnership between the United States and Japan.' 'The friendship between the United States and Japan is extraordinarily important to our country,' Obama told reporters. 'We think that we............ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/24/obama-aims-strengthen-ties-japan/

SitNews -Cost cutting idea, buy local By LAINE WELCH

SitNews -Cost cutting idea, buy local By LAINE WELCH : "Cost cutting idea, buy local By LAINE WELCH February 23, 2009 Monday Here's a cost cutting idea for the State to consider as it starts to trim the budget: Buy local. Alaska spends $20 million on fish feed each year for its salmon hatcheries - feed that comes from South America. Meanwhile, Alaska seafood companies are producing more than 200,000 tons of fishmeal each year - for customers in Asia. Alaska oversees and regulates 35 state and private sector hatcheries, which provide 30% of the statewide total salmon catch each year, and nearly 20% of its value. 'Using Alaskan produced hatchery feed would bring savings on two fronts; less shipping costs and higher growth rates. Plus, more. http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/022309_fish_factor2.html

SitNews - The Seafood Industry in Alaska's Economy By LAINE WELCH

SitNews - The Seafood Industry in Alaska's Economy By LAINE WELCH : "Fish Factor The Seafood Industry in Alaska's Economy By LAINE WELCH February 23, 2009 Monday Alaska's seafood industry puts more people to work than the tourism, forestry, mining and oil/gas industries combined. Unfortunately, most of the money made in the seafood industry continues to flow Outside. While Alaska residents account for nearly two-thirds of the fishermen out on the water, Alaskans make up only about one-third of the seafood processing work force. According to the new report 'Seafood Industry in Alaska's Economy by Northern Economics of Anchorage,' in 2006 nonresident seafood processing workers earned...... http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/022309_fish_factor.html

Juneau: Turbine technology generates waves - Juneau Empire

Turbine technology generates waves - Juneau Empire : "Turbine technology generates waves Electric Power Research Institute considering 200 kilowatt project in Gastineau Channel By Kate Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE A New York state-based company says Gastineau Channel might be a good place to test out - and show off - the power of tidal energy. 'I think it's a great idea to have something that people can see,' said Chris Rose of the Renewable Energy Alaska Project. Tidal is about where wind energy was 25 years ago, according to Rose. He says it took the wind industry all those years to get from 90 cents per kilowatt-hour to 3 cents. But this time, he thinks the industry may benefit from people's hunger for energy independence and cleaner fuels. 'All of those factors are driving........ http://juneauempire.com/stories/022409/loc_398043058.shtml

Cook Inlet salmon report month late; more data sought: Alaska Fishing | adn.com

Cook Inlet salmon report month late; more data sought: Alaska Fishing | adn.com : "Cook Inlet salmon report month late; more data sought BLAME SPECIAL SESSIONS: Results could be out next week. The Associated Press Published: February 22nd, 2009 08:54 PM Last Modified: February 22nd, 2009 08:54 PM A report on disputes over Cook Inlet salmon is a month late and members of a legislative task force blame a busy political season and lack of information. State legislators responded last year to complaints by sport anglers that commercial fishermen were intercepting too..... http://www.adn.com/outdoors/fishing/story/699177.html

Senior Obama adviser has deep Alaska roots: Politics | adn.com

Senior Obama adviser has deep Alaska roots: Politics | adn.com : "Senior Obama adviser has deep Alaska roots By TOM KIZZIA tkizzia@adn.com Published: February 21st, 2009 08:32 PM Last Modified: February 21st, 2009 11:32 PM He once helped run state government in Juneau, played shortstop in a local softball league, and he still votes as an Alaska resident. But these days, Pete Rouse works in the White House, two doors from his close friend, President Barack Obama. For 25 years as the consummate Democratic insider in the U.S. Senate, Rouse played a quiet role as the backdoor connection for Alaska's all-Republican delegation to the other side of the aisle in Congress. He was the longtime chief of staff for Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., the one-time Senate majority leader, and starting in 2004 Rouse took on..... ............ "One of the things you will find about Pete, he keeps one of the lowest profiles going," said McKie Campbell, a former state Fish and Game Comm

Abundance-based fish, game management can benefit all: Compass | adn.com

Abundance-based fish, game management can benefit all: Compass | adn.com : "Abundance-based fish, game management can benefit all COMPASS: Other points of view By COREY ROSSI Published: February 21st, 2009 01:06 AM Last Modified: February 21st, 2009 01:07 AM There was a time in America's history when natural resources were so abundant that the thought of ever depleting them seemed absurd. However, with the Industrial Revolution and increased human population, it became obvious that people not only were capable of harming the environment, they were doing so at an alarming rate. As we depleted our resources, competition to exploit the few remaining resources predictably escalated. From these excesses was born an awakening that came to be known as the conservation movement. Under the guidance of great visionaries such as Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, we began a process of conserving and restoring our once-great natural resources. Fundamental to... http://www.adn.

IBM Develops Technology to Improve Food Safety - WSJ.com

IBM Develops Technology to Improve Food Safety - WSJ.com : "IBM Develops Technology to Improve Food Safety RFID Tags, Augmented With Software, Aim to Track Products and More Quickly Organize Recalls in Event of an Incident.... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123498787316215281.html?mod=rss_whats_news_technology

'Astonishing richness' in polar sea species: Wildlife News | adn.com

'Astonishing richness' in polar sea species: Wildlife News | adn.com : "'Astonishing richness' in polar sea species By MICHAEL CASEY The Associated Press Published: February 17th, 2009 03:40 PM Last Modified: February 17th, 2009 10:42 PM BANGKOK, Thailand -- The polar oceans are not biological deserts after all. A marine census released this week documented 5,500 species in the Arctic and 7,500 in the Antarctic, including several hundred that researchers believe could be new to science. "The textbooks have said there is less diversity at the poles than the tropics, but we found astonishing richness of marine life in the Antarctic and Arctic oceans," said Victoria Wadley, a researcher from the Australian Antarctic Division who took part in the Antarctic survey. "We are rewriting the textbooks." In one of the biggest surprises, researchers said they discovered dozens of species common to both polar seas -- separated by nearly 7,000 mi

World’s Largest Ship Graveyard - Google Sightseeing

World’s Largest Ship Graveyard - Google Sightseeing : "World’s Largest Ship Graveyard Posted by Ian Brown, Monday, 16th February 2009 As a follow-up to our recent story about the largest ship graveyard in the Western hemisphere , today we’re visiting Mauritania, where we find the world’s largest ship graveyard ! The port of Nouadhibou is the final resting place of over 300 ships. Unlike the en masse arrival of ships at Mallows Bay, here the number of craft has built up over time, as corrupt officials accepted bribes from boat owners to.... http://googlesightseeing.com/2009/02/16/worlds-largest-ship-graveyard/

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Local film explores useful and profitable products for fish waste

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "Local film explores useful and profitable products for fish waste Article published on Friday, February 13th, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer" Local filmmaker Dave Kaplan recently teamed up with fisheries correspondent Laine Welch to produce the film “Alaska Salmon from Byproducts to New Products.” “We’re throwing away millions of dollars in fish waste. It’s time to make the leap from sustainability to full utilization,” said Welch, who wrote and narrated the film. Alf Pryor edited the film. According to the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF) approximately 2 million metric ... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7255

Court halts Juneau road project - Juneau Empire

Court halts Juneau road project - Juneau Empire : "Court halts Juneau road project Judge says improved ferry service should be studied as option By Pat Forgey | JUNEAU EMPIRE A federal judge has overturned the permits for the Juneau Access highway up Lynn Canal, handing road building advocates a major defeat. The $350 million road had been on hold, awaiting outcome of the court case. Judge John Sedwick of the Alaska District Court ruled Friday that enhanced ferry service should have been studied as an option for improving access to Juneau. Sedwick said that could be done without building a road, something the Environmental Impact Statement should have included among the alternatives that it reviewed. The Environmental Impact Study 'did not include a reasonable alternative for improving ferry transportation using... http://juneauempire.com/stories/021509/loc_388168240.shtml

Second payment OK'd in Exxon Valdez case: Exxon Valdez spill | adn.com

Second payment OK'd in Exxon Valdez case: Exxon Valdez spill | adn.com : "Second payment OK'd in Exxon Valdez case Anchorage Daily News Published: February 13th, 2009 09:51 PM Last Modified: February 14th, 2009 08:58 PM A federal judge has approved a second round of punitive damages payments to commercial fishermen and Native subsistence plaintiffs in the....... http://www.adn.com/exxonvaldez/story/690121.html

Locally produced fish feed could save state money: Laine Welch | adn.com

Locally produced fish feed could save state money: Laine Welch | adn.com : "'Using Alaskan-produced hatchery feed would bring savings on two fronts; less shipping costs and higher growth rates. Plus, more jobs would be created, taxes would be collected, an industry supported, and a big green star,' said Jim Browning, director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation in Anchorage..... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/691029.html

Genetically modified animals

Genetically modified animals "Salmon is likely next in line for the FDA nod. Aqua Bounty Farms in eastern Canada has been waiting more than a decade to get U.S. approval for its modified Atlantic salmon. The fish grow twice as fast as normal salmon, thanks to added genes from cold-water fish. The FDA said no labeling is required that tells consumers their food purchases are genetically altered....... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/691029.html

Attacks by Pirates Spur New Training for Seamen - washingtonpost.com

Attacks by Pirates Spur New Training for Seamen - washingtonpost.com : "By Clarke Canfield Associated Press Sunday, February 8, 2009; Page A07 PORTLAND, Maine -- With an alarming number of tankers and cargo ships being hijacked on the high seas, the nation's maritime academies are offering more training to merchant seamen in how to fend off attacks from pirates........ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/07/AR2009020702009_pf.html Ralph Pundt of the Maine Maritime Academy in the school's training ship. Such academies are stepping up anti-piracy training for merchant seamen. (By Robert F. Bukaty -- Associated Press)

Group is photo-identifying Inlet belugas: Alaska News | adn.com

Group is photo-identifying Inlet belugas: Alaska News | adn.com : "Group is photo-identifying Inlet belugas SYMPOSIUM: Distinct markings help viewers document individuals. By LISA DEMER ldemer@adn.com Published: February 7th, 2009 10:12 PM Last Modified: February 7th, 2009 10:13 PM Cook Inlet's few hundred endangered beluga whales are being identified, one by one, not through tagging, but by photographs that show their distinctive marks. That's right. The famed whales may look milky white from nose to tail, but in reality, they also come in various shades of gray and with marks that set them apart. Photographers have been able to document scars, shading and other imprints on the skin. Tooth marks from other belugas, perhaps in play, or after a fight. Propeller gouges. Shark or orca............ http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/683388.html

Debate persists about long-term effects of Exxon Valdez oil spill: Exxon Valdez spill | adn.com

Debate persists about long-term effects of Exxon Valdez oil spill: Exxon Valdez spill | adn.com : "Debate persists about long-term effects of Exxon Valdez oil spill VANISHING WHALES: Prince William Sound mystery By KYLE HOPKINS khopkins@adn.com Published: February 6th, 2009 08:57 PM Last Modified: February 7th, 2009 01:49 AM An already fragile population of killer whales that hunts Prince William Sound never recovered from the Exxon Valdez oil spill and is doomed to die off, biologists said this week. Marine mammal biologist Craig Matkin of Homer has tracked the animals since the mid-1980s and said he never thought he'd see an entire population of whales -- even a small one -- disappear. "To blame it all on the spill would not be fair, but that's the final death blow," Matkin said. The plight of this group of killer whales contrasts with the full or slow, partial recovery of many other animal populations, including another group of whales, since th

Obama Reverses Bush Effort in Pollution Case - First 100 Days of Presidency - Politics FOXNews.com

Obama Reverses Bush Effort in Pollution Case - First 100 Days of Presidency - Politics FOXNews.com : "Obama Reverses Bush Effort in Pollution Case The Obama administration submitted papers Friday to the Supreme court asking a Bush lawsuit over mercury to be dismissed.... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/02/06/obama-reverses-bush-effort-pollution-case/

Council outlaws Arctic fisheries: Alaska News | adn.com

Council outlaws Arctic fisheries: Alaska News | adn.com : "Council outlaws Arctic fisheries REGULATORS: Not enough known about seas for commercial catches. By WESLEY LOY wloy@adn.com Published: February 6th, 2009 01:29 AM Last Modified: February 6th, 2009 04:01 AM Federal fishery regulators Thursday approved an unprecedented plan to ban U.S. commercial fishing in the Arctic Ocean. The Anchorage-based North Pacific Fishery Management Council spent two years developing the Arctic plan in response to climate change and the rapid retreat of sea ice in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas along Alaska's northern coast. Some scientists and fishing industry players say it's conceivable that commercially valuable seafood species such as pollock or crab populations could expand in the Arctic, which could draw fishing fleets. So far, no fishing of any major scale occurs in..... http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/681141.html

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: City, borough aim for unified fish share policy

KodiakDailyMirror.com :: Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska : "City, borough aim for unified fish share policy Article published on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 By HARRY DODGE Mirror Writer The Kodiak City Council and Borough Assembly held a joint work session Tuesday night, on the heels of last week’s Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC). “One thing we heard at SWAMC is that the Obama administration strongly supports catch shares. It’s time for Kodiak to adopt a concerted fisheries policy,” City Councilman Terry Haines said. Borough Mayor Jerome Selby agreed Kodiak needs a community fishery policy statement. “Then we can inject our policy into future fishery debates. Our policy could then be one of the.... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7220

In-river generator may give Bush power alternative: Energy | adn.com

In-river generator may give Bush power alternative: Energy | adn.com : "In-river generator may give Bush power alternative RUBY: Device shows promise for remote riverfront villages. By GEORGE BRYSON gbryson@adn.com Published: February 4th, 2009 09:38 PM Last Modified: February 4th, 2009 09:39 PM A technology almost as simple as a Yukon River fishwheel could one day power the laptop computers and microwave ovens of Alaska's river people. In Ruby it's beginning to do just that. Last summer, the Western Alaska village on the banks of the Yukon became the first community in America to tap into the power of an in-stream hydrokinetic generator, a submersible turbine that looks a bit like a tipped-over fish wheel. In-stream power also gets called "low-impact hydro" and "hydro without the dam." By any name, it may........ http://www.adn.com/3221/story/679569.html

Alaska Politics Blog : Meet Palin's new rural adviser | adn.com

Alaska Politics Blog : Meet Palin's new rural adviser | adn.com : "Meet Palin's new rural adviser Posted by Alaska_Politics Posted: February 4, 2009 - 8:34 pm From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage -- Gov. Sarah Palin's found her rural affairs adviser. John Moller, a 47-year-old former crab fisherman and CDQ general manager started the job Jan. 30. He replaces KTUU Channel 2 reporter Rhonda McBride, who left in October. Moller said he's been meeting with..... http://community.adn.com/adn/node/137596

Taku deemed 'important habitat' - Juneau Empire

Taku deemed 'important habitat' - Juneau Empire : "Taku deemed 'important habitat' Officials now required to protect river's special productivity in mine proposal By Kate Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE The Taku River teems with fish and is worth millions each year to local fishermen, but state biologists had to jump through legal hoops to deem it an 'important habitat.' Those two little words change how Department of Natural Resources officials must look at a mine company's proposal to haul a hoverbarge down the Taku year-round using amphibious vehicles. 'It's the difference between a layman's understanding of what important habitat is, and the legal, technical term,' said Randy Bates, director of the Alaska Coastal Management....... http://juneauempire.com/stories/020309/loc_384337016.shtml

Local News | Salmon dining to help suffering Alaska villages | Seattle Times Newspaper

Local News | Salmon dining to help suffering Alaska villages | Seattle Times Newspaper : "Salmon dining to help suffering Alaska villages By Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter Three years ago, Seattle seafood consultant Jon Rowley was drawn to the Yukon River delta by salmon — silver chinook endowed with prodigious amounts of oil that help them swim some 2,000 miles across Alaska to distant Canadian spawning grounds." Three years ago, Seattle seafood consultant Jon Rowley was drawn to the Yukon River delta by salmon — silver chinook endowed with prodigious amounts of oil that help them swim some 2,000 miles across Alaska to distant Canadian spawning grounds. With proper handling and marketing, Rowley figured that these fish could gain the same type of celebrity status as the Copper River salmon he began promoting back in the 1980s. But this winter it's the fishermen, not the fish, that have Rowley's attention. The fishermen are Yup'ik Eskimos whos

Live blog: Google Earth 5.0 (Google Oceans) announcement | Webware - CNET

) Live blog: Google Earth 5.0 announcement | Webware - CNET : live transcript.. "Hanke: Introducing Google Oceans feature now. 10:26 Rafe: Google Earth has been 'Google Dirt,' but we are changing that. Introducing the person who called it that, Sylvia Earle , National Geo expert on oceans, one of first woman SCUBA divers, set record for deep dive 10:27 Rafe: Earle: 'The world is blue. There's a lot of talk about thinking green, but without the blue there couldn't be any green.' Quoting WH Auden: Many thousands have lived without love. None without water. 10:29 Rafe: Earle: I've been on more than 30 kinds of submarines to go deeper than i could go as a diver. * She's demoing the 'Explore the Ocean' feature now. You find little blue dots in the ocean to bring up extra data -- text, video. 10:29 Rafe: Comment: What, no Street View of Marianas Trench?? 10:29 Rafe: Earle: Most of the Oxygen we breath comes from the sea. 10:30 Rafe: Earle: 9

Search for low-impact hydro power finds opposition: Energy | adn.com

Search for low-impact hydro power finds opposition: Energy | adn.com : "Search for low-impact hydro power finds opposition KENAI RIVER CONCERNS: Fishing advocates fear disruption of area's spawning salmon. By TOM KIZZIA tkizzia@adn.com Published: February 1st, 2009 10:33 PM Last Modified: February 1st, 2009 10:33 PM An effort to find new sources of renewable 'small hydro' power for the Railbelt is running into opposition from advocates of another, equally noble environmental cause: protection of the mountain headwaters of the fish-rich Kenai River. http://www.adn.com/3221/story/675881.html

Reminder.. (Today it is over) 121.5 and 243 MHz emergency beacons will no longer be monitored by satellite after February 1, 2009

February 1, 2009 : The Phaseout of 121.5 MHz Beacons for Satellite Distress Alerting In October 2000 the International Cospas-Sarsat Program, announced at its 25th Council Session held in London , UK that it plans to terminate satellite processing of distress signals from 121.5 and 243 MHz emergency beacons on February 1, 2009 . All mariners, aviators, and individuals using emergency beacons on those frequencies will need to switch to those operating on the newer, more reliable, digital 406 MHz frequency if they want to be detected by satellites. The decision to stop satellite processing of 121.5 / 243 MHz signals is due to problems in this frequency band which inundate search and rescue authorities with poor accuracy and numerous false alerts, adversely impacting the effectiveness of lifesaving services. Although the 406 MHz beacons cost more at the moment, they provide search and rescu

WP: The Big Deal - (And the $30 million for Alaska's pollock fishermen?)

The Big Deal : "The Big Deal The Sums Are Staggering. But The Real Stunner Is the Ambition. By Dan Morgan Sunday, February 1, 2009; B01 To truly appreciate the historic scope of the $819 billion stimulus package moving through Congress, it helps to have covered the Hill when passage of the whole domestic budget could be stalled by something as picayune as a fight over $30 million for Alaska's pollock fishermen. From the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, when Congress and the White House had a tight leash on the domestic budget, I wrote hundreds of stories for The Post about spending programs and the congressional appropriations committees. It wasn't always the most exciting of jobs. A long line of lobbyists would snake down the corridor outside the committee room in the Rayburn House Office Building, hoping for a crumb for their clients: an agriculture research grant here, a bridge project there. Inside, lawmakers sat at long tables and battled over relative nickels and dimes.

Fishing gear ideas might net $30,000: Laine Welch | adn.com

Fishing gear ideas might net $30,000: Laine Welch | adn.com : "Fishing gear ideas might net $30,000 LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: January 31st, 2009 09:13 PM Last Modified: February 1st, 2009 01:46 AM KODIAK -- The call is out again for new ideas for fishing gear that helps fishermen fish smarter. The International Smart Gear competition, launched by the World Wildlife Fund in 2004, aims to inspire gear innovations that help fishermen retain their target catch while letting marine mammals, turtles, birds or small fish swim away. A high-rise trawl net called the Eliminator took home the $30,000 top prize in 2007, the most recent year the competition was held. The net, made in Rhode Island, uses large mesh openings in the front and underbelly to reduce bycatch of cod in haddock fisheries. The Smart Gear competition took a year off to put that gear to work out on the water, said Mike Osmond, WWF program director. "After the 2007 competition we...... http: