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After sacrifices in Alaska, Canadian fishermen get their kings

Image via Wikipedia Posted by thevillage Posted: July 31, 2009 - 10:20 am Remember how Yukon River fishermen protested the lack of subsistence king salmon fishing on the river earlier this summer? Regulators had slashed king fishing to try and make sure enough Chinook made it to Canada. Well, this week Myron Naneng, president of the non-profit that provides social services to dozens of Yukon-Kuskokwim villages, noticed this story in the Whitehorse Daily Star . It says Canadians are being allowed to commercial fish for kings for the first time in years on their side of the Yukon. In an e-mail to state and federal officials Thursday, Naneng wrote: After ADF&G and............. http://community.adn.com/adn/node/142673

Beam me up humpy -- William Shatner blasts BC fish farms

  William Shatner has boldly gone where no actor has gone before: B.C.'s controversial fish farms. Photograph by: (Getty Images), (Getty Images) July 31, 2009 William Shatner has boldly gone where no actor has gone before: B.C.'s controversial fish farms. The Canadian actor has written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper asking that salmon farms be removed from crucial wild-salmon migration routes off northern Vancouver Island. Shatner said salmon farms are having a disastrous impact on "one of Earth's most precious assets, the wild salmon and............... http://www.canada.com/news/story.html?id=1847907

Weather station helps mariners near Cordova

Image via Wikipedia By Margaret Bauman Alaska Journal of Commerce Web posted Friday, July 31, 2009 A newly installed weather station at Cape St. Elias on Kayak Island, 62 miles southeast of Cordova in Prince William Sound, is providing mariners and aviators with better weather information. The station was installed July 16 by Joe Banta of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council and Rob Campbell of the Prince William Sound Science Center, with help from personnel from the Cordova Coast Guard air station. The weather station, which weighs about................. http://www.alaskajournal.com/stories/073109/loc_img15_004.shtml

Mixed reactions on federal fishing safety regulations

Image by adactio via Flickr PETERSBURG, AK (07/30/2009) Commercial fishermen in Alaska have mixed reactions to newly proposed federal regulations on fishing safety. The proposals, currently under consideration in Congress, would impose new construction standards on fishing vessels, require more training for skippers and mandate Coast Guard inspections.... Audio >> http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=752

Group pushes for protection of Alaska salmon

Trout Unlimited encourages buyers to 'vote with your fork for Bristol Bay' By Dimitra Lavrakas | The Dutch Harbor Fisherman On a recent Saturday at a popular farmers' market in South Anchorage, shoppers lined up a dozen deep at the Arctic Choice fresh seafood booth. Next door, two chefs from Sacks Cafe grilled up samples of wild Alaska salmon behind Trout Unlimited's WhyWild campaign booth to promote wild Bristol Bay salmon. "We want to market Bristol Bay salmon so it is as well-known as Copper River salmon," said Paula Dobbyn," spokeswoman for TU in Alaska. Trout Unlimited's push to "vote with your fork for Bristol Bay" is encouraging consumers to be aware of the threat to the bay's salmon fishery - the world's largest. The fish group says.................. http://juneauempire.com/stories/073009/sta_472862670.shtml

Yukon River Canada chinook count meets treaty numbers

By Tim Mowry Published Thursday, July 30, 2009 FAIRBANKS — For the first time in three years, it appears enough king salmon will make it to their Canadian spawning grounds to fulfill a treaty agreement between the U.S. and Canada. As of Tuesday, an estimated 55,600 kings had passed a sonar counter set up 10 miles from the Canadian border near Eagle, said Yukon area biologist Steve Hayes with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. This year’s Canadian escapement goal was set at 45,000 fish for spawning and approximately 9,000 fish for............. http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jul/30/yukon-river-canada-chinook-count-meets-treaty-numb/

Obituary: Robert Magnus Thorstenson, Sr.

Stephen Knight July 30, 2009. On July 28th, 2009 Robert Magnus Thorstenson, Sr. passed away peacefully with his entire family by his side. He had survived Parkinson’s disease for over three decades but succumbed to side effects of a fall related to his long term illness. The grandson of Icelandic immigrants, he was born to Ella and Laugi Thorstenson on December 23, 1931, in Vancouver, BC, which was the closest hospital to their home in Point Roberts, Washington. He was extremely proud of his Icelandic heritage. At the age of 13, his father was severely injured in a tractor fire and Robert (Bob) took over management of the family farm for the entire year. He graduated from Blaine High School in 1949 and after two years of service in the Navy attended the University of Washington, where he was Co-Captain of the Husky Crew team and graduated in 1956. Upon graduation he was employed as a commercial purse seine deckhand as well as a tender operator before embarking upon..............

Organic food is no healthier, study finds

Image via Wikipedia Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:29pm EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major study published Wednesday. Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth........ http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE56S3ZJ20090729

Standard Approved For DNA Of Plants

Image via Wikipedia By Adrian Higgins Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, July 30, 2009 An international panel of scientists has agreed to a bar-code standard for plant DNA that will allow the precise identification of most of Earth's 300,000 species of plants, according to a research report due to be published this week............... ...................A similar technique for animals was created in 2003 and has been used to expose mislabeled caviar, crack a food-poisoning case involving fish and determine the bird species that caused US Airways Flight 1549 to ditch into the Hudson River in January........... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/29/AR2009072902687_pf.html

Coalition sues to block Pebble mine permits

7-29-2009 State regulators violated the Alaska Constitution when they approved exploration permits for the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine without first allowing the public to weigh in, a civil lawsuit filed today contends....... http://www.adn.com/money/industries/mining/story/880648.html

Press Release: Alaska Delegation Letter Details Flaws in EPA’s Position on Kensington Mine

For Immediate Release energy.senate.gov July 29, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging her agency to clear the way for development of the Kensington gold mine near Juneau, which could create hundreds of jobs for a region hard-hit economically. The letter detailed the senators’ concerns with EPA’s position on the mine and cited factual and legal flaws in the agency’s arguments opposing Coeur Alaska’s tailings permit for the mine. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that Coeur Alaska had a valid 404 permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dispose of tailings from the Kensington mine in Lower Slate Lake. Despite the high court’s ruling, the EPA has insisted the Corps re-evaluate the tailings disposal plan for less environmentally sound alternatives. “The plan approved by the Corps to deal with the tailings is the best alternative for the environment of Alaska and the pe

JUNEAU MEN INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY FOR ILLEGAL HALIBUT SALES

July 26, 2009 Sunday United States Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced Friday that David Skrzynski and Jason Maroney, both of Juneau, Alaska, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Anchorage on charges of violating the Lacey Act by selling halibut that was taken in violation of federal regulations. The indictment alleges a continuing scheme from July 2005, to February 2008, where Skrzynski sold subsistence halibut to Maroney for resale in Doc Waters Pub............. http://www.sitnews.us/0709news/072609/072609_indictment.html

Closed to commercial fishing. Declining Kenai red run may be below estimate

CLOSING: Upper Inlet drift, setnet fishing shut down; sport, personal use still OK. By MIKE CAMPBELL mcampbell@adn.com Published: July 27th, 2009 08:09 PM Last Modified: July 27th, 2009 08:09 PM A dip in the return of red salmon to the Kenai River prompted biologists on Monday to close Upper Cook Inlet to commercial drift and setnet fishing -- though anglers have not yet been affected. The popular personal use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River is due to close Friday night. "The sockeye salmon return to the Kenai River appears to be much smaller than forecast," the Department of Fish and Game said in its........ http://www.adn.com/money/industries/fishing/story/878689.html

Wrangell has plans for an Alaska-Canada Energy Coalition

Image via Wikipedia WRANGELL, ALASKA (07/27/2009) The Wrangell Energy Committee plans on spearheading the formation of an Alaska-Canada Energy Coalition. Modeled after the Canada-based Highway 37 Powerline Coalition, which Wrangell recently joined, this new coalition will push building an intertie between Tyee and Bob Quinn Lake in British Columbia. KSTK's Lisa Phu reports. Audio >>  http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=746

DEC will rewrite rules on pollution

Image via Wikipedia Six cruise ships cited for wastewater discharge violations By Kate Golden | JUNEAU EMPIRE Monday, July 27, 2009 Story last updated at 7/27/2009 - 10:07 am Several cruise lines have gotten in the habit of taking their wastewater out to federal waters rather than risk violating strict state limits on pollutants. As a result, they have to move faster to get out and back, burning more fuel and potentially spending less time in Alaska ports. This could change. Gov. Sarah Palin signed House Bill 134 this month, empowering the Department of Environmental Conservation to rewrite the rules governing cruise ship wastewater discharge. It was a compromise of sorts between cruise watchdogs and cruise lines. Right now, DEC has a general permit under which cruise ships can apply to discharge wastewater in Alaska. DEC plans.................... http://juneauempire.com/stories/072709/loc_471371629.shtml

Fishermen... get ready for the Carbon Footprint anal exam?

HaulingGear.com 7-26-2009 Doing a little branding analytics r&d this morning and stumble across this.. An Aquaculture outfit in Tasmania is touting that farmed fish are the true eco friendly fish because of the size of their carbon footprint..? Wild vs Farmed Atlantic Salmon, Tasmanian Salmon, Aquaculture Australia - Huon Aqua Locally farmed food is not only fresher but often leaves a smaller carbon footprint due to smaller transportation distances. Ummmmm ok... Maybe they're feeding the fish all year with carbon neutral electric robots? It illustrates what a freaking joke this whole carbon neutral jibberish has become.. A little fact checking shows that the 'Tasmanian Wild' run does not even exist.... ? http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/ifs/IFSDatabaseManager/SpeciesDatabase/atlantic-salmon Anyway, another quick related search shows that in the Washington Post earlier this month it even gets better.. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07

Drought could mean decline in pink salmon

Sitka, Alaska (07/24/2009) The current weather forecast is calling for more high pressure to make its way over southeast. The warm, dry weather this summer has caused some fishermen to start wondering about what kind of effect drought conditions might have on pink salmon stocks. Fish and Game forecasts are about average this year and management biologists say it’s not yet time to panic. KCAW’s Emily Schwing reports. audio >>>>>>>>>  http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=742

Chum Salmon Now Prized on Yukon River

Chum Salmon Now Prized on Yukon River Thu, July 23, 2009 Posted in Alaska News Chum Salmon are replacing Yukon Kings as the main target for commercial fisheries on the Yukon River. The Yukon King used to be the base of the Lower Yukon’s economy. But dwindling King returns and tighter restrictions have commercial fishers downgrading to Chums. Shane Iverson, KYUK - Bethel Audio >>>>> http://aprn.org/2009/07/23/chum-salmon-now-prized-on-yukon-river/

Kodiak: Council discusses watershed and letter regarding NPFMC

Image via Wikipedia Article published on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 By ERIK WANDER Special to the Mirror   ...... City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski drafted the original letter but admitted she knew little about the cod fishery and therefore deferred to Haines, who agreed to revise it.   .................  The council had previously decided to send its own letter rather than sign off on a similar letter the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly recently sent to Locke. The City Council meets again Thursday evening at 7:30 for its regular meeting.... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7802

Palin Names Woods to Board of Fisheries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-183 Governor Palin Names Woods to Board of Fisheries July 22, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sarah Palin today announced the appointment of Janet Woods to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. “I appreciate Janet’s willingness to serve on the Board of Fisheries,” Governor Palin said. “She has a great passion for the resource. I’m confident Janet will work hard to protect the resource and make decisions in the best interest of all Alaskans who rely on our tremendous fisheries.” Woods, of Fairbanks, has subsistence-fished, -hunted, and -trapped in Rampart with her family since the early 1970s. She is currently employed as a pump station administrative assistant with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and has also worked for the Yukon Flats School District. She attended Alaska Methodist University, Seattle Pacific College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Distance Delivery Program. The seven members of the Alaska Board of Fisheries are appointed by the governo

Dutch Harbor tops port rankings

Image via Wikipedia Jul 22, 12:57 PM EDT UNALAKSA, Alaska (AP) -- For the 20th year in a row, the port of Dutch Harbor-Unalaska is the country's top port when it comes to pounds landed. NOAA's Fisheries Service said.... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=18&path=A/AK_PORT_RANKINGS

Rugged Duros 8404 tablet PC: now with Atom, sunlight-viewable LCD

  Review >>>>> http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/22/rugged-duros-8404-tablet-pc-now-with-atom-sunlight-viewable-lc/

Fish Getting Smaller as Their Habitats Become Warmer

Image by Getty Images via Daylife By Jeremy van Loon July 20 (Bloomberg) -- Fish in French rivers and the Baltic Sea are getting smaller as their habitats warm up, more evidence that climate change is forcing species from bacteria to sheep to adapt to a hotter planet, a new study said. Average fish size in rivers such as the Loire, France’s largest, declined the past three decades while the geographical range of small fish in the Baltic expanded as herring and sprat got smaller, according to a study published today on the Web site of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Research has shown that animals, including extinct Mediterranean dwarf elephants, shrank in size to adjust to changing climate and geography. Today’s study provides evidence that smaller body size is the third universal ecological response to global warming along with a shift of species to higher latitudes and altitudes and changes in when........... http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601

Large Study Points to the Brain Benefits of Eating Fish

Image via CrunchBase By RONI CARYN RAB Many studies have suggested that a diet rich in fish is good for the heart. Now there is new evidence that such a diet may ward off dementia as well. One of the largest efforts to document a connection — and the first such study undertaken in the developing world — has found that older adults in Asia and Latin America were less likely to develop dementia if they regularly consumed fish. And the more fish they ate, the lower their risk, the report found. The findings appeared in the August issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The study, which included 15,000 people ages 65 and older in China, India, Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru and............. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/21/health/21fish.html?_r=2

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell to keep John Moller as the governor's rural advisor

Image by Getty Images via Daylife Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Story last updated at 7/21/2009 - 10:04 am Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday he'll be retaining John Moller as the governor's rural advisor when he assumes the governorship following Gov. Sarah Palin's resignation July 26. Moller, a Juneau resident for the past 10 years, was born in Unalaska and has worked in crab and gillnet fisheries in the Bering Sea and Southeast Alaska, respectively, as well as in fishery management for many years. The continuation of Moller's role won praise from Native leaders concerned about rural issues..................... ............................ Moller now gillnets in Southeast, and Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp President Brad Fluetsch said that puts Moller out on the fishing grounds and in villages where he can see what is happening................ http://juneauempire.com/stories/072109/sta_466811793.shtml

Making a Smartphone a First Responder

Image via Wikipedia Tuesday, July 21, 2009 You've sprained your ankle: Ice or heat? A stranger on the bus collapses, unconscious: How well do you remember that CPR class? In those situations, your phone could be good for something besides calling for help. A new iPhone/iTouch application called Pocket First Aid & CPR ( http:/ / www.jive.me/ pocketaid ) includes primers, videos and still images. It's not the first mobile first-aid app, but this one comes from the American Heart Association. The application is downloadable for $3.99 from Apple's iTunes store; the.... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/20/AR2009072002307.html?wprss=rss_technology

TerreStar-1 Satphone Completes First Call

Image via Wikipedia By: Roy Mark 2009-07-20 With first satellite call ever made between integrated satellite-terrestrial smart phones, TerreStar completes FCC licensing milestone for world’s largest, most advanced commercial communications satellite. Almost three weeks after launching the world's largest commercial satellite to deliver 3G voice, data and video communications, TerreStar said July 20 it had completed the first successful end-to-end phone call over TerreStar-1. The call was completed between two of TerreStar’s quad-band GSM and tri-band WCDMA/HSPA smart phones with integrated satellite-terrestrial voice and data capabilities. The $300 million, 15,000-lb. TerriStar-1 is equipped with an 59-foot deployable reflector and employs an S-Band feed array capable of 500 beams covering all of the U.S. and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. ........... http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/TerreStar1-Completes-First-Call-425622/

USCG Buoy Tender Roundup begins today

Image via Wikipedia Juneau Empire Monday, July 20, 2009   JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard 17th District hosts its week-long annual District Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau starting today. This year's roundup brings seven buoy tenders from Kodiak, Cordova, Petersburg, Sitka, Ketchikan, Homer, Astoria, Ore., and Canada. The event allows.... http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/072009/reg_466072313.shtm

Las Vegas man provides connection for crab

Image via Wikipedia Jul 19, 3:01 AM EDT   No, he doesn't watch "The Deadliest Catch." No, he's not a former Bering Sea crab fisherman. No, he doesn't live in Alaska, he lives in Las Vegas. But he does move about 600,000 pounds of Alaska red crab a year. And he does it with gusto. So much so that in June in Soldotna he was given an award from Global Food Alaska, an independent, private initiative of individuals, companies and organizations that collaborate to enhance the food and related businesses in the state. The award, Alaska Champion, recognizes an individual who has brought an Alaska product into the world's spotlight. That, Rob George has done. In fact, you could say he.......... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=18&path=A/AK_KING_OF_CRAB

Council calls for better Arctic shipbuilding regulations

Image via Wikipedia SHIPPING: As ice thins and more resources are found, maritime traffic increases. By CHRISTOPHER ESHLEMAN Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via The Associated Press Published: July 18th, 2009 09:21 PM Last Modified: July 18th, 2009 09:22 PM FAIRBANKS -- A multinational council has recommended the United States and other northern countries adopt mandatory rules for construction of ships that ply the Arctic Ocean, where thinning ice and increasing resource development should accelerate commercial shipping. Shipping through the ice-covered ocean -- a basin ringed by major fisheries, bookended by land-based mining projects and host to high-profile oil and gas leasing -- has risen, but rules and guidelines for shipbuilders and Arctic countries vary or, where standardized, remain voluntary, the............ http://www.adn.com/news/environment/warming/story/869144.html

Fishermen in Southeastern reject development tax

LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: July 18th, 2009 05:54 PM Last Modified: July 18th, 2009 05:54 PM KODIAK -- Southeast salmon fishermen again voted "no" to bankrolling their own Regional Seafood Development Association, already widely known as Rainforest Wild. RSDAs -- a unique concept OK'd by the state in 2004 -- lets fishermen in 12 Alaska regions unite and tax themselves based on the value of their catches. The money can be used for marketing, infrastructure, new products -- whatever the fishermen want. RSDAs also .......... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/869053.html

Fish research identifies hatchery origins

Image via Wikipedia Jul 18, 3:00 AM EDT  JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- Four Alaska Department Fish and Game workers are standing under a departmental garage in the rain, chopping the tops off fish heads. From the attached bar codes and tags, pink with black polka dots, we know they are sockeye salmon caught near Wrangell. A chop reveals a small cavern deep inside the head. A technician pulls out a fingertip-size fish brain, tosses it, and tweezes out the real goods, two tiny ear bones called otoliths. He smears them on his wristband, cleans them up and drops them in a plastic cup. This summer is just ramping up; he and his colleagues will................. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=18&path=A/AK_FISHY_RESEARCH

KTUU: Bringing 'Deadliest Catch' to the people

by Megan Baldino Image via Wikipedia Friday, July 17, 2009 KETCHIKAN, Alaska -- TripAdvisor.com named it one of the top 10 tours in the country, and once you've been on it you know why. The idea was simple: take a fishing vessel and teach visitors all about Alaska's fishing industry, and 774 miles southeast of Anchorage, Capt. Terry Barkley tells it like it is. "This thing got hit by a massive rogue wave," he tells an audience as they tour the Aleutian Ballad. It was during season 2 of "Deadliest Catch" the ship was hit by a 60-foot wave on its wayward side. These days the boat is out of the commercial fishing business -- kind of. The Aleutian Ballad may not be hauling in loads of fish, but it is hauling in loads of tourists as part of the Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour. "About 10 to 12 years ago David (Lethin) was at a cannery here in Ketchikan and decided with the interest of people that he wanted to teach people what was out there, how to catc

Washington Post: There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea, but You Can Still Make Green Choices

By Nina Shen Rastogi Image via Wikipedia Thursday, July 16, 2009 A few weeks ago, you offered some advice for your carnivorous readers on how to satisfy their meat cravings in a more eco-friendly fashion. But what about us pescetarians? Got any tips for fish lovers? The Lantern's advice for eating livestock came down to some pretty simple recommendations: Eat less of it, and when do you do, choose poultry first, then pork, then beef or lamb. Unfortunately, there's no easy hierarchy when it comes to fish. Part of this is due to the fact that the ocean offers such a diverse menu. The meat department at the Lantern's local Safeway, for example, carries just five varieties of terrestrial animals: beef, chicken, turkey, pork and lamb. The much smaller seafood case, on the other hand, brims with dozens of options, from trout to halibut to shrimp to scallops. Given this abundance of edible marine life, it's difficult to come up with.. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte

False fishing reports net penalties

The Associated Press Published: July 17th, 2009 09:11 PM Last Modified: July 17th, 2009 09:11 PM Federal fisheries officials have fined the skipper and backers of an Alaska fishing boat for falsely reporting where they took halibut and sablefish, and suspended their fishing permits for one year.. In a separate action, NOAA Fisheries cited IFQ permit holder Richard Swartz for falsely reporting........ A third settlement bars Kenneth Spjut of Auburn, Wash., who was............ http://www.adn.com/money/industries/fishing/story/868372.html

Kasilof River salmon bag limit doubled

Anchorage Daily News Published: July 17th, 2009 07:12 PM Last Modified: July 17th, 2009 07:13 PM Responding to a flood of red salmon to the Kasilof River, biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have doubled the bag limit for anglers and expanded the area open to personal-use dipnetters...... http://www.adn.com/outdoors/fishing/story/868287.html

EPA: Re-evaluate Kensington mine alternatives

Friday, July 17, 2009 Story last updated at 7/17/2009 - 10:35 am Coeur Alaska Inc. has asked the U.S. Corps of Engineers to hurry and reissue its permit for the Kensington mine's waste disposal, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the Corps to slow down and take another look at an option Coeur abandoned last year..... http://juneauempire.com/stories/071709/loc_465132949.shtml

Kodiak - Pinks: So far, so good

Article published on Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 By DEREK CLARKSTON Mirror Writer The projected pink salmon run of more than 20 million in Kodiak waters has fishermen smiling after a disappointing red run. “They are optimistic,” said Jeff Wadle, Kodiak’s area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “They are seeing decent harvests.” The pink salmon run began July 1 and...... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7764

Kodiak city harbors receive $240,000 for dredging

Article published on Monday, July 13th, 2009 DAILY MIRROR STAFF The Kodiak city harbors are set to receive $240,000 from the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Mark Begich announced last week. Kodiak Harbormaster Marty Owen said the money will be used toward acquiring environmental clearances and contract plans for dredging work at St. Paul Harbor and the northeast entrance to St. Herman Harbor. The dredging project, to be...... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7758

New Role for Coast Guard

The Coast Guard is expanding its role beyond search and rescue to face the challenges posed by smuggling, piracy and terrorism. See more DoD videos at http://dodvclips.mil

Newsmax.com - Scientists Fear Mad Cow Disease From Farm-Raised Fish

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:55 AM By: Sylvia Booth Hubbard Article Font Size Scientists are worried that people who eat farmed fish that are fed cattle byproducts could get mad cow disease, according to an article in the new issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) is known as Creutzfeldt Jakob disease. It is untreatable and always fatal. Most nations have outlawed feeding cattle byproducts to other cattle because the disease spreads easily within the same species. But neurologist Dr. Robert P. Friedland of the University of Louisville in Kentucky also wants the government to ban feeding cow meat or bone meal to farm-raised fish until the............ http://www.newsmax.com/health/farmed_fish_mad_cow/2009/07/14/235274.html

City to forgive half of fishermen's memorial debt - Juneau Empire

Monday, July 13, 2009 Story last updated at 7/13/2009 - 10:08 am City to forgive half of fishermen's memorial debt Money will come from city's general operating fund By Kim Marquis | JUNEAU EMPIRE A 13-year-old debt to the city by an organization that built the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial should be partially forgiven, the Assembly Finance Committee said Wednesday. The committee voted in favor of accepting $43,000 from the nonprofit that built the granite memorial on the downtown waterfront. That's about half of nonprofit's outstanding $81,000 debt and leaves the memorial board with about $10,000 to pay for ongoing maintenance. Memorial board President Bruce Weyhrauch wanted recognition for the memorial's contribution to the city by getting consensus from the Assembly on the debt issue. 'We don't want a kiss-your-aunt resolution, we want full support,' he told elected officials. But Weyhrauch didn't get the..... http://juneauempire.com/

Fines and Penalties for False Reporting in Alaska Fishery Imposed

July 12, 2009 Sunday A hired master, vessel owners and permit holders of the Alaskan fishing vessel Trident have agreed to pay more than $18,000 in penalties and $241,000 worth of sanctions for falsely reporting areas fished by the vessel on five trips during 2006 and 2007. The violations were detected and investigated by the Alaska division of NOAA's Fisheries Service Office of Law Enforcement, and the charges were brought by NOAA's Office of General Counsel. Under the individual fishing quota (IFQ) program, fishermen are allotted specific amounts of halibut and sablefish they may catch in specific areas in order to keep the fish population sustainable. A hired master and permit holders who fished aboard the Trident reported the........ http://www.sitnews.us/0709news/071209/071209_fishery.html

Palin urges Canadians to address mine's acid drainage - Juneau Empire

Story last updated at 7/12/2009 - 11:07 am Palin urges Canadians to address mine's acid drainage Mine company Redfern was responsible, but ran out of money By Kate Golden | Juneau Empire Gov. Sarah Palin recently urged British Columbia's premier not to forget that the Tulsequah Chief mine upstream of Juneau is still draining toxic acid into the headwaters of the fish-rich Taku River, as it has for a half-century. Palin's July 1 letter was prompted by the insolvency of Redfern Resources Ltd. and its parent company, Vancouver-based Redcorp Ventures Ltd. The mine company was supposed to clean up the old 1950s gold mine on the way to building its new one but ran out of money. 'In order to protect downstream water quality and assure the continued health of the valuable Taku River fisheries, the state of Alaska feels other means must be promptly implemented for remediating the Tulsequah Chief (acid mine drainage),' Palin's letter says. The mine is 45 miles northeast o

Research Vessels Conduct Gulf of Alaska Bottom Trawl Survey

July 12, 2009 Sunday NOAA scientists on three vessels chartered by NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center are bottom trawling to survey groundfish and invertebrates in the Gulf of Alaska. The series of surveys started in 1984. "Our fisheries stock assessment teams use the newly gathered data as well as the historic data to help determine the health of the resources and make decisions about future management and fishing activities in the Gulf of Alaska," said Doug DeMaster Director of the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. jpg Scientists from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center Scientists from NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center sort a bottom trawl catch of groundfish on deck during the 2007 Gulf of Alaska biennial bottom trawl survey. Scientists on the Sea Storm, the....... http://www.sitnews.us/0709news/071209/071209_trawl_survey.html

New Google Earth Imagery - July 2009 - Good and Bad Part 2

Image via Wikipedia ....... Google has introduced a new "coastline-cutting" tool to make the edges of the imagery conform to the shape of the coastlines. This is a pretty significant move as it effects imagery all over the planet. And, I have mixed feelings about this decision. On the one hand, it does make the land verses sea/bathymetry distinction more clear and pleasing to the eye. I'm impressed with how accurately the "cutting" has been done (so far, I haven't checked everywhere yet :-) ). The previous technique has always showed aerial or satellite imagery rectangles as a patchwork of irregular shapes along the coastlines. Which did in fact make it a bit harder to distinguish land from water. However, imagery of the areas of ports, bays, harbors, shallow waters (especially in the Bahamas), etc. have now been cut out in favor of the bathymetry. The base level imagery of Google Earth (and Google Maps after this update migrates there), will now have lost s

Stimulus Money Goes to Retrieve Old Crab Pots From Ocean Bed

Image via Wikipedia Part of a $700,000 federal stimulus grant will go to aid commercial fishermen by retrieving about 4,000 derelict crab pots from the sea bottom off of Oregon. NEWPORT, Ore. -- Commercial fishermen struggling from catch restrictions and high fuel prices will get part of a $700,000 federal stimulus grant to retrieve lost crab pots now littering the ocean bottom, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday The money will be used to hire 48 people -- including 31 fishermen -- and to charter 10 vessels to retrieve an estimated 4,000 derelict crab pots, which pose a hazard to whales, seal lions and fishing boats, Jane Lubchenco said. Lubchenco, a former Oregon State University marine ecologist, announced the project while................... http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/11/stimulus-money-goes-retrieve-old-crab-pots-ocean-bed/

Satellite beacon brings rescuers to stranded kayakers

Image via Wikipedia A "spot" satellite beacon helped state and federal officers rescue two river kayakers whose boat flipped near Girdwood last weekend.... http://www.adn.com/outdoors/story/860274.html More.. http://findmespot.com http://globalstarusa.com

Southeast summer troll for Chinook closed until August

Alaska Public Radio.. SITKA, ALASKA (07/09/2009) The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday that the first Chinook salmon opening of the general summer commercial troll season will close at midnight on Friday. KCAW's Emily Schwing reports... http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=720

F/V Luna struck rock before taking on water

7/8/2009 The Coast Guard assisted a 50-foot fishing vessel on the northwest side of Kodiak Island in Spiridon Bay after it began sinking Monday. The Coast Guard Command Center in Anchorage received a call from the fishing vessel Lady Ashley at noon reporting the F/V Luna, a.... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7750

WholeFoods Blog » On the Waterfront…in Alaska!

Image via Wikipedia by Mark Curran , July 8th, 2009 ............The main challenge is the state’s huge size - over twice the size of Texas. How can we cover 34,000 miles of Alaskan coastline seeking out the best salmon the state has to offer? This would take a small army, right? Actually, no! Instead, we created an Alaska Port Buyer position based out of Anchorage and brought in Whole Foods Market Team Member and Ketchikan, Alaska native Keith Harris, who has 25 years of Alaskan seafood buying experience............ http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2009/07/on-the-waterfrontin-alaska/ Check out Keith’s video blog to find out more about what he does and why it makes our wild Alaska salmon special.

Scientist tests new seafloor mapping tech - Juneau Empire

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 Project to provide navigational data, info on crab nurseries By Margaret Bauman | Alaska Journal of Commerce ANCHORAGE - Scientists are breaking new ground in the Pribilof Islands, mapping habitat essential to crab using multi-beam sonar to survey the depths and texture of the seafloor. Using a federal fisheries research vessel specially designed to do seafloor mapping, scientists are conducting the survey primarily to test the system for mapping habitat important for king crab, said Michelle Ridgway, an independent fisheries ecologist in charge of the project. They are looking for deposits of crushed shell, or "shell hash," around the Pribilof Islands. Shell hash is thought to be important for the survival of young crab. Ridgway spoke via telephone June 17 from aboard the 231-foot hydrographic research vessel R/V Mount Mitchell. The shell hash mapping pilot project is a relatively small-scale survey that tiers off of a larger proposal Ridgway made to N

Salmon Passage Project Restoration Brings Jobs to Rural Southeast Alaska

July 06, 2009 Monday (SitNews) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced the Klawock River Salmon Passage and Habitat Restoration project will receive support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funding pays for the construction of a fish passage structure through the causeway on the Klawock River estuary and restores estuarine habitat on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island while creating employment for 22 people. The project is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy in Alaska, the Klawock Watershed Council, Alaska Department of Transportation, Ducks Unlimited, Alaska Trollers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act directs $992,062 to the Klawock River project. 'Restoring salmon passage is vital.............. http://www.sitnews.us/0709news/070609/070609_salmon_project.html

States lure consumers with seafood branding

By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press Writer Jul 8, 3:25 PM EDT BOSTON (AP) -- You've heard of Alaska King Crab and Maine Lobster. Why not Massachusetts Mackerel or maybe Cape Cod Cod? States are increasingly looking to hook consumers by branding their local seafood specialties, both to help reel in revenue and to give a boost to commercial fishermen struggling with declining stocks and tighter regulations. In Louisiana, officials are creating a top-of-the-catch program for shrimp and oysters. Rhode Island is distributing logo-emblazoned quahog carriers. And in Massachusetts, where a carving of the state's 'Sacred Cod' hangs in the House chambers, lawmakers are weighing whether to create a branding program that 'embraces the historic roots of fishing in the commonwealth.' A hearing is scheduled on the bill Thursday. 'Folks see a long tradition of........... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=18&path=U/US_STATE_SEAFOOD_BRANDING

Environmental groups to sue U.S. over pesticides in polar bears

Dan Joling/The Associated Press Originally published Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 9:55 a.m. Updated Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12:15 p.m. ............................... Pesticides still in use are starting to show up and her group fears they will be found in dangerous concentrations if allowed to be used. Pesticides are used minimally in Alaska but reach the Arctic through the atmosphere and the ocean. They also accumulate in plants, fish, birds and the animals, Noblin said. Natalie Dawson, a biologist with the group's Anchorage office, said the pollutants accumulate in plankton at the bottom of the food web. Fish eat plankton, seals eat thousands of fish and polar bears eat hundreds of seals. 'Over time that cumulative effect gets strong as you move up the food web,' she said. They call it 'biomagnification,' the same phenomenon that harmed bald eagles ingesting DDT and other persistent pesticides. 'They were eating so much of this contaminant becau

TIME's Interview with Exiting Alaska Governor Sarah Palin - TIME

Image by AlaskaHDTV.com via Flickr By Jay Newton-Small / Dillingham, Alaska Tuesday, Jul. 07, 2009" The Palins were staying with Sarah's in-laws Bob and Blanche Kallstrom when the soon-to-be-ex-governor of Alaska sat down for an interview. The Kallstroms are two of the 2,500 full-time residents of Dillingham, Alaska, and owners of the Bristol Bay Inn and a hardware store. The town's population swells to 7,000 in the summer, as it's a magnet for sport fishermen. Todd Palin grew up in a house across the street from the hardware store — a building that has since been "moved," Blanche says, to make way for another building. About 10 years ago, the Kallstroms moved into a two-story wooden house with a bright orange garage door. The house is modern with two octagonal windows (Blanche says the carpenter who built the place was "some hippie" who put in all the windows). They have two cottages — both also with bright orange doors — at the end of the drivew

Palin Blasts Critics, Remains Mum on 2012 Bid - Political News - FOXNews.com

Image by smiteme via Flickr Gov. Sarah Palin was coy about her presidential aspirations but criticized both President Obama and the Republican Party in her first interview since announcing she was stepping down as governor of Alaska. Standing astride a fishing boat she would later climb aboard to haul in fishing nets and salmon, Palin expressed bitterness at bloggers who peppered her with ethics accusations, whom she said brought government in Alaska to a grinding halt. 'The critics want to put you on a course of personal bankruptcy, so you can't afford to serve,' she said, calling the attacks 'bull crap.' The governor made the remarks in an interview with FOX News in Dillingham, where she was fishing with her husband, Todd, and daughter Piper. Reporters from three other networks were also in attendance............. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/07/palin-blasts-critics-resignation-announcement/ more SEAN COCKERHAM / Anchorage Daily News

Yukon River king salmon run might fall short of Canada's needs

By Tim Mowry Published Sunday, July 5, 2009 FAIRBANKS ‚ Even with major cuts in subsistence fishing up and down the Yukon River, the number of king salmon that reach the Canadian border might not satisfy a treaty agreement between Alaska and Canada. With an estimated 75 percent of the chinook run accounted for, biologists are projecting the size of this year’s run to be 120,000 to 130,000. Somewhere around 50,000 to 55,000 of those fish will have to make it to Canada to meet Canadian escapement and harvest objectives, biologist Steve Hayes said. Hayes manages the Yukon chinook run for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “It’s too early to say whether or not we’re going to meet the Canadian escapement goal,” Hayes said. “It’s going to be a while before we can tell how we............. http://newsminer.com/news/2009/jul/05/yukon-river-king-salmon-run-might-fall-short-canad/

Search is under way for crewman missing in Bering Sea: Commerical Fishing | adn.com

By MEGAN HOLLAND mholland@adn.com Published: July 4th, 2009 05:03 PM Last Modified: July 4th, 2009 10:47 PM A search is on for a fisherman overboard in the Bering Sea. The Coast Guard and Good Samaritan ships are helping the crew of the 140-foot commercial fishing boat, the Rebecca Irene, look for its crew member who did not....... http://www.adn.com/money/industries/fishing/story/853596.html

With help from Sealaska, oyster grower looks to expand: Commerical Fishing | adn.com

JOBS: Corporation VP sees the industry as a boon for the area. By KATE GOLDEN Juneau Empire Published: July 3rd, 2009 11:57 PM Last Modified: July 3rd, 2009 11:57 PM JUNEAU -- Tom Henderson has a lot more babies to take care of this year, what with the 4 million oyster spat he's raising. But at least he now has a couple of people to help with the child care. Henderson's Pearl of Alaska in Kake was a one-man operation until this year, though still one of the largest in Alaska. Sealaska Corp., Southeast's regional Alaska Native corporation, sees oysters as an opportunity and is helping Henderson grow his business and train new workers who can become oyster farmers themselves. Sealaska vice president Rick Harris explained why. Southeast rural communities are desperate for jobs and people are reportedly leaving them for urban centers. And the timber industry isn't what it once was. "When you look at the unemployment rates in the rural http://www.adn.com/

Man won't part with collection of salmon labels

07/04/2009 By MARTA MURVOSH / Associated Press When Carl Wedlund worked in the canneries, he pretty much did what his supervisor told him — he drove his boss around town, made coffee and cleaned bathrooms and storage areas. In those storage rooms, Wedlund found a hidden treasure — shiny, colorful, unused salmon can labels, all destined for the dump. 'I'd go into these label rooms and my boss would say, 'Clean them up,'' said Wedlund, who was in his 20s at the time. Once, Wedlund drove four truckloads of labels to the dump, where they likely were burned. But many of those labels escaped the incinerator. Wedlund brought home thousands — some by the handful and others by the hundreds — wrapped in the plastic they were shipped in. 'Dad would say, 'What the heck are you doing with those? They'll never be worth anything,'' said Wedlund, now 70. 'I wish he could see them now.' Like the labels on fruit crates and cigar boxes, vintage salmon can

Become An Alaskan Fisherman, At Least For A Few Hours || Jaunted

July 2, 2009 at 8:47 AM If your summer vacation plans include a cruise to Alaska with your grandparents, then you might want to seriously start considering some alternate shore excursions. Sure you can wander through some shops and check out the Totem Poles in Ketchikan like everyone else, or you can pretend that you're a true deep sea fisherman fisherperson. Imagine being on the Deadliest Catch TV show, except not.. http://www.jaunted.com/story/2009/7/2/74212/98652/travel/Become+An+Alaskan+Fisherman%2C+At+Least+For+A+Few+Hours+

Opinion: Context, respect are vital to fishery management - Commissioner Denby Lloyd

Opinion: Context, respect are vital to fishery management By Commissioner Denby Lloyd Web posted Friday, June 26, 2009 Recently I had the privilege to visit several villages on the lower Yukon River. I went with John Moller of Gov. Sarah Palin's staff and employees from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to discuss this summer's Chinook salmon management and recent action by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to curb bycatch of Chinook by the pollock trawl fleets in the Bering Sea. We knew we were repeating distressing news. As far as we can project, the commercial fishery for Chinook will not open in the Yukon River, yet again, this year. I also knew that many Alaskans feel that the North Pacific Council should have taken stronger action to control bycatch. What I wasn't prepared for, but should have been, was the graciousness and respect granted us by our hosts in Holy Cross, Anvik, Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, Mountain Village and Emmonak. Yukon River Chinook

SitNews: Fastboat Waterborne Ambulance Now Serving POW

June 29, 2009 Monday A Fastboat Waterborne Search and Rescue (SAR) Ambulance is now serving western Prince of Wales Island and vicinity The new Fastboat Ambulance is a 26-foot, custom-built aluminum SAR watercraft with a 12-foot beam. The Fastboat is fully equipped with twin 140 horsepower engines, Furuno radar system, Garmin mapping GPS navigation, emergency response lights, emergency communication abilities, safety gear, and search-and-rescue equipment. In addition, the Fastboat Ambulance is outfitted with a patient stretcher, medical oxygen, monitoring equipment, and advanced medical gear necessary to provide effective, lifesaving emergency care to patients. The Fastboat Ambulance is able........... http://www.sitnews.us/0609/062909/062909_fastboat.html More >> Apollo MT / Klawock Emergency Medical Services (EMS) www.apollomt.com

Kodiak: Local boat preps for weak salmon season

Article published on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 By DEREK CLARKSTON Mirror Writer The fish are going to have plenty to look at the next time the F/V Family Pride hits the seas. And it’s either going to scare them off or reel them in. The Kodiak-based boat has a newly painted design on a newly installed bulbous bow. The design is a whale, just like the whales seen on totem poles. It took painter Luis Mantes, a crewmember on the boat, two days to finish the painting — three days if you count the time he spent sketching. “Since we had the time and had the....... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=7735

Alaska telecom companies angle for Internet stimulus funds - KTUU.com | Alaska's news and information source |

by Ashton Goodell Wednesday, July 1, 2009 'There's fiber infrastructure down to Kodiak Island, this new system would extend from Narrow Cape on Kodiak Island off the shelf to Dutch Harbor with a branching unit into King Cove and ultimately additional capacity into neighboring communities there,' said Icard....... http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=10633491

Gigaom: Today the Stars Aligned for Satellite Cos

Globalstar today closed on $738 million in financing, while rival satellite operator TerreStar launched its new bird, TerreStar-1. Globalstar plans to use its money to fund operations and launch a new generation of satellites in 2010 that will deliver all IP-based voice and data to its customers through 2025. Before celebrating, know that Globalstar’s new constellation of satellites will provide speeds of up to 256kbps down. Like the slow data speeds, the financing is less exciting than it first appears. It mostly........ http://gigaom.com/2009/07/01/today-the-stars-aligned-for-satellite-cos/

Begich proposes new layer of regulatory complexity for offshore drilling:Could significantly delay Alaska prosperity | The Alaska Standard

01 July 2009 6:41am By Dave Harbour Alaska's natural resources are natural treasures, from environmental and economic perspectives. I hope our new U.S. senator successfully balances Alaska's resource potential with appropriate environmental, national security and consumer considerations. In particular, the federal Minerals Management Service estimates our outer continental shelf holds 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of gas. Developed, this resource would make Alaska the eighth largest oil producer, ahead of Nigeria, Libya, Russia and Norway. But without these resources, Alaskans face a downward spiraling supply of jobs and career opportunities. Alaska depends on Chukchi and Beaufort resources to some day sustain the trans-Alaska oil pipeline and fill a North Slope gas pipeline ... and for thousands of jobs. America counts on us, too. The oil and gas potential in the......... http://www.thealaskastandard.com/content/begich-proposes-new-layer-regulatory-co