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Highland Light Seafood fined by the EPA

KUCB News (2010-06-29) UNALASKA, AK (kucb) - Highland Light Seafoods, a Seattle-based seafood company, has been fined $135,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Water Act in Alaska waters. An EPA inspection in 2008 revealed that the company's catcher-processor the Westward Wind had been in violation of environmental standards for 5 years. The Westward Wind did not comply with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, and discarded more seafood waste than it was permitted to by law. In 2006, the Westward Wind dumped waste near the Pribilof Islands without a permit. Chris Gebhardt, a compliance officer with the EPA, says that the.......

Alaska distiller has hopes for salmon vodka

REACTION: Some are skeptical; others enjoy the smoky flavor. By ELIZABETH BLUEMINK Published: June 29th, 2010 10:00 PM Last Modified: June 29th, 2010 10:08 PM Imagine drinking rather than eating a big lunker salmon. Toby Foster did and then he made the unusual choice of distilling it into vodka. "The first three or four times, it was gag city," he said. In all, it took the Wasilla distiller nearly 50 attempts to perfect the recipe for his new Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka, now available in liquor stores, bars and restaurants in Alaska and in some locations in the Lower 48. Salmon vodka is the costliest and most stressful product that Foster's 2-year-old company, the Alaska Distillery, has produced since its inception, he said. The existence of a salmon-flavored vodka prompts a............ On the same ADN Page today.... Related Stories Vodka producer experienc

Coast Guard rescues intoxicated boaters in Gastineau Channel

Image by CaptQuirk via Flickr 17th District Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard News Release Date: June 27, 2010 Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis (907) 321-4501 JUNEAU, Alaska - Two intoxicated boaters were rescued by a Coast Guard Station Juneau crew in Gastineau Channel near downtown Juneau after their canoe capsized Saturday. Personnel at the Sector Juneau command center received a call from a local resident reporting seeing the people in the water near the Douglas Island bridge at 8:14 p.m. A 25-foot Coast Guard rescue crew was immediately launched and located the two boaters and safely brought them into the rescue boat 15 minutes later. After being rescued it was determined the two were intoxicated and they were taken to Station Juneau and counseled on the dangers being intoxicated while boating and the survivability of falling in Alaskan waters. Their medical condition was checked by the city fire department and reported in good condition. Both peop

Kodiak: Buskin Section Reopens to Subsistence Fishing

Jay Barrett/KMXT The waters outside the mouth of the Buskin River will re-open to subsistence red salmon fishing tonight after midnight. Subsistence fishing was closed there earlier this month due to low returns, but now enough reds have crossed the............

Globalstar Completes Installation of Upgrades to Its Satellite Operations and Control Centers

“With less than four months to go before we begin launching our second-generation satellites I am pleased to announce the completion of another major operational milestone, the installation of our satellite control center upgrades,” said Tony Navarra, President, Global Operations for Globalstar, Inc........

Gustavus celebrates diesel-free power

Sunday, June 27, 2010 Story last updated at 6/27/2010 - 11:44 am ............ High in the forest, water enters a penstock where it flows down to the powerhouse after a fall of 600 feet that powers a turbine producing 800 kilowatts of power. "When we finish with the water we put it back in the river as far upstream as we can," said Pedr Turner, construction superintendent on the project. Returning the water to the river meant there was no impact to the salmon habitat, and fish screens on the intake also helped the project win environmental approvals, Gustavus Electric officials said. While work is still being done on the project, it began producing power last July, and the diesel engines have been mostly silent since then. When the community toured the power house on June 18, it was producing only 250 kilowatts, all Gustavus needed at that time. He said he hopes to use some of the surplus soon. Gustavus isn't

Patent Purchase Cleared Way for Iridium Next Satellite Contract

Image via Wikipedia Fri, 25 June, 2010  PARIS — A patent-mining company that owned much of the intellectual property supporting the Iridium constellation of low-orbiting mobile communications satellites has sold these and other patents to satellite builder Thales Alenia Space in a transaction that Thales Alenia Space said was crucial for Iridium’s future development. The transaction was completed June 1, just hours before the satellite manufacturer signed a $2.1 billion contract to build 81 satellites for Iridium’s second-generation constellation . Cannes, France -based Thales Alenia Space embedded the value of the Iridium patents into its contract with McLean, Va.-based Iridium Communications. Also included in the contract was a license giving Iridium rights to use the patented technology not just for the 15-year life of the Iridium Next second-generation constellation, but for the third-generation system as well, according to Marc Borello, Thales Alenia Space’s gene

Governor signs two fish bills

Image via Wikipedia PETERSBURG, AK (06/25/2010) Governor Sean Parnell signed two pieces of fisheries legislation into law during a visit to Petersburg Friday. The bills increase the claim limit for health care costs covered by the Alaska Fishermen's Fund and extend a seafood processor tax credit. Audio >>

Navy’s high-tech gliders come from Alaska

Jill Burke | Jun 25, 2010 Glider designer Joe Imlach, an engineer with ANT LLC, talks technology with Joseph Jordan, Assoc. Administrator of Gov’t Contracting and Business Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Drive a few blocks beyond the edge of downtown Anchorage along Ninth Avenue and you’ll hit a dead end. But there on the corner, hidden inside a nondescript boxy white warehouse, six employees of a small business owned by a village corporation from an Alaskan fishing community are gliding into the future. Although what’s quietly happening there may be under the radar in the business world, it’s a big enough deal to attract a personal visit from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s top officials Tuesday. At first glance what’s going on inside ANT LLC’s (formerly Alaska Native Technologies, LLC) manufacturing plant could be a disturbing sight: a neat row of dark-colored torpedo-like devices waiting for deployment. But it’s a decepti

USCG: Bristol Bay Salmon fishery vessels receive safety inspections

17th District Public Affairs U.S. Coast Guard News Release Date: June 22, 2010 Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley (907) 271-2660 Imagery Available: Bristol Bay Salmon fishery vessels receive safety inspections      Click on images for full sized photos, U.S. Coast Guard photos by Lt. j.g. Anne Besser ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Coast Guard crews descended upon the Bristol Bay region and provided more than 250 courtesy dockside examinations of commercial fishing vessels as preparation for the 2010 Bristol Bay Salmon fishery season. Inspections started June 10 in both King Salmon and Dillingham.  Two Coast Guard teams conducted between 13 to 17 boat inspections a day for the first four days, then as the fishery began on June 15, the number of daily inspections doubled. Over nine days, the inspection teams issued 217 examination decals.  Together both teams inspected an estimated 20 percent of the anticipated 1,100 fishing vessel fleet. “The exams are non-punit

Sitka, Alaska herring fishing as seen from the air ( Get them on )

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Auxiliary Celebrates 71 Years of Supporting USCG

6-24-2010 Wednesday marked the 71st anniversary of the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The volunteer arm of the Coast Guard was created by order of congress on June 23, 1939, to promote boating safety and to support Coast Guard operations.             In Kodiak, Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis describes the auxiliary as it is today, seven decades after it was launched.Audio >>

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

6-24-2010 Coming up this week, Red Tide kills two Alaskans, but fishermen say commercial shellfish are safe; the salmon seine season opened in Southeast, and taking care of cute little baby crab. We had help this week from KTOO's Casey Kelly in Juneau; APRN's Steve Heimel in Anchorage and KFSK's Melati Kaye in Petersburg.  Audio>>

Unpredictable fishery economics guide ocean's populations

By Casey Johnston | Last updated about 4 hours ago The way the ocean is fished is less predictable than we thought, according to a paper published in PNAS this week. Researchers thought that commercial interests usually fished "down the food web," targeting species high in the food chain and moving downwards. But the new study shows that price indexes of fish play a large role and don't always correlate with food chain position, which will make the ecosystem impact of fishing difficult to predict. Researchers had noticed in recent years that the mean trophic level of fished species—their position in the food chain—was declining. At face value, this seemed......

Kodiak: Island Seafoods receives SHARP award

Article published on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 DAILY MIRROR STAFF   Kodiak fish processor Island Seafoods has been picked as the second local processor to receive the SHARP award for workplace safety.   SHARP stands for Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program and can be earned by companies that have workplace accident rates below industry averages an........

Shellfish poisoning suspected in death

HAINES MAN: Toxin in PSP is 1,000 times more deadly than cyanide. By MEGAN HOLLAND Published: June 23rd, 2010 01:03 AM Last Modified: June 23rd, 2010 01:04 AM A Haines commercial fisherman has become the second Alaskan in less than a week to die from a suspected case of paralytic shellfish poisoning, said the state Department of Health and Social Services. He is the fifth Alaskan to fall ill to the poison from seafood this month. John Michael Saunders, 57, was taken to the Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau on Saturday after eating Dungeness crab at a large Haines gathering, his family and state officials said. But after he left the hospital and returned home, he was overcome with symptoms again and died around 5 a.m. Tuesday. Saunders' body is being sent to Anchorage for an autopsy and................

FCC's Spectrum Task Force makes first snatch-and-grab, kidnaps up to 90MHz from satellite band

By Sean Hollister posted Jun 22nd 2010 1:13AM   The FCC's freshly deputized Spectrum Task Force may have just proven its worth, by shifting up to 90MHz from mobile satellite services to cellular broadband. To placate those who might be opposed to the measure, the FCC says...........

FCC Group Crafting Plans to Open Up Mobile Spectrum

By Stephen Lawson on Fri, June 18, 2010   The group is considering proposing to the FCC a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the satellite-related radio spectrum that would be presented at the Commission's next meeting on July 15. The task force was formed recently to execute an intention stated in the National Broadband Plan for freeing up 500MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband by 2020. Mobile operators, device manufacturers and application vendors all have called for more spectrum to be made available for wireless networks, which in some cases are already straining under increased loads of mobile data. Changes in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) band would be intended to make 90MHz of additional spectrum available for terrestrial mobile broadband. Mobile satellite services would remain available. On a conference call Friday, the co-chairs of the task force described two changes that will be proposed for opening up

Yummly’s Semantic Search Engine Is The Ultimate Online Cookbook For Foodies

from TechCrunch by Leena Rao There are a number of online destinations to find recipes, including Epicurious, All Recipes, Bing and But a new company is trying to disrupt this arena with a powerful semantic food search portal. Yummly is launching a new food search site to find and share over 500,000 recipes on the web. Similar to other recipe sites, Yummly aggregates recipes from around the web. But what differentiates the site is its powerful filters and search features. Not only can you filter results by................

Satellite frequencies could become the next 700 MHz band

JUN 18, 2010 1:46 PM, By Kevin Fitchard An FCC spectrum task force has proposed lifting all terrestrial network prohibitions from MSS bands, clearing the way for mobile operators to launch 4G networks. The FCC is taking steps that could turn mobile satellite service spectrum into what is effectively another terrestrial cellular band available for use by any carrier for a 3G and 4G mobile broadband services. The FCC’s newly created spectrum task force today said it would recommend to the Commission that it lift the remaining restrictions from the MSS bands that hinder its full use in terrestrial networks and extend to the bands the second-market permissions, which would allow satellite operators to let their earthbound cousins use the spectrum for their own mobile broadband networks. ................................ he FCC would still put in provisions that would allow satellite services to work side by side with terrestrial service, but by opening up the S-band most of the satellite

Cook Inlet: Fundraising (cost recovery) fishery angers sportfishing backers

KENAI: Fish and Game harvest of reds, kings closed down after protests. By MIKE CAMPBELL Published: June 20th, 2010 03:24 AM Last Modified: June 20th, 2010 03:24 AM An Alaska Department of Fish and Game effort to catch and sell several thousand salmon netted near the mouths of the Kenai and Kasilof rivers to fund a department program has enraged Kenai Peninsula sportfishing advocates. Netting began Tuesday morning and ended Thursday night after protests to the governor's office and the Fish and Game commissioner. A total of 3,899 sockeye were caught at the two locations -- 1,005 in the Kenai location, 2,894 at the Kasilof. An additional 48 king salmon were netted -- all but three from the Kasilof area. The department expects to earn nearly $50,000 from the effort, money it will...............

Alaska Yukon River king salmon run behind schedule

Sunday, June 20, 2010 Story last updated at 6/20/2010 - 8:43 am The Associated Press FAIRBANKS - King salmon are running late in the Yukon River, where the return has failed to meet the demand from Alaska villagers the past three years. State and federal fishery managers say it's too early to tell how this year's chinook run will size up after king salmon started showing up in the Yukon River late last week. The first kings were caught in...............

Alaska halts 'cost-recovery' fishing on the Kenai Peninsula

Sunday, June 20, 2010 Story last updated at 6/20/2010 - 8:43 am By Brielle Schaeffer |  Peninsula Clarion KENAI - The Department of Fish and Game halted a cost-recovery setnet fishery Thursday night after hearing angry outcries from local fishers that the effort was targeting early-run Russian River sockeye salmon. Since Tuesday morning, two vessels were set-netting for sockeye salmon to fund the department's offshore test fishery in July that forecasts the sockeye run. One vessel was in the Kenai and the other was between Clam Gulch and Ninilchik, according to Pat Shields, Fish and Game assistant manager of Upper Cook Inlet commercial fisheries. Area sportfishermen are.................

Juneau woman dies of PSP

Juneau woman dies of PSP : "A Juneau woman suffering from paralytic shellfish poisoning died Thursday afternoon at Bartlett Regional Hospital."

Scripps Institution of Oceanography takes Google Books into the future

Image by Daniel Greene via Flickr Oceanography library enters the digital era BY  MIKE LEE , UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010 AT 12:04 A.M. Inside the library at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, rows of century-old books that chart the beginnings of modern oceanography are guarded behind a locked gate. Some chronicle famous treks to the South Pole, while others describe more obscure adventures, such as a “plankton expedition” in the 1880s. All of them are deemed too fragile or valuable to leave in the general stacks. A pioneering project by Scripps and Google Books has figuratively unlocked the gate and made the institution’s vast resources available online. Over the past 1½ years, they have digitized an estimated 100,000 volumes from the La Jolla library as part of a broader effort to put texts online. Through word and phrase searching, Google users can..................

Three fishermen rescued after vessel grounded in the Valdez Narrows

June 17, 2010 Thursday Anchorage, Alaska - A Coast Guard Station Valdez small boat rescue crew safely recovered three fishermen off a beach in the Valdez Narrows Thursday after the Seward-based 58-foot fishing vessel Copasetic reportedly started taking on water and was intentionally grounded to prevent it from sinking or impeding vessel traffic in the area.   Jonathan Wilkie, Derrick Branson and Joshua Zimmerman, Seward residents, were rescued after Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center received a call for help at 3:15 a.m. and immediately launched the........

Four cases of paralytic shellfish poisoning reported in Alaska

Three with symptoms in Kodiak; one in Juneau   June 17, 2010 Thursday The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that four suspected cases of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been reported in Alaska. PSP is a potentially lethal toxin that can lead to fatal respiratory paralysis.   Three cases have been reported in Kodiak, one in Juneau. In Kodiak one patient with symptoms remains hospitalized in stable condition, and the other two with more mild symptoms are recovering at home. In Juneau, one............

UFA Announces New President Arni Thomson and Executive Committee Members

June 17, 2010 Thursday Effective this week (Tuesday), United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) has elected Arni Thomson, Executive Director of the Alaska Crab Coalition (ACC), to lead the statewide fishing trade association as President for 2010 - 2011. Thomson has served on the UFA Board of Directors since 1997 as the representative of the ACC, and served as UFA's National committee chair since 2005. He also serves as the Shellfish Committee Chair for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). Arni Thomson Cheryl Sutton Stephanie Madsen In preparation for taking this......

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett 6-17-2010

6-17-2010 Coming up this week, the North Pacific Council hears testimony on observer coverage in Southeast; Fishermen start getting checks as BP sets aside $20-billion for those harmed by its record oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and giving fishermen report cards on their salmon quality. We had help this week from KCAW's Ed Ronco in Sitka, KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham, and KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska. Audio >>

Check your ELT or EPIRB before flight or leaving the dock

June 15, 2010 Tuesday Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS) unit reported a 121.5 signal in the Refuge Cove area on Friday, June 11, 2010, at 4:16 pm. The KVRS Direction Finding Team (DF) was dispatched and after a short search the signal was located on board an aircraft in the Refuge Cove area. The aircraft was in no distress, the owner was contacted and responded the aircraft to secure the ELT.   This was the third 121.5mhz activation in as many weeks. Jerry Kiffer of KVRS advises the recent..............

Glitch in water system holds up new Fairbanks fish hatchery

by Tim Mowry FAIRBANKS — A hiccup in the water filtration system at the new fish hatchery in Fairbanks has delayed the arrival of the first batch of eggs at the $45.6 million facility, but state officials say construction is winding down and fish should be in the hatchery within the next few weeks. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was hoping to move rainbow trout eggs into the new Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery on June 7, said Jeff Milton, the state’s hatchery coordinator. “We had to delay that,” Milton said by phone from................

Afognak Reds Running Strong

Jay Barrett/KMXT This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it             Some good news for fishermen of all stripes is unfolding in the waters in and around Afognak Island this summer. The sockeye salmon return is already well above the minimum end of the escapement range, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is concerned the upper end of the goal will be exceeded.Audio >>

Iridium Signs $492 Mln Deal With SpaceX For Commercial Launch Of Next-Gen Satellite Constellation - Update

(RTTNews) - Mobile satellite services company Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) said Wednesday that it has signed a contract with commercial spaceflight company Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, towards launching Iridium NEXT, the company's next generation satellite constellation. The company has selected SpaceX because of the recent success of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch. NASA has selected Falcon 9, along with the............

SpaceX private rocket firm to launch Iridium Next constellation ??

Satellite phone company Iridium Communications previously announced plans to launch six dozen next-generation satellites between 2015 and 2017 to replace its current satellite network. The effort will cost $2.9 billion............

Where did all the salmon go?

Where did all the salmon go? : " The mystery of the missing Frasier river sockeye continues… Only about one million fish returned to spawn, prompting the federal government to order an investigation led by B.C. Supreme Court Judge Bruce Cohen. via CBC News – British Columbia – B.C. inquiry into 10 million missing salmon begins .

Google Earth Shreenshot "Clarence Trough ??" Hmm..... Never heard of it.

Here's a screenshot taken today of "Clarence Trough" on Google Earth. v (beta) For many years we've called it Clarence Strait. That notion backed up here >> Interesting..

Google Earth 5.2 Released - Now with ability to connect GPS device directly

Announcing Google Earth 5.2 Monday, June 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM Today we are proud to announce the latest version of the Google Earth desktop application, Google Earth 5.2. With this release, we are bringing exciting new features to both the free version, Google Earth, as well as our paid professional version, Google Earth Pro. Over the next couple of days we’ll be diving into these features in more detail, but I wanted to give you an overview of what Google Earth 5.2 brings. Visualize your hiking, biking, and running tracks Google Earth has always been a great...................

Coast Guard rejects BP's latest spill plan

Coast Guard rejects BP's latest spill plan : "The Coast Guard has told oil giant BP that its proposed plan for containing the runaway Deepwater Horizon well does not take into account new higher estimates of how much oil is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, and demanded that the company provide a more aggressive plan within 48 hours."

Review: Salmon in the trees, or how salmon helped build an Alaska rainforest - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Review: Salmon in the trees, or how salmon helped build an Alaska rainforest - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner : " Review: Salmon in the trees, or how salmon helped build an Alaska rainforest Fairbanks Daily News-Miner He opens with a letter to his friend, John Straley, about why he stays in Ketchikan , with its “raucous, unpredictable” nature; the book ends with an ... "

Marine Advisory Program position returns to Kodiak

Article published on Friday, June 11th, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer Kodiak will have an Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP) position for the first time in 13 years. “Kodiak has been on our list for many years,” said Paula Cullenberg, program leader of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. “We’re totally thrilled to have a MAP agent back there. It was well liked in the community.” Alaska Sea Grant is a national program that partners with universities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and MAP is a part of that program. There are MAP offices in 10 coastal communities, and each one provides a variety of things from seafood industry workforce training to collaborative research on marine mammals. “Every program dedicates money to..............

Kodiak: Buskin Closed to Subsistence, Sports Fishing

6-11-2010 Jay Barrett/KMXT This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it             The state and the feds are closing subsistence and sports fishing in and around the Buskin River because of another low return of sockeye salmon. In joint announcements this afternoon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Federal Subsistence Board announced the closure, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Audio >>

Pioneer spirit behind impossible ship, M/V Susitna ( Ketchikan Ship Yard )

Written by Patty Sullivan    Friday, 11 June 2010 19:20 KETCHIKAN —The rear admiral from New York who convinced a small Alaska shipyard to build a never-been-done-before vessel told an appreciative crowd today that the M/V Susitna is what’s right about America: former Rear Admiral Jay Cohen, Office of Naval Research. The Colombian immigrant turned naval-architect-from-Seattle admitted that at first he did not think a small ship repair yard on an Alaska island could build an impossible ship. This yard’s achievement today, he said, meant more to him than the improbable engineering feats he overcame: Guido Perla, Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. The president of the shipyard who initially did not want to risk his company on a far-out-there project wound up leading the production of what became likely the most complex commercial ship in the last 100 years, while his company pioneered manufacturing techniques new to the ship building industry: Randy J

WT EDITORIAL: Pacific islands not sinking from global warming

Cover via Amazon New study debunks Al Gore's hysterical fairy tale By  THE WASHINGTON TIMES 7:14 p.m., Friday, June 11, 2010 Of all the apocalyptic imagery summoned by global warming's proponents, the most compelling has been the threat of coastal devastation from rising sea levels. In his best-selling work "Earth in the Balance," Al Gore argued that the selfishness of Western industrialization would obliterate small, impoverished countries. "Although the sea level has risen and fallen through different geological periods, never has the change been

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

6-10-2010 Coming up this week, Area M seiners stand down to avoid AYK chums; more on the MSC certification of trawl-caught flatfish, and sniffing fish for a living. All that and the man who nurtured baby fish in Sitka for 30 years is retiring. We had help this week from KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska , KDLG's Jacob Resneck in Dillingham , and KCAW's Robert Woolsey in Sitka.  Audio >>

Alaska Sea Grant to fund $1 million in marine research

Pollock fisheries models, crab genetic studies, sea otter impacts top the list   June 09, 2010 Wednesday Fairbanks, Alaska - Alaska Sea Grant will provide $1 million during the next two years to support marine research that includes projects to assess the potential impact of the growing sea otter population in Southeast; develop better pollock fishery management models; and determine the genetic stock structure of red and blue king crab. Alaska Sea Grant is a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that conducts marine research, education, communication, and Marine Advisory Program extension throughout coastal Alaska. The program is based at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Alaska Sea Grant also will fund a host of other studies. These include a study of the abundance of plankton species that are an import

Sand Point: Seiners sit out opener to test river chums

Anchorage Daily News / Published: June 8th, 2010 08:57 PM Last Modified: June 8th, 2010 08:58 PM SAND POINT -- The purse-seiners in Sand Point and King Cove said they have decided not to fish from Monday through 10 p.m. Thursday this week in response to...........

Yukon River king salmon run off to a worrisome start

by Tim Mowry / 10 hrs ago FAIRBANKS — King salmon should begin showing up any day now in the Yukon River, but only time will tell if enough fish will return to feed Alaska’s biggest subsistence fishery. So far, it appears the Yukon River kings are running behind schedule. As of Friday, biologists had not caught any kings or summer chums in their test nets at the mouth of the river. The first test nets were set May 31 and more were set to be deployed Friday. A sonar counter was installed at Pilot Station, about 120 miles upstream from the mouth of the river, on June 1 and no fish had been detected as of Thursday. “This is late for us to see fish,” said biologist Steve Hayes, who oversees the Yukon River king fishery for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “I think we’re looking at a little late run timing.” While summer might have arrived early in the wildfire-torn Interior, that hasn’t been the case in western Alaska, he said. “It w

Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

By Stephen Clark Published June 05, 2010 | Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales. The Obama administration is leading an effort within the International Whaling Commission to lift a 24-year international ban on commercial whaling for Japan, Norway and Iceland, the remaining three countries in.............

Robot fish demonstrates leadership, could lead real aquatic life to safety (video)

By Sean Hollister posted Jun 5th 2010 8:20AM ... Story here>> Related video:

Cash-Strapped CA to Build $1M ‘Fish Ladder’

Alaska sues over beluga endangered listing

Image via Wikipedia By DAN JOLING The Associated Press Published: June 4th, 2010 03:45 PM Last Modified: June 4th, 2010 03:46 PM The state of Alaska sued today to overturn the listing of beluga whales in Cook Inlet as an endangered species, saying the federal government overreached in its conclusion that the animals were not recovering.     The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., argues the white whales do not need extra protections provided by the Endangered Species Act. It also says a listing will hurt Alaska economically, deterring commercial fishing, oil and gas exploration and tourism, and could affect operations at Alaska military installations. "We presented a strong case during the......

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

June 03, 2010 Coming up this week, some of the candidates for governor get fishy in Kodiak; Southeast dive fishermen are concerned about the increasing sea otter population, and the Bristol Bay salmon season is go! All that, and the latest from the Gulf of Mexico disaster. We had help this week from KDLG's Jacob Resneck in Dillingham and KRBD's Deanna Garrison in Ketchikan. Audio >>

Bristol Bay sockeye thrive on diversity, scientists say

By SANDI DOUGHTON The Seattle Times Published: June 2nd, 2010 07:16 PM Last Modified: June 2nd, 2010 10:51 PM SEATTLE -- A new study says that sockeye salmon from the five river systems of Bristol Bay make up a valuable and dependable commercial fishery largely because of the variety of ecological niches the species occupies and the varied life cycles the fish have developed as a result.  In nature, as in stock investing, the key to success is a diversified portfolio, says a new study by University of Washington biologists published this week in the science journal Nature. Opponents of developing the Pebble copper and gold deposit in headwaters of two of Bristol Bay's five river systems were touting the new study as part of their campaign to block development of a multibillion-dollar Pebble mine, saying a mine accident could upset the salmon ecosystem. The study said that although they're all the same species, Bristol Bay sockeye comprise hundreds of populations, each

Space junk seen as threat to last frontier

 Thursday, June 3, 2010 By Jennifer Michalski SPECIAL TO THE TELEGRAM & GAZETTE WORCESTER —  At Robert Goddard’s graduation from South High School in 1904, he told his class in a valedictorian speech, “The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.” Mr. Goddard, the inventor of modern rocketry, probably never dreamed the reality of the future would include thousands of pieces of space junk piling up in orbit, threatening collisions and disablement of satellites. David Wright, a physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, yesterday told students at the Goddard School of Science and Technology that space — which is useful and important — is becoming crowded with junk and needs protection. Because debris in orbit travels 20 times faster than a bullet, a marble-sized chunk colliding with a satellite can produce extensive damage. With two-thirds of all satellites being used for communications, an increase in..............