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Clock ticking on possible Kookesh appeal

Robert Woolsey SITKA, ALASKA (2010-11-30) The clock is now ticking for the state to appeal its case against Sen. Albert Kookesh and two other men charged with subsistence fishing violations in 2009. Sitka Superior Court Judge David George last Friday (11-26-10), with little comment, denied a motion for reconsideration of........

MCA Comments on Steller Sea Lion Research

Image via Wikipedia November 24, 2010 Mr. Jay Reich Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20230 Dr. Jane Lubchenco Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 14th & Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20230-0001 Dear Mr. Reich and Dr. Lubchenco, The Marine Conservation Alliance is writing as follow-up to the meeting you had with several representatives of the Alaska fishing industry and communities on Wednesday, November 10, 2010; and in support of recent recommendations to NOAA from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council by letter dated October 27, 2010 regarding the Steller Sea Lion (SSL) Biological Opinion (BiOp), research priorities to address Steller sea lion issues, and potential for an external review of the SSL research program. The Marine Conservation Alliance (MCA) is a broad based coalition of harvesters, processors,

NMFS plans to issue halibut charter permits soon

Image by conner395 via Flickr PETERSBURG-AK (11/30/2010) The first federal permits for Alaska’s halibut charter businesses are expected to be issued soon. That’s according to the National Marine Fisheries Service, which is working to implement a new regulatory regime for charter catches in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. Matt Lichtenstein asked the agency for an update. Audio >

Sarah Palin's Alaska - Comfish 101

More about Commercial Fishing November 30, 2010   by   AdamLittman In the past week, we’ve learned about salmon  and  set nets vs. gillnets , and now let’s turn our focus to the business of commercial fishing. Commercial fishing is a very regulated occupation as it has natural limits that nobody wants to overdo because of the problems it would cause in the environment. Because of that, commercial fisherman have to get a permit, which allows them to........ A Brief Introduction to Salmon November 29, 2010   by   AdamLittman Last night on  Sarah Palin’s Alaska , we joined the family as they did some salmon fishing. Or perhaps, a good deal of salmon fishing. While at one point, Todd Palin mentions Track and his friend caught upwards of 1,000 pounds of fish, we didn’t see all the different types of salmon, of which there are many. For the purpose of this post, let’s just focus on salmon that reside in the Pacific

2010 salmon post-season wrap up

Image by sandrablogrecipe via Flickr By LAINE WELCH November 29, 2010 Monday Alaska salmon fishermen were paid an average of $.66 for each pound of fish they delivered this year, an increase of nearly 16% over 2009.   That’s just one of the many interesting statistics in the post-season wrap up that provides a more complete picture of how the 2010 salmon season played out.  This year’s statewide catch of nearly 169 million salmon was the 11th largest on record and although it was very close to the 2009 catch, all species saw substantially higher prices. The salmon also were bigger this year totaling almost 812 million pounds by volume, 9.7% heavier than last year.  That poundage was much more pricey – nearly $534 million at the docks (ex-vessel), an increase of more than 28%.  It reflects the high demand for wild salmon, said Seafood Trend’s Ken Talley. This....

Trial date set in Sitka fishing sting

Image via Wikipedia SITKA, Alaska (AP) -- A Feb. 7 trial date has been set for the owner of a Sitka fishing lodge and a charter skipper who runs day-trips based at the lodge. Prosecutors in October state filed 18 misdemeanor charges against........

Google about to get it's Groupon ?

Hat Tip Drudge November 30, 2010, 1:08 am Google Is Said to Be Poised to Buy Groupon By EVELYN M. RUSLI AND CLAIRE CAIN MILLER Ryan Anson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Google is near a deal to acquire Groupon, the pioneering online discounter, for as much as $6 billion, people with direct knowledge of the matter told DealBook on Monday. A deal, in the $5 billion to $6 billion range, could be struck as soon as this week, these people said, cautioning that the talks could still fall apart. At that price, Groupon — known for its daily discounts — would be one of............

Experts: Food for Pacific salmon may run short

Image via Wikipedia COMPETITION: Hatchery and wild fish often use the same feeding grounds. By LES BLUMENTHAL McClatchy Newspapers Published: November 29th, 2010 09:21 PM Last Modified: November 29th, 2010 09:22 PM WASHINGTON -- With the number of salmon spending part of their lives in the North Pacific having doubled in the past 50 years, scientists are increasingly concerned there may not be enough food in the ocean to support them, and changing climate could make it even worse. At first blush, the mounting scientific evidence would seem to contradict conventional wisdom that salmon are a disappearing species. But, as with everything salmon, it's more complicated. While more than $13 billion has been spent since 1978 to try to restore endangered wild salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest, salmon hatcheries in the U.S., Russia, Japan and Canada have........

Lynden Offers Smart Phone Applications for Customer Shipping

Available for iPhone and Blackberry ANCHORAGE, Alaska ,   Nov. 30, 2010   /PRNewswire/ -- Lynden is offering customers the latest in convenience and technology with a new mobile web application for shipping. The new app provides shippers with accurate, up-to-date information and control of shipments directly from their hand held smart phones. Available for........... Contact: David Rosenzweig Vice President of Marketing and Media Lynden, 206) 439-5527, Email: 

Alaska Communications Launches Fleet Management Services

PRESS RELEASE Nov. 29, 2010, 8:55 a.m. EST Image via Wikipedia ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Alaska businesses now have a way to improve safety and operational efficiencies, reduce costs and environmental impact and grow their business thanks to a new fleet management solution from Alaska Communications. Alaska Communications Fleet Management provides any business or organization that operates in Alaska the ability to track, monitor and control fleet assets, allowing businesses to streamline productivity and increase the bottom line.... ............. To learn more, experience a free demonstration or to speak with an Alaska Communications business specialist, please visit , call  877-564-3393  or email

Millrock Stakes the Humble Property, Southwest Alaska

PRESS RELEASE Nov. 29, 2010, 8:31 a.m. EST VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Nov 29, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --  Image via Wikipedia Millrock Resources Inc. ( CA:MRO   0.88 ,  0.00 ,  0.00% )  ("Millrock" or the "Company") announces that it has staked a block of 266 claims (17,223 hectares) in the Togiak Terrane, southwest Alaska. The staked claims (the "Humble claim group") are located on state land approximately 80 km northeast of Dillingham, Alaska , covering multiple geophysical targets with coincident surface geochemical anomalies. Historical drilling and recent geophysical and geochemical surveys indicate the potential for copper-gold-molybdenum porphyry-style mineralization. Geological, geochemical and geophysical characteristics bear similarities to the Pebble deposit, a porphyry deposit that is reported to contain a measured and indicated resource of 5.94 billion tonnes grading 0.42% Cu, 0.35 g/t Au, 250 ppm Mo (containing 55 billion lb of copper

Coast Guard rescues injured hunter in Coffman Cove

News Release Coast Guard rescues injured hunter in Coffman Cove KODIAK, Alaska - A Sitka-based Coast Guard Air Station MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued an injured 56-year-old hunter on Prince of Wales Island Saturday morning after friends reported him overdue to the Alaska State Troopers yesterday evening. Arthur David, residence unknown, was hunting with his friends on the northeast side of the island in Coffman Cove and didn't return to the meeting point when scheduled. The state troopers called the 17th Coast Guard District command center watchstanders requesting assistance in locating David around midnight and immediately launched a helicopter to conduct the search. The rescue crew located tracks in the snow and reported it to the Klawock, Alaska, volunteer search and rescue team who began conducting a ground search for David around 4:15 a.m. The volunteer team found David around 6:30 a.m. with a possible broken ankle. Due to the rocky terrain the volunteer team requ Alaska Considers Suing Obama Over Plan to Save Polar Bears

Image via Wikipedia Published November 27, 2010 | Alaska is considering mounting a legal challenge to President Obama's plan to set aside 187,000 square miles in the state as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, a move that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas. Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell questioned the decision, saying the designation was not supported by sound science or good economic analysis. "This additional layer of regulatory burden will not only slow job creation and economic growth here and for our nation, but will also slow oil and gas exploration efforts," he said in a written statement on Wednesday. "We are especially concerned regarding the limited consideration given to the additional economic information the state provided." Parnell said the state is considering its options, including a lawsuit against the designation. The total designation, which includes large areas of sea ice off

Yukon River: Eagle residents fight back against National Park Service

Image via Wikipedia By Tim Mowry |  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner FAIRBANKS - Residents in the small Yukon River village of Eagle are rebelling against the National Park Service for what they say is "harassment and intimidation" by "military-style law enforcement officers" in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve . The town's city council sent a letter to National Park Service director, John Jarvis, in Washington, D.C., the Alaska Congressional delegation, Gov. Sean Parnell and state legislators protesting what it terms "the disrespectful and aggressive attitudes of the Park Service employees who patrolled the river last summer." The letter stems mainly from two incidents that occurred in August and September when rangers detained and handcuffed two men - one from Central and one from Eagle - on separate occasions. One of the men, 70-year-old Jim Wilde of Central, was arrested and charged with four misdemeanors - interfering with agency function

Fairbanks fish processor will recall salmon

Image via Wikipedia Nov 27, 2010 FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks fish processor at odds with the state Department of Environmental Conservation said he will issue a recall for a batch of smoked salmon the state says tested positive for bacteria even though three samples of the same fish it sent to be tested by independent laboratories in the Lower 48 came back negative. “We’re required by law to issue a recall,” said Virgil Umphenour, owner of Interior Alaska Fish Processors Inc. on Davis Road. The fish in............

Teens adrift at sea almost lost hope

By  Pita Ligaiula - Associated Press 10:38 a.m., Saturday, November 27, 2010 One of three boys from  Tokelau  island, center, is helped on his arrival at the Stanley Brown Naval Base in Suva,  Fuji , on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010. The trio survived 50 days adrift in a tiny boat in the South Pacific by drinking rainwater and eating raw fish and a seagull before being rescued by a passing trawler, a senior crewman on the fishing vessel said. (AP Photo/ Pita Ligaiula ) SUVA,  Fiji  (AP) — For more than 50 days, the three boys slurped rainwater that puddled in the bottom of their tiny boat, gobbled flying fish that leaped aboard and prayed for salvation. Etueni Nasau  and his two cousins almost gave up hope they............

Japan iPhone craze attracts global app developers

Image by Josh Liba via Flickr By YURI KAGEYAMA The Associated Press Friday, November 26, 2010; 5:27 AM  TOKYO -- The iPhone's popularity in Japan is cracking open an industry long thought inaccessible to outsiders. For years, the typical Japanese cell phone - built to operate on a network hardly used anywhere else in the world - has been stuffed with quirky games and other applications that cater to finicky local tastes. That helps explain why Japan's mobile phone industry earned the nickname "Galapagos" - drawing parallels to the exotic animals that evolved on the isolated islands off South America - and why cell phones are called "galakei," which combines "keitai," the Japanese word for cell phone, with Galapagos........... ................ The growing sales of smartphones running the Android operating system from Google Inc. are expected to expand the application business even further, from not just Softbank Corp., the only

Seafood Sellers Serve Up Celebs To Swell Sales

Image by Drewski2112 via Flickr by   THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PORTLAND, Maine November 27, 2010, 11:22 am ET Whether it's East Coast swordfish, Alaska king crab or Louisiana shrimp, seafood sellers have their own hook to pump up sales: a celebrity. For swordfish this fall, sellers didn't turn to an actor, athlete or chef to push their product. Instead, it was the boat captain who caught the fish. Swordfish sales soared at the Hannaford supermarket chain when the fish was promoted as being caught by Linda Greenlaw, a well-known Maine boat skipper featured on the Discovery Channel reality show "Swords: Life on the Line." Seafood hawkers say using the names of well-known fishermen or fishing boats is a powerful marketing tool, especially in these days of oil spills, food-borne illness and increasing consumer awareness. By attaching a name to a product, consumers get a better idea of who's catching the food, where it's harvested and how it was caught, said Rod