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Halibut opening a wild ride

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Story last updated at 3/31/2010 - 10:45 am Prices on rollercoaster after high demand, dismal weather leads to all-time highs By Kim Marquis |  JUNEAU EMPIRE Commercial fishermen and local processors report a rocky start to the halibut season, with prices for fresh fish soaring to all-time highs, then softening under pricing resistance. Pent-up demand and bad weather conspired to push prices up when the commercial fishing season started the first week of March. Fresh halibut sold for more than $6 a pound at some docks in the Homer area and fetched just less than $6 in Juneau - some of the highest prices ever seen in Alaska, fishermen and processors said. Demand proved higher this year because there was no frozen halibut left from last year's catch, and horrific weather the first five days of..........  http://juneauempire.com/stories/033110/loc_598534091.shtml

Icicle Seafoods gives $20,000 to University of Alaska Southeast

Image via Wikipedia Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Story last updated at 3/31/2010 - 12:46 pm Capital City Weekly PETERSBURG - The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) recently received a $20,000 gift from Icicle Seafoods, a seafood processing company founded in Petersburg in 1965 and currently one of the largest seafood processors in Alaska. The gift from Icicle includes $10,000 in funding support for the UAS Ketchikan Campus Fisheries Technology Program, to.......  http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/033110/bus_598569410.shtml

Obama boosts drilling off US coastlines but protects Bristol Bay

By PHILIP ELLIOTT The Associated Press Published: March 31st, 2010 09:04 AM Last Modified: March 31st, 2010 10:30 AM WASHINGTON - Reversing a ban on oil drilling off most U.S. shores, President Barack Obama announced an expansive new policy on Wednesday that could put new oil and natural gas platforms in waters along the southern Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and part of Alaska......... http://www.adn.com/2010/03/31/1206543/bristol-bay-off-limits-to-drilling.html

Board closes summer dungy crab season near Prince of Wales

Image via Wikipedia PETERSBURG, AK (03/29/2010) The commercial dungeness crab fleet will no longer be able to drop their pots during the summertime in one area of southern Southeast. The state’s Board of Fish this month reversed a 2009 decision that opened the summer fishery in portions of district two around southern Prince of Wales Island........... Audio >> http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1078

LTE Network to Challenge AT&T and Verizon is Hybrid Sat-Cell

PE Firm Plans Open LTE Network to Challenge AT&T and Verizon A New York private equity firm plans to build a multibillion-dollar 4G wireless network that will cover most of the country by 2015. The ambitious plan by Harbinger Capital Partners relies on deploying a Long Term Evolution network over spectrum owned by a few satellite companies — and would create an open wholesale wireless network available to retail companies, PC manufacturers or anyone who wants to offer mobile broadband. Last November I wrote that certain satellite companies were visiting Washington hoping to somehow cash in on the 100 MHz of spectrum they collectively have. After reading the FCC order and Harbinger’s plans filed with the FCC on Friday night, it looks like those satellite firms may have found a way thanks to the FCC’s faith in mobile broadband as a means of promoting innovation and competition . ........ http://gigaom.com/2010/03/27/harbinger-lte-network/

Mobile VoIP - Another National 4G Network?

Mobile VoIP - Another National 4G Network? The new network will rely initially on spectrum owned by SkyTerra, and possible later from Terrestar Networks, another satellite firm in which Harbinger holds a stake. The ground network presumably would build on spectrum owned by partner Inmarsat. The companies agreed in 2007 to coordinate their "L band" and "S" band satellite spectrum so that some could be used terrestrially, rather than all for satellite communications. The Federal Communications Commission apparently has required that, as part of the Harbinger purchase of SkyTerra, the firm operate as a wholsaler, and also that AT&T and Verizon ( News - Alert ) traffic cannot account for more than 25 percent of total traffic carried on the Harbinger network. While the Inmarsat coordination agreement (including its payment of $250M to Inmarsat to fit filters to existing Inmarsat terminals) is a necessity to make use of SkyTerra’s spectrum in

NOAA Fisheries Service seeks comment on Chinook salmon bycatch management plan

Image by ChrissyGombos via Flickr March 26, 2010 Friday NOAA Fisheries has published a proposed rule designed to minimize the accidental catch of Chinook salmon in nets trawling for pollock in the Bering Sea. "Minimizing Chinook salmon bycatch is very important for the pollock fishing industry and also for the subsistence and commercial fisheries in Western Alaska that depend on salmon," said Dr. Jim Balsiger, Administrator for the Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries Service. "I hope people take time to find out about the proposed program, understand what it will mean for them, and give us their comments." NOAA Fisheries will accept comments on the proposed rule until May 7, 2010. The new Chinook salmon bycatch management plan laid out in the proposed rule is recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in its proposed Amendment 91 to the Fishery Management Plan for......... http://www.sitnews.us/0310news/032610/032610_bycatch.html

Fishing crew data program stalls

Image by gillfoto via Flickr LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: March 27th, 2010 09:30 PM Last Modified: March 27th, 2010 09:58 PM KODIAK -- It's tough to track a workforce when you don't know where it is. But that will remain the case for more than 20,000 Alaska deckhands, at least for the immediate future. Crews aboard fishing boats are one of the only groups of laborers in Alaska not counted by the state. A project to collect labor data on deckhands in every fishery has been under development for two years, and it seemed to be on its way to legislative approval this year. Concerns by the United Fishermen of Alaska, however, were enough to stall the program from being introduced this session. At issue: Skippers would be tasked with all the paperwork. "We support the project but feel the burden should be on the crew," said Mark Vinsel, UFA executive director. "Skippers can verify the.......... http://www.adn.com/2010/03/27/1202080/fishing-crew-data-pr

Kodiak aircrews awarded

Article published on Friday, March 26th, 2010 Mirror Writer Kodiak-based Coast Guard aircrews will be presented with a national award for Alaska rescues. The eight Alaska-based Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Kodiak will be awarded the American Helicopter Society’s (AHS) Capt. William J. Kossler Award at the AHS forum in Phoenix on May 12 for saving the lives of seven commercial fishermen in 2009. Cmdr. Shawn Tripp, aircraft commander; Lt. David McCown, pilot; Aviation Maintenance Technician 1st Class Dennis Dewinter; and flight mechanic and Aviation Survival Technician 3rd Class Eric Stoecker, rescue swimmer, are being recognized for their rescue of two men from the fishing vessel American Way. The vessel was grounded on Aghiyuk Island on Jan. 4, 2009. The crew battled 500-foot weather ceilings, three-mile visibility and........ http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8642

Feds consider changing fishery observer program to include small boats, halibut fleet

PETERSBURG-AK (03/26/2010) Some of Alaska’s small-boat fishermen may have to carry an onboard observer in the near future. The federal government is restructuring its fishery observer program to better monitor bycatch on larger vessels but the proposed rules would also include boats under 60 feet for the first time. Fishermen in Southeast are concerned about the cost as well as the practicalities of hosting an observer on vessels that are often short on space as it is. Audio >> http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1075

Palin to host documentary on Alaska

Image via Wikipedia Friday, March 26, 2010 By Jennifer Harper Does she have enough personality and charisma to anchor a reality show from the "Last Frontier"? You betcha. Maryland-based Discovery Communications announced Thursday that it has acquired the global rights to "Sarah Palin's Alaska," an eight-part documentary series about the "remarkable Governor Palin." It can only add to her political cachet, according to some. "This is smart. The programming could create a whole new audience for Mrs. Palin. People..... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/mar/26/palin-to-host-a-documentary-on-her-home-state/

Alaska appeals latest ruling in 1984 fishing license suit

Image by johnwilliamsphd via Flickr $82 MILLION: Alaska challenges interest and fees but not payment. By  ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: March 24th, 2010 09:05 PM Last Modified: March 24th, 2010 09:06 PM The state is fighting an $82 million court judgment to thousands of nonresident commercial fishermen whom the state courts decided, years ago, were overcharged for their fishing permits. Read more:  http://www.adn.com/2010/03/24/1197688/state-appeals-latest-ruling-in.html

Demand for seafood increasing

Image by triciaward via Flickr Fish Factor Demand for seafood increasing By LAINE WELCH   March 16, 2010 Tuesday The Boston Seafood Show provides a good barometer of the mood in the global fish business and by all accounts, it was upbeat. The show is the largest in N. America, attracting 16,000 buyers and sellers from 90 countries. "People are much more optimistic this year," said John Sackton, a veteran industry market expert. Sackton said demand for seafood is increasing and people are scrambling to get certain types of fish. " Pollock , salmon and crab - all of these markets are quite strong right now and it made for a good show."   Sackton said a hot button topic at the Boston show was........ http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/032210_fish_factor.html

Kodiak: SHARP means SAFE for Trident Seafoods

Image via Wikipedia Seafood plant is one of two seafood processers recognized statewide for saftey Article published on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer Trident Seafoods’ Kodiak plant is due to receive a workplace safety award seldom given to seafood processors. Bolstered by a 2009 season with only six workplace accidents, the plant becomes the second seafood processor in the state to achieve federal workplace recognition as part of the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). It joins a total of 16 SHARP employers among all industries in Alaska. The recognition goes to employers that keep workplace accidents below industry averages and volunteer to have their facilities audited. It carries the promise of improved workplace morale, lowered insurance rates and workman compensation payments. As an added incentive, the.......... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8637

'Deadliest Catch' Captain Keith Colburn to Sail on Holland America Line's ms Zaandam June 18

Cover of Deadliest Catch: Desperate Hours SEATTLE ,  March 23  /PRNewswire/ -- Captain  Keith Colburn  of Discovery Channel's Emmy-nominated "Deadliest Catch" series is scheduled to sail as part of the guest-enrichment program on the  June 18, 2010 , Alaskan Explorer Voyage aboard Holland America Line's  ms Zaandam . The seven-day cruise sails round-trip from  Seattle , and calls at Glacier Bay,  Juneau ,  Sitka  and  Ketchikan, Alaska , and Victoria, B.C. ,  Canada . During his cruise, Colburn will share his expertise on how to select, crack and clean fresh crab, while Holland America Line's executive chef demonstrates different ways to prepare and serve this delectable  Alaska  seafood favorite. Colburn is one of more than 65 celebrated chefs and wine experts scheduled to sail in 2010 and share their expertise in the line's Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine. Colburn started as a true greenhorn on an Alaskan crabber in 1985. The fis

Halibut Commission Director visits Southeast

Matt Lichtenstein PETERSBURG-AK (2010-03-22) Halibut researchers saw some improvements in their survey catch rates last year which could be a positive sign for the future of the ........ audio >  http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1067

Chitina dipnetters fail to win subsistence priority for salmon

Image via Wikipedia Published: March 23rd, 2010 11:50 AM Last Modified: March 23rd, 2010 11:51 AM Chitina salmon dipnetters will remain classified as personal-use fishermen. The Alaska Board of Fisheries, at its meeting in Anchorage, voted 6-0 against classifying them as subsistence, which has a higher priority under state law than that of commercial, sport or personal-use fishing. The decision means...........  http://www.adn.com/2010/03/23/1195924/chitina-dipnetters-fail-to-win.html

Iridium Sees Friendly Resolution to Motorola Dispute

03/17/10 02:22 PM ET By Peter B. de Selding Iridium Chief Executive Officer Matt Desch. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Iridium Enlarge Image WASHINGTON — The chief executive officer (CEO) of mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications on March 17 said a legal dispute with its former sponsor, Motorola , is likely to be resolved amicably by the two parties and will not block progress on Iridium’s plan to select a builder this summer for its next-generation satellite constellation. “There is....... http://www.spacenews.com/satellite_telecom/100317-iridium-sees-friendly-resolution-motorola-dispute.html

Fish Factor: Catch share loan program held up in bottom of the bureaucratic in- box

Image via Wikipedia By LAINE WELCH   March 16, 2010 Tuesday Alaska's halibut and sablefish fisheries include a built in, low interest federal loan opportunity to help new entrants buy shares of the fish. The loans are funded by a fee of up to 3% of the dockside value of the catch. Seventy-five percent of the total goes to recover management and enforcement costs; 25% supports the loan program. Fishermen are eligible for 80% of the purchase price of quota shares, paid back for up to 25 years at a low interest rate, currently 6.5%. The catch share plan for Bering Sea crab was designed the same way. But five years later, loans to buy crab poundage aren't even on the books. What's the hold up? Being near the bottom of the bureaucratic in- box in distant Washington, D.C. "The rulemaking, unfortunately, has taken considerably longer than we had initially thought," sai

Governor Makes Nominations for North Pacific Fishery Management Council

March 16, 2010 Tuesday Governor Sean Parnell forwarded his nominations of Duncan Fields of Kodiak and James Hubbard of Seward for consideration by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC). The governor also forwarded Sam Cotten of Eagle River and Matt Moir of Kodiak as alternate nominees. "I have confidence that these nominees will serve with the best interest of Alaska's resources, coastal communities and Alaskans at heart," said Governor Parnell. "Continuing our tradition of sound fisheries management is essential to protecting Alaska jobs and families who rely on.......... http://www.sitnews.us/0310news/031610/031610_fishery_council.html

NOAA’s Oscar Dyson working on walleye Pollock survey

Image by jomilo75 via Flickr Article published on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer The National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) ship Oscar Dyson is docked in Kodiak as the crew prepares for another research trip. The ship, which is homeported in Kodiak, conducts a wide variety of fisheries and oceanographic research. The current project is a fish survey. “This project they’re working on is a walleye Pollock survey,” said chief of operations at NOAA Demian Bailey. The research isn’t too different from........... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8615

Amazon.com - The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook: Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories from Alaska's Commercial Fisherwomen (Paperback)

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2010 Books are in Seattle!  http://fishesanddishes.blogspot.com/2010/03/books-are-in-seattle.html The books finally arrived at the warehouse in Seattle! The Amazon page  for the book. Product Description The women featured in this book successfully challenged one of the last frontiers of male domination - the commercial fishing grounds of Alaska. A generation ago, they might have been celebrated as pioneers. In today's world they were simply living their dreams. They worked every job, from captain to cook and in nearly every northern fishery, even the Bering Sea king crab grounds made infamous by TV's Deadliest Catch. They share eighty mouth-watering seafood recipes and many funny and harrowing stories of their adventures. Tempting dishes such as Seafood and Sausage Gumbo and Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad Sandwiches are practical and unpretentious. Pacific Rim flavors infuse recipes such as Seafood Enchiladas or Salmon Dumplings with Coconut Curry S

Alaska legislators blast Endangered Species Act

Image by Rustic Roads via Flickr by Staff Report 6 hrs ago     FAIRBANKS — Members of Alaska’s congressional delegation met with two top Obama administration environmental officials Friday to discuss several issues that could have wide-ranging impacts on the state. Of most concern to the delegation is the proposed listing of a critical habitat for the Cook Inlet beluga whale and petitions to list ice seals as threatened or endangered species. The delegation is worried that............ http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/6703023/article-Alaska-legislators-blast-Endangered-Species-Act

Beluga listings create unity among Alaska's D.C. lawmakers

Image via Wikipedia COOK INLET: Murkowski, Begich and Young meet with NOAA head. By ERIKA BOLSTALD ebolstad@adn.com Published: March 13th, 2010 12:22 AM Last Modified: March 13th, 2010 12:22 AM WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing Alaska's congressional delegation can agree on, it's a distrust of the Endangered Species Act and a belief it could ruin the state's economy.   Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich and Republican Rep. Don Young met Friday to express their concerns with Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency is........... http://www.adn.com/2010/03/12/1181530/beluga-listings-create-unity-among.html

Target Targets Your Cellphone

March 10, 2010, 7:52 PM ET By Geoffrey A. Fowler Your iPhone can now save you $1 on cheese. Giant discount retailer Target announced on Wednesday that it was rolling out a program to beam coupons directly to customers’ smartphones. The mobile coupons work just like their old-fashioned paper cousins: the checkout clerk scans them right from a barcode on your cellphone screen. You get the coupons by signing up to receive SMS from Target, either at http://m.target.com or by texting COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET). After doing so, you’ll......... http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/03/10/target-targets-your-cellphone/ archive related.. Target stores to sell Alaska salmon, drop farmed product FRESH: Chain removes all farmed fish from stores in an "environment-friendly" plan. By The Associated Press Published: January 27th, 2010 07:22 AM Last Modified: January 27th, 2010 07:23 AM http://www.adn.com/2010/01/26/1110716/target-stores-to-drop-farmed-salmon.html

Blackwell: If Guantánamo Closes, use ADAK!

3-11-2010 I have to say, I did not agree with Sen. McCain during the 2008 campaign when he took the Guantánamo issue off the table by endorsing candidate Obama’s call to close it. The U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, is an ideal place to hold military tribunals for jihadists captured on the battlefield. And it would still be the ideal place to hold Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year old Nigerian jihadist, who tried to blow up his inbound jet in Detroit on Christmas Day. Claims that detainees were being mistreated there were false. Capt. ...... http://biggovernment.com/kblackwell/2010/03/11/if-guantanamo-closes-use-adak/

Alaska Salmon Culture Techniques Class

Image via Wikipedia March 10, 2010 Wednesday The University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program is offering a 1-credit special topics class for high school juniors and seniors, to be held in Petersburg, April 14- 16, 2010. There will be 1.5 hours of pre-lecture for students offered via the internet using live, interactive software called Elluminate, followed by 3 days of hands-on lab sessions in Petersburg. Students will be provided an.......... http://www.sitnews.us/0310news/031010/031010_salmon_class.html

Federal Plan for U.S. Waters Will Not End Recreational Fishing, Officials Say

Updated March 10, 2010 AP Feb. 24: Protesters gather at the United We Fish rally for recreational and commercial fishermen on Capitol Hill in Washington. The White House is fighting back against fishing aficionados who say President Obama is planning to impose regulations that will give their hobby the hook. Officials from at least eight fishing industry organizations say they................ http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/10/federal-plan-waters-end-recreational-fishing-wh-says/

House rejects effort to restore marine advisory agents

Tuesday, March 09, 2010 Story last updated at 3/9/2010 - 10:41 am By Pat Forgey | JUNEAU EMPIRE The House Finance Committee Monday rejected an effort to provide funding for Marine Advisory Program agents slated to be cut. By a 7-3 vote, the committee rejected an amendment to the state's budget offered by Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome. Nome and Petersburg are among cities that have lost agents or are likely to because of expiring federal grants. The only............. http://juneauempire.com/stories/030910/loc_576430065.shtml

Culled out .. Obama administration will accept no more public input for federal fishery strategy

By Robert Montgomery ESPNOutdoors.com The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing the nation's oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters. AP/Luis M. Alvarez One sign at the United We Fish rally at the Capital summed up the feelings of recreational and commercial fishermen. This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is "fluid" and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn't issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.That's a disappointment, but not really a surprise for fishing industry insiders who have negotiated for months with officials at the Council on Environmental Quality and bureaucrats on the task force. These angling advocates have come to suspect that public input into the process was a charade from the beginning. "When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and International Fund for A

The new age of online grocery shopping

By   Jacqui Cheng   |   Last updated   about 2 hours ago "Buying your groceries online? What is this, 1996?" That's what someone said to me recently when they found out I do the majority of my grocery shopping through the Internet—yes, produce and all. Sure, online grocery shopping was one of those things that people envisioned to be common in "The Future™" but many of the original efforts fizzled out during the first bursting of the dot-com bubble. Shopping for groceries and household items via the Internet is making a huge comeback, however, thanks in part to some major players who have taken it outside of the typical niche markets. How does it work? The answer to that question is entirely dependent upon which service you're using, and there are ............. http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/03/the-new-age-of-online-grocery-shopping.ars

Ketchikan - a fish story

Group works on bringing seafood to Kodiak High School

Image via Wikipedia Article published on Thursday, March 4th, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer   Kodiak High School students can look forward to healthy and local food options at the end of the month. The Healthy Tomorrows Kodiak group is implementing a program to use locally caught seafood in the school lunch program. The program, named Fish to School, will start at the high school. The group has seed money to get started this year, and then will work over the course of the year with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, local canneries and processors so local fishing families can donate fish to a processor to package for school use.   A letter will be drafted and sent out next week to local canneries to gauge their interest in helping with the program. Healthy Tomorrows Kodiak would like to............... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8566

EPA may consider limits on discharges from small commercial vessels (Fish holds?)

By  Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune March 03, 2010, 7:28PM John McCusker / The Times-Picayune A shrimp boat passes a rock barrier along a section of wetlands outside Buras in September, 2009. There are close to 140,000 small vessels subject to the permitting moratorium, of which half are fishing vessels. .........................  But it also said that water from fish storage tanks was found to be high in nutrients that would exacerbate existing low-oxygen conditions. "Like an individual house in an urban watershed, most individual vessels have only a minimal environmental impact," the report said. "As in urban waters, however, the impacts caused by these vessels are potentially significant where there is high vessel concentration, low water circulation, or there are environmentally stressed water bodies.".................  http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2010/03/epa_may_consider_limits_on_dis.html

Fishermen can deduct 50 percent of meal expenses

Article published on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer   A recent tax court decision allows local commercial fishermen to deduct 50 percent of meal expenses while traveling away from home in pursuit of a trade or business. The decision was made last year in Kurtz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue. Kurtz attempted to deduct 100 percent of the federal per diem (per day) rate for each day he was at sea, claiming an exception to the general rule that a person may only deduct 50 percent of meal expenses. His claim was denied, but the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that............ http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8555

Kodiak: Crew data collection program moving forward

Article published on Monday, March 1st, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer Some members of the Kodiak Fisheries Advisory Committee will meet in the coming weeks to discuss, plan and develop the fisheries crew data collection program. Jan Conitz, Alaska Department of Fish and Game research analyst on the fishery crew information project, would like to meet with some of the committee members in the next week or two to discuss the project and keep it moving forward. So far there is no clear direction, but some committee members have identified getting a pilot program up and...... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8544