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SE Gillnetters have quick herring season

PETERSBURG-AK (04/30/2010) It was a fast and furious season for Southeast herring gillnetters this year. Their two sac roe fisheries opened a lot earlier than usual. Fishermen had little waiting time on the grounds, and the fishing itself went quick. Roe percentages were reportedly good, which makes the catch more valuable. Matt Lichtenstein has an overview of the April harvests at Hobart bay and Seymour canal... Audio > http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1136

Kodiak: Harbor board finds solution for parking problem

Article published on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer   The Port and Harbor Advisory Board (PHAB) decided to propose a staff-recommended solution to the harbor’s long-term parking problem at its Wednesday afternoon meeting. The recommendation requires lot users from June through August to pay a $30 per month fee, with the general public paying $45 during the same period. Up to three month’s parking can be paid for in advance. This summer is a the trial period. The recomendation now goes to the Kodiak City Council. “I think PHAB has come up with a viable plan that will be mutually beneficial for the fleet and the general public,” Harbormaster Marty Owen said of the decision.   Four of the.... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8734

Study: Wolves prefer moose or caribou, but salmon will do in a pinch

by Tim Mowry / tmowry@newsminer.com 5 hrs ago FAIRBANKS — Moose and caribou are the food of choice for wolves in Interior Alaska, but salmon also can be an important item on their menu, at least for wolves in part of Denali National Park and Preserve. A recent study using old wolf bones revealed that some living in the northwest portion of the park, near salmon-spawning beds, rely on the fish for a third of their diet. On average, salmon make up about a sixth of the diet of wolves in the area. “That’s quite a bit for an animal that’s supposed to be relying on ungulates,” said Layne Adams, a longtime biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Science Center. Adams co-wrote a paper about the study for the journal Ecological Applications. It appeared two months ago. While biologists knew that wolves in coastal regions of Southeast Alaska commonly feed on spawned-out salmon, this was the first research to focus on........ http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/

Harbinger Hires Orange Exec to Run Proposed (hybrid sat/cellular) LTE Network: Report

By Mathew Ingram Apr. 28, 2010, 6:31am PDT Harbinger Capital partners has reportedly hired Sanjiv Ahuja , the former chief executive of Orange — the wireless unit of France Telecom — to run its proposed Long Term Evolution wireless network, according to the Wall Street Journal. Harbinger, a private equity firm, wants to construct a next-generation wireless network using both satellite and terrestrial components. SkyTerra, a ......... http://gigaom.com/2010/04/28/report-harbinger-hires-orange-exec-to-run-proposed-lte-network/

Fishermen receive support for study on Taku fishery

 Wednesday, April 28, 2010 Story last updated at 4/28/2010 - 10:50 am   By Kim Marquis | JUNEAU EMPIRE Commercial fishermen won a quick victory at the end of the Legislative session to fund a study on the effects of acid mine drainage from the Tulsequah Chief mine. The mine is located on the Taku River watershed and its salmon fishery. United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters brought a....... http://juneauempire.com/stories/042810/loc_626493985.shtml

DOD Live: Oil Spill Update: Fire a “Tool in the Toolkit”

Written on April 28, 2010 at 9:50 am by iangraham By Ian Graham When dealing with the potentially disastrous oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, responders have a lot of “tools in [their] toolkits,” officials said. This includes dispersal chemicals that break crude oil into a biodegradable substance, booms to contain spreading oil and fires to burn standing oil out of seawater. Until the source of the spill is under control, the federal response supervisor said yesterday, there’s no surefire way to keep the impact of the spill under control, and every option — including burning — is on the table. “If we don’t secure the well, this could be one of the most significant spills in U.S. history,”   Rear Adm. Mary Landry , commander of the   U.S. Coast Guard’s Eighth District   said during a conference call yesterday. View the Pentagon Channel coverage.... http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2010/04/oil-spill-update-fire-a-tool-in-the-toolkit/

ADN: Our view: Whose waterway?

Dispute over Chuitna River calls for cool heads and respect Published: April 27th, 2010 07:24 PM Last Modified: April 27th, 2010 07:25 PM We're at that hard place in Alaska relations. Armed guards enforcing the Tyonek Native Corporation's no-trespassing rules on its lands.  Unwelcome visitors by ATV and truck on that same land. A river rich in king and silver salmon and rainbow trout just 45 miles west of Alaska's biggest city -- but one virtually claimed as private by the corporation.      The state ordering that corporation to stop claiming in brochures and on its website that it owns the riverbed, or that it can offer any exclusive fishing rights on the river. Add the prospect of dueling lodge operations and a possible coal-to-liquids development in the area. Mix in race, as in Native and non-Native. So we have fish politics, racial politics, money politics; dueling lodges and dueling claims, all just minutes by air from the state's largest city.

Southeast Alaskans Investing in Future Generations

Image via Wikipedia By LAINE WELCH   April 27, 2010 Tuesday Sitka is doing something that a lot of fishing communities spend a lot of time talking about - investing directly in future generations of both fishermen and fish. Through a newly formed Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, Sitkans are able to invest in independent, community-based fishermen who are committed to conservation, and reward them through the marketplace. Funding comes from the Oak Foundation, an international philanthropic organization. "It has three components," explained Linda Behnken, director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA). "We want to help finance local fishermen to be the next generation of halibut and sablefish quota share holders, and provide a favorable exit opportunity for people who have quota shares now. We want the next generations to....... http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelc

US considers setting fire to Gulf of Mexico oil leak

Page last updated at 09:40 GMT, Wednesday, 28 April 2010 10:40 UK Officials are considering setting fire to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as efforts to stem a leak from a rig that exploded and sank are failing. The coast guard is concerned that, unless controlled, the leak could cause one of the worst spills in US history. The "controlled burn" could start later far from shore, said Coast Guard Rear Adm Mary Landry, who is in charge of the US clean-up effort. She said work on sealing leaks using robotic submersibles could take months. About 1,000 barrels (42,000 gallons) of oil a day have been gushing into the sea since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon platform last week caused the rig to sink. Eleven of the rig's workers are still missing and.......  http://212.58.226.75/2/hi/americas/8648290.stm

Watchdog Group Calls Out 3 Over Organic Labeling

Image via Wikipedia Apr 28, 2010 6:49 am US/Eastern Newman's Own Among Companies Said To Do Poor Job Of Informing Consumers Of What's In Products NEW YORK (CBS) ― Is it or isn't it? How do you know when organic packaged food really is organic? A watchdog group filed several complaints Tuesday saying what you see is not necessarily what you get. You buy organic, thinking it has to be healthier for you because you believe it's grown or processed without chemicals that will hurt you and the environment. "I believe what I see, but I also think you have to be an educated consumer and you have to take responsibility to look at what you eat. It goes both ways," organic..........  http://wcbstv.com/business/organic.labeling.cornucopia.2.1660070.html

Integral Systems to Relocate NOAA's Fairbanks Satellite Operations Facility

(April 20, 2010)  COLUMBIA, Md., April 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Integral Systems, Inc. , (Nasdaq:ISYS) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Aleut  Communications  Services to relocate the operational satellite ground system equipment of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Fairbanks Satellite Operations Facility (FSOF). Under the terms of the FSOF Relocation contract, Integral Systems will provide the engineering services and expertise to plan and execute moving all of the equipment to NOAA's new, modernized facility, without disrupting operations. "Integral Systems' reputation for...  http://dmnnewswire.digitalmedianet.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=1050561

Kodiak: City declines to get involved in New England catch shares

Article published on Monday, April 26th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer  The Kodiak City Council chose not to get involved in the politics of New England fisheries last week. The body declined to write a letter about a new catch shares program in the New England area in a departure from the borough government’s position. “We were unable to reach a consensus on the issue,” said Kodiak City Mayor Carolyn Floyd. Kodiak City Council member John Whiddon opposed writing a letter Floyd said. Whiddon did not respond to phone calls requesting comment. In recent weeks, the Kodiak-based Crewman’s Association leaned on the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and the Kodiak City Council to ......... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8721

Guys from Chicago tweeting in Kings from Ketchikan!

The tweet url : http://twitter.com/ChicagoFishDude/status/12942359230 3 more Ivory Kings just landed from Ketchikan, Alaska!!! Who wants to take bets on how long til these beauties sel http://twitpic.com/1iupfk about 2 hours ago via Twitpic Cool! Source > http://twitter.com/ChicagoFishDude

Coast Guard preparing to destroy the tallest structure in Alaska. Port Clarence LORAN

Image by U.S. Coast Guard via Flickr The News Tribune April 25, 2010 The Associated Press PORT CLARENCE -- Beginning today, the Coast Guard will establish a safety zone around the 1,350-foot Long Range Aids to Navigation tower in Port Clarence. The zone includes all waters within a two-mile radius of the tower that is the tallest of its kind in the U.S., but in poor shape............ http://www.gopalaska.com/2010/04/coast-guard-preparing-to-destroy.html

Time to comment on new aquaculture policy

Fish Factor Time to comment on new aquaculture policy By LAINE WELCH   April 23, 2010 Friday Federal fishery managers began accepting public comments last week on a new aquaculture policy in waters from three to 200 miles offshore. The input will guide NOAA Fisheries as it creates a regulatory framework for open ocean fish farms. An independent Marine Aquaculture Task Force that spent two years canvassing the country and studying the issue already has urged Congress to above all, ensure strong environmental standards are in place to regulate offshore farms.   "There is a complex jurisdictional framework over ocean space and to some extent, these laws cover the major issues of aquaculture expansion, but they are not well coordinated, they overlap in some issues and also there are a number of serious gaps in terms of issues not........ http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/04231

Techcrunch: Finally A Green Story I Can’t Mock: The Sun Chips Biodegradable Bag

by  Michael Arrington  on Apr 23, 2010 I love our planet as much as the next person, but I despise efforts by companies and people to get credit for caring about the earth with empty gestures. Like  Pepsi’s ridiculous Aquafina press stunt . Or all this  black screen  Earth Day  nonsense . Or.........  http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/23/finally-a-green-story-i-cant-mock-the-sun-chips-biodegradable-bag/

State reinstates Pebble's permits

By  ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: April 23rd, 2010 08:55 PM Last Modified: April 23rd, 2010 08:56 PM The Alaska Department of Natural Resources on Friday reinstated its permits required for exploration at the Pebble copper and gold deposit in Southwest Alaska. But to begin drilling anew this year, the companies involved in Pebble still need to regain permission from............  http://www.adn.com/2010/04/23/1247613/state-reinstates-pebbles-permits.html

Global mining financier discusses Pebble at shareholders meeting

SHAREHOLDERS: Ash keeps other Alaskans from meeting. By   ELIZABETH BLUEMINK ebluemink@adn.com Published: April 22nd, 2010 11:51 PM Last Modified: April 23rd, 2010 05:22 AM For at least a few minutes on Thursday, the debate over Alaska's massive Pebble copper and gold prospect captured the attention of an international mining company and its shareholders in London. A Pebble opponent, Verner Wilson of Dillingham, spoke out against the potential mine in Southwest Alaska to a crowd of business people assembled at London-based mining giant Anglo American's annual shareholders meeting. Anglo is Pebble's major financial backer. Wilson was the only one of about 10 Alaskans -- including some.......... http://www.adn.com/2010/04/22/1246174/pebble-supporters-opponents-speak.html

Something Smells Fishy in the 3 Billion Dollars Capital Budget

By Thomas Lamb | 04/19/10 | 09:08 PM EDT Now that  one of Alaska's biggest capital budgets has been passed, I started to look at the Devil that is in this 3 billion dollars capital budget. The first thing I looked for was funding for projects that were not really capital projects and I found two appropriations interesting; it is money that is earmarked for paying lawyer fees and damages (pg 161-162) in the lawsuit captioned, State of Alaska vs. Carlson : To what extent may Alaska charge............ http://www.redcounty.com/something-smells-fishy-3-billion-dollars-capital-budget/38944  

Kodiak: Herring fishermen back to work

Article published on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 DAILY MIRROR STAFF   A dispute between local fish processors and fishermen over herring prices appears to be resolved. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8712

Kodiak government weighs in on New England fish issue

Article published on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer    The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly on Tuesday weighed in on a fisheries issue taking place more than 3,000 miles away. A letter by Borough Mayor Jerome Selby asked a congressional subcommittee to consider damage to Kodiak from catch share programs as the committee considers a rationalization plan in New England.   “Because of the damage we have experienced to our economy and people from the two catch share programs that have been implemented in Kodiak, we have serious concerns about the new Catch Shares policy,” Selby said.......... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8710

Survivors recall sinking of the Northern Belle

By JAMES HALPIN jhalpin@adn.com Published: April 21st, 2010 10:14 PM Last Modified: April 21st, 2010 11:39 PM One moment the Northern Belle was cutting through the Gulf of Alaska on the way to Dillingham, and then suddenly the 75-foot fishing vessel was listing severely to starboard, its deck turning almost vertical. The four crew members, scrambling into survival suits and making decisions about how they might survive, had nowhere to go but the churning water. Seattle resident Robert Jack, 52, who had been at the helm, plunged 10 feet into the sea, tearing his survival suit in the process on a piece of metal. He was also briefly pinned underwater by a crane. "I immediately was sucked under from the wash and everything else dragging down," Jack said Wednesday in an interview at Providence hospital in Anchorage. "But I was lucky and fortunate to be able to kick myself away from the boat." The captain of the Northern Belle, Robert Royer, wasn

Austerman requests funding for Pebble study

Article published on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer  An independent review of the proposed Pebble Mine may be in the works thanks to a last-minute funding request by Kodiak Rep. Alan Austerman. On Saturday, Austerman requested $750,000 for a third-party study in the state’s capital budget. His section survived the final day of edits before the legislative session ended late Sunday night. An independent study of Pebble has long been a goal for Austerman. He represents both Kodiak and the villages around the mine’s intended site. He proposed a bill for a larger study last legislative session, but it never left committee.   “A mine of this magnitude, in this place, will have impacts to the region and its residents that are staggering,” Austerman said Monday in a prepared statement. “To this date, the State of Alaska has declined to take up....... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8707

Crewman dies after vessel sinks in Gulf of Alaska; three saved

Image by Getty Images via Daylife MAYDAY: Coast Guard airlifts crew from Gulf of Alaska after sinking. Daily News staff and wire reports Published: April 21st, 2010 06:40 AM Last Modified: April 21st, 2010 07:30 AM One of four crew members on a Seattle-based fishing boat died Tuesday when the vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska. The crewman who died suffered a head trauma while exiting the boat and was already deceased when rescuers arrived, but it's not clear if he died from........... http://www.adn.com/2010/04/20/1242579/mayday-called-from-sinking-vessel.html

Kodiak: Herring prices too low for fishermen

Image by ulalume via Flickr Article published on Monday, April 19th, 2010 By SAM FRIEDMAN Mirror Writer  The Kodiak-area herring sac roe fisheries opened Thursday to a record 6,075 ton guideline harvest level, but complaints of low prices have so far kept Kodiak fishermen at home. Local processors are now offering $200 per ton grounds price said fishing vessel Sulina owner Oliver Holm. Last year the price was $375 per ton. The grounds price is the price offered to fishermen and does not include the cost of transporting the fish from the fishery to the processor’s dock. “We’d like to have higher prices from the processors,” he said. “At the least, we’d like an explanation for why prices are lower than last year.”   Steve Suydam, who owns the F/V Crimson Beauty, said............. http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8703

Seafood processor agrees to $570,000 EPA civil penalty

Staff and wire reports Published: April 19th, 2010 06:53 PM Last Modified: April 19th, 2010 06:54 PM A Seattle-based seafood company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than a half-million dollars to settle allegations of air pollution and community right-to-know violations at an Alaska processing plant. he Environmental Protection Agency says Westward Seafoods Inc. will pay $570,000 to resolve problems the agency said it..........  http://www.adn.com/2010/04/19/1240612/seafood-processor-agrees-to-570k.html

New E-stop system can save fishermen

Article published on Friday, April 16th, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer A new E-stop system can save fishermen from winch entanglement injuries. Ted Teske of The National Institute talked about the system Thursday afternoon at ComFish for the National Institue Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The system was created because every few years severe injuries or fatalities to fishermen are reported — injuries that could have been prevented. “This stuff happens.......... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8701

Current, former Alaska fisherwomen dish up recipes

by Scott Bowlen / Ketchikan Daily News KETCHIKAN, Alaska — They’ve braved the ocean from Ketchikan to the Bering Sea, these “goddesses in Grundens,” harvesting salmon and crab and halibut and herring. Such hard work produces a healthy appetite, and fisherwomen know seafood at its best. And thus have these fisherwomen — Kiyo Marsh, Tomi Marsh and Laura Cooper — combined their knowledge of seafaring, fishing and the culinary arts into a remarkable new volume entitled “The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook.” Two neat things stand out in this book. A variety of vignettes, glossaries and photos provide an illuminating glimpse of the authors’ fishing lifestyles and the seafood they harvest. Secondly, the 80 recipes are as adventurous as the authors themselves. Betty Crocker, the poor dear, got left on the dock for this one. Many Ketchikan residents and commercial fishermen in Alaska are likely to know of at least one of the “Fishes & Dishes” authors and contributors. The mos

Crystal Lake Hatchery sends smolt to Neets Bay

Keith Chaplin April 15, 2010 Approximately 440,000 Chinook Salmon smolt got the ride of a lifetime Apr. 8 as they began their journey from the hatchery to the ocean. The smolt, which weigh an average of 10 grams each, were corralled into one end of their concrete pens at the Crystal Lake Hatchery and sucked into a semi-truck before being transported 15 miles north to their next home, aboard a tender destined for the Neets Bay Hatchery near Ketchikan. They are a variety of Chinook from the Chickamin River, and are a somewhat fragile breed, Crystal Lake Hatchery Manager Loren Thompson said. This hatchery program, part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association has been raising salmon for about 20 years, Thompson said. The fish arrived........... (video etc.)  http://www.petersburgpilot.com/www/stories/041510hatchery.htm

Fishermen’s Wives Are a Hardy Bunch

They kept each other company and learned to adapt to just about anything. By  Charlee Glock-Jackson (Gig Harbor Life) Posted April 16, 2010 at 6:38 p.m. GIG HARBOR  — EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part 2 of a 4-part series featured in Gig Harbor Life. Like the men they married, fishermen’s wives have always been a hardy, resilient bunch. The wives of Gig Harbor’s fishermen are no exception. Rosemary Ross, whose great-grandparents homesteaded in Rosedale, married into one of the harbor’s pioneer fishing families. Her husband of 55 years, Ronald Ross, started fishing with his father, a purse seiner, as a young boy. The Ross family had a home and their own net shed on the harbor’s waterfront. They fished from spring to late fall. “Back then, the purse seiners would usually leave for Alaska around the Fourth of July,” Ron Ross said. “The law allowed us to fish ‘til the end of November.” As he grew up, however, .............  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/apr/16/fishermens-wifes-are-a

Panel sets fishing seasons for West Coast salmon

Image by Getty Images via Daylife By ABBY HAIGHT The Associated Press Thursday, April 15, 2010; 10:14 PM PORTLAND, Ore. -- For the first time since 2007, commercial and recreational fishermen will be able to cast their lines for ocean salmon from the Canadian border to Mexico. The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved seasons and quotas for chinook and coho salmon off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California on Thursday, as it completed a weeklong session establishing policy and seasons for ocean fisheries. The coast off California and much of Oregon has been closed to commercial fishing the last two seasons because of declining salmon runs. The council's decision should bring some relief to an industry knocked down by the one-two punch of a dismal economy and dramatic losses in the...... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041505592_pf.html

Shrimpers pursue bounty in Prince William Sound

By MIKE CAMPBELL mcampbell@adn.com Published: April 15th, 2010 06:52 PM Last Modified: April 15th, 2010 06:53 PM Sport and commercial shrimpers steamed out of Whittier, Valdez and Cordova on Thursday morning, aiming to claim a share of a Prince William Sound bounty of tasty spot and coonstripe shrimp. For both groups, blue skies on the heels of Wednesday's snowstorm weren't the only good news. Sport and subsistence shrimpers could use eight pots per person, up from five a year ago. There's no limit on how many shrimp may be taken with those pots, which typically are.......  http://www.adn.com/2010/04/15/1227991/shrimpers-pursue-bounty-in-prince.html

Landowners Ordered to Restore Salmon Stream and Wetlands near Haines, Alaska

April 14, 2010 Wednesday Haines, Alaska - Robert and Nancy Loomis of Kilgore, Texas, have been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency to repair damaged wetlands, restore a salmon stream and better manage stormwater runoff on their property located near Haines, Alaska. The Loomis' received the Order after EPA alleged they discharged fill material, consisting of....... http://www.sitnews.us/0410news/041410/041410_haines.html On the Web: Clean Water Act Section 404 wetland regulatory authority http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/pdf/reg_authority_pr.pdf Wetlands protection work http://epa.gov/owow/wetlands http://www.epa.gov/owow/wetlands/functions.html http://www.usace.army.mil/   Source of News: EPA www.epa.gov

Processor named after Icicle founder

Image via Wikipedia PETERSBURG-AK (04/12/2010) A crowd gathered on the dock at Icicle Seafoods in Petersburg Friday afternoon to welcome the Robert M. Thorstenson to town. Icicle re-named the large, floating processor after the company founder this winter. Bob Thorstenson Senior passed away last summer.  He was part of a group of Petersburg fishermen who decided to buy the towns major cannery when it was facing closure in 1965. Their new company later became Icicle Seafoods and expanded with processing plants throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.Thorstenson’s namesake is one of Icicle’s five floating processors. She was originally built in 1980 as a small cargo ship and was later retrofitted as a seafood processor in 1992. She was formerly called the Stellar Sea.  At 315 feet long, the newly-named Robert M. Thorstenson, or RMT, dwarfed the entire waterfront Friday at Petersburg Fisheries, as visitors remembered the company founder, took tours onboard and listened to the hi

Zale Corp. stands up against Pebble project

The Associated Press Published: April 12th, 2010 09:34 PM Last Modified: April 12th, 2010 09:34 PM SOUTHWEST ALASKA -- The nation's second-largest jewelry retailer on Tuesday joined the opposition to development of a gold and copper prospect in Southwest Alaska........... http://www.adn.com/2010/04/12/1223290/zale-corp-stands-up-against-pebble.html

Boat distributes free roe-on-branches

SITKA, ALASKA (2010-04-09) The fishing vessel Julia Kae has been tied up in Eliason Harbor the last few days, distributing free herring roe-on-branches. It’s the third year for the give-away, which is expected to continue with the boat distributing more roe around 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. KCAW’s Ed Ronco visited the harbor Friday (4-9) afternoon and spoke with people gathering roe.  First, though, he talks to the Julia Kae’s captain, Steve Demmert, standing near a giant pile of hemlock branches covered in herring roe:  Audio >>  http://kcaw.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=centerBlock&ID=740

State expects to ease salmon subsistence fishing on Yukon

RULES: Commercial fishery will likely be closed; plan may change. By ALEX DeMARBAN The Tundra Drums via The Associated Press Published: April 11th, 2010 10:20 PM Last Modified: April 11th, 2010 10:20 PM Commercial fishing for Yukon River king salmon will likely be closed again this summer, but subsistence fishermen shouldn't face the severe restrictions they endured last year, according to a preseason plan announced by fishery managers on Thursday. With the outlook for returning kings slightly better than last year's, subsistence fishing should........ http://www.adn.com/2010/04/11/1221844/state-expects-to-ease-salmon-subsistence.html

Blessing of the Fleet offers prayers for mariners, those lost

SITKA, ALASKA (04/11/2010) The Blessing of the Fleet took place on Sunday at Crescent Harbor. The annual event is sponsored by the Southeast Alaska Women in Fisheries and the Sitka Lutheran Church, though clergy from multiple congregations presided over the hour-long service.  KCAW’s Ed Ronco attended, and has this audio postcard: Audio >> http://krbd.org/modules/local_news/index.php?op=sideBlock&syndicated=true&ID=1105

Rock and a hard place: Little Diomede sees future in boat harbor

Jill Burke Apr 10, 2010 LITTLE DIOMEDE -- When you live on a steep pile of rocks in the middle of the Bering Strait, traveling to the next town over is a major ordeal. Villagers on the Alaska island of Little Diomede -- where, unlike Sarah Palin's hometown of Wasilla, you really can see Russia from your porch -- have paid with their lives trying to reach mainland Alaska. Other times, they've been cut off from the world because of the dangers and logistical challenges of providing reliable air service to the community. Now a plan is under way to develop a boat harbor -- estimated to cost up to $30 million -- next to the village of 140 people. About $2.4 million has been awarded to study and assess what benefits it might bring. The question is how much of a difference the boat harbor will make, and at what cost. The only remedy for inevitable winds, waves and lingering fog is patience -- waiting out bad weather for clearer skies and calmer seas. That's the nature of li

Alaska fish boast best protein

LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: April 10th, 2010 05:52 PM Last Modified: April 10th, 2010 05:53 PM KODIAK -- Alaska fish can now claim another "best" on the health front -- it is the easiest protein on your tummy. That is the conclusion of the first comparative study ever on digestibility of America's most popular proteins. "Most people have assumed that fish is a superior source of protein, but no studies have been done to prove it. We wanted to fill that gap by studying the compositional and digestibility differences between the big protein sources -- beef, pork, chicken and fish," said Scott Smiley at the University of Alaska's Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak. Alaska pollock was by far the most digestible protein, followed by Alaska salmon. "The fish came way out on top. Interestingly, chicken was the least digestible," Smiley said. They all are high-quality proteins, Smiley added, but the....... http://www.adn.co

Fish crew data project still seeks funding

Article published on Thursday, April 8th, 2010 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer    The fisheries crew data collection program has taken some blows recently. “There’s kind of an impasse at the program,” said Jan Conitz, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) project leader for the program. One of the issues facing the program is there is no funding in the Legislature for Conitz’s position. “I don’t know if they’ll rehire someone,” she said. On a slightly more positive note she said there is still money in the capital budget that could go toward the project.   “Hoping to distribute the........... http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=8682

Sebelius: FDA Will Require Health Labels on Front of Food Packages

Thursday, April 08, 2010 By  Edwin Mora Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) (CNSNews.com)  -- Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius said today that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is developing a new regulation  that would require food manufacturers to display nutritional information on the front of packages. This would mean that the front of a Wheaties box, for example, would display not only the smiling face of a famous athlete but also declare how many calories from fat are in each serving. “Busy shoppers will be able to........  http://cnsnews.com/news/article/63959

Google Oceans layer will become part of the default set of annotations seen by all Earth Earth users

Image via Wikipedia Mission Blue: filling in the blanks... Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM (cross-posted from the Official Google Blog ) Last year, we launched Ocean in Google Earth , expanding the scope of Earth to include 3D maps of the world’s oceans and videos, photos and narrative from the world’s leading scientists and media sources to bring them to life. We worked with more than 100 partners to begin to fill in the “blue” part of the planet, adding hundreds of placemarks in more than 20 ocean layers. Since then, we’ve added hundreds of new posts to the Ocean layer with the help of Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Foundation and dozens of committed individuals around the world. The posts come from a diverse range of partners including National Geographic, independent videographers and dive enthusiasts, government organizations like the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and international organizations like the International Union

Kookesh links coverage of ethics issue to bias against Natives

Thursday, April 08, 2010 Story last updated at 4/8/2010 - 10:46 am By Pat Forgey |   JUNEAU EMPIRE State Sen. Albert Kookesh told an audience Wednesday he was being singled out by news media for ethics and subsistence fishing violations because of his race, hinting at similar treatment in the Legislature. Kookesh, speaking at the Native Issues Forum Wednesday at the ANB Hall, said the news media only looks for negative stories involving Alaska Natives. "How many of you have picked up a newspaper and seen good news about Alaska Native people?" he asked the audience. His address during the........... http://juneauempire.com/stories/040810/sta_603528984.shtml