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The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

Coming up this week: The North Pacific Council is taking up Gulf Chinook bycatch at its meeting this week in Anchorage. Alaskan fishermen are working together to help their counterparts in Japan; and Board of Fish nominations sail through the House Fisheries Committee. All that, and how many times must we remind people not to put seafood in their pants? We had help this week from KCAW's Melati Kaye in Sitka; KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg and KBBI's Marcia Lynn in Homer..... Audio >>

Sitka Opening #1 - Photos, video and details

Opening # 1 March 31, 2011 Stats: Total harvest approx. 1,500 tons. 30 ton per vessel average. 48 boats are fishing this year, with a herring quota of over 19,000 tons. Video from the air Video from the ground Interesting find.. A KTUU reporter is in Sitka staying on a Tender. Video from March 28 Photos  

Fisheries council debates salmon bycatch limits

Image via Wikipedia By  KYLE HOPKINS Published: March 31st, 2011 07:07 PM Last Modified: March 31st, 2011 07:08 PM It's pollock versus kings: Round two. An influential fisheries council meeting Friday in Anchorage is debating whether to place an unprecedented limit on the number of chinook salmon that pollock trawlers can accidentally kill in the Gulf of Alaska . If that sounds familiar, it's because the North Pacific Fishery Management Council met downtown just two years ago to chew over a similar measure. That time, the Bering Sea pollock fleet was accused of recklessly wasting far too many high-value kings -- possibly at the expense of Yukon River villages that rely on kings for money and food. Today, the scene has shifted, but some of the arguments remain the same. Fishermen facing king salmon restrictions in Alaska say they're the ones who will pay the price for chinook wasted by the Gulf of Alaska pollock fleet. Industry advocates, meanwhile, say

Sitka Update: It's game time.... 140 pm Alaska Time - North of town

Correction: The opening is at 140pm. Not 130pm. The tweet that you may have followed to take you to this post is titled wrong.. As you know.. Minutes matter in this game.... Just announced.. Opening #1 is happening. North of town at 140 pm.. Video from last year opening #1 attached for your viewing pleasure.... Bookmark this blog for updates this evening.. Murkowski Comments on Hydro, Energy-Water Integration Legislation

Image by jaysk via Flickr WASHINGTON, D.C. - @ 03/31/2011  – U.S.   Sen. Lisa Murkowski , R-Alaska, today made the following opening statement at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on two hydropower bills and the energy-water integration portion of the 2009 American Clean Energy Leadership Act: “As you know, I’ve long been a strong hydropower proponent.  I consider hydropower to be our hardest working renewable resource – one that often gets overlooked in the clean energy debate. “There is no question that hydropower is, and must continue to be, part of our energy solution.  It is the largest source of renewable electricity in the United States.  The 100,000 megawatts of hydroelectric capacity we now have today provide about seven percent of the nation’s electricity needs.  “ Hydro-electric generation is carbon-free, baseload power that allows us to avoid approximately 200 million metric tons of carbon emissions each year.  Hydropower is cle

Study of Alaska Natives confirms salmon-rich diet prevents diabetes, heart disease

Image via Wikipedia Doug O'Harra | Mar 29, 2011 A diet of Alaska salmon rich in Omega-3 fatty acids appears to protect Yup'ik people from diabetes and heart disease -- even when the individuals in question have become obese, according to a recent study that examined eating habits and health in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region. Scientists found that  Yup'ik people  in general consume about 20 times more of the complex fish oils every year than do people in the Lower 48 states, a subsistence-driven cuisine that may actually shield them from many health problems blamed on obesity, junk food and inactivity. Y-K residents show similar levels of  obesity  as the overall U.S. population, yet experience far lower prevalence of the  adult-onset diabetes  linked to poor diet and weight issues -- about 3.3 percent versus about 7.7 percent. The findings underscore what Alaska nutritionists and Native health experts have long argued: Eating wild Alaska salmon along with other tra

GPS 'Stewards' DoD, DoT DepSecs Protest LightSquared Plan to FCC

Image via Wikipedia March 30, 2011 In a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski , the second-ranking officials from the U.S. departments of defense ( DoD ) and transportation (DoT) have issued the strongest administration message yet regarding LightSquared’s proposal to build a network of high-powered terrestrial transmitters broadcasting near the GPS L1 and other GNSS frequencies. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn III and Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari expressed “several concerns” about the LightSquared Working Group (WG) process in a letter sent last Friday (March 25), starting with a “lack of inclusiveness regarding input from federal stakeholders” in GPS. In January the FCC granted LightSquared a broad and exclusive waiver of the so-called ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) limits — in effect granting LightSquared and its corporate telecom customers the right to build a 4G cellular telephone network next door to the

Researchers show off 'flex' interface for touchscreens

Researchers show off 'flex' interface for touchscreens : "

Iridium Stock Falls On Unusually High Volume

By  TheStreet Wire 03/30/11 - 12:21 PM EDT Image via CrunchBase NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Iridium Communications (Nasdaq:IRDM) is trading at unusually high volume Wednesday with 2.3 million shares changing hands. It is currently at 4.1 times its average daily volume and trading down 42 cents (-4.8%) at $8.30 as of 11:57 a.m. ET. Iridium has a market cap of $621.7 million and is.....

Sitka herring fleet will hope for Thursday - Audio / Video by fellow fish blogger

Ed Ronco, KCAW SITKA, ALASKA (2011-03-30) The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery stood down for the third day in a row on Wednesday. The fleet has been on two-hour notice since 8 a.m. Monday. Alaska Department of Fish & Game management biologist Dave Gordon said the percentages of mature roe are starting to look good, but... **************** Sitka Herring Harbor Shuffle - Watch more Videos at Vodpod. *********** Audio of opening March 30 Herring Update 1:00 by Juneautek

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Dutch Harbor monitor registers highest radiation in US

Dutch Harbor monitor registers highest radiation in US : "During the worst week of the Japanese nuclear crisis, the EPA's radiation monitor in Dutch Harbor recorded the highest levels of radioactive iodine fallout in the United States among reporting stations, the agency said. Officials said the amounts of radioactive byproducts were way too small to pose a health risk."

Fewer Prince William Sound shrimp means pot reduction

Image via Wikipedia By MIKE CAMPBELL Published: March 28th, 2011 10:51 PM Last Modified: March 29th, 2011 05:55 PM The growing popularity of tasty Prince William Sound shrimp has prompted Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists to cut the number of pots recreational shrimpers can soak this year. A year ago, strong preseason population estimates allowed biologists to increase the number of recreational pots per boat to eight. That's three more than the five established by regulation. There's no limit on how many shrimp may be taken in each pot. Sport, subsistence and personal use shrimpers ended up.......

Craig to Sitka, Alaska - Floatplane - 03-27-2011

Twitter Founder Wants to Make Service More Mainstream

Our take: Twitter is probably going to become really interesting really soon...... MARCH 29, 2011, 12:40 PM ET ..........“I live across street from Square , and Square is two blocks from Twitter,” he said. “I live and breathe these companies.” His break from Twitter to build Square allowed him to learn how to build products that are “approachable to consumers,” which is what he now plans to do at Twitter. “You have a very small window in which to gain leverage” when building a start-up, he said. “We need to push hard with both companies.”..................

EDITORIAL: Al Gore’s seawater swindle

Latest report shows oceans are not rising By  THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times 8:10 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2011 Eighteen years ago,  Al Gore  warned that Florida’s coastal regions would one day be wiped off the map. “Because of the rising sea level, due to global warming, in the next few decades … up to 60 percent of the present population of Florida may have to be relocated,”  Mr. Gore  wrote in his book, “Earth in the Balance.” A peer-reviewed study published last month by the Journal of  Coastal  Research suggests the Sunshine State might last a while. The  United Nations  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), co-recipient with  Mr. Gore  of the Nobel Peace Prize , quantified the sea-level rise as being between 7 and 23 inches by the year 2100. They argued that man’s emissions of carbon dioxide have been heating up the globe. While man’s CO2 is identical to that emitted by polar bears and other animals favored by environmentalists, the left insists “t : Meet Commercial Fisher Linda Behnken

Image via Wikipedia March 29, 2011 Monday (SitNews) Sitka, Alaska - Behnken has been fishing for halibut , sablefish and salmon in Alaskan waters since 1982. With her husband, she co-owns the Woodstock, a 40-foot boat home-ported in Sitka, a small community in Alaska’s southeast. Behnken is the executive director of the  Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association , and she served on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for nine years. Why did you get into fishing? I came here because I wanted to see the wilds of Alaska and needed to earn some money for college. I very quickly fell in love with the community of fishermen and the family fisheries of southeast Alaska. In what ways have you seen commercial fishing change in the last 30 years? Probably the biggest change has been.......

Austerman not giving up on Pebble Mine study

By  BECKY BOHRER  Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- House Majority Leader  Alan Austerman says he's not giving up on a state-funded effort to study the effects of the proposed Pebble Mine on the Bristol Bay region. Austerman hopes the issue can...........

Jeffrey appointed to Alaska Fish Board

Article published on Monday, March 28th, 2011 By WES HANNA Mirror Writer Long-time Kodiak resident Sue Jeffrey has been selected by Gov. Sean Parnell to join the Alaska Board of Fisheries for a three-year term beginning July 1. The governor announced his picks on Saturday. She would be taking the seat held by Kodiak resident Mel Morris, owner of M&M Marketing, who has served on the board since 2003. The main role of the Board of Fisheries is to conserve and develop fishery resources around the state. To this end the board is........

GCI PR: The first segment of TERRA-SW is complete!

Note from SchoolAccess Facebook fan page : The first segment of TERRA-SW is complete! This federally funded stimulus project will extend much needed broadband to southwest Alaska. Check out the video of the 43 mile segment between Igiugig and Levelock:

While Slowing BP Oil Spill, Administration Slowed Flow Of Information Too, Claims Coast Guard Report

While Slowing BP Oil Spill, Administration Slowed Flow Of Information Too, Claims Coast Guard Report : " The Obama administration failed to set up an 'effective' communications system during last year's BP oil spill and threatened its own credibility by 'severely restricting' the release of 'timely, accurate information,' according to a newly released report commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Landing in Sitka 3-27-2011 (Video)

Over the bridge and into the harbor.. A beautiful day in Sitka, Alaska . Correction: It was reported earlier today that the Discovery Channel was filming the spotters in Sitka. It is National Geographic doing the filming this year.

Sitka residents asked to cut electricity usage

Sitka residents asked to cut electricity usage : "SITKA — Low water levels at two lakes that power Sitka’s hydroelectric plants are coming at a bad time for the region as the city prepares to burn diesel fuel during a cold snap in late March."

For lunch, teens rarely pick healthy options

For lunch, teens rarely pick healthy options : "In high school we were served cheese fries, bean burritos and warm breakfast danishes. We're talking school lunch from another time, offered long before the enormous chorus of complaining began about school nutrition. Things now, you'd ass Publish Post ume, are much healthier."

Ocean Zoning will affect all users; Poachers biggest threat to Alaska fisheries says Begich

Image by US Mission Geneva via Flickr By LAINE WELCH - Alaska Senator Mark Begich is quick to name the issue that’s giving him the biggest earful so far in his new post as Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Fisheries, and Coast Guard: “ marine spatial planning .”   The concept is listed as a top priority by the 2010 National Ocean’s Council which is already preparing to draft action plans on nine coastal/ocean objectives. It would affect all users and uses, on and beneath the oceans. “I hear it over and over again,” Sen. Begich said in a phone call from D.C. “Let’s call it like it is, pure and simple – ocean zoning.”  “I don’t think Dr. Lubchenco, the director of NOAA , appreciated my blunt categorization of it,” Begich added, “but as a former mayor, that’s what it is. You  are determining winners and losers in terms of utilization of the oceans, and that is what zoning does.   “What is the value in it?  And.............

Google’s Robotic Recipe Search Favors SEO Over Good Food

Google’s Robotic Recipe Search Favors SEO Over Good Food Editor’s note : Guest writer Amanda Hesser is a cookbook author, co-founder of cooking community site Food52 , and a food columnist for the New York Times . The entity with the greatest influence on what Americans cook is not Costco or Trader Joe’s. It’s not the Food Network or The New York Times. It’s Google. Every month about a billion of its searches are for recipes. The dishes that its search engine turns up, particularly those on the first page of results, have a huge impact on what Americans cook. Which is why, with a recent change in its recipe search, Google has, in effect, taken sides in the food war. Unfortunately, it’s taken the wrong one. In late February, when Google announced that it was....

Third Kodiak provider upgrading to 3G - Q2 2011

Image via Wikipedia Article published on Friday, March 25th, 2011 By WES HANNA Mirror Writer AT&T plans to upgrade the wireless network in Kodiak to 3G speeds in the second half of 2011, a spokesperson told the Kodiak Daily Mirror . The announcement is a boon for Kodiak residents who have Apple products like iPhones or 3G-enabled iPads. “Customers are always asking about it,” Kodiak assistant retail sales manager Richie Barton said. “I’ve never been able to give a definite answer before.” Barton said many people have also inquired about wireless Internet products for their laptop computers, but........

Northern Edge: Concerns Linger Over Naval War Games

This summer the military plans to resume its Northern Edge exercises that include bombing ranges in the Gulf of Alaska . This year's plan by the U.S. Navy to test medium-frequency sonar for antisubmarine warfare practice has raised concerns about the impact to marine mammals and fisheries. Audio >>

Deck Watch, March 25, 2011

Deck Watch, March 25, 2011 : "KODIAK, Alaska – Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news from around Alaska. The feature for March 25, 2011, by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen and Auxilarist Wes Hanna, focuses on the importance of good Samaritan vessels and provides tips to good Samaritan crewmembers who offer assistance [...]"

Alaska telecoms to spend $46M in 2011 for upgrades, 4G

By Andrew Jensen Alaska Journal of Commerce Alaska-based telecoms are planning to be ready when their national competitors roll out wireless 4G services in the state. Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. and General Communications Inc., both statewide wireless providers based in Anchorage, will spend a combined $46 million in 2011 to upgrade their infrastructure to 4G capability while also bulking up their 3G footprint. Verizon Communications Inc. confirmed March 17 it will enter the state market to compete with GCI, ACS and AT&T Alaska. Verizon Wireless West Region spokesman Scott Charleston couldn't provide any details on timing other than the company being in the early planning phase. ACS, which carries roaming traffic for Verizon Wireless customers in Alaska, is spending $12 million in 2011 to upgrade its cell towers to support demand from other wireless carriers and to position itself for an early rollout of 4G service. GCI is spending $34 million this year

Will Tongass roadless ruling affect Southeast hydro plans?

Will Tongass roadless ruling affect Southeast hydro plans? - Anchorage Daily News :  Begich, a Democrat, told public radio station KRBD in Ketchikan he has no reason to believe the Obama administration is opposed to the projects, and he hasn't heard any objection to his bill that would classify hydroelectricity as renewable energy.  ...

ACS launches mobile hot spot phone! (Motorola Milestone X)

A carrier supported mobile hot spot phone finally arrives to Alaska! We like it! Screenshot attached.... Link to full

Sitka Herring - 2 hr. Notice Begins 8am Monday 03-28-2011

News just in from ADF&G.   2 hr. notice beginning 8am Monday 03-28-2011 So it begins.... Be there or be square.........

Sitka Herring: Test set samples 3-25-2011

Image via CrunchBase Just texted in via Google Voice 100 ton Jamestown Bay 4.47% mature roe 166 gm 100 ton Promisla Bay 9.4% mature roe 163 gm We will publish additional results from today's test samples within this post.

Petersburg Pilot: No 2-hour announcement yet for Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery

Image via Wikipedia Keith Chaplin March 24, 2011 The lucrative sac roe herring fishery in Sitka is falling later this year than in 2010, as no 2-hour announcement has been made by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. With one of the highest guideline harvest levels in history, approximately 50 permit holders this year will be vying for a portion of 19,490 tons of herring. While prices are not yet known for 2011, last year’s fishery netted approximately $12 million, with prices upwards of $650 per ton. So far this year, ADF&G has issued eight updates, but... . 

Japan’s Nuclear Woes Give Rise to Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

March 24th, 2011 by   Aaron Saenz Crowd-sourced maps like this one allow the public to view radiation levels as monitored by users. The world’s eyes have been on Japan, watching the nation cope with earthquakes, tsunamis, and now the threat of poisoning from nuclear radiation. While the nation’s emergency workers are making valiant efforts to combat dangers from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, concerned citizens around the globe are searching for ways to keep themselves informed and aware in case of a pending crisis. Luckily they live in an age when sharing information is as easy as logging on to the internet. In the past few weeks, several crowd-sourced radiation maps have arisen that attempt to give up to the minute looks at the threat level in the areas most likely to be affected by a catastrophe: Japan, Asia, and the US. These maps, available to the public for free online, are a timely example of how user-enabled systems are revolutionizing the way we solve problems. Tracki

Kodiak cannery provides English classes for workers

Article published on Thursday, March 24th, 2011 By LOUIS GARCIA Mirror Writer Pacific Seafoods Kodiak is bringing English as a second language (ESL) classes into the workplace by partnering with Kodiak College . “John Whiddon (general manager of Pacific Seafoods Kodiak) contacted me to ask if we could provide classes for his employees,” said Adelia Myrick, adult basic education coordinator for Kodiak College. “It’s something we had been interested in for years, so we were glad to jump on it.” The push to provide the classes for employees came from two reasons. Whiddon, an immigrant himself, employs a lot of Hispanic immigrants and understands the challenges of coming to America. The classes also benefit the company. “The plant gains an employee that is more confident and can function at a much higher level,” Whiddon said. “Folks who have participated have received it with absolute enthusiasm. So much so that we’re doing a.............

The Alaska Fisheries Report Marks 25 Years on the Air

Coming up this week, the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring fishery could kick off any minute now, the Fishing Company of Alaska has suddenly ceased operations, and can catch shares work if they're given to communities to divvy up among their fishermen? We had help this week from's  John Sackton, KFSK's  Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg,  Fish Radio's Laine Welch in Kodiak,  KBBI's  Aaron Selbig in Homer and Jacob Resneck in Kodiak. Audio >>

Southeast Herring Fisherman Face Slow Start

Image via Wikipedia Thu, March 24, 2011 Posted in  Alaska News Melati Kaye,  KCAW  – Sitka Every year, the Sitka Sound Sac Roe herring fishery kicks off Southeast Alaska’s spring commercial fishing season. Last year, March 24 marked the fishery’s first opening. This year, despite the fact that seiners and tenders have already filled town harbors, biologists are seeing signs of a slower start to the season. Audio >>