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LA Times: FDA faces opposition over genetically engineered salmon

Image via Wikipedia A group of eight senators is asking the FDA to cease consideration of the fish as food, and is threatening to pull funding for the study if the agency does not comply. By Andrew Seidman, Washington Bureau July 31, 2011 Reporting from Washington— A group of senators has asked the Food and Drug Administration to abandon its approval process of genetically engineered salmon as food, threatening to push legislation to strip the FDA's funding to study the fish if the agency does not comply. Eight senators sent a letter dated July 15 to the FDA asking it to "immediately cease" consideration of such salmon, a product brought before the agency by AquaBounty Technologies 15 years ago. AquaBounty's proposal calls for the embryos of the fish to be sterilized in Canada before being shipped to Panama, where the males would be exposed to estrogen and sex-reversed. If the FDA rules in favor, the salmon would become the first genetically modified fish appr

Alaskan Pioneers Make Innovative Use of Fish Waste

By  Melati Kaye, KDLG - Dillingham  |  July 28, 2011 I n Alaska, fish is an important component of daily life-as a form of food, the base of the seafood harvesting and processing industry and the target of a sport fishing tourism industry. But a few pioneers are testing out whether it might be a perfect supplement to farming in the state. Audio >>

2011 Sockeye Run to Bristol Bay Comes in Below Forecast... Why?

07/18/11 With some sockeye still trickling into Bristol Bay it looks like the total run will get to about 30-million fish. That’s significantly below the preseason forecasts. KDLG’s Mike Mason examined how the forecasts are generated and what might be to blame for the smaller than forecast run this year. ( 6:01 ) Audio >>

Young's Yukon-Charley preserve provision criticized

ADD-ON: Park service warns rider will open dredge mining, cancel subsistence fishing. By RICHARD MAUER Published: July 30th, 2011 10:53 PM Last Modified: July 30th, 2011 10:53 PM The National Park Service's Alaska region is warning that Yukon-Charley National Preserve could be opened to dredge mining and closed to subsistence fishing under a provision inserted into the Interior Department budget bill by Rep. Don Young. Young's provision, Section 116, was the subject of a blustery, 37-minute debate on the House floor Wednesday when a Democrat from Washington state, Rep. Norm Dicks, tried to strip it from the budget. Dicks' amendment failed in the Republican-controlled House. Young, R-Alaska, said Section 116 was designed to restrict the Park Service from conducting the kind of boat safety inspections that led to a confrontation between rangers and a 70-year-old Central resident in September. But the Park Service analysis, released by the agency Fr

Permit values, fish prices skyrocket

LAINE WELCH FISHERIES Published: July 30th, 2011 07:57 PM Last Modified: July 30th, 2011 07:58 PM The value of Alaska fishing permits and catch shares has taken a big jump, along with fish prices. The Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission posts permit values for state fisheries, catch share transactions are overseen by federal managers, and brokers track and list actual asking prices and offers for the whole, well, kettle of fish. A sampler from four brokerage websites shows hefty increases in values nearly across the board: For Alaska's bellwether salmon fishery at Bristol Bay, most drift permits are .....

Groundfish, crab, halibut issues on tap for Dutch Harbor meeting

July 30th 3:58 pm | Margaret Bauman Groundfish, crab and halibut issues are on tap for the fall meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at Dutch Harbor. The federal council has set aside 12 hours apiece for groundfish harvest specifications and Bering Sea/Aleutian Island crab issues, plus eight hours for an initial review of a salmon fishery management plan, and four hours for halibut management issues, including an initial review and final action on community quota entity vessel use caps. These and all related sessions of the council, its advisory panel and statistical and scientific committee will be held at the Grand Aleutian Hotel Sept. 28-Oct. 4.....


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Alaska PolarBearGate Update 07-30-2011

Related... Scientist's suspension unrelated to polar bear paper, official says NO 'WITCH HUNT': It came from another subject, he writes. By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press Published: July 29th, 2011 10:16 PM Last Modified: July 29th, 2011 10:17 PM JUNEAU -- The recent suspension of Alaska wildlife biologist Charles Monnett is unrelated both to an article that he wrote about presumably drowned Arctic polar bears and to his scientific work, a federal official said Friday. The director of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Enforcement and Regulation, told agency staff in Alaska via email that it instead was the result of new information on a separate subject that was recently brought to officials' attention. The email, written by Michael Bromwich, was obtained by The Associated Press. There has been no "'witch hunt' to suppress the work of our many scien

Google goes on deck in Half Moon Bay, California.. Gone fishin’—piloting community supported fisheries at Google

Google Culinary in Half Moon Bay, Calif. 7/29/2011 09:39:00 AM (Cross-posted on the  Google Green Blog ) I've always loved the ocean—I was born in Shanghai, which means "upon the sea.” And as a chef, I'm always drawn to food that claims a spirit of place. After moving to California, near   Half Moon Bay , I began visiting the docks to buy seafood, and got to know the fishermen. Over time, it became evident to me that this part of our food supply is broken: many consumers purchase stale, unsustainably-raised fish from chain grocers. Meanwhile, fishermen often sell their diminishing catch to wholesalers at a very low profit, meaning their livelihoods are no longer sustained by their catch. There’s also the environmental factor to consider: Overfishing and illegal practices cause worldwide decline in ocean wildlife populations and wreak havoc on underwater habitats—not to mention the carbon footprint of transporting seafood far from its origin. Google’s chefs ha

Anchorage slam! Fish and Game emergency order opens Fish Creek to dipnetting

By Sue Deyoe ~ July 27th, 2011 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game as issued an emergency order to open Fish Creek in the Big Lake drainage to personal use dipnetting. The opening starts at 6 a.m. on Friday July 29th and runs thru Sunday July 31st at 11 pm. King salmon can not be retained. All other salmon species are legal. Fishing is allowed all three days from 6 a.m. to 11 pm. Participants have to have a 2011 Cook Inlet personal use permit and.... More >

Is there room for young captains in the Alaska fishery?

The “Graying of the fleet” was the subject of the last State Legislature’s Fisheries Caucus earlier this spring —demonstrating that the aging demographic of Alaska’s fishing fleet is not just a concern for old fishermen sipping coffee at Petersburg’s coastal cold storage sandwich shop or taking tea in their Naknek living room. It’s a state-wide concern with economic ramifications. Melati Kaye has the details. ( 8:41 ) Audio >> In the orb... Mexico's unemployment rate is now 4.9 percent, compared with 9.4 percent joblessness in the United States.... Saturday, July 30, 2011

Late Season Togiak fishery bigger than in years past

The Togiak fishing district season opened to all Bristol bay drift boats on Wednesday and both biologists and processors say that the effort there is higher this year than in the recent past. However, the cohos—that characterize the end of the season fishery there—haven’t shown up in numbers yet. Fisheries reporter Melati Kaye has the details. ( 3:13 ) Audio >>

Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association Seeks Strong Backs to Assist in Salmon Egg Roundup

Brianna Gibbs/KMXT Interested in matchmaking? How about for fish? The Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association will start its annual egg take season in August and is calling for volunteers to help with the process. As KMXT's Brianna Gibbs explains, the process isn't easy, but vital to the fishing economy of Kodiak. Audio >>

Celebration of Prince of Wales Watershed Restoration Planned

July 29, 2011 Friday On Thursday, August 25, the public is invited to take part in the Prince of Wales Restoration Celebration, a day-long series of activities that will commemorate the completion of the Harris River project. First, a daytime tour of the extensive project site leaves Craig High School at 11:00 a.m. Lunch and transportation will be provided. Then, at 5:00 p.m. at Craig High School, the evening events will feature dinner and an awards ceremony, followed by a performance by the Klawock Heenya Dancers and a slide presentation by acclaimed photographer Amy Gulick, author of the book, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest. Gulick’s talk also marks the opening of an exhibition of photographs from her book at Craig High School. The entire event is free and open to the public.....

BC Pinks get MSC Blessing

28 July 2011 The independent certification body, Moody Marine Limited, has awarded Marine Stewardship Council certification to three British Columbia pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) salmon fisheries that were entered into assessment by the Canadian Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Society. Certification to the MSC standard means the fisheries have been found to be sustainable and well-managed following a rigorous assessment that included an open, transparent process and scientific peer review. With certification, the fisheries are now eligible to display the MSC ecolabel. The assessment process included stakeholder engagement by British Columbia (BC) conservation organizations that provided important additional information to the assessment team. The certifier’s final report reflects a collaborative effort to address concerns proactively and identify specific fishery improvements over the five year life of the certification. For instance, the certification body attached requir

Ex-Ketchikan man preserved Lady Gaga's meat dress

by Scott Bowlen / Ketchikan Daily News Jul 29, 2011 KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Well known as a musician in Ketchikan during the late 1970s and '80s, Sergio Vigilato aka Sergio 2000 now is renowned for a different type of music-related endeavor. Vigilato is the California-based taxidermist who preserved Lady Gaga's "meat dress" for display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The unusual project has prompted a swarm of media interest in the 66-year-old former Southeast Alaska charter boat skipper who's originally from Brazil. "I've gotten interviewed from all over the world," Vigilato told the Daily News on Wednesday. "And I'm just a country boy." Although he left Ketchikan in 1988, Vigilato still remembers the First City fondly his truck's license plate reads "NAHABAY" and he hopes to resume residence here eventually. "I miss that rock big time," he said. Vigilato currently op

Bristol Bay Fisheries Report July 29th, 2011

07/29/11 The Bay’s few remaining fisheries in Togiak and the Nushagak districts;concerns of academics and policy makers in the state over the graying of the fishing fleet and growing vegetables—could that be another use for fish guts? ( 23:18 ) Audio >>

Coast Guard, multiple agencies conduct joint search and rescue exercise north of Barrow (Video/Photos)

USCG:   07/28/2011 BARROW, Alaska – Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat – Small crewmembers and Air Force, Alaska Air National Guard and North Slope Borough personnel work together to locate and recover 10 various shaped and weighted buoys, which were used to simulate people in the water after a sailboat accident in the Arctic Ocean July 27, 2011. The joint rescue force consisting worked together to better understand each agencies capabilities and concerns during a maritime mass causality event. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew searches for various shaped and weighted buoys from the airplane over the Arctic Ocean July 27, 2011. The buoys were used to simulate people in the water during a joint rescue exercise comprised of Air Force, Alaska Air National Guard and North Slope Borough personnel all searching for 10 simulated people in the water after a sailboat accident in the Arctic Ocean. U.S. Coa

More Bycatch but Bigger Runs for Alaska Chum Salmon

Image via Wikipedia Thu July 28, 2011 By Alexandra Gutierrez The Bering Sea pollock fleet continues to struggle with chum bycatch, but impact on subsistence fishing in western Alaska appears to be limited. KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez has more. Audio >> Related.... First Fall Chums Heading up Yukon River By Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks | July 28, 2011 The first fall chums are heading up the Yukon River. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jeff Estensen says the run, which began on the lower Yukon last week, is expected to be stronger than recent years. Estensen says the fall chum run is below average but better than 2009 and 2010, when it was around 500,000 fish. He says there’s a strong correlation between summer and fall chum runs on the Yukon, and the summer run was relatively strong. Estensen says strong chum runs on the Kuskowim and to Norton Sound also have managers optimistic about the f

NEW Red Lobster TV Commercial "Alaska Crabfest"

We've seen this one numerous times on cable TV over the past 48 hrs or so.... Good stuff.. PS: Looks like RL guys found some new Opilio grounds? Icebergs and calm waters right next to the beach....... Nice! ;-)

British television chef visits Petersburg to shoot program on seafood sustainability Keith Chaplin July 28, 2011 A celebrity chef from England visited Petersburg this week as part of a television series promoting sustainable seafood. Phil Vickery, a popular chef in Britain, filmed a cooking segment for a group of over 40 residents in Bojer Wikan Fishermen’s Memorial Park on Sing Lee Alley using local king crab and halibut on Tuesday, July 26. The session will air on British television in October. On the menu Tuesday were breaded halibut cheeks, king crab salad, marinated king crab legs and an Asian style raw halibut. At the conclusion of the show, those in the audience were given forks to sample taste the chef’s concoctions. Tuesday’s cooking show was accompanied by a catered reception put on by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). Featuring seafood dishes from Inga’s Galley, the event was a hit with those in attendance. Joe Jacobson, the international program director for ASMI, said showcasing Petersburg and giving the community

KDLD wrap on Bristol Bay 2011

There have been many adjectives used to describe the 2011 sockeye salmon season in Bristol Bay. They include STRANGE… DISAPPOINTING… and AVERAGE. KDLG’s Mike Mason looked over the data… spoke to some stakeholders and experts… and filed this report. ( 4:48 ) Audio >>

Judge defers ruling on summary judgment on Pebble

Image via Wikipedia July 27th 4:36 pm | Margaret Bauman Alaska Superior Court Judge John Suddock has deferred a ruling on summary judgment motions for an initiative on Lake and Peninsula Borough's October election ballot, a measure that could affect development of proposed Pebble mine. Suddock's decision, handed down July 26, was made available by attorneys today. The so-called "Save Our Salmon" initiative is aimed at prohibiting construction of large scale mining activities within the borough, to prevent adverse impact on dozens of salmon spawning streams. The Pebble Partnership, which has been doing exploration for several years on state lands at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed and plans to....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett

Coming up this week: the fall chum run on the Yukon has started, and managers are expecting it to be strong; NOAA has a new plan to address the problem of the charter industry constantly exceeding their harvest limits; and the lessons learned from the ammonia leak at a Sitka cannery. We had help from KUAC's Dan Bross in Fairbanks, KBBI's Marcia Lynn in Homer, CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau, and KCAW's Ed Ronco and Robert Woolsey in Sitka. Audio >>

Japan told of more radiation exposure

1,600 workers, cattle feed cited By Christopher Johnson - Special to The Washington Times 8:41 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2011 TOKYO — Japanese authorities this week released information that paints a more worrisome picture of the ongoing nuclear crisis than the central government has previously admitted. More than 1,600 workers may have been exposed to dangerous limits of radiation in the first weeks after the March 11 tsunami swamped the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station about 150 miles northeast of Tokyo, according to a government report completed in April. Meanwhile, the Agriculture Ministry announced that at least 2,900 cattle ate rice straw contaminated with radioactive isotopes above legal limits, leaving thousands of consumers across Japan wondering whether they have ingested cancer-causing particles. In addition, authorities posted online maps showing the fallout of radioactive cesium and iodine from a “nuclear cloud” that floated over the greater Tokyo area, h

Looking To Sink Their Teeth Into Some Tasty Northwest Startups, Google Takes A Bite Of PIE (Bacon on the side)

MG SIEGLER - TechCrunch posted 8 hours ago ..................  So why does Google want a piece of this? Again, the roster they’ve already put out there is impressive.   BankSimple ,   Urban Airship ,   COLOURlovers ,   PHP Fog , are the already-funded bigger names. Then there are the quirky players, like Bac’n — a startup to sell bacon on the Internet, which was quickly   acquired   by Bacon Freaks. You can’t make this stuff up............. Phone candy Related >>

Drudge: New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism...

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Drudge: Alaska researcher who documented polar bears demise in Artic placed on leave...

Image via CrunchBase By   BECKY BOHRER - Associated Press   |   AP  –  4 hrs ago ....  They said their observations suggested the bears drowned in rough seas and high winds and "suggest that drowning-related deaths of polar bears may increase in the future if the observed trend of regression of pack ice and/or longer open water periods continues." The article and presentations drew national attention and helped make the polar bear something of a poster child for the global warming movement. Al Gore's mention of the polar bear in his documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," came up during investigators' questioning of Gleason in January. In May 2008, the U.S. classified the polar bear as a threatened species, the first with its survival at risk due to global warming. According to a transcript, investigator Eric May asked Gleason his thoughts on Gore referencing the dead polar bears. Gleason said none of the polar bear papers he has writ

Review Panel Questions NMFS' Science on Steller Sea Lions

Wed July 27, 2011 By   Alexandra Gutierrez Last week, a scientific panel put together by the states of Alaska and Washington quietly released a draft report on the management of Steller sea lions, an issue that’s been at the center of controversy in the Aleutian region for years. The document is a critique of the National Marine Fisheries Service 2010 biological opinion on the endangered western stock, who... Audio/Text >>

Alaskan Airborne Water Jump Operations #badass #USA

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Sprint, LightSquared enter 15-year pact for LTE

Image via Wikipedia By Larry Dignan | July 28, 2011, 3:50am PDT Sprint has inked a wholesale 4G LTE deal with LightSquared that diversifies the carrier’s network. The agreement runs for 15 years. For the wireless carrier, LightSquared gives Sprint an option for LTE—it currently offers 4G services via WiMax and Clearwire. The LightSquared deal falls under Sprint’s Network Vision plan. LightSquared will pay Sprint to deploy and operate an LTE network. LightSquared will be able to sell its 4G service through Sprint and other carriers. The terms of the deal go like this.... Related: Sprint and LightSquared confirm agreement, 15 years worth of LTE network sharing and more By  Tim Stevens   posted  Jul 28th 2011 7:19AM .........This is of course good news for Sprint and naturally for LightSquared, which is trying desperately to put the whole  GPS fiasco behind it. The loser?  Clearwire ,