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IPHC: More cuts in halibut coming, except in Southeast Nov. 30, 2011 ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Nov 30, 2011 - 06:03 PM Nothing is official yet, but IPHC staff is recommending another round of steep cuts in halibut harvests. The cuts would hit every area except Southeast Alaska, or Area 2C, which has absorbed the sharpest cuts since 2006 with a 79 percent reduction in harvest levels in the last five years. Southeast — which was held to 2.33 million pounds in the commercial sector this year and where the charter sector was held 390,000 pounds under its allocation through a 37-inch size limit — has a staff recommendation of 2.62 million pounds for the commercial side with a charter GHL of 788,000 pounds. Southcentral, or Area 3A, which had a commercial harvest of 14.86 million pounds this year, has a....

Feds suggest using Alaska Permanent Fund to cover bypass mail costs / Rural groceries to blame?

Image via Wikipedia Feds suggest using Alaska Permanent Fund to cover bypass mail costs Postal Service Inspector General issues report targeting bypass mail program Posted: November 29, 2011 - 12:02am By Pat Forgey JUNEAU EMPIRE A federal official is recommending the state tap the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay some of the costs of living in Alaska, rather than looking to the federal treasury. The suggestion quickly drew a harsh reaction from some state officials, however. The unusual recommendation came from the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General, which issued a report Monday saying the federal government should not be funding ..... Rural groceries faulted in bypass mail analysis Alaska Dispatch | Nov 29, 2011 Readers may have heard that the office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service has issued a report critical of Alaska

Canada: Govt. partners with seafood industry to implement tractability system

Camera-phone anchor @ CANADA Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 23:30 (GMT + 9) The Government of Canada is partnering with three industry organisations to put in place the building blocks for a fish and seafood traceability system that will enhance the sector's competitiveness at home and abroad, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux announced in Ottawa on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. The announcement was made at a Seafood Value Chain Round Table meeting that brings together the entire industry as well as government representatives, to discuss ways to make the sector more competitive and increase sales worldwide. "The implementation of a traceability system will greatly benefit the Canadian fish and seafood sectors by opening up more markets," said Lemieux. "This system is a win-win as it allows us to demonstrate Canada's solid fisheries and aquaculture management practices, animal health emergency management, and food safety

Hollywood forces University of Alaska to break the Internet?

Image via CrunchBase Piracy complaints prompt campus internet changes November 29th, 2011  Teresa Kennedy By October of this year, the University had received 638 complaints of copyright violations from recording industries, and still rising. The number of complaints in 2010 reached as high as 878. As a result of the complaints, the Information and Technology Services department decided to start limiting Internet access across campus. The changes are set to take place within the next two weeks. The department was frustrated with the high number of piracy complaints and the failure to remediate violators. IT released a statement in late October explaining, “over 90% of the copyright violation complaints received by UAA each quarter are found to involve student housing dorm room network access.”  Consequently, most of the adjustments will be geared towards the housing community. UAA has worked together with the Recording Industry Association of America to catch and

BC's Smoking Virus? : Was deadly fish virus detected years ago?

Image via Wikipedia Canada kept detection of salmon virus secret Originally published November 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM | Page modified November 29, 2011 at 9:47 PM A decade before this fall's salmon-virus scare, a Canadian government researcher said she found a similar virus in more than 100 wild fish from Alaska to Vancouver Island. But Canadian officials never told the public or scientists in the United States about those tests. By Craig Welch Seattle Times environment reporter A decade before this fall's salmon-virus scare, a Canadian government researcher said she found a similar virus in more than 100 wild fish from Alaska to Vancouver Island. Canadian officials never told the public or scientists in the United States about those tests — not even after evidence of the virus discovered in October was treated as an international emergency, according to documents and emails obtained by The Seattle Times. The researcher's work surfaced only this week after sh

HydroWorld: Alaska's Untapped Potential #Alaska #Energy

Alaska's Untapped Potential Throughout North America, dozens of new hydropower projects are being proposed, planned, constructed or put into operation. One location offering the greatest opportunity for new hydropower development is the state of Alaska in the United States. By Russell W. Ray High energy costs, abundant resources and a strong standard for renewable generation in the state of Alaska have created a wealth of opportunity for hydro developers. The state is home to more than 365,000 miles of rivers and 33,000 miles of coastline, making it an epicenter for hydropower development in the U.S. In this article, we share (beginning on page 10) examples of Alaska projects that best illustrate the types of new developments being pursued in the state. However, Alaska isn’t the only place in North America where new hydro facilities are being pursued. Beginning on page 15, we offer snapshots of some of the new development activity occurring in both the U.S. and

Increase in Permit Fees for a Bristol Bay Drift Permit

Image via Wikipedia 11/29/11 Many commercial fishermen who ply their trade in Bristol Bay are facing a substantial increase in their permit renewal fees. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story. (4:14) Audio >>

New Study: People who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week may be protecting their brains from Alzheimer’s disease

Image via Wikipedia Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 11/30/2011 By Rob Stein People who eat baked or broiled fish at least once a week may be protecting their brains from Alzheimer’s disease and other brain problems, researchers reported Wednesday. Cyrus Raji of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and colleagues conducted brain scans on 260 healthy adults and examined whether there was......

Sealaska's final selection

Posted: November 30, 2011 - 12:00am By PETER METCALFE From a historical point of view, Sealaska’s final selection of 85,000 acres — the focus of considerable controversy — is a small matter, especially compared to what might have been. Admittedly, even 1 acre acquired by Sealaska near land of personal concern could be a big deal, but consider for a moment how Native claims in Southeast might have played out under different circumstances. Prior to Alaska becoming a state, there was only one Alaska Native organization representing the interests of Alaska’s indigenous people: the Grand Camp of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Alaska Native Sisterhood, composed of.......

Tastiest Catch – LaDonna Gundersen’s New Salmon Cookbook Will Get You Hooked #ladonnarose ‘Salmon, Desserts & Friends’ is a collection of scrumptious recipes, fishing stories and captivating images by Alaskan commercial salmon fisherwoman whose passion is catching, cooking and eating salmon; the fifty-four salmon recipes are quick and easy to prepare, yet will delight any foodie. Ketchikan, Alaska (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 For LaDonna Gundersen, author of Salmon Desserts & Friends (paperback, 135 pages, $18.95), catching, cooking and eating salmon is her passion. A California girl, she got hooked on Alaska, fishing and husband Ole (not necessarily in that order!) more than twenty years ago and has never looked back. As chief deck hand and galley cook on the LaDonna Rose, their 32-foot commercial fishing vessel based in Ketchikan, Alaska, she’s responsible for all their meals. These are often prepared on the fly, on a rocking and rolling boat, in a tiny 4x7 foot galley (kitchen). Yet she refuses to stock the galley with....

Coast Guard Safety Committee Works to Standardize Training

Image via Wikipedia 6:20PM Tue November 29, 2011 By Alexandra Gutierrez Commercial fishing is risky business, and managing that risk doesn’t come cheap. The Coast Guard’s Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Advisory Committee is tasked with figuring out ways to make the industry as safe as possible without putting people out of business with burdensome costs. They meet twice a year, and they come up with recommendations for how the Coast Guard can improve its safety policy. This month, they gathered in Seattle to discuss training standards and classification of smaller fishing vessels. When it comes to training, the committee is working to... More..... Pacific Marine Expo Highlights 'Man Overboard' Prevention 11/29/11 Man overboard remains a main cause of death for fishermen nationwide. Experts discussed the problem and preventing it during a panel at the Pacific Marine Expo in S

Sackton: Reform of Catch Limits Possible this year #NOAA

Uploaded November 30, 2011 A bill with bi-partisan support may get fast tracked this year that would change the way NOAA sets Annual catch limits - helping focus on major stocks and eliminating a requirement for ACL's on the 400 + stocks for which no data is available... Video > Image via  Wikipedia

$2.25 : Californians begin cracking shells #Dungeness #California

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Seafood processors essentially flipped an extra quarter into the pot Monday and, with that, local fishermen dashed to their boats and rumbled out of San Francisco Bay in a mad scramble for Dungeness crab. The commercial crab season officially began moments after Central California crab fishermen and seafood processors agreed to a price of $2.25 per pound for the spindly crustaceans. "We'll have crab on the market by Wednesday or Thursday," said Larry Collins, head of the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association, who.......

NatGeo: Strongholds in the Pacific Rim; Keep Salmon Wild #Kamchatka

Posted by International League of Conservation Photographers November 29, 2011 Sockeye salmon spawn from July through February in Kuril Lake on South Kamchatka In 1892, Livingston Stone, a Minister and avid fisherman called upon the US government to create a salmon park, saying, “Let us now, at the eleventh hour, take pity on our long persecuted salmon and do him the poor and tardy justice of giving him, in our broad land that he has done so much for, one place where he can come and go unmolested and where he can rest in safety.” We have yet to pay attention to those great words, stated over a century ago. While recovery efforts are critical in some areas, the nations of the North Pacific must work together to create and maintain a network of strong, healthy salmon ecosystems – strongholds of diversity and abundance. This proactive investment in robust salmon ecosystems provides an alternative to waiting until near extinction to try to reverse the effects of habitat d

FAA searching for space-based positioning provider / Private planes to pay Feds $100.00/flight? #Iridium #GlobalStar #GPS #FAA

Image via Wikipedia FAA searching for space-based ADS-B provider By: JOHN CROFT WASHINGTON DC 20 hours ago One possible option for the service would be through a new Iridium NEXT constellation which should be in place by 2018. Iridium plans to begin building the constellation in 2015 using SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicles. The constellation is to have 66 operational spacecraft and six on-orbit spares. Satellites, built by Thales Alenia, would include ADS-B receivers that pick up ADS-B data transmitted from aircraft and relay the surveillance data to ground stations which then would route the data to the FAA. Alaskan company ADS-B Technologies also has a network the company says could provide the service based on a constellation of Globalstar satellites that will be operational in 2013.... Murkowski to Obama: Rethink General Aviation Fees November 29, 2011 - Sen

Durban Climate Change Conference: US refusal to negotiate carbon emissions cuts risks derailing summit

By  Aislinn Laing , Durban and Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent 3:44PM GMT 30 Nov 2011 US refusal to negotiate legally-binding carbon emissions cuts risks derailing a UN summit convened to tackle climate change, environmental groups have warned in a letter to Hillary Clinton.... Environmental activists demonstrate outside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban   Photo: REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

New pics of Shinshin, the stealth fighter (photo)

By Stephen Trimble on November 30, 2011 2:37 PM New photos have appeared showing the wingless full-scale radar cross section model of Japan's Mitsubishi ATD-X Shinshin (or, 心神, which Google somehow translates to "Mind and Body" -- can any Japanese speakers explain how "Shinshin" translates into two different words?). These photos were snapped surreptitiously (see the "no camera" sign in front of the model!) at the Japan Aerospace 2008 exhibit. The ATD-X is a....

Google Maps Goes Indoors! (USA / Japan) (See inside IKEA - video)

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Google maps inside? No freaking way...  Yep ...  Hot on the wires now. 29/google-maps-for-android- now-lets-you-explore-the- great-indoors-and-find-the- nearest-restroom/ 11/29/google-maps-6-0-hits- android-adds-indoor- navigation-for-retail/ google-maps-the-great-indoors- android-only-102742 Demo > USA/Japan location list > Upload a floor plan > Unlisted vdeo on uploading a floor plan.. Take Google Maps inside IKEA Take Google Maps inside the Airport

China Starts Country’s First Salmon Farm

Image by Tequila Partners via Flickr November 25, 2011 - 4:28 pm In northeast China, just 87 miles from the North Korean border lies the city of Benxi ( google map ) The region’s steep slopes and narrow valleys channel 33-inches of annual rainfall into a reservoir that holds China’s first salmon farm. The farm may be the start of new competition for Alaska’s wild caught salmon...... Audio >>

IPHC (live webcast link) to announce preliminary recommended 2012 catch limits for #halibut 2012 #Alaska

Image via Wikipedia Posted: November 29, 2011 - 12:01am JUNEAU EMPIRE STAFF REPORT The International Pacific Halibut Commission will webcast a briefing on its stock assessment and preliminary recommended catch limits for 2012. The webcast is open to the public. However, in-person attendance at the meeting is still limited.... Link to attend webcast here You know the drill....

Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham recalling 4 ounce "transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Smoked Salmon" #Listeria

Image by iwona_kellie via Flickr FOOD RECALLS Smoked Salmon Recalled for Listeria Concerns BY NEWS DESK | NOV 29, 2011 Trans-Ocean Products of Bellingham, WA is recalling its 4 ounce "transOCEAN Wild Alaska Sockeye Smoked Salmon" with lot numbers 1280W and 1293W because the fish may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.....

Alaska scientists want BC mining development assessed

Image via Wikipedia by The Associated Press Nov 28, 2011 ..... The 36 scientists signed a letter sent Nov. 15 to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark regarding projects that could affect the Unuk, Stikine and Iskut river watersheds.... This story is much bigger at FYI... HG 

Kodiak: Federal Cuts Hitting Fish Byproduct Program at Fishery Industrial Technology Center #Alaska #USDA

International Arctic Research Center, Fairbanks Image via Wikipedia Nov 28, 2011 Jay Barrett/KMXT             Federal funding for one of the programs at the Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak was eliminated by congress when it passed the "Mini-Bus" spending package earlier this month. Keith Criddle, director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fisheries Division, said the cut was to the Agriculture Research Service arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture....

Ketchikan Daily: Fish; it’s what’s for dinner, and it’s been that way for a really long time

11/28/2011 True then, true now Fish; it’s what’s for dinner, and it’s been that way for a really long time. A new study shows that humans, who have eaten fish for the past 2 million years, became expert deep-sea fishermen as long as 42,000 years ago. It isn’t a huge surprise that ancient humans ate fish. It’s a great, delicious source of.... Halibut Schooners in Ketchikan.. A long time ago. SitNews article by local historian in Ketchikan >

Coast Guardsman exhibits #leadership #USCG #Alaska #USAF

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 Posted by:  PA2 Charly Hengen ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas Marcoux receives the Air Force Airman Leadership School academic achievement award at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Oct. 28, 2011. The noted author John Maxwell said leadership is influence; and one Coast Guard petty officer is trying to positively influence his co-workers at Marine Safety Detachment Kenai. Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Marcoux, a marine science technician, was awarded the Air Force Airman Leadership School academic achievement award and the distinguished graduate award Oct. 28, 2011. He attended the Air Force ALS for five weeks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Marcoux had the highest overall average on academic evaluations and was in the top 10 percent overall in all graded areas and leadership skills at the academy. While attending the school, Marcoux learned about professional writing, official correspondence, public speaking and leadership

#Alaska Begich Google+: Can the Postal Service Afford Alaska Bypass? #Google+

U.S. Senator Mark Begich Google+   -   Yesterday 3:34 PM   -   Public Post url > Washington D.C. government auditors are proposing some out-of-touch changes to the Bypass mail program, which keeps goods and supplies flowing to rural Alaska. Anyone with a Facebook account can comment on their new idea of using the Permanent Fund to fund their constitutional obligation. Tell the USPS that this is a bad idea here: Can the Postal Service Afford Alaska Bypass? Can the Postal Service Afford Alaska Bypass? Posted by RARC Host HA on Nov 28, 2011 in Pricing & Rates | 0 comments. Wp Greetings icon. Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscrib... More >

Globalstar: Christmas gifts for all in Low Earth Orbit - 6 more birds to fly Dec 25, 2011

Pat's Seafood & Cajun Deli in  Covington ,  Louisiana Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 09:37 Written by TradersHuddle Staff COVINGTON, La., Nov. 29, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT), a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments and consumers, today announced plans to launch six new second-generation satellites on December 25th. Globalstar made the decision after consulting with satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space and has been informed by launch services provider Arianespace and their Roscosmos team partners that the launch is now confirmed. "We are very pleased to announce that we are proceeding with our launch plans for a December 25th launch date," said Jay Monroe, Chairman and...

NYT: Partnership Preserves Livelihoods and Fish Stocks

By  LESLIE KAUFMAN Published: November 27, 2011 Peter DaSilva for The New York Times Stevie Fitz leases a fishing permit from the Nature Conservancy. He reports his catches as part of the group's effort to manage fish stocks in Half Moon Bay.....

Sitnews letter: 'Good news!! BCHydro with a power line 100 miles East of Petersburg' #Energy #Alaska #Canada #Durban #COP17

Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions Good news, Good news!! By A. M. Johnson   November 29, 2011 Tuesday AM Editor Sitnews, Good news!! The announcement that BCHydro is under construction with a power line distribution system from Terrace B.C to an interior of B.C. point 100 miles East of Petersburg is confirmation to the long discussed option of connecting to lower energy cost through development of a commercial access point from the Bradfield Canal South of Wrangell. As understand , the potential of electrical cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $.04 per KW may be possible. There has been much discussion with actual contact made between Wrangell elected officials to such a electrical connection not to mention the potential of.... In the orb..... Google: Visualizing water and energy solutions in a warming world Monday, November 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM Editor’s Note:  Today’s guest author is

Alaska-grown "Hallelujah" video crosses the million eyeball mark #Youtube #Alaska

From the ADN Twitter feed today >>!/adndotcom/statuses/141268359613394945 Very cool!

Kodiak Electric Association Turning to Batteries to Smooth Power Spikes / The Great Global Warming Fizzle #ClimateChange #SmartGrid

Image via Wikipedia Kodiak Electric Association Turning to Batteries to Smooth Power Spikes Nov 28, 2011 Jennifer Canfield/KMXT             In 2009 the Kodiak Electric Association installed three wind turbines on Pillar Mountain and the project has been so successful KEA President and CEO Darron Scott says that they are planning to install three more on the south facing ridgeline of the mountain. He says KEA is also planning to install an additional turbine at the 25-year-old Terror Lake dam which will increase its capacity by 50 percent.... Audio >> The Great Global Warming Fizzle NOVEMBER 29, 2011 The climate religion fades in spasms of anger and twitches of boredom. How do religions die? Generally they don't, which probably explains why there's so little literature on the subject. Zoroastrianism, for instance, lost many of its sacred texts when Alexander sacked Persepolis in 3