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Adak Hills with Dark Clouds
Adak Hills with Dark Clouds (Photo credit: jomilo75)
Halibut 2012 begins today at high-noon .. http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/03/off-we-go-on-another-long-season.html  More > http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/031612_fish_factor.html / http://www.seattlepi.com/business/press-releases/article/Alaska-s-Halibut-and-Black-Cod-Season-Opens-3411910.php

PickFish Tales
Adventures of a Woman Commercial Fishing in Alaska
Friday, March 16, 2012
A Fisherman's Reverence
This has been a sad, sad week for fishermen and their loved ones.  Some are calling it the “most deadly 24 hours” in recent history for the Pacific.   Off the coast of Washington and Oregon, six men, five fishermen and one federal fisheries observer, lost their lives this week and three boats have been lost.  Four men are missing from the 70-foot  F/V Lady Cecelia, a trawler fishing off the coast of Washington.  The U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search last Sunday.  Two other men lost their lives when their boat capsized near Gold Beach.  A third boat, the F/V Chevelle ran aground on... http://pickfishtales.blogspot.com/2012/03/fishermans-reverence.html


Dillingham City Council Passes Ordinances Related to the Proposal to Annex the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District 03/16/12
At their last meeting the Dillingham City Council took several actions related to the upcoming annexation vote in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (4:06)... http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1788


1:20PM
Fri March 16, 2012
Gov. Parnell Announces NPFMC Picks
By Stephanie Joyce
Governor Sean Parnell has announced his picks for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Two seats will open on the Council in August and Parnell is casting his vote with the Anchorage residents who currently fill them.   Ed Dersham and Dan Hull are both... http://kucb.org/post/gov-parnell-announces-npfmc-picks

Alaska to test some recreational shellfish beaches for toxin
by Matt Lichtenstein
March 16, 2012 7:36 am
The State of Alaska plans to start monitoring recreational beaches for Paralytic Shellfish Toxins in a few communities this year. It will be the first time the Department of Environmental conservation tests NON-commercially harvested clams and other shellfish for the dangerous substance.... http://www.kfsk.org/2012/03/16/alaska-to-test-some-recreational-shellfish-beaches-for-toxin/

Pen Air likely to take over Adak flights
March 16th 5:36 pm | Carey Restino
Just as things seemed to be looking up for the city of Adak, the town got word this month that its air service may be changing dramatically this summer. Alaska Airlines, which had been servicing Adak with twice-weekly service in a Boeing 737 jet, won't be reapplying for the Essential Air Service Program contract. Adak City Manager Layton Lockett said he spoke with Alaska Airlines officials last week, but the flat lined federal subsidy, combined with fuel costs that have jumped some 30 percent, caused the company to pull out.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1211pen_air_likely_to_take_over_adak_flights

A new school for Unalaska?
March 16th 5:28 pm | Jim Paulin
Because of a growing student population, Unalaska might need to build a new school, the school board's chairwoman said this week. Tammy Fowler Pound said the increased enrollment is straining the school's capacity. "Pretty soon we'll be talking about another school," she said at a Monday's budget meeting. The Unalaska City School District is proposing a budget of $7.5 million for the next fiscal year, a 4.35 percent increase. The proposal was described as a "status quo" budget by school district business manager Holly Holman, with employee benefits providing the biggest single increase at 31 percent over the current year because of... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1211a_new_school_for_unalaska


New publisher named for Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
by Rod Boyce
Mar 17, 2012 | 677 views
FAIRBANKS — Longtime newspaper executive Bill Kunerth has been named publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, owner William Dean Singleton announced Friday.... Kunerth, 57, has served as publisher of the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello for the past nine years. He previously worked as publisher at newspapers in the West and Midwest, including in Ellensburg, Wash.; Lake Tahoe, Calif.; Whitefish, Mont.; and Spearfish, S.D... http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/17918214/article-New-publisher-named-for-Fairbanks-Daily-News-Miner

Great journalism already abounds on the Net
Posted: March 16, 2012 - 12:15am
By HANS PETER IBOLD
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Amid the withering of newspaper revenues and the ascent of Facebook, it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that social media refers to tools for connecting with others and sharing information. These media aren’t inherently transformative. They’re tools with no fixed outcomes.... http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2012-03-16/great-journalism-already-abounds-net

Fishermen to rally in DC as industry struggles
JAY LINDSAY
Associated Press
BOSTON — Fishermen from California to New England plan to rally for their struggling industry in Washington next week with an election year message for Congress: helping the fishing industry will save jobs.... http://ap.juneauempire.com/pstories/state/ak/20120316/969822133.shtml

March 17, 2012
Washington fish rally: many locals sitting out
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Despite the cod crisis and the tenuous state of the region's commercial and recreational industries — or perhaps because of the weighty problems — Gloucester is not expected to be heavily represented at the second bicoastal "Keep Fishermen Fishing" rally Wednesday in Washington, D.C.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x426443416/Washington-fish-rally-many-locals-sitting-out

March 16, 2012
Seafood group backs off catch share spin
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
After much criticism from its members and external industry sources, a draft letter by a subdivision of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition seeking a congressional subsidy has been scrubbed of its optimistic perspective and rewritten.... http://www.gloucestertimes.com/local/x1511617116/Seafood-group-backs-off-catch-share-spin


MAR 16, 2012, 12:42 PM
Lines Outside Apple Store Worth $700 Million
By Quentin Fottrell
The gadget-hungry masses lining up to buy the new iPad today pay Apple twice, experts say: First $499 and up for the new tablet, and then by forking over hundreds of millions of dollars in free publicity.... http://blogs.smartmoney.com/advice/2012/03/16/lines-outside-apples-store-worth-700-million/