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Mar 1, 2012 - 03:10 PM AKST
NOAA cuts deal with Icicle, reduces $3.44M fine to $615K
U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for seven years of litigation against Icicle Seafoods Inc. after high-ranking officials in the U.S. Commerce Department settled on a penalty of $615,000 on Jan. 31. This despite the fact that federal prosecutors twice won $3.44 million judgments for 82 violations of the American Fisheries Act. The process of resolving the case in Icicle’s favor dates back to the first days in office for Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lubchenco was sworn in March 20, 2009, and issued an order on Icicle’s appeal 11 days later that instructed the presiding judge to reconsider half of the violations, as well as the overall size of the penalty. The NOAA Office of General Counsel won’t say much about why it overruled a judge and its own enforcement staff by settling the Icicle case for pennies on the dollar, and neither will Lubchenco. It is NOAA General Counsel policy to not discuss settlement negotiations, and Lubchenco refused to answer several other questions not related to the negotiations. Lubchenco, whose office touted her efforts to increase transparency in its response to the Journal, would not answer questions, such as how the Icicle case came to her attention, how much of the....

Mar 1, 2012 - 03:10 PM AKST
Vessel sold after red flags raised about foreign control
The American Fisheries Act was passed in 1998 to prohibit foreign control of U.S. fishing vessels, but a well-known member of the Alaska fleet and one of the state’s largest Japanese-owned processors may have been in violation of the law for the first seven years it was in effect. Evidence presented in a case recently decided against Peter Pan Seafoods for violating crab processing limits included correspondence from the Maritime Administration, or MARAD, reflecting a high level of concern about the relationship between Peter Pan, fully owned by Nichiro Corp., and the 315-foot floating processor Steller Sea. (Nichiro has since merged with Maruha Corp.) MARAD is responsible for ensuring vessel ownership complies with the citizen control requirements of the American Fisheries Act, or AFA, and issues endorsements to fish in U.S. waters. In September 2007, MARAD notified Seven Seas Fishing Co., the charter holder for the Steller Sea, that it had become aware of a $5 million line of credit the company had with Peter Pan and Nichiro with a balance that had ballooned to $10.3 million. MARAD told Seven Seas President Mark Weed that it was, “unable to provide an unqualified finding......

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Mar 1, 2012
Coming up this week: the Board of Fisheries has decided to close some territory of the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring fishery; efforts continue to reduce chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea, Icicle buys SnoPac and ASMI's boss updates the House Fisheries Committee. We had help this week from CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Ketchikan, KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham, and KUCB's Alexandra Gutierrez in Unalaska....

Kodiak: Denby Lloyd Gives Council, Assembly Crash Course in Fisheries Policy
Mar 1, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Kodiak's new fisheries adviser gave his first report Tuesday night at the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly and Kodiak City Council joint meeting. KMXT's Jennifer Canfield spoke with Denby Lloyd about some of the more pressing issues in Kodiak's fisheries and the hour-long crash course that he gave to the assembly and council....

IPHC seeks nominations for two commissioners
Posted 03/02/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
The International Pacific Halibut Commission is seeking nominations through March 19 for two individuals to fill the United States commissioners seats that expire in March. The IPHC, established by international convention in 1923, oversees research and management of halibut in U.S. and Canadian convention waters....

We're moving closer to Southeast seine buyback...

Alaskans must stand firm to protect salmon habitat
Posted: March 1, 2012 - 9:58pm
Alaska stands at an important threshold, and the decisions we make in the coming months will determine the fate of wild Alaska salmon for generations to come. Some folks from Texas want to strip-mine the Chuitna River watershed on the west side of Cook Inlet so they can send coal to China. To get to the coal, they want to destroy 11 miles of Middle Creek, a beautiful stream that is home to several species of wild Alaskan salmon. This...

Many Fuel Meters in Bristol Bay are Found to be Wrong 03/01/12
A recent effort to test many of the large fuel meters used to in the process to disperse fuel in Bristol Bay shows many of those meters are shortchanging customers. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:56)....

Coast Guard Promises Port Security for Dutch Harbor
Thu March 1, 2012
The Coast Guard is gearing up for a busy Arctic drilling season this summer – and for the protesters that are expected to accompany it. The Coast Guard will send its newest national security cutter – the 420 foot Bertholf – to the Arctic for this summer’s open water season.  That’s in addition to a buoy tender and two helicopters. The Guard is preparing for more traffic and anticipated offshore oil drilling through their Arctic Shield effort.    If Shell moves ahead with exploratory drilling this summer, the company expects to have 22 vessels in the region and 6 aircraft. They plan fly more than 300 trips from land to the drilling rigs to ferry 400 employees around.  Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo, the commander of Alaska’s Coast Guard District, was in Nome Wednesday to speak with native corporation and city leaders.   “When you have this much activity going on, there’s always the possibility of collisions, collisions, groundings, helicopter mishaps - aircraft going into...

Mar 1, 2012 - 03:18 PM AKST
State paid travel bills for board chairman in hometown
Update: The Department of Fish and Game has responded to a request for comment regarding this story. ADFG has granted waivers to Johnstone for rules prohibiting payment of travel expenses in the community of residence. Read the story here.  Board of Fisheries Chairman Karl Johnstone’s bio on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website states he has lived in Anchorage since 1967, but last October he incurred $1,440 in travel expenses for a meeting held in his hometown.....

Mar 1, 2012 - 03:18 PM AKST
Papers: Fed boat bought with fishers’ fines used for fun
BOSTON (AP) — A luxury undercover boat purchased with fines collected from fishermen was used by federal fishery police to visit dockside restaurants with friends and for high-speed “pleasure cruising,” according to documents released Feb. 17. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bought the 35-foot boat for about $300,000, so its law enforcement officers could covertly monitor whether whale watch boats in Washington’s Puget Sound were harassing the animals. But the documents indicate the boat was rarely used for official business....

ASMI out of MSC was a matter of markets, control
Posted 03/02/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Concerns ranging from maintaining market access to ongoing and increasing certification costs led to many processors opting out of a prominent fisheries sustainability certification program, a state advocate for Alaska seafoods says. In his presentation to the House Special Committee on Fisheries Feb. 21, Ray Riutta, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, spelled out the reasons why processors who collectively process 75 percent of Alaska’s salmon harvest decided to stop funding a third party certification process from the Marine Stewardship Council.Riutta said their concerns were maintaining market access, potential non-government organization control of the fishery management process, long-term devaluation of the Alaska seafood brand....

Gillnetter sentenced after fishing in closed waters
Posted: March 2, 2012 - 12:11am
The Alaska Wildlife Troopers announced Thursday that a 40-year-old Juneau man pleaded guilty this week to commercial fishing during a closed period. Christopher J. Place entered his plea in Juneau District Court on Tuesday, according to an Trooper dispatch....

Alaska's View from the Hill
Senator Lisa Murkowski talks about a lawsuit over who controls Alaska's navigable waters and more
By Sean Doogan
Story Updated: Mar 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM AKST...

Lynden named to Inbound Logistics’ Green Supply Chain List
Posted on Thu, Mar 01, 2012...

Coast Guard beefs up deployment in the Arctic
Los Angeles Times
Published: March 1st, 2012 01:46 PM
Last Modified: March 2nd, 2012 12:56 AM
SEATTLE -- With increasing ship traffic through once-frozen northern seas and the expected debut of offshore oil drilling as early as July, the U.S. Coast Guard is launching Arctic Shield, its largest-ever deployment in the Arctic Ocean.....

BBNC Promotes From Within 03/01/12
3 executives in the Bristol Bay Native Corporation have been promoted. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:13)...

AG nominee urges challenges to 'federal encroachments'
Michael Geraghty talks state's rights in confirmation hearing
Posted: March 1, 2012 - 12:10am...

dutchharbortelegraph - Two charged with Murder One ...!/haulinggear/status/175593262839644161

Network Upgrade Causing TelAlaska Outages
By Stephanie Joyce
Thu March 1, 2012...

Dish Bid for Wireless Waiver May Face Resistance From FCC, Analysts Say
By Todd Shields and Alex Sherman - Mar 1, 2012 12:43 PM GMT-0900...

FCC to vote on 700 MHz interoperability, MSS
Thu, 03/01/2012 - 3:59pm Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week...

Square Gets Approved for New York City Taxicab Pilot
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Arctic shipping: #PolarCode to regulate ship traffic in 'Wild West' delayed
CBC News | Mar 01, 2012..

DARPA Launches QR-Locating Game As Test Of Distributed Resource Gathering
posted yesterday
Say the Mayans are right, and a meteor or some other catastrophe strikes the Earth sometime later this year. Assuming we’re not all wiped out by the impact, emergency services worldwide are going to need to do some serious canvassing to assess damage, resources, and form a picture of the disaster. DARPA is running a little game, called CLIQRQuest, to look into how such a network of people might do such a task. But instead of asking people to snap pictures of reservoirs and hospitals, they’re giving cash prizes for finding QR codes....

Spray Foaming the Quinhagak Prototype House 
Mar 1 2012....

FIS - Worldnews - Chile: Salmon companies seeking new credit lines!/haulinggear/status/175593899727912960

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