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Seiners out of West Behm Canal herring fishery
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 2, 2012 8:40 PM
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Alaska’s Board of Fisheries voted Friday to take purse seiners out of a Ketchikan-area herring fishery. That came after an earlier vote against shutting it down altogether. The West Behm Canal sac roe herring fishery, east and north of Ketchikan, is frequently closed. That’s because returns are unpredictable, and often low.But when enough fish show up, seiners and gillnetters make a go at it. They take turns in alternating years when the numbers are good. But a proposal approved by the board took the seiners out of the mix. It came from Petersburg gillnetter Arnold Enge. His plan was among 26 considered by...

95 props still to be decided
By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer Thursday was a relatively quiet day for the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Ketchikan. The board committee working on sport, subsistence and personal-use fishery proposals completed its meetings Thursday morning, concluding the work of the board’s four small committees. Read more... (password req.) ...

Dillingham: From NAPA building to science center
March 2nd 3:41 pm | Hannah Heimbuch
As enrollment and programs continue to grow, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus is opening new doors — in more ways than one.
In October of 2011 they finalized the $750,000 purchase of the Dillingham Napa building, a two-story structure across the street from campus. The building is slated for service as the new campus science center. It will house the nursing program and other allied health programs — such as training for certified nursing assistants and personal care attendants — as well as environmental studies, ecosystem health and sustainable energy programs. "We're growing by leaps and bounds," said director Deborah McLean. "So it would allow us to...

Ice wants snow crabbing in June
March 2nd 3:24 pm | Jim Paulin
With the ice closing back in this week in the Pribilof Islands, the group representing most of the snow crab quota ownership wants an extension of the season beyond the scheduled closing date of May 31, as a precautionary measure. Jake Jacobson, executive director of the Inter Cooperative Exchange Super Cooperative in Seattle, said his group wants an extension, but is still trying to determine who to ask. While his group, representing about 75 percent of the snow crab quota, would prefer to ask the state, the issue may fall under federal jurisdiction. "The ice has just been terrible," Jacobson said. A Trident Seafoods official expects all the crab will be harvested by May 31.....

OPINION: Pebble document source needs to be considered
March 2nd 3:54 pm | Kimberly Williams, Bob Waldrop, and Tim Bristol
As leaders of Alaska-based organizations representing the interests of Bristol Bay residents, commercial fishermen, and sportsmen throughout the state, we want to provide some perspective on the unveiling of the "Environmental Baseline Documents" by the Pebble Limited Partnership in a series of presentations that will be occurring across our region over the coming weeks and months. As PLP moves to hold these "factual conversations," it's critical to note that Pebble's reports do nothing to help generate the needed discussion about protecting the headwaters of important salmon and other fresh water fish habitat. The known facts of...

Years ago in the Times-Fisherman: False Pass hearings are underway in Nome Superior Court
March 2nd 4:06 pm | Bob King
Nome- Hearing got underway in Superior Court here Monday in the latest lawsuit involving False Pass chum catches. Norton Sound fisherman are asking for an injunction to stop the interception of their chum salmon- an injunction that False Pass fisherman say would end their June sockeye salmon fishery and devastate their local economy. In opening arguments this week, Alaska Legal Services Corp. lawyer Robert Caldwell said that False Pass catches where creating a hardship for substance fisherman in Norton Sound. Mike Stanley, an attorney for Area (southern Alaska Peninsula and...

Pebble releases baseline document: Critics say document slanted by funders
March 2nd 4:12 pm | Carey Restino
A 20,000-plus-page document released this month by the Pebble Limited Partnership is drawing some criticism and lots of scrutiny, while meetings are planned around Bristol Bay in coming weeks to introduce and explain some of the information presented. The Pebble Environmental Baseline Document represents research conducted between 2004 and 2008 characterizing everything from the physical features of the area encompassing the proposed Pebble Mine to socioeconomic data of area villages. The data contained in the report was gathered by some 40 independent companies, but some....

BP reaches $7.8 billion deal with Gulf spill victims | Times 247...

FCC Deals Setback to Dish Wireless Network Plans
TECHNOLOGY Updated March 2, 2012, 7:30 p.m. ET
Dish Network Corp.'s hopes to start building a new wireless network have been dealt a setback by the Federal Communications Commission, which denied the satellite-TV provider's request for a needed waiver and opted instead for a formal deliberation that will take until the end of the year....

Kodiak: Lockheed Martin and Alaska Aerospace Announce Partnership
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Lockheed Martin has chosen the Kodiak Launch Complex for West coast launches of its proposed Athena III rocket. Today's announcement comes as lawmakers in Juneau are debating the merits of funding Alaska Aerospace, which operates the Kodiak launch facility......

Cold climate gardener highlights annual conference
Published: March 2nd, 2012 11:42 PM
Last Modified: March 2nd, 2012 11:47 PM
Look out any window and it’s hard to believe — the Anchorage gardening season has begun.Experienced dirt-diggers are already scattering seed indoors, rescuing bulbs from dark places and plugging in grow lights; which means it’s time to buy a ticket to the Alaska Botanical Garden’s spring conference, traditionally the first gardening event of the new season.....

Ventura port moves to protect squid fishing
By Stephanie Hoops
Posted March 1, 2012 at 5:03 p.m., updated March 1, 2012 at 6:49 p.m.
Seeking to protect a substantial chunk of its revenue, the Ventura Port District has signed on to fight an advocacy group's efforts to strengthen new federal rules it argues will do too little to curtail overfishing. The advocacy group Oceana Inc. sued several federal agencies in December, including the National Marine Fisheries Service. Oceana alleges that late last year, the agency failed in its mandate to prevent overfishing when it approved Amendment 13 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan for fisheries off the California, Oregon and Washington coasts. Amendment 13 adjusted the fisheries management plan in an effort to prevent overfishing. But Oceana argues the amendment is flawed, fails to....

#Alaska : Joe Miller challenges blogger Andrew Halcro right to media shield law #BillOfRights #DNS #SOPA #PIPA #Juneau  ...!/haulinggear/status/175960274803769345

F.C.C. Asks for Guidance on Whether, and When, to Cut Off Cellphone Service
Published: March 2, 2012...

FIS - Worldnews - Sea and ocean acidification speeds up ....!/haulinggear/status/175963934342389760

Asia-Pac shows strongest IPv6 growth, LACNIC needs to transition by 2014 - FierceTelecom #SupplyChain ...!/haulinggear/status/175976956473516032

University of Alaska Southeast Leads Icefield Study
Glacial fossil fuel remnants and the food chain....

Air Force Gives $9 Million Award for as Many as 18,000 IPads
By Brendan McGarry - Mar 2, 2012 7:51 AM GMT-0900
The U.S. Air Force awarded a $9.36 million contract to buy as many as 18,000 Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPad 2s in one of the military’s largest orders of computer tablets....

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