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#06-21-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Copper River Seafoods marks opening of Kenai seafood manufacturing facility
Posted 06/20/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A vintage Kenai cannery that opened its doors 100 years ago is taking on new life as a modern seafood plant for Copper River Seafoods, with the capacity to primary manufacture 10 million pounds of fish annually. On June 22, the company is to play host to about 100 people in the industry for a presentation, tour and reception for key partners in the remodeled plant, which will receive fish from Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, Seward, Prince William Sound and coastal communities of Western Alaska. Guests of honor are to include.......

Counting on the tides
New tidal energy study will map out hot spots
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
The snow-covered mountains of Turnagain Arm lo...
The snow-covered mountains of Turnagain Arm loom above a coastline nine miles from Girdwood, Alaska on the Seward Highway during low tide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Imagine a time ahead when tidal power will be as easy to tap as hanging up a solar panel. A time when turning on the lights involves depending on the power of storms rather than crude oil hauled from depths into the earth. That possibility might not be too far into the future. Three partners launched 10 tidal monitoring stations last week from Turnagain Arm in Upper Cook Inlet to Kachemak Bay in Lower Cook Inlet for a viable start to the process. NOAA is the expert on ocean currents. The NOAA Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services measures the currents and the Coast Survey Development Laboratory built a hydrodynamic model. The Alaska Energy Authority has the funding. “The current meters will be in place for two months and will be recovered in August,” said Kris Holderied, manager of....

Alaska’s 2012 Wild Salmon Harvest Rises to 2.1 Million Fish
The 2012 harvest of Alaska’s famed wild salmon picked up speed in mid-June, reaching a total catch of 2.1 million salmon of all species. Prince William Sound was still leading the way, with a harvest of 1.5 million fish, including 1,185,000 sockeye, 349,000 chum, and 10,000 kings. The Copper River District produced 1.1 million of those reds, 20,000 chum and the vast majority of...

Hundreds of Juvenile Blue King Crab Shipped for Research
Some 1,500 juvenile blue king crab earmarked for research have been shipped from the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward to federal and university laboratories in Juneau, Alaska, and Newport, Oregon. The recipients were the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center Behavioral Ecology Lab in Newport, and the...

Cantwell Bill Takes Steps to Contain, Clean Up Ocean Oil Spills
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA, has introduced the Oil Spill Research and Technology Act of 2012, to create grants to support research and development of technologies to better contain and clean up all types of oil spills. The bill also requires the US Coast Guard to establish a program to evaluate and implement “best available technology” to effectively respond to and clean up oil spills, Cantwell said. Senate Bill 3298, would reorganize and streamline the Federal Oil Spill Research Committee, whose members include......

Senate repeals USDA Catfish Inspection Office
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 08:10 (GMT + 9)
US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has announced his support of the Senate’s approval of the McCain-Kerry amendment (#2199) repealing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Catfish Inspection Office. “The Senate made the right decision to eliminate the proposed USDA Catfish Inspection Office,” he said. He pointed out that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is already in charge of inspecting pangasius, which is why the independent Government Accountability........

Risk Factors: LightSquared Bankruptcy and Globalstar Arbitration
July 1, 2012 | Via Satellite | By Owen D. Kurtin
In April, we reported on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) suspension of the conditional waiver of license conditions it had granted in 2011 to ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) operator LightSquared to allow the satellite operator to deploy a 4G-LTE (Long Term Evolution — a preliminary 4G standard) ATC wholesale telecommunications network, following claims and......

Progress made toward a cheaper way to make biodiesel from algae
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
Scientists described an advance toward a long-sought economical process that could turn algae into a revolutionary new and sustainable source of biodiesel and other "green" fuels. Their report on the use of an environmentally friendly process for extracting oil from algae came at a session of 16th annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, held this week by the Green Chemistry Institute, part of the American Chemical Society (ACS). "Algae has great promise as a next-generation biofuel, a fuel that is....

Ocean acidification
By Mike Svenson
June 20, 2012
Laine Welch's fish report this week about ocean acidification was the usual environmental  talking point. She wants us fishermen to be all upset about this and blame coal plants, oil refineries, cars, etc. But in the summertime in Alaska there are probably at least 3000 diesel boats running.....

$9 Billion in ‘Stimulus’ for Solar, Wind Projects Made 910 Final Jobs -- $9.8 Million Per Job
By Michael W. Chapman and Fred Lucas
June 20, 2012
( – The Obama administration distributed $9 billion in economic “stimulus” funds to solar and wind projects in 2009-11 that created, as the end result, 910 “direct” jobs -- annual operation and maintenance positions -- meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs......

This image shows the Arctic as observed by the...
This image shows the Arctic as observed by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite on September 16, 2007. The image shows a record sea ice minimum in the Arctic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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