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Comfish News Roundup #06-06-2012

Location of the Dillingham Census Area in Alaska
Location of the Dillingham Census Area in Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted an injured crew member from a fishing vessel 207 miles south of Cordova .....

EPA Holds a Public Meeting in Dillingham About the "Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment" 06/05/12... /// Hundreds Turn Out for EPA Public Hearing in Dillingham 06/05/12...

Alaska Global Food Aid team in East Africa
Posted 06/05/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Members of the Alaska Global Food Aid team were in Nigeria and were scheduled also to visit South Africa in May as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s global based initiative to improve nutrition for residents of these countries. The Alaska team program, which...

Development groups plan fight against Coastal Management
by Jeff Richardson/News-Miner
Jun 05, 2012
FAIRBANKS — A group of resource development organizations plans to work together to oppose a ballot measure to create a new coastal management program in Alaska. The three organizations — the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, Alaska Miners Association and Resource Development Council for Alaska — filed Monday with the state to form “No on Ballot Measure 2,” a group that will fight the effort. The Alaska Coastal Management Program ballot measure will go before voters on Aug. 28. AMA Executive Director Deantha Crockett, who spoke at a Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday, said the initiative would “wreak havoc on our entire industry” if it passed. Crockett said the initiative would allow appointed officials to wield influence over certain types of state permits, a power that could potentially scuttle major developments. “We’ll have a program where one person can shut down a project,” she said. The initiative would establish a modified version of a 35-year-old program that....

Jun 5, 2012 - 10:44 AM AKST
Hearings scheduled for coastal zone initiative
JUNEAU (AP).... begin July 2 in Soldotna and end July 26 in Juneau....

Fisherman's coop to receive award
Posted 06/05/2012
by Nancy Bird - for the Cordova Times
“Deliver the best. Market the best. Be the best.” Just over 30 years ago, that slogan defined the Copper River Fishermen's Cooperative (CRFC), an innovative response by a group of about 30 Cordova gillnetters to the unstable markets and low prices of that time period. Committed to quality and market expansion, they were effective in educating with reminders like “Broken Backbones Cost You Money!” and became one of Alaska’s most successful fishermen’s cooperatives. In recognition of their innovations in branding, international marketing and....

Anticipating Verizon's arrival, ACS and GCI join cell phone forces in Alaska
Ben Anderson | Jun 05, 2012.... // Us yesterday...

TEXT-S&P affirms Alaska Communications Systems at 'B+'
Tue Jun 5, 2012 12:51pm EDT
June 5 - Overview
U.S. diversified telecommunications carrier Alaska Communications
Systems Group (ACS) announced a definitive agreement with GCI Inc. to
enter into a wireless joint venture called The Alaska Wireless Network LLC.
     -- ACS, which will own one-third of the joint venture, will receive $100
million from GCI and contractual distributions from the joint venture for its
first four years, which provides greater stability of cash flows to assist ACS
in its goal of de-leveraging its balance sheet.
     -- We are affirming the ratings, including the 'B+' corporate credit
rating, on ACS.
     -- The negative outlook reflects our....

Researchers improve king crab culture technology
Sue Keller
AKCRRAB biologists had great success culturing blue king crab at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery this spring. They investigated the effects of microalgae diet supplementation on survival and larval health. A diet of live Thalassiosira weissflogii microalgae and enriched Artemia yielded an exceptional survival of 80....

Bangun Perkasa to Be Sold for Scrap
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, June 05 2012
Eight months after being seized, the fate of the stateless fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa has finally been decided. Despite earlier calls from Senator Mark Begich to scuttle the vessel, it will instead....

Former Exxon Valdez remains controversial near its end
Los Angeles Times
Published: June 5th, 2012 10:32 PM
Last Modified: June 5th, 2012 10:33 PM
ALANG, India -- For the ship formerly known as the Exxon Valdez, even sailing quietly into the sunset is proving difficult.....

Kayakers Abandon Aleutian Traverse
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, June 05 2012
Two kayakers attempting to paddle the length of the Aleutian Chain suspended their trip late last week. The paddlers made it....

ASIA BUSINESS Updated June 4, 2012, 5:23 p.m. ET
Next Frontier: Mining the Ocean Floor
A new breed of small, specialized mining firms plans to dive deep undersea in a quest for rich sources of metals and minerals, as technology and demand make the seafloor increasingly attractive as the next big mining frontier.....

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