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#07-02-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Al...
Prince William Sound, on the south coast of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Copper River Seafoods:  It's not just a fish business any more
Posted 07/02/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
In the transition from old-fashioned fish processing to full-scale food manufacturing, Copper River Seafoods is adamant about keeping the company in Alaska, centered around its fishermen, the people in the industry and the products they make. That was the message on the sunny shores of the Port of Kenai June 22, as Copper River Seafoods celebrated the one-year anniversary of its apprenticeship program and the opening of its Kenai seafood manufacturing facility. “Six years ago I came here to... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1227crs-its-not-just-a-fish-business-any-more

Totemoff reappointed to oil spill recovery institute advisory board
Posted 07/02/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Angela Totemoff of Eagle River was reappointed on June 26 to the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute’s advisory board. The institute was... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1227totemoff-reappointed-to-oil-spill-recovery

Sea, sun and science, oh yes!
Posted: June 29, 2012 - 12:00am
By Abby Lowell
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Of the things found on a low tide morning in June, perhaps the most exciting was the two-foot-long sea cucumber. It looked like a deflated balloon and felt like wet leather. The skin of the creature was dotted with knobby protrusions and the head was hard to discern from the “other” end. Yet its discovery on a sandy beach near Auke Bay became a teaching point for Sun to Sea Science Camp Instructor Bonita Nelson. She... http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2012-06-29/sea-sun-and-science-oh-yes

Shell touts oil spill cap as response to disaster
Activists claim petro giant, feds mistaken despite recent reforms.
By DAN JOLING
Associated Press
Published: July 1st, 2012 10:56 PM
Last Modified: July 1st, 2012 10:57 PM
In choppy water under blue sky off Bellingham, Wash., a Shell Oil crew on Monday lowered a "capping stack" 200 feet in the water and put it through maneuvers with underwater robots connected by cable to operators on the surface, a test that fulfilled one of the final steps required for permission to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters..... http://www.adn.com/2012/07/01/2528097/shell-touts-oil-spill-cap-as-response.html

Energy
Will offshore oil development in Alaska's Arctic make state rich? Don't count on it.
Alex DeMarban | Jul 01, 2012
Editor's note: This is the second of a three-part series. Part three will focus on the pipelines Shell must build to ship offshore oil to the trans-Alaska pipeline. Read Part 1: “Shell readies to roll dice on multibillion-dollar bet in Arctic.”
Royal Dutch Shell is on the verge of starting its exploratory drilling campaign in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s shores, a move that comes after years of false-starts, litigation and other challenges. At stake for the company is a nearly $5 billion investment so far, with billions more to be spent if it strikes it big. The payoff could be huge for the Netherlands-based company. Shell usually gives.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/will-offshore-oil-development-alaskas-arctic-make-state-rich-dont-count-it

Arctic drilling creeps forward now, and in 5 years
By DAN JOLING, Associated Press – 4 hours ago
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — In choppy water under blue sky off Bellingham, Wash., a Shell Oil crew on Monday lowered a "capping stack" 200 feet in the water and put it through maneuvers with underwater robots connected by cable to operators on the surface, a test that fulfilled one of the final steps required for permission to drill exploratory wells in Arctic waters. The capping stack looks like a giant spark plug and is designed to kill an undersea oil well blowout by providing a metal-to-metal seal on a malfunctioning blowout preventer.... http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gX6_f-jVF8cLY4LWNUSjX41TOPKg?docId=cd464540b99e448da9b91683889d8954