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#07-15-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Shell Oil Company
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Shell vessel re-anchors after moving toward shore
The Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska — A Shell Oil drilling vessel slipped it anchorage Saturday and began moving toward shore in Alaska's Aleutian Islands before it was re-anchored, the Coast Guard said. The Nobel Discoverer got within 500 feet of an island near Dutch Harbor in Unalaska Bay, raising concerns of grounding....

Shell drill ship may have run aground
Oil company says no; Dutch Harbor captain says "It was on land."
Anchorage Daily News
Published: July 15th, 2012 12:30 AM
Last Modified: July 15th, 2012 12:31 AM
A Shell drilling ship drifted while anchored in Dutch Harbor on Saturday and may have struck land before tug boats pulled it away from a beach, according to the Coast Guard....

Scientists: sockeye salmon in B.C. did not have enough food
VANCOUVER — Juvenile sockeye salmon likely didn’t have enough food to survive as they travelled in poor conditions through British Columbia’s Georgia Strait in 2007, resulting in abysmal returns to the Fraser River two years later, a new study suggests. About 10 scientists came to that conclusion after crunching fisheries and meteorological data, which the federal government began collecting in the late 1990s. Their findings, originally presented to the judicial inquiry examining the......

Bristol Bay's red salmon harvest is likely to surge
Laine welch
Published: July 15th, 2012 12:50 AM
Last Modified: July 15th, 2012 12:50 AM
The Bristol Bay red salmon catch is nearing 20 million fish and will likely go higher, the result of a strong run of more than 30 million fish. Reds were still surging into the region's five big rivers and should serve to boost the harvest beyond the forecast of nearly 22 million fish.....

Felt-Soled Waders: A Slippery Slope Toward Contamination
Jul 13, 2012
Brianna Gibbs/KMXT
As the salmon make their way up stream, and the rivers of Kodiak bustle with eager anglers, Fish and Game wants to remind sportsfishermen about the ban on footgear with absorbent felt on the soles. Tyler Polum is a Fisheries Biologist for Fish and Game and said felt-bottomed shoes aren't illegal, but rather, not permitted in freshwater. This is to prevent the spread of invasive and potentially dangerous microbes....

OceansAlaska oyster facility up and running
Ketchikan Daily News
Published: July 14th, 2012 07:09 AM
Last Modified: July 14th, 2012 07:09 AM
KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Just a few days old, the tiny oysters growing in tanks at OceansAlaska's new float in George Inlet represent a big milestone for the Ketchikan-based organization - and huge potential for the mariculture industry in Alaska. Mariculture, also known as ocean farming, focuses on cultivating marine life in its natural habitat......

Petersburg: Condition and possible uses of the Reid Property
July 12, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 28
For some time the City of Petersburg has been contemplating the purchase of the Reid waterfront and warehouse property. During the June 11 City Council meeting requests were made for an appraisal and survey of the property to be performed along with the preparation of a business plan to assess the possible benefits for this facility to the city. Several statements of positive feedback from the business community were introduced...

Senator Begich Proposed Legislation for Renewable Energy Research
.....“Alaska has tremendous renewable energy resources. Wave and tidal energy is getting more traction every day with projects moving ahead in Cook Inlet, Yakutat, and Juneau,” Begich said. “My bill will help energy companies identify new potential sites for tidal and wave energy and....

Originally published Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM
By Carol Pucci
Seattle Times travel writer
Alaska, other airlines explore self-boarding
Delta Air Lines recently tested a self-service turnstile for boarding planes in Atlanta and Las Vegas.Alaska Airlines is in the "early stages" of exploring a self-boarding system that lets passengers scan their own boarding passes at the gates. Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan confirmed that the airline is exploring a pilot program at a single airport. No details yet on timing or which airport the Seattle-based airline might use. Alaska introduced do-it-yourself, checked-bag tagging in June. Delta Air Lines recently tested a self-service...