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#07-16-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Juneau: Uchytil defends Statter Harbor project in letter
Assembly member Danner calls response defensive, bullying
Posted: July 15, 2012 - 12:09am
Port Director Carl Uchytil said Friday that the sharing of a boat lift at the Don D. Statter Harbor and the Auke Bay Loading Facility is both legal and sensible. Uchytil issued a lengthy response to an email from Assembly member Ruth Danner that expressed concerns over the propriety of Docks and Harbors’ plans to share the boat lift between two sites. Danner emailed Uchytil as well as City Manager Kim Kiefer and Mayor Bruce Botelho last...

New coastal initiative is bad news for jobs, future
Paul Jenkins
Published: July 14th, 2012 09:39 PM
Last Modified: July 14th, 2012 09:39 PM
If you set out to foist on unsuspecting Alaskans the most constitutionally offensive ballot initiative possible -- the absolute, stinky worst -- it would end up as Ballot Measure 2, an homage to the Left's craving for absolute power....

Juneau, other Southeast towns, top state's growth rate
Posted: July 15, 2012 - 12:10am
By Pat Forgey
New state population estimates show Juneau adding more than 1,000 residents in the last year, doubling its growth for the entire previous decade. All of Southeast saw growth at above the statewide average of 1.7 percent, according to new estimates released by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Research and Analysis Section. Communities around Southeast, many of which....

Alaska's coastlines being mapped with state-of-the-art technology
Hannah Heimbuch | The Arctic Sounder | Jul 15, 2012
When they first started to consider photo-mapping the entire coastline of Alaska, said John Harper of Coastal and Ocean Resources, more than a few scoffed at such a lofty chore. "Doing the entire state of Alaska is an amazing thing," Harper said. "Because there is more shoreline length in Alaska than in the rest of the United States." But after this summer's effort in Kotzebue, 10-plus years after the project's inception, anyone with an Internet connection will have access to high resolution images and maps of nearly 80 percent of the state's coastal zones. The Canadian company's massive undertaking, dubbed ShoreZone, stops in Kotzebue next. The far-reaching project is supported financially through unique partnerships with scientists, GIS specialists, web specialists, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies. On the Kotzebue Sound portion -- with data collection taking place July 18-24 --financial supporters include...  // For more information on the ShoreZone project, visit

How to make global fisheries worth 5 times more: UBC research
By University of British Columbia 1 hour ago
Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published Friday in the online journal PLoS ONE.
By reducing the size of the global fishing fleet, eliminating harmful government subsidies, and putting in place effective management systems, global fisheries would...

Darden to buy restaurant chain
Monday, July 16, 2012, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
TSG Consumer Partners LLC (TSG) has entered into an agreement to sell the dining restaurant chain Yard House USA Inc to Darden Restaurants, Inc for USD 585 million. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approval. The purchase is expected to close by....

Airbus designer reveals plans for 3D printed planes by 2050
By Liat Clark12 July 12
An Airbus designer is drawing up plans to create a plane from a 3D printer the size of an aircraft hanger by 2050. Airbus employee Bastian Schafer envisions an 80-metre-long aircraft with a curved body made from transparent material, so passengers feel as though they're flying among the clouds, reports Forbes. Airbus proposed the concept of a 2050 self-cleaning aircraft with inbuilt neural networks, antioxidant enriched air and body heat harvesting facilities in 2011, but how such an aircraft would be built was not explained. It turns out Schafer has been working on the concept for the past two years, pooling together a team of ten Airbus industrial designers with the ominous..