Coast Guard Personnel aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore lift a DESMI “Polar Bear” from the Arctic Ocean after a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise near Barrow, Alaska, Aug. 2, 2012. Retrieving the skimmer marked the end of the three-day oil recovery systems exercise, the first of its kind in the Arctic Ocean, that was designed to test the suitability of new equipment in the extreme environment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker. Coast Guard personnel aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore set a DESMI "Polar Bear" skimmer into the Arctic Ocean using the buoy tender's crane, near Barrow, Alaska, Aug. 2, 2012. The skimmer, specifically designed to recover oil in ice-strewn water, was used during the third and final day of an oil recovery systems exercise. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.
LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said......... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/1004091.html