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#09-04-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

In honor of an Alaska fisherman, a memorial that floats
Heather Lende | Sep 02, 2012
After popular fisherman and father of three daughters, Richard Boyce, slipped off his gillnetter and drowned on the Fourth of July, his friends wanted to do something positive and honor his memory. So they decided to provide flotation devices in the form of inflatable suspenders for the rubber rain pants of every fisherman in the Haines fleet -- about 176 skippers and deckhands. Really, one person, Randa Szymanski, spearheaded the effort, with guidance from her fisherman husband and his buddies on what would and would not work. Good intentions won't save lives. When it comes to life jackets, fishermen are not fans. Even fishermen who...

Lack of funds closes Anchor River weir
Posted: September 3, 2012 - 8:43am
By Brian Smith
Peninsula Clarion
Fishermen hoping to get a jump on the Anchor River’s erratic silver salmon runs will have to do so through old-fashioned word of mouth rather than the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s weir counting system for the foreseeable future. With no more funding secured to keep the weir — a device used to count how many fish pass through a portion of the river — in place to count silver salmon, Fish and Game officials removed it on Aug. 3 stopping short the data it....

AK-WA Connection 2012: Providers market new high-tech services
Week of September 02, 2012
Rapidly changing industry offers Alaska businesses numerous opportunities to maximize the potential of telecommunications advances
By Rose Ragsdale
Alaska-Washington Connection
A high-tech revolution is underway in telecommunications services, as an industry that defines itself by change is once again inundated by advancements that Alaska providers are bringing to customers in cost-effective ways. Whether it’s high-speed Internet, network management, wireless network or IT services or design, engineering and construction of industry-specific solutions, telecommunications companies that serve the Alaska-Washington business community are working to identify and offer the best in......

AK-WA Connection 2012: Alaska Air makes new cargo connections
Week of September 02, 2012
Air freight carrier expands nationwide network, prepares to upgrade and enhance service as Washington-Alaska shipping volumes soar
By Rose Ragsdale
Alaska-Washington Connection
Alaska Air Cargo, which operates the most extensive air cargo operation of any passenger airline on the U.S. West Coast, reports new growth and upgrades aimed at better serving its customers, especially freight forwarders and business shippers in the Alaska-Washington trade. The operation is a division of Alaska Airlines, which traces its roots back 80 years to 1932, when Linious “Mac” McGee of McGee Airways started flying his three-seat Stinson between Anchorage and Bristol Bay. A merger with Star Air Service in 1934 created the largest airline in Alaska, which eventually became Alaska Airlines. Today, the combined team of Alaska Air Group Cargo Services covers more...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Largest seafood stew: UMass Amherst sets world record
AMHERST, Mass., USA -- With the help of the Food Network Chef Jet Tila, UMass students and faculty staff made a 6,656-pound seafood stew, setting the world record for the Largest seafood stew, according to the World Record Academy....

Study questions advantages of organic meat and produce
The New York Times
Published: September 3rd, 2012 05:12 PM
Last Modified: September 3rd, 2012 05:13 PM
Does an organic strawberry contain more vitamin C than a conventional one?Maybe -- or maybe not. Stanford University scientists have weighed in on the "maybe not" side of the debate after an extensive examination of four decades of research comparing organic and conventional foods. They concluded that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were...

Remnants of Japan’s Tsunami Attract an Archaeological Interest
Published: September 3, 2012
ABOARD THE SEA DRAGON, 1,000 miles east of Japan — After narrowly avoiding a typhoon, battling seasickness and being pelted by rain for days on end, crew members aboard the Sea Dragon were galvanized by the sight of a stranded boat....

Sonar replacing human fish counting in Yukon
New sonar station on Porcupine River downstream from fish counting weir at Fishing Branch
CBC News Posted: Aug 31, 2012 3:42 PM CT Last Updated: Aug 31, 2012 5:23 PM CT
A fish counting weir on the Fishing Branch River, between Dawson City and Old Crow, Yukon will likely be replaced by sonar equipment. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation recently placed a sonar station downstream along the Porcupine River. Steve Smith, chief of resource management with Fisheries and...

Barge on railroad tracks
Barge on railroad tracks
NEW ORLEANS - A damage assessment by a Coast Guard helicopter and crew reports a barge grounded on railroad tracks on the lower Mississippi River following Tropical Storm Isaac, Sept. 1, 2012. The Coast Guard and several federal, state and local partners assisted residents affected by the storm. U.S. Coast Guard photo.