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#09-09-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Salmon season yields to 'season for negotiations' on price
Fisheries By LAINE WELCH
Published: September 8th, 2012 09:27 PM
Last Modified: September 8th, 2012 09:27 PM
As Alaska's salmon season winds down, the seafood companies that purchased the pack start to gear up."This is the season for negotiations, you might say," said salmon guru Gunnar Knapp, longtime fisheries economist at the University of Alaska Anchorage. "You never know the price until the product is actually sold." The salmon season runs on different tracks. Sales of different species have varying schedules and market patterns throughout the year.....

ENERGY | 9/08/2012 @ 5:42PM
Gamechanging Natural Gas Tech Gets Green Light
In April, the U.S. Department of Energy and an international consortium of major oil and gas companies completed an unprecedented two-month proof-of-concept test in the North Slope of Alaska. The experiment was supposed to show that a steady flow of methane molecules could be extracted from a substance known as methane or gas hydrates submerged under the sea floor. It worked and the world moved one step closer to tapping gas hydrates, the most abundant fossil fuel resource on Earth. Gas hydrates consist of a crystalline substance in which methane.....

Foss Maritime building 3 new tugs for work in the Chukchi, Beaufort seas
Cordova Times | Sep 08, 2012
In another sign of how quick commerce is growing in the Arctic, Seattle-based Foss Maritime Co. will add three new Arctic class tugs to its fleet..

Canada's coast guard wonders if bigger might be better with Arctic presence
Brian Case | Eye on the Arctic | Sep 07, 2012
When the Canadian Coast Guard offers help this summer in the search for the lost ships of Sir John Franklin's polar expedition, its efforts will be only one part of its multi-faceted annual mission to the Arctic. Its return to the northern waters will also feature work that reflects the changing nature of the life in the area: bigger ships are starting to travel and work there and the coast guard will be moving beacons to make way for the larger vessels. "The one change for us this year is we'll be opening the navigation season by laying all the buoys and checking the beacons," says Bill Noon, one of the captains of the icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier. "But in Simpson Strait, [south of King William Island], we're going to be....

Rain, rumors and salmon
Seth Kantner
Around Alaska
Published: September 8th, 2012 10:11 PM
Last Modified: September 8th, 2012 10:12 PM
Rain is slopping down, the wind gusting to 30. My fishing partner, Andrew Greene, and I just called it quits on the season. It's tough to do when you're thinking salmon, stinking of salmon, dreaming salmon -- very addicted to fishing the way we are. But, today is the last day of the commercial season anyway....

Pebble mine could be another Red Devil
Shannyn Moore
Published: September 8th, 2012 09:57 PM
Last Modified: September 8th, 2012 09:57 PM
Ever had a boss so hard to read you didn't know if you were going to be fired or promoted? Mixed messages on a daily basis? It's horrible. How are you supposed know what to do?...

New report may help energy-starved Alaska communities zero in on solutions
Jill Burke | Sep 07, 2012
Alaska's energy wonks are twittering over 144 pages of newly assembled geological data about the state. The report -- Fossil Fuel and Geothermal Energy Sources for Local Use in Alaska: Summary of Available Information -- inventories what's known about land-based heat, oil, natural gas and coal from the Aleutian Islands to Barrow; from Kotzebue to Juneau, the state capital. The compilation is the result of four years of work scouring past and current scientific assessments. It’s intended to help Alaskans battling high diesel-based energy prices that are crippling many families and the communities they call home. "We recognize the urgency," Dan Sullivan, commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, said of the need for affordable energy during an Anchorage press conference Friday morning. "People are desperate. They are absolutely desperate," added...

Murkowski: Small Communities Generating Big Energy Ideas
Senator Optimistic About Alaskans’ “Can-Do Spirit” in Solving Rural Challenges
Publish Date: 2012-09-09
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fresh off a tour of Yukon River communities, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she is optimistic about the future of rural Alaska after seeing firsthand....

Industry silenced locals on coastal planning
COMPASS: Other points of view
Published: September 8th, 2012 09:54 PM
Last Modified: September 8th, 2012 09:54 PM
This is the story of coastal management and Alaska politics.....

Time for Alaska to fight back
Posted: September 9, 2012 - 12:06am
By Kate Troll
The mighty muscle of big oil and corporate rule was on full display in the battle to defeat proposition 2, the coastal management initiative. Being outspent 10 to 1 from the get go, the Alaska Sea Party had only a marginal chance to counter an aggressive, misleading media campaign. Now these same forces, the Anchorage Tea Party, BP, Exxon-Mobil and.....

Tohoku fisheries fight back from 3/11
Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012
Special to The Japan Times
"The facts about much of Japan's social, political, and financial life are hidden so well that the truth is nearly impossible to know," writes Alex Kerr in his acclaimed 2001 study "Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan." He continues, "A lack of reliable data is the single most significant difference between Japan's democracy and the democracies of the West."This insight goes a long way toward explaining the curious fact that the latest figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for marine fisheries and aquaculture — released this year, but pertaining to 2010 — exclude data from the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. As it happens, of course, it was precisely those parts of the Tohoku region of....


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