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A "Big Fish" Faith Story from Kerry Straub, a Bristol Bay Alaska Fisherman & Boat Captain

Published on Oct 31, 2012 by Todd Gessele

#10-31-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Southwest Cultures (Photo credit: Travis S. ) First 3 Subsistence Fishermen Found Guilty By Angela Denning-Barnes, KYUK - Bethel | October 30, 2012 - 5:16 pm Trials began yesterday for two dozen Kuskokwim subsistence fishermen who allegedly fished with salmon nets when they were restricted this past summer. The first three fishermen were found guilty at the Bethel District Court House today. The politics of subsistence rights versus state restrictions weighs far heavier on the trials than the violations themselves, worth $250 each. The defense is arguing that the State did not properly notify the Yup’ik speaking fishermen of the.... Trio of Native Kuskokwim salmon fishermen on trial found guilty Jill Burke | Oct 30, 2012 A series of court rulings Tuesday in the southwest Alaska community of Bethel offers a blueprint of how a highly emotional stand against perceived injustice will likely end for

Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Veteran Spotlight on Earl Wineck (video)

Published on Oct 30, 2012 by senatormurkowski Alaskan veteran Earl Wineck served in the Alaska Territorial Guard from 1942 to 1945 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945. He was stationed in the Aleutian Islands near the end of World War II.

Tsunami Warning Center Website Fails During Alert - @Twitter Saves The Day (Caching system traffic crash.)

Image via CrunchBase Despite online issues, officials point to other communication modes -- and preparedness By Lacie Grosvold Story Created: Oct 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM AKDT Story Updated: Oct 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM AKDT PALMER - The Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer Alaska is usually calm. It's a spacious office with screen banks showing glowing maps and graphs. Occasionally, you'll hear a tweeting bird, the sound the doors make when someone enters or exits the building. But on Saturday evening, it was different. A 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of....    Twitter timeline is down.BAD Timing..… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) October 28, 2012 @ nws_wcatwc 3 minutes ago: TSUNAMI WARNING: M7.7 025Mi S Sandspit, British Columbia 2004PDT Oct 27: #WCATWC — Haulin

#10-30-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Employees at the Ketchikan shipyard gather to honor the late John Winther (Ketchikan Daily News photo by Hall Anderson) Former Fairbanksan John Winther helped lead modern Alaska fishing industry Dermot Cole The employees at the Alaska Ship & Drydock facility in Ketchikan gathered for a moment of silence recently in honor of a former Fairbanksan who was a key figure in the building of the modern commercial fishing industry in Alaska. John Winther, 67,  was born in Fairbanks and graduated from Lathrop High School in 1963 before he headed to Southeast to begin his long career in fisheries. Winther died Oct. 15 in Mesa, Ariz., where he....... Southeast responds to Tsunami warning by Leila Kheiry October 29, 2012 2:51 PM Earthquakes and tsunamis dominated social media in Southeast Alaska Saturday evening, but the resulting tidal s

Cutter Healy crew invites public to open house in Juneau, Alaska

Juneau, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Date: Oct. 29, 2012 Coast Guard District 17 KODIAK, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy is inviting the public to tour the Coast Guard’s newest and most technologically advanced polar ice breaker during their open house Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at South Franklin Dock in Juneau. The tour of the Healy is free to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult and no pets are allowed aboard the cutter. Coast Guard crewmembers will be standing by to answer questions about the 420-foot icebreaker and their most recent operation in the Arctic Ocean. As part of their visit to Juneau, the crew of the Healy will also go through their Command Assessment Readiness Training given by the commanding officer. CART assesses the crew’s operational proficiency, formal school training and team training, as well as inspections of material and equipment status. During this time the cutter will be closed to the publ

Deckwatch: Hickory tends Western Alaska aids

Coast Guard Cutter Hickory Posted by PA3 Jonathan Klingenberg, Monday, October 29, 2012 In this week’s Deck Watch, Lt. j.g. Joel Wright, a officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, describes the challenges of performing the Aids to Navigation mission in the ever changing tides of Alaska’s coastal waterways.

#10-29-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

#IronGate : Scientists not cool with unauthorized (BC Coast Carbon Sync) Phyto. bloom is now clearly visible from space… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) October 29, 2012 Much remains beyond state's control when managing Alaska king salmon Craig Medred | Oct 28, 2012 The proverbial, evil white man has done much to alter, rearrange and generally muck up the ecosystem of the North American continent. About this, there can be no argument. But he is not responsible for all things. Mother Nature herownself is not perfect. She can be, to use a most impolite term, a fickle bitch. Alaskans today appear hostage to her vagaries. Almost everywhere in the 49th state, the chinook salmon -- the big fish, the king -- failed to return this summer. Or, suffice to say, they failed to... Trials set to begin for Alaska Native fish

#10-01-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Tsunami Info Stmt: M5.1 060Mi SSandspit, British Columbia 0917PDT Oct 28: Tsunami NOT expected #WCATWC — NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_WCATWC) October 28, 2012 No Alaska tsunami develops from 7.7 earthquake in British Columbia Alaska Dispatch | Oct 27, 2012 Tsunami Hazard Sign (Photo credit: Inky Bob ) According to The Associated Press, a wave of just 4 inches arrived in Craig Saturday evening after an earthquake magnitude 7.7 hit the Queen Charlotte Islands area off the coast of British Columbia. A 5.8-magnitude aftershock followed moments later. No injuries or.... E-book explains value of eating 'The Whole Fish' Published: October 27, 2012 Updated 8 hours ago By Laine welch — Fisheries Some of the best and healthiest parts of a fish never make it into the American diet. An e-book called "The Whole Fish -- How Adventurous Eating of Seafood Can Make You Healthier, Se

#10-27-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

YUMMY (Photo credit: Richard Fraley ) King crab season a quick draw October 26th 10:06 pm | Jim Paulin       The fishing is fast while the price has fallen for Bristol Bay red king crab, and pollock fishing is faster too. The fleet of 47 crabbers had landed about 1 million pounds of individual fishing quota crab, biologist Britta Baechler of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska said Tuesday. The season opened Oct. 15, with a total quota of 7.85 million pounds in the IFQ and community development quota fisheries. Eleven crab boats have stopped fishing, having caught their quota of the big spider-like shellfish weighing about six pounds each. "It's been pretty quick. That's a..... BOF: Bristol Bay finfish on tap - Dec. 4-12 at BBB school facilities in Naknek… Add 2 Calendar> — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) Oc