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Stedman: Could Southeast Alaska be a support center for Arctic?

The Tongass National Forest, near Ketchikan (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) by Ed Ronco, KCAW May 31, 2012 6:00 pm Imagine Southeast Alaska as a support center for Arctic energy development. State Sen. Bert Stedman is hoping Sitka and Ketchikan can one day be just that. The Sitka Republican is co-chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Stedman spent the bulk of his time in front of the Sitka Chamber of Commerce addressing the state’s capital budget – namely, the money coming to Sitka. Millions will flow into the community from Juneau this year to fund improvements to a baseball field, a new roof for the hospital, some street paving, a diesel generator for electricity and more. But Stedman also talked about the future, including the development of Arctic resources. “To give you any idea on what the Arctic is going to look like 100 years from now, look at the Gulf of Mexico,” he said. “It’s going to look totally different than it does today, regardless of whether the

Comfish News Roundup #05-31-2012

HG Tweet Bundle #05-31-2012  http://bitly.com/bundles/o_4a28lnac6e/5 Inside China: China sees conspiracy in sea law convention By Miles Yu Wednesday, May 30, 2012 The Chinese government reacted strongly recently to U.S. government efforts to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), calling the move a dangerous U.S. military plot to interfere further in Asia’s regional affairs. “It is dangerous that some U.S. politicians are expanding U.S. claims and raising its degree of interference. This will aggravate regional tensions and is not conducive to resolving issues,” said an article published Saturday by the official Xinhua News Agency and headlined, “Kerry statement exposes U.S. designs on South China Sea,” . The article was referring to Sen. John F. Kerry’s May 23 statement at a Senate hearing on the UNCLOS. Mr. Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, remarked at the hearing that China and other countries are “staking out illegal claims in the So

Air Station Kodiak conducts SAR demo at Crab Fest 2012 (photo)

KODIAK, Alaska - An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew deploys a portable dewatering pump to a simulated vessel in distress in the channel adjacent to downtown Kodiak May 26, 2012. The pump deployment was part of the Coast Guard's search and rescue demonstration during the Kodiak Crab Festival. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

SE Alaska: Sea Otter Fisheries Conflict (video)

Published on May 30, 2012 by seanlarson06 Sea otters were extirpated from Southeast Alaska in the 18th and 19th century fur trade. After that time, marine invertebrate stocks undoubtedly grew in the absence of sea otter predation; then sea otters were reintroduced into Southeast Alaska in the 1960s. In the ensuing decades, sea otters became well established, with the population expanding at the rate of 13% per year, and lucrative fisheries for California sea cucumber, geoduck clam, red sea urchin, and Dungeness crab are declining. Fishermen, subsistence users, and managers have concerns for these resources and their coexistence with sea otters. I am addressing a piece of this issue with my Masters work at UAF.

NOAA: New Bering Sea research reveals how changing ecosystem impacts America's most valuable fisheries

NOAA and partners also examine ecosystem changes on sea birds and marine mammals NOAA.gov  May 30, 2012 Bering Sea marine mammals, birds, and fish are shifting where they eat, bear their young, and make their homes in response to changes in sea ice extent and duration. These patterns of change are documented in a special issue of the journal of Deep Sea Research II now available online. The special journal issue represents newly published findings from a partnership between the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) at the University of Washington, and several other academic and federal partners. NOAA NOAA researchers and their partners studied Bering Sea ice and ecosystem conditions over six years in order to understand the processes that influence the eastern Bering Sea marine ecosystem. The special journal issue features multiple papers describ

The Iridium 9575 Extreme Satellite Phone Hands-on Review

full review >  tomsguide.com 9:00 AM - May 31, 2012 - By Wolfgang Gruener - Source : Tom's Guide US It’s the “smart” in smartphone that you did not see coming. I recently had plenty of discussions surrounding the term “smartphone.” What exactly is a smartphone? Since we are now also beginning to loosely talk about smart TVs and consider any TV that may be able to connect to Netflix and run a Google search on a big screen a “smart” TV, it appears that the term “smart” may be, in most cases, an exaggeration. It may very well depend on your own expectations of what would qualify as being “smart.” I have run into so many issues with my Android phone that I have serious doubts whether these new smartphones are, in fact, smart. If OS updates are causing those phones to crash even during calls, and if they need to be rebooted at least twice daily, are they really “smart?” So, can you define “smart” in a phone differently? I believe so. If you remove the ability to run apps

Comfish News Roundup #05-30-2012

Ursus arctos middendorffi /kodiak bear/ Kodiakb√§r (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Kodiak: It Wouldn't Be Crab Fest Without Bruin Burgers May 29, 2012 Jennifer Canfield/KMXT The Bruin Burger is a Crab Fest staple. The winter sports non-profit organization, Kodiak Sno-Bruins, sold over 5,400 of the deep fried, hamburger-filled pockets. Volunteers started making them over two weeks ago. If you were able to enjoy a Bruin Burger at Crab Fest before they sold out on Sunday, then you likely waited in line with 30 to 50 other people..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3843 Treaty on the seas is in rough Senate waters By Walter Pincus, Published: May 28 “Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but not to his own facts,” goes the maxim popularized by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, used it last week in introducing the latest effort to get the Senate to pa

Google+ goes local (video)

http://searchengineland.com/google-places-is-over-company-makes-google-the-center-of-gravity-for-local-search-122770 http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/30/google-looks-to-one-up-facebook-with-google-local-a-more-social-google-places-with-a-twist-of-zagat/ http://google.com/+/learnmore/local http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2012/05/localnow-with-dash-of-zagat-and.html

USCG Rolls Out Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) (photos)

The Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) is a new Coast Guard patrol boat that is capable of deploying independently to conduct missions that include port, waterways and coastal security; fishery patrols; search and rescue; and national defense. Named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes, the FRCs are replacing the aging Island-class 110-foot patrol boats. Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., personnel prepare to begin the builder's sea trials in the Gulf Coast Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, the Coast Guard's first Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter. Builder’s trials begin Wednesday and include both pierside and underway machinery and equipment tests, conducted by the shipbuilder, to demonstrate the seaworthiness and functionality of Webber’s systems, including main propulsion, command and control, navigation and others. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Rowland.

Alaska's Air National Guard's 176th Deployment for KTUU-TV

Published on May 29, 2012 by Nederbrock1 Alaska's Air National Guard's 176th Deployment covered by KTUU-TV

Comfish News Roundup #05-29-2012

BC: Third fish farm quarantined over virus concerns bit.ly/M1RDj6 — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) May 29, 2012 Togiak National Wildlife Refuge (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery Closed... Comes Up Short of Quota 05/28/12 The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down one part of the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery Monday night. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (0:54).... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1928 ASMI approves $21.3 million budget; clarifies position on MSC salmon Posted 05/28/2012 by - Margaret Bauman Board members of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute have approved a budget of $21.3 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, a boost from the current $19.8 million, with plans to spend more on advertising to promote the Alaska brand. “When we built the budget, we built it with a reserve to be decided at this meeting by the board,” said Ray Riutta, executive director, in an interview following the mid

DIY Alaska Grow Bucket (video)

Published on May 29, 2012 by alaskawine How to make a simple self watering Alaska Growbucket.

USCG: Video footage from incredible skiff rescue near Port Heiden yesterday

KODIAK, Alaska — A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducts a rescue of four people from an overdue skiff on an ice floe in Bristol Bay 23 miles northwest of Port Heiden May 27, 2012. The skiff crew was taken safely to Dillingham to be evaluated by emergency medical personnel. Full story here >  http://www.blog.haulinggear.com/2012/05/coast-guard-rescues-four-people-from.html

Comfish News Roundup #05-28-2012

Cantwell Statement on EPA Pebble meeting Thursday, May 31st, at 2:00 p.m. at the Federal Building in Seattle bit.ly/MSPS74 — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) May 28, 2012 MAY 25, 2012 12:00 A.M. Obama’s Land of the LOST The Law of the Treaty is a huge attack on American sovereignty. By Michelle Malkin What’s green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama’s new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). The fight over LOST goes back three decades, when it was first rejected by President Ronald Reagan. He warned that “no national interest of the United States could justify handing sovereign control of two-thirds of the Earth’s surface over to the Third World.” According... http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/301007/obama-s-land-lost-michelle-malkin Rural Alaska Bristol Bay girl combines passions for fish and pastry Hannah Heimbuch | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | May 27, 2012 For Heidi Kritz, few things are more important than the shimmeri

Tradex 3-Minute Market Insight EP84 (video)

Coast Guard rescues four people from skiff in Bristol Bay

Date: May 27, 2012 KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued four people from an 18-foot skiff 23 miles northwest of Port Heiden Sunday. "The vessel's crew ducked into an ice floe to avoid a storm and has been drifting with the ice since," said Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Roberto, a search and rescue controller with the District 17 command center in Juneau. "The crew had supplies with them for a day trip but we recommend mariners take enough supplies with them for multiple days at a time because anything can happen in Alaska's extreme environment." The Alaska State Troopers contacted the Coast Guard Friday requesting assistance in a search for the overdue skiff in Bristol Bay. Before the Coast Guard could launch, the Troopers incorrectly identified an identical skiff with the same amount of people as the overdue party. However, Sunday the Troopers were informed that the party was still missing by family members. The Coast Guard launched an HC-130 Her

Comfish News Roundup #05-27-2012

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled out on Bering Sea ice, Alaska, June 1978. (Source: NOAA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 'One hundred letters should be our goal' It's not uncommon to see some pretty stiff competition for seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. But this year, the campaigning seems particularly intense. You might recall our post back in March about how a large industry bloc was thinking of mounting a challenge to Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire's top choice for a council seat, Lori Swanson. The industry group preferred the second name on Gregoire's list of nominees, Craig Cross. Well, the challenge is on and Cross is getting a major push. It's up to the U.S. commerce secretary to decide who ultimately gets the seat, and the decision is expected by the end of June. Deckboss hears reliably that a ranking Commerce Department official.... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/05/one-hundred-letters

Salmon Spread: Traditional Foods, Contemporary Chef Southcentral Alaska (video)

Published on May 27, 2012 by ANTHCStoreOutside

Coast Guard responding to St. Joseph grounding (photo)

Photo courtesy Copper River Seafoods. KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard and the owner of the fishing tender St. Joseph are working together to respond to the grounding of the vessel Saturday. "We are working diligently with the owner of the vessel to develop salvage and response plans to recover the St. Joseph from the beach," said Lt. Doreen McCarthy, command duty officer of Marine Safety Unit Valdez. "At this time there is no reported pollution." The St. Joseph was confirmed aground between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday between Yakutat and Kayak Island on the Gulf of Alaska. An overflight revealed that the vessel was on the beach and a vehicle and portable storage tank were dislodged from the aft deck of the vessel and thrown ashore. The St. Joseph reportedly has 1,400 gallons of diesel aboard and responders report that there are no signs of pollution at this time. The Coast Guard will conduct further overflights of the vessel utilizing a Coast Guard MH-60 Jay

2012 Prince Of Wales Marathon - Video and results #Alaska #POWMarathon

The winner: #31 Jacob Dillon (from New York) 2:57 45sec. Woman #1:  #106 3:11 04sec On the web > http://www.powmarathon.org See you next year!

Coast Guard rescues five crewmembers from tender southeast of Cordova

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard rescued five crewmembers from the 55-foot fishing tender St. Joesph 52 miles southeast of Cordova Friday night. The Coast Guard Communications Station in Kodiak received a mayday call from the tender, relayed by the fishing vessel Heidi Linea, at 9:20 p.m. reporting that they had experienced a loss of steering in 20-foot seas. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Cordova to respond. "The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 11 p.m. and after discussing the situation with the master it was decided it was unsafe to the leave the crew aboard in 20-foot seas," said Petty Officer Jacques Castro, a search and rescue controller with Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. "All five crewmembers were safely hoisted and taken to Cordova." The St. Joesph remains adrift. Plans are being made for an overflight of the area Saturday to r

Begich: Close Vote Shows Growing Concern over Frankenfish

Comfish News Roundup #05-26-2012

CHICAGO - JANUARY 21: A television videographer shoots a six-week-old beluga whale as it swims with its mother Puiji at Shedd Aquarium January 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The calf which was born December 14, weighed 162 pounds and was 5' 4' long. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife ) Copper River harvest now at 3,144 kings, 627,012 sockeye Posted 05/25/2012 by - Margaret Bauman Commercial fishing on the Copper River picked up steam May 24, with a harvest of 253,053 sockeye salmon and 905 Chinook salmon, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said in its preliminary estimate May 25..... http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1221copper-river-harvest-now-at-3144-kings-627012 Beluga dead at river mouth — Juvenile whale entangled in educational fishery set net MAY 23, 2012 · 9:58 AM By Jenny Neyman Redoubt Reporter Though an updated Cook Inlet beluga whale population survey isn’t going to be conducted until early June, there is one recently confirmed change t