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USNWS Alaska: Heavy Bering Sea ice forecast to impact crab fishery

Sea ice, ice berg and fog. (Photo credit: Derek Keats ) h/t USNWS AK on Facebook Sea Ice is not too far off the northeast coastline of St. Paul Island, located in the Bering Sea. The sea ice is expected to shift southwest over the next several days as northeasterly winds develop over the area. The largest impacts will be to crab fishermen out in the Bering Sea as they avoid the ice and make their plans for offloading at St. Paul. In this false color image from the Geographic Information Network of Alaska ( ) the highest concentrations of sea ice stand out in the light blue color, while the clouds have a light pink color. This is one of the satellite resources that NWS Ice Analysts use while creating ice products. For the latest sea ice analysis check out:

#01-31-2013 - ComFish News Roundup (@Twitter FailWhale Late Edition)

FailWhale Defined >   Marketing Alaska's seafood to the world And putting more of it on Alaskan dinner plates Posted: January 30, 2013 - 9:14pm  |  Updated: January 31, 2013 - 12:09am By RUSSELL STIGALL JUNEAU EMPIRE Alaska’s seafood industry is the state’s largest private employer and its largest export market. Yet it has a narrow opportunity to grow in a world market that is growing in size and competition. Commissioner of Commerce Community and Economic Development Susan Bell said her department is working to bring down energy costs, develop infrastructure to bring goods to market and diversify Alaska’s economy. “We are really focused on marketing Alaska’s goods and services,” Bell said. Tyson Fick of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute said his organization currently has marketing..... Tsunami Debris Problem Gets Worse in Alaska, with Lit

National Fisherman Mag: N.E. Groundfish Cuts (video)

Published on Jan 31, 2013 by Vito Giacalone of the Northeast Seafood Coalition comments on proposed groundfish cuts at the Jan. 30 New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Portsmouth, N.H. Published on Jan 31, 2013 Vito Giacalone of the Northeast Seafood Coalition comments on proposed groundfish cuts at the Jan. 30 New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Portsmouth, N.H.

Coast Guard medevacs crab fisherman near St. Paul (F/V North Sea)

Sts Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, St. Paul Island, Alaska, on Nov. 6, 2010. About 500 people live on the island 775 miles west of Anchorage in the Bering Sea. The Alaska National Guard brought Christmas to the island early Nov. 6 as part of its 54th annual Operation Santa Claus outreach to the state's remote communities. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Date: Jan. 30, 2013 District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak KODIAK, Alaska — An Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, forward deployed to St. Paul, medevaced a crewmember from the 126-foot fishing vessel North Sea who was reportedly suffering seizure-like symptoms approximately 60 miles southwest of St. Paul Wednesday. The helicopter crew safely hoisted the patient from the North Sea and successfully transported the crewmember St. Paul where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services for transport to further medical care in Ancho

Coast Guard & Samaritan crew assist F/V Masonic in distress near Fairweather Ground

Date: Jan. 30, 2013 District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard crews and a good Samaritan assisted the crew of a 70-foot fishing vessel taking on water approximately five miles west of Fairweather Ground Wednesday. An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew successfully delivered dewatering pumps to the four people aboard the fishing vessel Masonic. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty is en route to meet the vessel in Cross Sound to further assist the vessel to port in Honnah, with an estimated time of arrival of Thursday morning. Sector Juneau watchstanders received the report this afternoon from the Masonic crew reporting that they were taking on water and may require an extra pump to keep up with flooding. This prompted the watchstanders to launch an Air Station Sitka helicopter crew and the Liberty to respond. The crew of the good Samaritan vessel Myra arrived on scene and assisted the crew of the Masoni

#01-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Tsunami warning (Photo credit: jemasmith ) Is Seward prepared for a zombie invasion? JANUARY 29, 2013 8:52 PM by Brent On the evening of Saturday, October 27, 2012, many Seward residents were out celebrating Halloween. Pirates,angels,ghosts and other ghouls were abundant. At 7:04 that evening, miles away in the Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake was occurring. At 7:16 p.m. AST, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for coastal areas of British Columbia from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to Alaska. The tsunami warning was later.................. I sent an inquiry to Mr. Jim Hunt, Seward City Manager: would he be willing to discuss the tsunami warning system for a Seward City News article? Was the tsunami warning system working as it was supposed to? Unfortunately, because of a last minute scheduling conflict, Mr. Hunt was unable to attend. Mr. Eddie Athey, Assistant Fire Chief of the Seward Volunteer Fire Department, wa

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#01-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

iOS 6.1 Release for iPhone and iPad enables #LTE for iPhone5 users at GCI and ACS! #Alaska… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) January 29, 2013 My Turn: A new way forward in the Gulf Reduce bycatch but protect Alaska's communities Posted: January 29, 2013 - 12:00am By RACHEL DONKERSLOOT Alaska has some of the world’s most abundant and prosperous fisheries and a reputation for science-based management. Fisheries are the life-blood of coastal Alaska and a major driver of the state’s economy. So when it comes to managing our fisheries, it’s critical we get it right. Today’s challenges in sustaining our fisheries and communities touch all Alaskans. We all share concerns about diminishing returns of.... Feeding Habits May Explain Mysterious Fur Seal Decline By Lauren Rosenthal Monday, January 28 2013 The National Marine Mammal Laboratory travels to the Pribilofs ever

Fred Wahl Marine's latest gem. F/V Victory is almost ready to launch!!!

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Effects of Worst Satellite Breakups in History Still Felt Today

Known orbit planes of Fengyun-1C debris one month after its disintegration by a Chinese interceptor. The white orbit represents the International Space Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) by Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist Date: 28 January 2013 Time: 07:01 AM ET The anniversaries of two major space junk events — China's anti-satellite test on Jan. 11, 2007, and the destructive fender-bender between a defunct Soviet Union-era satellite with an operating U.S. spacecraft on Feb. 10, 2009 — are receiving special attention in orbital debris circles. The Chinese anti-satellite test merited a nod by the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) Public Affairs Office from Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, labeling it an "Anniversary Milestone: Satellite Shootdown." The Jan. 11 AFSPC release noted that the Chinese military used a ground-based missile to hit and destroy its aging Fengyun-1C weather satellite, which was orbiting more than 500 miles (805 kilom

Congress passes $50.5B Sandy aid bill - Senator Murkowski Floor Speech on Fisheries Disaster (video)

Congress passes $50.5B Sandy aid bill Published January 28, 2013 Associated Press WASHINGTON –  Congress is sending a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for Superstorm Sandy victims to President Barack Obama for his signature...... Alaska senators express frustration on fisheries aid Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 5:18 pm - January 28, 2013 - WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Lisa Murkowski today cast her vote to deliver $50.5 billion in federal funds to hurricane-struck Atlantic coast communities buffeted by Hurricane Sandy last year, which passed 62-36.  After the vote concluded, Senator Murkowski was joined by a number of her Senate colleagues on the Senate floor expressing frustration that fishery disas

#01-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

FDA: Listeria Concerns Force Whole Foods to Recall Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon… More >… — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) January 28, 2013 No fishing on lower Yukon: New regulation prohibits fishing for first-pulse kings Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 12:08 am | Updated: 12:09 am, Mon Jan 28, 2013. By TIM MOWRY The Yukon River at Eagle, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) FAIRBANKS — There will be no question whether subsistence fishermen on the Yukon River will be able to fish for early-run king salmon this summer. In an attempt to rebuild what has been a dwindling chinook run in recent years, the Alaska Board of Fisheries adopted a new regulation last week that will prohibit king salmon fishing on the first big pulse of fish that hit the Yukon River in early June. The Department of Fish and Game has closed or restricted king salmon fishing on....