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#01-02-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska setnetting family fights for the future
Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 2:06 pm
Rashah McChesney / Peninsula Clarion
KENAI, Alaska - Travis Every spent June and July standing at his family's setnet sites watching the sockeye salmon jump in their rush toward the Kenai River. But instead of setting his nets in the water to catch a portion of the season's estimated 6.2 million sockeye run, Travis like many other East Side setnetters in the Cook Inlet remained beached, his nets drying in the sun. "We didn't do anything else," Travis said. "You get up and even though you aren't fishing, you wake up at five in the morning, drive to the beach site, have coffee, watch all the fish jump, get pissed off, get on the phone and start calling people." The 2012 fishing season was a disaster for setnetters, and the Every family found themselves taking a very....

Dutch Harbor Update | The Hunt For The Deadliest Catch Continues In 2013
January 2, 2013
Captains and Crew are gathering back in Dutch Harbor, Alaska for the opilio, “snow crab” season, which generally starts up after the new year.  The 25 percent cut in total quota should speed up the season.  Last year, boats  were challenged  by floating ice, creating the longest snow crab season in history.  Arctic Ice may play a huge factor in this season’s harvest, too.  The Arctic huge melt equals tons more floating ice in the southern fishing grounds.  Stay tuned for more updates as this season on the Bering Sea continues…

LNG gains political value as Japan's needs soar
Alaska looks to be key source if pipeline plan goes through
Staff writer
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
OSAKA — With Japan's nuclear power future clouded by discoveries of active faults near atomic plants in Fukui and Aomori prefectures, liquefied natural gas has become a critical resource and an area of great potential for strengthening relations with the United States. From the frozen wilderness of Alaska's North Slope to Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, American LNG reserves have increasingly drawn interest from Japan since the March 2011 megaquake and tsunami. With all but two of the nation's 50 nuclear reactors shut down, Japan has seen LNG imports surge. In fiscal 2011, LNG imports reached about 83.2 million metric tons (mmt), up 18 percent from the previous year. For fiscal 2012, which ends this March, total LNG....

Winds of Change Blow Rural Broadband in 2013
JANUARY 2, 2013 | Carol Wilson
Rural telcos in the U.S. are headed for a year of certain change -- and that may be about all that is certain in 2013. For example, in January and February, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be gathering industry comments on how it will handle the transition from TDM technology to an all-IP network, and whether that transition will free larger carriers from having to compensate smaller carriers for terminating voice calls. The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), a loud voice for rural telcos in Washington, is one of two entities that have asked the FCC to act in this area. AT&T Inc. is the....

Auto manufacturers take a new turn with Google Maps
Posted by Mickey Kataria, Senior Product Manager, Google Maps for Business
You should have access to comprehensive, accurate and useful information no matter where you are – including when you're behind the wheel. Today, Hyundai Motors Groups joins the ranks of leading auto manufacturers making Google Maps technology available to their drivers. Also, Audi: Audi connect™ brings Google local search, Daimler: With Google Street View imagery, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class drivers can be sure they’re going to the right destination....

New Google Asia servers expected to bring 30% speed boost when they go live later this year
Google is on track to turn on new servers in Taiwan and Singapore later this year that could bring speed boosts of up to 30 percent across its services, The Economic Times reports. The search giant began work on its Singapore data center, its first in Southeast Asia, in late 2011. Last April, Google broke ground on another Asia facility, this time in Taiwan. Google says construction on its Singapore facility will finish up early this year and limited testing of the Taiwan facility should start by the second half of 2013. A third....

Antarctic IRC: how NASA's flying lab stays connected
Dialing up San Jose over satellite connections from 500m over the Antarctic
by Sean Gallagher - Jan 2 2013, 4:30am AST....
...........Operation Ice Bridge squeezes all it can out of Iridium the old-fashioned way—by multiplexing over PPP Multilink. The DC-8 is equipped with an array of Iridium-based modems, each of which dials into a modem on a land line at NASA's Ames Research Center in San Jose. By aggregating the connections, the OIB flying lab gets about 9600 bits per second of bandwidth. "We've experimented with as many as 8 channels," said Van Gilst, "but with Iridium's lower level of reliability (modems will tend to hang up and have to redial periodically, particularly on a moving, banking aircraft) and the relatively high latency, PPP starts to see diminishing returns beyond 4 or 6 channels.".....

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