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Coast Guard rescues stranded mariner near Juneau, Alaska

Date: May 31, 2013 D17 External Affairs JUNEAU, Alaska —A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued a stranded mariner from the shore of St. James Bay, near Juneau Friday. The aircrew located the man on a beach, after finding his 10-foot skiff adrift, and transported him to the people that reported him missing at a nearby cabin. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders were initially notified by the crew of a 21-foot vessel that the missing man did not return from checking crab pots in the skiff. Watchstanders immediately directed the launch of a Station Juneau 25-foot Response Boat-small crew, who searched the shore for three hours without finding the man. At first light, the Air Station Sitka helicopter crew began a search and found the man stranded on a beach. The man’s skiff reportedly floated away overnight while he waited for sunrise. The helicopter crew returned the uninjured man to his friends at a cabin on St. James Bay. “The owner of th

40% of value of US fisheries lost to underfishing (video)

#05-31-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Two Optimistic King Crab Announcements this Week (Aleutian browns may beat Bristol Bay  Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) reds) May 30, 2013 Jay Barrett/KMXT There were a couple of announcements with good news for king crab this week.  First came word from Seward that Kodiak red king crab were successfully hatchery raised for the first time. Previous successes have come from red king crab stock from Bristol Bay and the Juneau area.... A New Report Seeks to Gauge the Economic Impact of the Proposed Pebble Mine By MIKE MASON The Pebble Limited Partnership has released a new study that seeks to define the potential economic and employment contributions of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at the new study and filed this report.... Final action set for trawl fleet king salmon by

Quintillion project seeks to build Arctic/Alaska telecom network

Alaska Journal of Commerce / June-Issue-1 2013 ..............Quintillion was formed in December to ensure that the Alaska work was done by an Alaska company, said CEO Elizabeth Pierce. Quintillion will ensure spurs are built to certain local communities. From there, it will be up to local service providers to tap into the service and distribute it to customers. Right now, the spurs are planned in Nome, Kotzebue, Barrow, Wainwright and Prudhoe Bay. Some work will also be done in Shemya, although whether or not a spur is placed there will depend on the final design and need for service.......... Archive >

EPA Pebble Comment Period Extended until June 30, 2013

Simulation of the Proposed Pebble Mine, Alaska (Photo credit: SkyTruth ) Current Public Involvement We're accepting comments on the revised draft assessment until  June 30, 2013 .  We want to ensure that we're using the best available science and that we've heard and considered all comments received in response to the May 2012 draft assessment....  More >

#05-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Alaska king salmon dilemma that played out in Bethel defies easy solutions English: This is a picture of the Kuskokwim river shore at Aniak, Alaska I shot in September of 2001 (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Craig Medred May 29, 2013 BETHEL -- More than a few people out here in the windswept, far Western corner of the state wanted the trials last week of Kuskokwim River fishermen to be a moratorium on the bycatch of Chinook salmon even farther west in the Bering Sea. There is no arguing the fact that some Kuskokwim kings, as they are often called in Alaska, end up dead in the nets of the $1 billion dollar trawl fishery that operates far away and out of sight over the horizon. The $1 billion question is how many. Myron Naneng is president of the Association of Village Council Presidents, a political power in this region. The way he sees it, "the trawlers and managers of salmon have tried to minimize the impacts by saying only a certain percentage goes into this river or this

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Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell stretches sea legs in Adak

Story by Lt. j.g. Eric Balcunas CGC Boutwell (Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard ) Crewmembers of the San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell ran a 5-kilometer race during a port call in Adak, Alaska , May 23, 2013. The Boutwell crew organized the run to bolster community relations during a port call to the Aleutian town, and was greeted on the pier by local school children and several members of the Adak community. More than a dozen students from Adak Public School created signs to show their support for the Boutwell runners and one of their own teachers. “I had a great time and think it was a great idea for the Coast Guard to involve the community,” said Ivan Hodes, a teacher at Adak Public School. “We enjoy something like this, especially when it involves physical fitness.” Many residents of the Aleutian Islands work and rely on the waters the Coast Guard protects. Being able to meet with the community and have positive interaction allows them to feel confident that the

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Alaska Airlines Bids to Continue Service to Adak

By Stephanie Joyce, KUCB - Unalaska | May 29, 2013 - 9:54 am Adak-City, Adak Island, Alaska (USA). (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Around this time last year, it looked like Adak’s jet service was in jeopardy. Alaska Airlines wanted to stop flying there, and it was only after much back and forth that they conceded to continue serving the community, on a trial basis. Now, the uncertainty appears to be over. Alaska Airlines was the only company that responded to a recent request from the federal Department of Transportation for bids on the community’s Essential Air Service contract, and they’ve agreed to commit for two years. Marilyn Romano is.... View Larger Map

#05-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

2:49 PM TUE MAY 28, 2013 Togiak Police, Alaska (Photo credit: scoutnurse ) 2013 Togiak Herring Closes After Near Record Season DILLINGHAM:  As of 12:00pm Tuesday, the 2013 Togiak commercial sac roe herring fishery has closed. Fishing through tough weather over the weekend, the gillnet fleet scraped by with a couple hundred tons landed each day, and on Monday the buyers announced they were done buying for the season. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger reports on what was almost a record setting harvest.... New director for Alaskan fisheries school Created on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 09:15 |  | PAULA Cullenberg will be the new director of Alaska Sea Grant, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, starting in July 2013. Cullenberg replaces retiring director David Christie, who has led Alaska Sea Grant since 2008. "The extension faculty, our educators, staff and research partn