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#05-05-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Unloading at Alaska Glacier Seafoods
Unloading at Alaska Glacier Seafoods (Photo credit: gillfoto)
Seafood industry boosts Alaska seasonal employment
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Seasonal employment is heating up in Alaska as the seafood industry takes on thousands of temporary workers. Employment is thriving in many industries, but seasonal jobs are the top ticket right now, said state economist Neal Fried. Seasonal jobs generally grow from 3,000 in December to more than 20,000 during their peak in July or August each year, he said.....

State Troopers Identify Deceased King Cove Fisherman
By Stephanie Joyce
Saturday, May 04 2013
A fisherman who died after ending up in the water on Friday has been identified by the State Troopers as 46-year-old Marvin Love Jr, of King Cove. Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen says Love was first reported missing around 6 am Friday....

English: Annotated aerial photograph of (FAA: ...
English: Annotated aerial photograph of (FAA: DLG) in Dillingham, Alaska, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
12:00 AM SUN MAY 5, 2013
A Million tons of Gravel for the Dillingham Airport Improvement Project
Sometime soon residents of the Dillingham area will see a lot of activity associated with a large project at the Dillingham Airport. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

Scientists are divided over virus threat to Northwest salmon
Atlantic salmon in a net-pen.
By Kirk Johnson
Copyright 2013 New York Times News Service
SEATTLE — Like mariners scanning the horizon from the crow's nest, scientists have for years been on the lookout in the Pacific Northwest for signs that a dreaded salmon-killing disease, scourge to farmed salmon in other parts of the world, has arrived here, threatening some of the world's richest wild salmon habitats. Most say there is no evidence. But for years, a biologist in Canada named Alexandra Morton — regarded by some as a visionary Cassandra, by others as a misguided prophet of doom — has said definitively and unquestionably that they are wrong. Infectious salmon anemia. Wild Pacific salmon, she has said, are testing positive for a European strain of the virus that causes the disease, infectious salmon anemia, or ISA. The virus, which has struck farmed salmon populations in Chile, among other places, is not harmful to humans who eat the fish, but could.....

Mark Begich speaks to reporters at the Fairban...
Mark Begich speaks to reporters at the Fairbanks Labor Day Picnic. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Why not have US ambassador for the Arctic?
Carey Restino | Arctic Sounder
May 4, 2013
In recent weeks, Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has amplified his call for the creation of an Arctic ambassador position. Begich's stance is that the United States needs someone to oversee all things pertaining to Arctic development and diplomacy. Many of the elite group of nations that have territory in the Arctic, as well as several who don't, have already created similar positions. An Arctic ambassador, as he proposes, would interact with the Arctic.....

Difficulties plague Interior experimental biomass-burning generator
Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 12:00 am
Jeff Richardson
FAIRBANKS — When local businessman Bernie Karl first launched his ambitious idea to turn waste paper into electricity more than two years ago, the idea seemed like a perfect plan for a community starved for both a recycling program and cheap power. Today, things aren’t quite working out the way Karl had hoped. The experimental biomass-burning generator at K&K Recycling is indeed making electricity out of garbage, as evidenced by the exhaust tumbling out of the towering smokestack on the property along the Richardson Highway. However, nothing about the project has been....

Steam dream approaches reality
HEA gives tours of nearly-operational Nikiski combined cycle plant
Posted: May 4, 2013 - 8:47pm  |  Updated: May 4, 2013 - 9:39pm
By Brian Smith
Peninsula Clarion
Bob Day, Homer Electric Association power production manager, gets visibly excited when he talks about the technology behind the utility’s new Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion project. Day said he could go on talking for hours about the technology HEA uses to capture exhaust heat from its gas-powered generation turbine, convert it to steam and then to electricity for area consumers. And, he did just that — along with several other tour guides — for about 100 area residents....

Squid Fishing Fight Not 'David Vs Goliath' But More Like 'Boy Who Cried Wolf'
By Michael Conroy | May 4th 2013 12:00 PM
Is a David and Goliath battle brewing in commercial squid fishery, with larger purse seiners robbing "scoop" fishermen of their livelihoods, sometimes illegally? That is what Virginia Hennessey wrote in the Monterey Herald. Hearing claims of three squid brail (smaller boat) fishermen, one might think that the larger seine vessel squid fishermen are illegally catching all of the allowable quota.....

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