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#05-11-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Fish Entrepreneurs Show Interest in Adak
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, May 10 2013
Icicle Seafoods closed its plant in Adak last month, but fisheries business on the island didn’t grind to a halt -- fish buyers are moving in to fill the void left by the processor. Pete Hartman is in charge of purchasing for Hart Sales, a fish broker based out of Victoria, B.C. He says a group of small-boat fishermen approached him in February looking for someone to buy....

4:12 PM FRI MAY 10, 2013
Bristol Alliance Fuels Plans to Offer Large Vessel Haul Out and Storage in Dillingham
One of the major fuel suppliers in the Bristol Bay region is looking at expanding to provide a place for large marine vessels to be stored in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.....

Arctic Strategy: White House looks toward Last Frontier but will investment follow?
Jill Burke
May 10, 2013
Hours after the White House announced it had signed the National Strategy for the Arctic Region (link @HG) , Alaskans began to put into perspective what the high-level event really means for the Last Frontier.  Many of Alaska's stakeholders were briefed early in the day during a phone call with the White House. The strategy is the U.S. version of similar commitments made by Canada, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Russia, and Sweden. As the only U.S. state bordering the Arctic region, Alaska is poised to play a prominent role, provided the White House makes good on its promises to coordinate efforts among all levels of government as well as tribal interests. In a statement released to the press, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell welcomed President Obama's "acknowledgement that the Arctic will play a significant role" in the nation's future....
OPINION: Coast Guard pullout shortsighted
May 10th 3:39 pm | Carey Restino
The U.S. Coast Guard announced last week that because of budget constraints and Shell Dutch Oil's recent announcement that it would not be drilling in the Arctic in 2013, the Coast Guard would not be continuing its Arctic presence as it had last year. While the exact details are yet unclear, it is likely that the two helicopters and C-130 fixed wing aircraft staged in Barrow last summer, along with communication equipment and increased patrols with Coast Guard vessels, will be pulled out of the area. Meanwhile, Anchorage this week had the honor of touring the USS Anchorage, a $1.3 billion ship whose duties will...

IPHC announces new advisory board members
May 10, 2013 - 04:00 PM
The International Pacific Halibut Commission announced the members of its new Management Strategy Advisory Board May 3.....

Akutan hovercraft is history
May 10th 5:00 pm | Jim Paulin
It won't be long before the hovercraft is history in Akutan, and the future just might be a helicopter. Airborne transportation to the airport across the water might rise to a higher level, in a helicopter, or maybe the cost-lowering device will be a boat. "The hovercraft is way too expensive to operate, and has problems," said Rick Gifford, manager of the Aleutians East Borough, which owns and operates the vessel that rides above the water on a cushion of air between the new...

Driftnetter to be cut up, not used for target practice
May 10th 3:42 pm | Jim Paulin
The high seas driftnetter Bangun Perkasa will never fish or float again, and it won't be going down in a blaze of gunfire. "We're going to cut it up and make it go away," said Dan Magone, whose company was awarded a federal contract last month to destroy the vessel seized by the Coast Guard in September 2012 for violating an international ban on driftnet fishing. Federal authorities decided to destroy the vessel instead of selling it or using for military target practice, according to Julie Speegle, a spokesperson for the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau. "The reason we're doing it is to insure that it will never be used again for illegal fishing," she said.....

As the Tide Rises the Award Winning Network in a Box (NIB)® Service Carries the Critical Call for Help
Friday, May 10th 2013
Tecore Networks, a global supplier of multi-technology 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructure, announced today that its Network in a Box (NIB) System in Yakutat, Alaska deployed just months prior by Cordova Wireless provided the lifesaving communications for two stranded hunters. What began as a typical hunting trip for two brothers to an isolated reef in Yakutat Bay nearly turned tragic when the anchor of their skiff gave way and the boat started to drift out to sea. After a failed attempt to reclaim their boat from the icy water, the water soaked brothers thought they were out of options. As the tide rose across the reef, they soon realized they had a cell phone with them (purchased just days prior to the trip). Once they climbed to the highest location on the reef they were able to....

Supercomputers to study Alaska's earthquakes
New wave of seismic modeling highly precise users say
May 8, 2013
Red and blue waves triggered by a magnitude 4.6 earthquake rippled outward from the Anchorage area and fizzled out after 45 seconds. Except in Cook Inlet basin, where the waves were trapped for another half-minute, bouncing back and forth, up and down, within the 7.5-kilometer-thick sedimentary basin. “It’s like throwing a rock in the pond. Except water is a homogeneous material. In the solid earth you have basins and mountains and other variations,” said Carl Tape, a seismologist and assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The actual Cook Inlet earthquake occurred in 2009. Tape is using supercomputers to do the first ever high-resolution simulations of earthquakes in Alaska with computational models that he has played a major role in developing over the past 10 years. The models are too complex for regular computers, using codes that track the seismic waves at millions of grid points at...

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