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#07-31-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Years of Work Go Into Every King Salmon KRAA @Flickr Jul 30, 2012 Brianna Gibbs /KMXT For about ten years, the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have worked together to provide greater access to king salmon fishing on Kodiak through the road system king salmon enhancement project. Only the Karluk and Ayakulik Rivers have native king salmon stocks on Kodiak, both of.... Feds blasted for extending comment period on controversial halibut plan just 14 days Michael Armstrong Homer News July 30, 2013 In response to requests by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center and the Alaska Charter Association, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced it had extended the comment period on its controversial halibut Catch Sharing Plan -- but only by 14 days. The new c

FAA: Green lights drones in US airspace ("major energy company" to use X200 to patrol the Alaskan coast)

FAA approves first drones for commercial operations in US airspace By Timothy J. Seppala posted Jul 31st, 2013 at 5:36 AM ......Come August, a "major energy company" will use the X200 to patrol the Alaskan coast, keeping an eye on ice floes and migrating whales where the firm is doing petroleum exploration. Plans for the Puma sound slightly more action-packed, as it's expected to support oil spill emergency response-crews and watch over wildlife in the Beaufort Sea.....

Washington Post: Chat live with Deadliest Catch Captain Sig Hansen (who woulda thunk?)

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NRN: Sea-faring adventure for Alaska's Copper River salmon (video)

Good one! by Ron Ruggless in Reporter's Notebook Jul. 30, 2013 .............. Robert Beedle, a longtime drift gill-net fisherman in Cordova, graciously allowed us to accompany him out into the Gulf of Alaska for a half-day fishing trip, fortified with the tastiest homemade “Hott Crackers,” the ideal spicy-saltine-based deck snack created by his wife, April. “It’s as important to know where fish aren't as much as where they are,” he advised on the deck of his shiny new boat, the Cedar Bay. Beedle netted four lovely salmon and a wide number of flounder on our short trip. (A seal ate one of the salmon out of the net, so I count five as our haul. The flounder were rescued and thrown back into the drink.)........

Alaska: 3D Printed Quadcopter (must see video) h/t @makerbot

Scroll down for cool tweet from TechCrunch. From Mikey B Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:32 PM My 3D printed quadcopter in action. This is an open source project I have been working on since October. The files are located at . MikeyB Study Finds 3D Printing Could Save The Average Home Up To $2,000 A Year | TechCrunch — Hauling Gear #Alaska (@haulinggear) July 31, 2013

Adak Telephone could file for bankruptcy by the end of the year? #USF #RuralBroadband

Adak’s Phone Company Calls on Feds to Restore Subsidies By Stephanie Joyce, KUCB - Unalaska | July 30, 2013 - 5:27 pm Logo of the United States Federal Communications Commission, used on their website prior to 2002 or 2003, and still used on some publications and areas of their website. The central part of the logo is also used on products which conform to FCC requirements. (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) The fed eral government is cutting subsidies to the telephone company that serves Adak amid concerns about how the money is being spent. That leaves the future of Adak’s phone service up in the air. Fifteen thousand dollars. That’s about how much the Federal Communications Commission used to pay Adak Telephone annually for each phone line in the community. In 2011, the total added up to $4.2 million worth of federal subsidies for less than 400 people. But those days are over.............. ................. “We would have to ask RUS, because we were allowed to purchase thos

#07-30-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Unusually large number of kings caught by Kodiak fishermen — Kodiak Daily Mirror (@kdkmirror) July 30, 2013 11:26 AM MON JULY 29, 2013 Togiak Seafoods is Looking for Fishermen to Catch Silvers in the Nushagak District By MIKE MASON A seafood processor based in Togiak is hoping to come into the Nushagak District later this week to buy coho salmon. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story..... Togiak, AK - KDLG Tustumena Out 'Indefinitely' Says Ferry Spokesman Jul 29, 2013 Jay Barrett/KMXT Poor workmanship and subpar materials being used in the repair of the Alaska State Ferry Tustumena have once again delayed its return to service. At this point, according to Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow, there’s no telling how long this latest delay will keep the Tusty from going back in the water: “Right now we don’t have a timeline for exactly how long it will take

False Pass Inches Closer to Ocean Energy #SupplyChain #SmartGrid

By Audrey Carlsen Monday, July 29 2013 Fishermen and scientists have known for years about the extremely strong ocean currents that rush past the Aleutian town of False Pass. A recent study ( ) shows it might be viable as a power source for the town, but there's still plenty of work to be done. On its way to the Arctic, frigid water from the Alaska Coastal Current cuts north through Isanotski Strait -- the pass that gives "False Pass" its name. Bruce Wright is a scientist with the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, and led the team studying the power potential of the strait. They knew the currents would be strong there, but what they found was even better than expected. "One of the locations, which is in the narrow part of the pass, it has the best tidal resource so far measured in the U.S.," says Wright. The water there can surge at up to eight miles per hour.

Wired West: TERRA-NW Phase 3 update

TERRA-NW Phase 3 update: Tower foundation piles are being driven at the Kotzebue KIC site — GCI TERRA Project (@terragci) July 30, 2013 TERRA-NW Phase 2: Work continues at Cape Nome repeater site. Ground trench ring in progress. — GCI TERRA Project (@terragci) July 29, 2013 Next up - teams are heading to Golovin to start heavy lift to Kwiktalik if weather holds up — GCI TERRA Project (@terragci) July 29, 2013

#07-29-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013 Salmon notes We're now smack in the middle of Alaska's commercial salmon season. Here are a few observations.... Salmon Frenzy mission delivers refreshments, faith to Kenai dipnetters By GREG SKINNER  Peninsula Clarion First Posted: July 28, 2013 - 11:01 am Last Updated: July 28, 2013 - 11:04 am KENAI, Alaska — One way to quantify the hoards of dipnetters working the beach is the number of hotdogs given out by a group of volunteers working the local salmon mission. "We're way over this year," said Brenda Crim, creator and organizer of Salmon Frenzy, a dipnet beach mission run through Alaska Missions and Retreats. Crim, of Anchorage, said her group was on track to hand out 22,000 hotdogs by the close of last week when the last group of mission..... B.C. conservationists seek salmon pro

Coast Guard Sycamore cutter damaged in barge allision in Cordova

Date: July 28, 2013 D17 External Affairs A section of the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore’s port bow sustained damage from an allision with an Alaska Marine Lines barge while moored in the harbor of Cordova, Alaska, July 28, 2013. The Sycamore is a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Cordova. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore.) JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is investigating an allision ( ) that occurred between an Alaska Marine Lines barge and the Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore in Cordova, Sunday. The Sycamore, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, was at its moorings when the allision occurred and suffered damage to its bow. There have been no reports of injuries or pollution at this time. The Sycamore, homeported in Cordova, conducts aids to navigation, search and rescue and law enforcement missions throughtout Alaska. Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore

#07-28-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

Certified salmon: Park Service director endorses Alaska fish English: Lisa Murkowski, United States Senator from Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia ) Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:00 am Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial Jon Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, knows something about Alaska and its salmon fisheries, having served five years in the mid 1990s as superintendent of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park , whose western border is the salmon-stuffed Copper River. So Mr. Jarvis obviously felt a little uncomfortable at a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday when Sen. Lisa Murkowski , R-Alaska, dug into a Park Service recommendation that could curtail Alaska salmon sales by park concessioners nationwide. Mr. Jarvis asked twice that he and Sen. Murkowski talk in private about it. Sen. Murkowski declined and continued her very....

BuzzFeed: 10 Signs You Grew Up In Alaska

Yep.... 10 Signs You Grew Up In Alaska  The Last Frontier is one unique place to call home. It’s also strangely baffling to people from Outside. For those of us who’ve moved south, here’s a reminder of what makes the Great Land so great. posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:05pm EDT >

#07-27-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

South Central Fishermen Concerned Over Proposed Halibut Catch Share Plan (video) By Samantha Angaiak Channel 2 News 5:35 p.m. AKDT, July 26, 2013 ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Tension has been mounting in south central Alaska among commercial fishermen and charter operators concerned about new rules in a proposed plan by the national Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to implement a halibut catch share plan. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council says the goal of the halibut catch share plan is to adjust the percentage of allocation of halibut between the charter sector and the commercial fishery to reflect more recent catch patterns. Chris Oliver, the executive director of North Pacific Management Council, says he hopes the new plan will....,0,228104.story Kenai king fishing to close Sunday For second year, record low escapement prompts Fish a