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#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 protection
 VANCOUVER SUN JULY 29, 2013 2:03 AM
Skeena River sockeye salmon are returning in desperately low numbers this summer, causing concern among conservationists for the future of one of British Columbia's largest and most diverse salmon runs. The run collapse has triggered closures of commercial and recreational fisheries in B.C., and is restricting First Nations' food fisheries. Meanwhile, commercial fisheries in Alaska have been intercepting....

Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods
Published: July 27, 2013
Americans overwhelmingly support labeling foods that have been genetically modified or engineered, according to a New York Times poll conducted this year, with 93 percent of respondents saying that foods containing such ingredients should be identified....

Global energy experts to discuss pivotal Alaska issues this week
Alex DeMarban
July 28, 2013
Issues that could change Alaska's course in the next few years will take center stage at an annual meeting of global energy experts gathering in the 49th state for the first time. For four days starting Sunday, the 32nd gathering of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics will cover everything from the latest icebreaker technology and Arctic development to renewable energy and opportunities Alaska might have for opening the lid on its vast natural gas fields. Among the topics getting attention by dozens of academics, executives....

NOAA cruise to study acidification consequences on West Coast
Monday, July 29, 2013, 00:20 (GMT + 9)
A team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will take and study samples of plankton, water and algae to better understand how acidification is affecting the oceans ecosystems. The team, which includes biologists and chemists, will cover the US West Coast, sailing from Seattle (Washington) on 29 July and docking in San Diego (California) on 29 August on board NOAA ship Fairweather.  The US West Coast is particularly prone to...

Drowning in Sea Level Nonsense
English: Polar bear with cub on the ice in the...
Polar bear with cub on the ice in the Arctic Ocean north of western Russia. Published by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Alan Caruba (Bio and Archives)  Sunday, July 28, 2013
New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D) and forty members of Congress believe the sea levels are rising, that a panel should be created to determine what should be done, and, of course, to throw billions of dollars at a problem that does not exist. Politicians were eager to scare the public with the discredited global warming hoax and now they have found a new one....

The Dawn of Hydrogen as a Marine Fuel
In the midst of heightening bunker fuel prices and regulatory pressures around dirty fuel and the resulting combustive emissions, the maritime industry is beginning to explore alternative fuel avenues spanning from relatively risk free solutions such as Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) to solutions with a higher risk profile, such as hydrogen fuel.
Hydrogen Fuel?
Hydrogen fuel is in fact growing in popularity across the globe. In the past, hydrogen was largely reserved for industrial endeavors, used to power large and energy intensive equipment, or was simply a byproduct of industrial gas production. However, in recent years, hydrogen has been attracting more attention as a potential fuel for transportation. In 2002, Bellona identified hydrogen’s potential: “In a global perspective, hydrogen as an energy carrier will be of central importance in diminishing the greenhouse effect and local pollution,” it stated. Hydrogen can act as a successful energy carrier. That energy can be delivered to fuel cells and be converted to generate electricity and heat.  Fuel cells are highly efficient energy....