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#08-04-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

State Seal of Alaska.
State Seal of Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Salmon notes (Southeast fishing is hot!)
Here are a few highlights from the ongoing Alaska salmon season.
The statewide all-species catch now exceeds 120 million fish, the Department of Fish and Game reports. The forecast for the full season is 179 million.....

Board of Fisheries releases 2013-14 proposal book
Posted: August 2, 2013 - 4:07pm
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has released the book of regulatory proposals that it will consider during it’s October 2013 through March 2014 meetings.....

Date: Aug. 04, 2013
US Coast Guard 17th District
Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater near Baranof Island, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard suspended the active search for the third of three boaters from a sunken 24-foot recreational vessel near Baranof Island, Saturday night.

Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Kodiak, the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur, a Canadian coast guard DeHavilland Dash 8 operated by a Transport Canada crew, a Civil Air Patrol airplane crew and good Samaritans aboard several fishing vessels conducted multiple searches totaling 47 hours between them and covering more than 1,224 square miles in the vicinity of the island and Redfish Bay from Friday morning to Saturday night.

A survivor was rescued from the beach at Cape Ommaney by good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Otter Friday morning and taken to Sitka in good condition. Good Samaritans aboard another fishing vessel located one of the two missing boaters in the water, unresponsive, late Saturday afternoon. That boater was recovered and flown to Air Station Sitka aboard the Jayhawk helicopter and transferred to emergency medical personnel. Rescue crews also located debris from the vessel. The third boater remains missing.

“Suspending a case is one of the hardest decisions that we as search and rescuers have to make and our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” said Scott Giard, a command duty officer with Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “We appreciate the support of our partner agencies and good Samaritans to put as many resources on scene as possible and maximize our chances of locating these boaters.”

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau received a report of the people in the water from the survivor of the sinking over VHF-FM Channel 16 radio Friday morning following his rescue. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of mariners in the area and directed the launch of the Jayhawk helicopter and cutter crews.

The survivor reported the aluminum drop bow landing craft they were using sank at about 8 p.m. Thursday night while en route a hunting and fishing trip and that all three people had attempted to swim to shore wearing float coats.

Weather conditions on scene during the search were reportedly 12 to 23 mph winds and 4 to 6-foot seas with good visibility. The water temperature for Southeast Alaska in August is in the 50s.

FedEx Plane Makes Emergency Landing at King Salmon Airport
3:22 PM FRI AUGUST 2, 2013
A Fedex plane made an emergency landing at the King Salmon Airport today. The plane landed safely shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon. The airport heard a call from a Fed Ex MD- 11 needing to land at the nearest available airport.The aircraft was flying.....

Sleepy Eye fishermen help with Alaska boat cleanup efforts
Roger, Jay Rogotzke part of Bristol Bay salvage operation
August 4, 2013
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer
BRISTOL BAY, Alaska - Two rural Sleepy Eye fishermen were part of a month-long, multi-vessel effort to aid and salvage an overturned and partially submerged fishing vessel near the mouth of Igushik River, near Dillingham. Several fishing ships and a barge responded as pollution response vessels to the mishap, including the Bulls Eye, owned by the Roger Rogotzke of rural Sleepy Eye.  The Rogotzkes owns several fishing vessels and have been fishing Bristol Bay for Pacific salmon for decades. But this year, their fishing season ended much differently than previous years, as they took part in pollution response efforts to clean up after the accident.....

Mississippi chef takes 'King of American Seafood' crown
By Judy Walker, | The Times-Picayune
on August 03, 2013 at 6:32 PM, updated August 04, 2013 at 1:27 AM
The runners-up were from New Jersey and New Mexico, but the crowd in Hall J at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans cheered the loudest Saturday when the chef representing Mississippi was crowned the tenth King of American Seafood. Chef David Crews looked stunned upon hearing he had won the annual Great American Seafood Cook-off. "It's amazing," Crews said of his win. "I liked my dish. It was me. I didn't do it for.....
New worldview: DigitalGlobe images are layered with data, insight
Denver Post
By Kristen Leigh Painter The Denver Post
POSTED: 08/04/2013 12:01:00 AM MDT
UPDATED: 08/04/2013 12:59:28 AM MDT
From its headquarters in a Longmont industrial park, DigitalGlobe is quietly saving lives, preventing environmental contamination and advising national governments. The company's recently completed merger with GeoEye has moved DigitalGlobe, well-known in the aerospace and technology fields for its global satellite imagery, into a new realm of worldwide information — fully realized in late July with the launch of its new microsite, Showcase Africa. "I don't think that any other major providers of commercial satellite images ... are doing what......

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