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#12-02-2013 - ComFish News Roundup

DoD's Increased Arctic Attention Welcomed by AAPC Co-Chairs
Hagel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
MarineLink.comWednesday, November 27, 2013
Chuck Hagel, announced the release of his agency's 14-page “Arctic Strategy”, touting it as a plan to ensure security, support safety and promote defense cooperation in the region. Hagel chose the International Security Forum at Halifax, Nova Scotia, as the venue for his announcement where he recognized the challenges of climate change and new trends in global geopolitics while calling for Arctic nations....

Unemployment spikes in Southwest Alaska as winter settles in
Joseph Miller
December 1, 2013
A rise in the unemployment rate for southwest Alaska seems to be spiking at an alarming rate as the winter months continue. The October unemployment rate in the Dillingham Census Area reached a startling 10.1 percent, which indicates a 1.3 percent jump from the statistics recorded in September. The entirety of the Bristol Bay Borough had an unemployment rate of 6.9 percent last month, which is also a significant spike from the 3.7 percent that was recorded in September. While the statewide unemployment rate has risen in the last month from 5.5 percent to 6.1 percent, it appears that the southwest region of Alaska is the only region to reach a double digit percentile in the state. This includes the Bristol Bay Borough, the entirety of the Lake and Peninsula Borough, the...

Bit by bit, Homer customers see new natural gas service -- and lower bills
Michael Armstrong
Homer News
English: Aerial view of Homer Spit and Homer H...
English: Aerial view of Homer Spit and Homer Harbor, Homer Alaska, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
November 30, 2013
As natural gas line projects on the lower Kenai Peninsula wind down at the end of the construction season, contractors can check these items off their lists:
• 22 miles of the Anchor Point-to-Homer trunk line;
• 9 miles of the Kachemak City expansion project;
• 37 miles of the city of Homer expansion project nearly complete; and
• The installation of 668 paid service-line applications about 90 percent complete.
Of those customers who paid this year to have service lines installed — that is, lines from distribution lines to homes or businesses — almost half – or 331 customers -- have natural gas service, said John Sims, a spokesman for Enstar Natural Gas....

Study finds salmon scatter in crucial first weeks at sea
Originally published Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM
By Annette Cary
Tri-City Herald
The behavior of young salmon does not appear to be as predictable as previously thought. Ecologists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland are using a new and more sophisticated fish-tagging system to learn more about the fish as they swim downstream and enter the ocean. The prevailing thought was that young salmon...

A part of NW fishing science could be lost
By Joe Follansbee
On Feb. 26, 1962, Charles R. “Bob” Hitz volunteered for his first assignment as chief scientist aboard the John N. Cobb, a 93-foot wooden-hulled research vessel operated by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. He was 29 years old and had worked for the bureau two years. Departing Seattle, he and nearly a dozen other crew and scientists motored out of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the mouth of the Columbia River to take samples of fish for the Atomic Energy Commission. The AEC wanted to know whether...

8:50 AM SUN DECEMBER 1, 2013
Over $27-Million Dollars in Grants Awarded to Improve Water Systems in Alaska Villages
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving out over $27-million dollars in grants to help several Alaska villages upgrade their water and sewer systems. The village of Hooper Bay will benefit from the over $5.7-million dollars being given to the Alaska....

Scallops giving New Bedford fishermen a welcome break
Lucrative shellfish lift fishermen — and the port they call home
New Bedford is flush with money from the richest fishery in the nation — sea scallops. With many fishermen idle this time of year, the port is mobbed with clean, well-maintained scallopers.....

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