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#02-19-2014 - ComFish News Roundup

Residents say dangerous medevac shows King Cove’s need for a road (video)
By Heather Hintze
6:43 PM February 18, 2014
The small community continues to fight for a "life-saving road" to an all-weather airport in Cold Bay. ANCHORAGE - A King Cove woman remains in critical condition after being medevaced out of the small Aleutian town on Friday. Residents said the situation highlights their need for a life-saving road to Cold Bay, one Interior Secretary Sally Jewell...
A Battery Small Enough to be Injected, Energetic Enough to Track Salmon
By Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 19 hours 30 minutes ago
RICHLAND, Wash. – Scientists have created a microbattery that packs twice the energy compared to current microbatteries used to monitor the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The battery, a cylinder just slightly larger than a long grain of rice, is certainly not the world's smallest battery, as engineers have created batteries far tinier than the width of a human hair. But those smaller batteries don't hold enough energy to power acoustic fish tags. The....

Sunken ramp retrieved from Homer Harbor
By Hannah Heimbuch
Homer Tribune
Homer Tribune
A gangway that spent the first part of the month partially submerged in the Homer harbor was pulled up this week, and is now resting largely unharmed on the chip pad. But for now, that’s as far as it’s going. Ramp 7 is on the north side of the harbor, and was built a few years ago by the Seldovia Village Tribe to serve as both the Seldovia Bay Ferry loading ramp and a public access ramp to the Homer Harbor. The gangway and ramp are accessed from the large parking area leased by Seldovia Village Tribe to serve ferry passengers. The ramp fell into the harbor on the last day of January, when a weight shift at low tide caused the ramp to...

Cannery work remembered
By Arnold C Anderson
February 18, 2014
Many years ago in 1948 I went to Ketchikan Alaska to work in the Ketchikan Packing Company. I was a college kid out of work and had gone up there at my own expense. It was a time when fish traps were allowed for their last year. The traps were used everyday except Sunday. It was amazing how many fish were caught and were brought in by fish trap tenders. I was a part of the gurry gang, who had a job of unloading the fish. There were three of us in the gang. There was Leonard Barnhill, a college kid, myself Arnold Anderson, and Bob Hind, an Englishman. They said he was a remittance man. At first our job was just a clean the place up get ready for the Pack. When the fish....

Ballard man dies after night in the cold
By Shane Harms
......... Real Change reported that Bouck was a Real Change vendor and was a long- time Queen Anne and Ballard resident. He was the son of a sea captain and worked in the fishing industry most of his life. They reported that when Jeff was 41, he was purse-seining for salmon in Alaska and fell overboard, herniating two discs in his back. Disabled, Bouck was unable to fish, and became homeless. Moreover, Vick and Pruss both said that Bouck had lost his wife, Karen, two years prior and was struggling with the loss. Vick said Bouck often had intense nightmares and used alcohol to cope with his emotional trauma.....

4:19 PM TUE FEBRUARY 18, 2014
Legislative Update: Linking Hair Crab and Economic Development Organizations
The effort to pass a piece of legislation to reauthorize 12 economic development organizations in Alaska hit a snag recently in the Alaska Legislature. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details....

Sitkans speak out against HB77
by Rachel Waldholz, KCAW
February 19, 2014 6:00 am
Last week (Thurs 2-13-2014), about 40 people jammed into the Homeport Eatery in downtown Sitka to speak out against a proposed law, House Bill 77. HB77 is part of an effort by the Parnell Administration to streamline the permitting process at the Department of Natural Resources. But some Sitkans are joining a chorus of critics who say the bill goes too far....

What do you know about GMOs?
Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:00 am
By Kim Herning
Community Perspective
FAIRBANKS — What do you know about GMOs? If you are like the majority of Americans, your answer would be “Not much” or “What’s a GMO?” In the last year though, more people are starting to take an interest in learning about genetically modified organisms and how they could affect them personally....

Wolf Run puts its food focus on Alaska grown
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 11:55 pm
By Gary Black
FAIRBANKS — Wolf Run is carving out a culinary niche in the Fairbanks dining scene that few restaurants here are attempting — preparing and serving as much local and Alaska-grown food as possible.
So far, it’s been a big payoff. “It’s really important to us because there is...

Fisherpoets explore how 'The Sea Provides' at Imogen Gallery
Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:00 am
ASTORIA — Imogen Gallery will hold an artist welcoming reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 for “The Sea Provides,” an exhibition by two professional artists/fishermen, Corey Arnold of Portland and Martin Machado of San Francisco. Light bites and beverages will be provided by the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the 2014 FisherPoets Gathering and in honor of the importance of maritime industries to the Columbia-Pacific region. It...

New salmon predictions are looking awesome
The latest pre-season 2014 projections for spring Chinook salmon, coho and fall Chinook salmon look awesome. Numbers projected for all three runs should produce outstanding fishing in the ocean, off the Washington coast and in the Columbia River.....

Salt and Cabotage — Is the Jones Act Being Blamed for Poor Planning?
By Rick Spilman,
International Salt, a major salt company, has just about run out of salt to supply the State of New Jersey.  The salt is used to control ice on the roads, and to run out in the middle of a very snowy winter is very, very bad. The company does have lots of salt in Maine, roughly 40,0000 tons, but apparently did not make arrangements to ship it to New Jersey in a timely manner.  Was this just a logistical foul-up by the salt supplier?  Not if you read the newspapers, the internet or watch television.  The villain, at least according to what one hears in the press, is the Jones Act. The Jones Act is a law which reserves the carriage of good between US ports to US flag.....