One of the most prestigious colleges in the United States is using Bristol Bay’s massive salmon fishery as a teaching tool. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

Death and danger have become cliché in Alaska. Reality TV would have you believe that there isn’t a waking moment in the 49th State that isn’t fraught with the perils of nature looming at every turn and disaster perpetually imminent.

Creepy soundtracks of noises made by predators had crabs running for shelter and proved, for the first time, that the animals can hear. Marine acoustic experts at Boston’s Northeastern University made the discovery in lab tests on 200 mud crabs during a two year study. When they piped in certain noises, the crabs didn’t dare venture out to eat juicy clams placed in their tanks.
Their skittishness lasted for several hours. The scientists said the crabs hear through a small sac at the base of their antennae. Might it be the same for Alaska crab?

The electric eel's powerful ability to deliver deadly shocks — up to 600 volts — makes it the most famous electric fish, but hundreds of other species produce weaker electric fields. Now, a new genetic study of electric fish has revealed the surprising way they got electrified.

A young bear fell through an Alaska couple's skylight while they were preparing to celebrate their child's birthday, sending the humans scurrying out the room while he feasted on cupcakes.

Spiders are pretty well known as good hunters, feeding mainly on other insects. But new research is showing just how many of them are good at catching — and dining on — fish as well.

The study in the journal PLOS ONE by zoologist and spider expert Martin Nyffeler, from the University of Basel in Switzerland, and Bradley Pusey, from the University of Western Australia, documents more than 80 incidents of spiders killing fish across the world, confirming that spiders do not exclusively eat insects.

Los Angeles fashion designer Lindsay Long uses salmon skins mostly for detailing in her fashion line. She says it’s still rare in the US, but the supple salmon skins are used widely as upholstery in luxury cars, yachts and jets, as well as in the high fashion world.

The salmon skins come from a fish farm in Ireland; they are tanned, and sold by a German company called Nanai, which recently opened an office in LA. The company reportedly  wants to source more salmon skins state-side.

There is a view that can give them the accelerations they’ve seen so they can have a sense of how bad they are being beat up – everyone’s knees will tell them how much they are being beat up, but sometimes seeing numbers can be helpful.

A big drug bust at a local store led to another one at the home of the two owners last week. Various substances with a "conservative street value" of more than half a million dollars were seized, according to Jamie Sunderland, director of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

Sunderland said the quantities include approximately two pounds of cocaine, two pounds of methamphetamine, a half pound of marijuana, 50 ounces of heroin, and 200 oxycontin pills.

The Giant Grenadier is the most abundant among the three types. All of the grenadier species are deep dwellers and are most commonly caught in the sablefish longline fishery. The delicate fish is caught as bycatch with a 100% mortality rate, and considered a trash fish due to their jelly like meat.

“They haven’t been marketed for human consumption. They have pretty soft flesh when they are cooked because they have very high water content and pretty low fat content. There have been some small attempts to develop a market but it hasn’t really ever been continued.”

A Fairbanks man with 10 convictions for DUI or refusal to take a breath or blood alcohol test is again charged with driving under the influence. Theodore Duane Born, 58, told troopers he did not arrive in the truck and didn’t know who it belonged to. He smelled strongly of alcohol and had difficulty standing, troopers said. He refused to take a breath-alcohol test.

The truck was registered to a woman in Anchorage. It contained an open bottle of whiskey and half-eaten chicken that the construction crew member said Born had been eating, troopers said. 

Are wild salmon smarter than hatchery salmon? Some researchers at Oregon State University say think so, especially when it comes to picking the perfect mate.

The study found that wild Coho salmon have the ability to seek out mates that will give them the most offspring, specifically mates with certain types of disease resistant genes different than their own.

According to the study, it's a survival technique that hatchery salmon don't have.

The shells of crabs, shrimp, lobsters and other crustaceans are being turned into bio-plastics for food packaging. The shells contain a compound called chitin, which is also found in insects and fungi. It is one of the most abundant biodegradable materials in the world.  Now, with funds from their government, scientists at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research are turning chitin into so called “active” packaging aimed at reducing plastics made from petro-chemicals. The products can range from hard bio-plastics to thin films that cover food products.

Researchers are hoping to better understand fish distributions by recording the sounds they make.

Many fish make identifiable sounds, and it offers potential for research and management.The most recent sound discovered – fish farts!   According to ScienceShot, a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a team from the University of South Florida picked up the barely audible, cricket-like noises using a robot called a glider that sampled ocean sounds in Tampa Bay.

Researchers are hoping to better understand fish distributions by recording the sounds they make.

Many fish make identifiable sounds, and it offers potential for research and management.The most recent sound discovered – fish farts!   According to ScienceShot, a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a team from the University of South Florida picked up the barely audible, cricket-like noises using a robot called a glider that sampled ocean sounds in Tampa Bay.

A passing farmer out tending his sheep helped spark a major search and rescue operation after a fisherman became stranded when his boat capsized off the coast of Donegal.

The man, in his 30s, was left clinging to a lobster pot in Tullagh Bay, near Clonmany on the Inishowen Peninsula, after getting into difficulty on Sunday.

After months of anticipation and years of preparation, the Polynesian Voyaging Society and its two canoes, Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, finally set off from their home on O’ahu this past weekend on their voyage around the world! As the crew made final preparations for the departure, people from communities in Hawai’i and around the world came to see the sister canoes one more time.

We’ve seen how drones can be a crucial asset to search and rescue operations, but Iran’s RTS Lab has taken an entirely new angle. RTS’s Pars drone carries a payload of life preservers that can be delivered to a drowning swimmer far faster than a lifeguard. As we saw in testing in the Caspian Sea, the drone can also work at night, using bright lights, thermal sensors, and a built-in camera to stream video to rescuers on shore.

May 20, 1999 By Terry Johnson, Bristol Bay Times

One of the first harbingers of spring in Bristol Bay is the arrival of the whales from California.

The California gray whales show up around the Togiak herring grounds and on up the coast as early as April. By fishing season, large numbers, as many as a thousand last week, are often spotted in the area.

Dimond High School graduate Michelle Brown has become a finalist in a national search for stylin' footwear with a design that makes ingenious use of salmon skin.

Brown, who will graduate from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City this month with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in women's ready-to-wear, has one of four designs competing in an online contest sponsored by the upscale Allen Edmonds company.

 

Alaska has become the go to area for reality television with shows focused on the crab fisheries in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard and the Alaska State Troopers. This summer crews will begin filming yet another Alaska themed show. This one will be focused on Bristol Bay’s massive commercial sockeye salmon fishery. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

The international Smart Gear competition rewards new gear ideas that help fishermen retain their target catches while letting marine mammals, turtles, birds or small fish swim away. The contest began in 2005 by the World Wildlife Fund. Michael Osmond is program director -

Not many high school seniors choose to spend their winter studying for an extra exam — or to become captains — but three students from Bristol Bay and Chignik did both.

Originally, Gabriella Hill, William Lind and Kvichak Aspelund were enrolled in a two-week maritime education course meant to prepare them for AVTEC’s 9-week captain’s exam preparatory course. AVTEC is the Alaska Vocational Technical Center and has its main campus in Seward.

I went on a first date with "Life Below Zero" yesterday, and I had a wonderful time. "Life Below Zero" chronicles the lives of seven truly interesting people who live in the Alaska Bush.

Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts.

In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported.

 

Frilund, 64, has spent his spare time fishing in the waters around his home town of Eidsbygda, western Norway, for as long as he can remember. But this is the first time he's heard of fish swallowing discarded sex aids. 
 
"I was astonished," he told The Local. "It was totally unexpected. I had never seen anything like this before." 
 
His theory is that the cod, which weighed upwards of five kilograms, mistook the vibrator for a tasty cephalopod.  

DILLINGHAM: Last week a man standing on the Dillingham bike path was punched in the face by a stranger on a bike, and was later hospitalized after his eyeball popped out of its socket.

Thomson was driving a blue 2002 GMC Sierra pickup truck that was weaving, crossing the center line and speeding 79 mph in a 65 zone, trooper Christopher Bitz wrote in the criminal complaint. Bitz said Thomson seemed disoriented and produced a receipt when asked for his vehicle registration. Asked if he had any weapons, Thomson mentioned a .357 in the back seat but neglected to mention a 9mm pistol in his back pocket, Bitz said.