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Fairbanks flight opens unmanned aircraft test site

...they will continue to morph as new technologies arise, Huerta said.UAF Geophysical Institute researchers counted Steller sea lions with an infrared camera affixed to a UAS in the Aleutian Islands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-05-06/fairbanks-flight-opens-unmanned-aircraf
State
Unmanned aircraft industry takes off in Alaska

...noncommercial purposes.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Alaska Fisheries Science Center staff flew UAVs on Steller sea lion surveys in the Aleutian Islands in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-26/unmanned-aircraft-industry-takes-alaska
State
Winter fishing seasons begin, snow crab early

...reallocated to the Bering Sea. Pollock fishing in the Aleutian Islands has been severely limited in recent years due to Steller sea lion protections.Pollock prices for much of last year were in the low teens in cents per pound, although trawlers...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-01-29/winter-fishing-seasons-begin-snow-crab-
State
Group reviews Alaska's drone use

...has experimented with unmanned aircraft for years. The university has used unmanned aircraft to map wildfires, count Steller sea lions, and in Idaho, to assess salmon nests.Private citizens also are using them. Amazon is selling thousands...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-10-27/group-reviews-alaskas-drone-use
State
NOAA takes Steller sea lions off threatened list

...The eastern population of the Steller sea lion will be taken off the threatened...delisting the eastern population of the Steller sea lions, an action sought by the...recovery of the eastern population of Steller sea lions," Jim Balsiger, administrator...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-10-23/noaa-takes-steller-sea-lions-threatened
State
Attacks on 'Outside' companies wrong, undemocratic

...and mackerel closures in the western Aleutians based on a theory the action would protect food sources for endangered Steller sea lions.A federal judge agreed with the state and fishermen, and noted the resulting economic harm in ordering NMFS...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2012-08-27/attacks-outside-companies-wrong-undem
Opinion
On the Trails: Winter to spring

...But there were obviously forage fish in the bay, because their marine predators were busy. Tightly packed squads of Steller sea lions splashed and dove in unison, chasing some kind of small fish, or rafted up to rest in between foraging forays...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2013-05-03/trails-winter-spring
Outdoors
My Turn: Celebrate the enjoyment and livelihood oceans provide

...crossing your path, swooshing and dipping in the relentless search for herring and other marine prey. Look out for the Steller sea lions bobbing and dipping alongside the coastline, loudly roaring in an ever impressive display of vocalization. If...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-06-06/my-turn-celebrate-enjoyment-and-livel
Opinion
Alaska Editorial: NMFS Alaska puts trawlers ahead of conservation

...used to justify draconian fishing closures in the far western Aleutian Islands supposedly to protect food sources for Steller sea lions.Despite mountains of evidence that halibut bycatch negatively impacts the species, or the decline in tanner...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-06-23/alaska-editorial-nmfs-alaska-puts-tra
Opinion
Steller sea lion has first captive birth in years

ANCHORAGE - A Steller sea lion pup born at the Alaska SeaLife...since the 1980s that there's been a Steller sea lion birth in North America, so we're...mother is Eden, a 13-year-old Steller sea lion on breeding loan from the Vancouver...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-06-30/steller-sea-lion-has-first-captive-birt
State

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