Study examines the ripple effect of fishing charters’ choices

first_imgFisheries | Oceans | Outdoors | Science & Tech | SouthcentralStudy examines the ripple effect of fishing charters’ choicesJune 24, 2017 by Aaron Bolton, KBBI Share:Fishing Boat in Kachemak Bay. (Photo by James Brooks)Homer is known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” But, charter operators aren’t just targeting the prized bottom fish these days. An ongoing study published in the scientific journal Public Library of Science aims to find out how charter operators’ fishing habits have evolved and the ripple effect of their decisions.University of Fairbanks Ph.D. candidate Maggie Chan wants to know how and why the fishing charter industry is changing in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.Chan and Associate Professor of Fisheries Anne Beaudreau interviewed several fishing charter owners in Sitka and Homer, most of whom have been in business since the 1990s.Part one of Chan’s study focuses on where charters are taking their customers.“So in a way, I’d like to think of this first paper as putting the picture frame down,” Chan explained. “We’re going to start filling in the picture of what people are seeing in the water and the changes they’ve seen over time in the next few papers.”This is important because popular fishing grounds are chosen not just for the availability of fish, but the variety of species that can be caught in one place. Chan found in the early 1990s, charters primarily targeted halibut around Kachemak Bay and in Lower Cook Inlet. In the ladder part of the decade, fishermen started offering multi-species trips.“When we see the addition of combination or multi-species trips, people were traveling further south to the Barren and Chugach islands,” Chan said. “That is very distinctly associated with a multi-species trip because there’s more habitat down there for things like lingcod, rockfishes, etc.”Then, when fuel prices hit an all-time high in 2008, fishermen stayed closer to town.Captain Greg’s Charters owner Greg Sutter has been guiding fishing trips around   Homer since 1995. Sutter caters to families and large groups. He said multi-species trips are still in high demand.“When they come up to Alaska, they’re not only looking for the adventure, they would like to bring home as much meat as they can,” Sutter said of why people choose combo trips.Chan conducted her interviews in 2014 and 2015. During that time, the decisions Homer charter operators were making were mostly business driven. Fishermen in Sitka say they chose their fishing grounds because of regulations imposed by the International Pacific Halibut Commission.Homer charter operations have seen halibut regulations come down since. The halibut commission started cutting out days of the week operators could target the bottom fish. Sutter said multi-species trips have picked up some of the slack, but he’s turned away customers and has canceled advance bookings for halibut trips.“We can try to sell a salmon trip, which some Wednesdays I’m able to, but not every Wednesday,” Sutter said.Chan doesn’t just want to know what’s driving fishermen like Sutter’s choices. In subsequent papers, she will lay out what changes anglers are seeing in the waters they fish. She hopes her study will spur conversation between fishery managers and fishermen. Chan said that dialogue can help decision makers make big-picture management decisions.Scott Meyer is a fishery biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Homer. Meyer collaborated on the study and agrees the study’s findings could be valuable for both federal and state fishery managers.“It just helps everybody understand the behavioral response by the charter fishery to changes in halibut regulations,” Meyer explained.Although halibut harvests are federally regulated, Meyer said fisheries around the state have felt the ripple effect of halibut regulations.“We saw, for example, a big shift in Sitka and also in Kodiak, response to halibut regulations where it didn’t take many more boats targeting black rockfish to dramatically change the harvest in those areas,” he said. “So we had exponential increases in harvest in both of those fisheries.”Chan and Beaudreau plan to publish the rest of the study within the next year.Share this story:last_img read more

New Anchorage senior living homes see growing demand

first_imgAging | Housing | SouthcentralNew Anchorage senior living homes see growing demandJune 12, 2019 by Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Share:Construction workers at Baxter Senior Living, an Anchorage assisted living home scheduled to open in early Fall 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)As Alaska’s senior population booms, leading to the construction of hundreds of new assisted living home rooms, developers report surging demand — from seniors in state and Outside.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2019/06/ann-20190611-04.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s definitely a growing market,” said Anchorage developer JR Wilcox.Wilcox is president of Baxter Senior Living, a new assisted living home in the final stages of construction at the corner of Tudor Road and Baxter Road. It represents a major transition: The 5.7-acre lot was once a trailer park, and Wilcox once worked for an oil company, he said.The multimillion-dollar assisted living development started coming together several years ago after market research revealed that — when it comes to senior housing — Anchorage didn’t have nearly enough. Meanwhile, demographers expect Alaska’s senior population to more than double between 2010-2035.“I said, ‘Well, let’s go figure out how to build senior housing then,’” Wilcox said.Baxter Senior Living is now preparing to open its doors later this summer. Wilcox said applicants include Alaskans hoping to remain in Alaska as they age, and Alaskan retirees in the Lower 48 looking for ways to come home again.Historically, that hasn’t always been possible. Alaska has a limited supply of assisted living and other care options. For every assisted living bed in Anchorage, there are about 26 seniors, according to a 2018 report by Agnew::Beck Consulting. In Juneau, there are about 84 seniors for every assisted living bed. Around the state, independent living units are in similarly short supply.Baxter Senior Living, offering multiple levels of care and sweeping views of the Chugach Mountains, is now one of at least three new assisted living homes currently taking shape in Anchorage alone. On the south side of town, Native corporation Cook Inlet Regional Inc. is in the planning stages of a new 107-unit senior living facility, according to municipal records and a company spokesman. Five miles up the road, another new assisted living home is in the final stages of construction.Aspen Creek Senior Living is preparing to welcome its first residents in August, according to Executive Director Kemish Hendershot.While Aspen Creek’s parent company, Spring Creek Enterprise, has operated assisted living facilities in the Lower 48 for decades, Hendershot said, the new facility in South Anchorage is its first development in Alaska’s largest city. He said it was built in response to Alaska’s growing need. Featuring spacious community rooms, the home aims to emphasize the value of elders in the community, providing space for families to be together and stay together, he said.So far, he said, the 92-bed facility has drawn strong interest from both Alaskans and residents in the Lower 48.“They have family that live here in Anchorage, and they’re in need of help, and they want to come be close to family,” Hendershot said.Across town, administrators at Baxter Senior Living report the same out-of-state interest. Wilcox, a lifelong Alaskan, said he’s seen it firsthand — people come north to be with family, and even retirees who’ve moved south look for ways to come home again.“You want to go back to where your family is and where you understand the place and like the place. I’ve seen that happen with my grandparents,” he said. “There’s sort of a boomerang effect that’s been widely observed in the Frost Belt, and I think we’re getting some of that here.”Share this story:last_img read more

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: Allergan CEO predicts Trump will be ‘vicious’ on drug pricing

first_imgA federal court jury in Dallas ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary to pay more than $1 billion in damages Thursday for “despicable and vile conduct” in selling Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants that they knew were seriously defective, the Dallas News reports. The trial was the third in a series of bellwether cases, and more than 8,900 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson across the county.File this under “how ironic.” The European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee is reviewing injectable medicines that are used for treating severe, rapidly developing allergic reactions because they contain lactose, which may contain traces of cow’s milk proteins. The problem is that the some patients may be allergic to the proteins themselves, according to this notice.A deal in which Valeant Pharmaceuticals hoped to sell its Salix unit to Takeda Pharmaceuticals fell apart, adding new pressure on the drug maker to pay down about $30 billion in debt, Bloomberg News notes. At the same time, the Securities and Exchange Commission released correspondence with Valeant showing the drug maker will have to revise the way it disclosed some earnings measures. The agency raised questions about its accounting methods.The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence endorsed the Keytruda to treat non-small cell lung cancer after Merck provided added data and reduced the price, PharmaTimes says. At the same time, NICE reversed an earlier decision and agreed to recommended a GlaxoSmithKline drug called Nucala for asthma after the company cut the price and provided new data on cost effectiveness, PMLive writes.India’s Delhi High Court set aside a government notification that last March banned 344 fixed dose combination medicines, the Economic Times tells us. Those combinations included several therapeutic areas like cough and cold syrups, respiratory formulations, and topical dermatological medicines. The government banned the combinations on the grounds they were not approved elsewhere in the world or not required in India due to better alternatives.A multiple myeloma treatment, which is being developed by Bluebird Bio and Celgene, helped patients who previously were not helped by repeated treatments in a nine-patient study, Reuters writes.Boehringer Ingelheim is cutting more than 240 jobs, including 120 involved in small molecule discovery research in Connecticut, about five months after chopping 725 US jobs, Endpoints says. Alex Hogan/STAT [email protected] By Ed Silverman Dec. 2, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints And so, another working week will soon draw to a close. Not a moment too soon, yes? This is, as you know, our treasured signal to daydream about weekend plans. And our agenda is rather modest. We expect to spend hours raking millions of leaves from the Pharmalot grounds, taking a well-deserved nap, and catching up on our reading. And what about you? This may be a good time to boost the economy by starting your holiday shopping. You could make time for someone special. Or try to predict the future, which looks quite interesting. Well, whatever you do, have a grand time, but be safe. Enjoy, and see you soon …Allergen chief executive Brent Saunders believes President-elect Donald Trump “will be more vicious and more focused on taking down” drug makers over pricing. “I worry pharma has a false sense of relief or security because of a Trump administration or Republican-controlled Congress. We have to realize drug pricing issue is a populist issue and the American people are angry,” he said at the Forbes Healthcare Summit on Thursday. “If you think Trump is not a populist and he won’t jump on the next scandal … you’re fooling yourself.”Representative Tom Price, the nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, may have his own conflicts of interest, STAT tells us. The orthopedic surgeon has a stock portfolio that includes investments in drug and device makers, as well as health insurers. As part of the nomination process, his holdings will be reviewed by the White House counsel’s office, the Office of Government Ethics, and the ethics division at HHS.advertisement Andrew Witty reflects on his tenure as prepares to retire from GlaxoSmithKline. “Where is some of the discontent [toward companies] coming from? Some of that I think is coming from the perspective that … companies aren’t necessarily doing as much as ‘the people’ would like to see done on broader societal issues, whether that’s environmental, whether it’s access to medicine — there are a number of these themes,” he tells the Guardian.Vertex Pharmaceuticals asked Ireland’s health minister to directly negotiate with Ireland’s HSE, which is the national health service, to provide coverage for its Orkambi cystic fibrosis treatment, the Journal reports. The HSE appears ready to reject Orkambi because Vertex failed to reduce the price after five months of negotiations. The National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics estimates the drug would cost about $415 million over five years.advertisementcenter_img Ed Silverman Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot PharmalotPharmalot, Pharmalittle: Allergan CEO predicts Trump will be ‘vicious’ on drug pricing Tags Donald Trumpdrug pricespharmaceuticalslast_img read more

‘Feliz Navidad’ by José Feliciano turns 50 & celebrates with new version

first_imgSt. Mathews House feeding the hungry on Christmas December 27, 2020 Advertisement Officer buys Christmas dinner for family in need instead of charging them with shoplifting January 4, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementTags: ChristmasFeliz Navidad Gingerbread monolith appears in California December 28, 2020 To mark the 50th anniversary of “Feliz Navidad,” Feliciano is releasing a new version of the song on Friday featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jason Mraz, Shaggy and other artists.“The idea of ‘Feliz Navidad’ was to try and unite the people,” the nine-time Grammy winner from Puerto Rico said. “My thought when I wrote the song was that it didn’t matter what language you were singing in, the feeling of Christmas is privy to all of us.” The bilingual Christmas classic “Feliz Navidad” is one of those iconic soundtracks that’s become just part of the holiday season. The song continues to land on Billboard charts and holiday music playlists, more than five decades after Feliciano composed it. AdvertisementThe 75-year-old singer-songwriter came up with the catchy lyrics for his renowned Christmas classic. With just 19 words, six in Spanish and 14 in English, he was able to captivate millions worldwide while also paying tribute to his Puerto Rican roots by incorporating the cuatro, an instrument that derives from the guitar and is at the center of Puerto Rico’s festive holiday caroling tradition, known as parrandas.“I don’t know how ‘Feliz Navidad’ became such a favorite,” Feliciano told the Recording Academy recently. “I think, because it has that Puerto Rican feeling.”Feliciano will also host a virtual concert from his home in Connecticut on Dec. 20 featuring “Feliz Navidad” as well as his versions of other Christmas carols. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Lee deputies seek to prevent burglaries by helping people scrap empty gift boxes December 28, 2020last_img read more

Health Matters: Menopause and Sleep Changes

first_imgHealth Matters: Helping Children with Chest Wall Malformation June 13, 2021 AdvertisementRegular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, having a regular bedtime routine, and meeting with a sleep medicine physician can also help to give you a better night’s sleep. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health – Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org Health Matters: Scoliosis Treatment for Children June 13, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Health Matters: A Partnership in Medical Care June 13, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Health Mattershormone changeshormonesLee HealthmenopauseSleepsleep deprivation Health Matters: Managing the Stress of COVID-19 June 7, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement They can keep you from falling asleep and staying asleep. “Hormonal changes can impact our sleep and our sleep can impact hormone production. It’s a cause and effect,” said Mary Hoke, a nurse practitioner with Lee Health. Hormonal changes like menopause can cause women to experience sleep apnea and insomnia. “With menopause we see that there is generally less estrogen being produced which can result in an increase in body temperature, resulting in hot flashes. We also see that there’s a decrease in progesterone which can lead to a decrease in our breathing drive that can increase our risk for sleep apnea,” she said.According to the national sleep foundation, menopause can change a woman’s sleep pattern, causing frequent awakenings, difficulty returning to sleep, and sleep apnea. “We think these hormones give us some protection from developing sleep apnea, so we know that menopause increases your risk for sleep apnea,” said Hoke. Sleep deprivation can cause memory loss, fatigue, and mood changes. “Sometimes diet and lifestyle changes can make a difference. Estrogen from a plant-based soy product can help with going to sleep at night, having a healthy diet, avoiding caffeine, spicy foods, real heavy foods, or acidic foods can help with sleep,” Hoke said. last_img read more

Naples mayor hosts community conversation to hear from residents

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementTags: naples Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 Study ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 NAPLES, Fla. – Naples Mayor Teresa Heitmann hosted a community conversation on Thursday at the Sculpture Fountain near City Hall.From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.. Mayor Heitmann had one-on-one conversations with people in the community. Residents voiced their concerns on several topics such as development and fluoride concentration in the water. Many also came to show their support for the mayor as she deals with allegations of her accusing former Mayor Bill Barnett and Collier County Sheriff Rambosk of running a child sex ring out of Naples Airport. Mayor Heitmann denies accusing the former mayor and the sheriff of running a child sex ring. Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement“I welcome an independent investigation because when you stand on you have done nothing wrong I am ok,” Heitmann said.  Heitmann said she is grateful for the support she has received. “I am thankful for the support of the community, and I think they know who I am and they were here today supporting me,” Heitmann said. “It’s really humbling to know that in the face of adversity like this that people know who I am and my integrity.” Naples soldier facing charges for wife’s murder June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois secondary school

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st September 2020 TAGSCoronavirusScoil Chriost Ri Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois secondary school Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Home News Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois secondary school News WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook News Twitter Previous articleIn Pictures: All the best photos as Culture Night a huge success in LaoisNext articleJOB VACANCY: Killeen Civil Engineering seek to hire Quantity Surveyor LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic A case of Coronavirus has been detected in a Laois secondary school.The HSE informed parents in Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise, of the case via school management today.LaoisToday understands the person in question has not been in the school since late last week as they were feeling unwell.All parents of students in the school were informed of the case with those who weren’t deemed close contacts told “not to worry” and that they did not need a test.Classes for all unaffected students was able to continue as normal.Parents have been instructed to keep an eye on their child for any Covid-19 symptoms regardless until Thursday, October 1.This is the third known case of Coronavirus in a Laois school since they reopened at the start of the month.Last week, a case was diagnosed at Scoil Eoin Phoil Naofa II, Ballyroan – a primary school.Two weeks ago, a case of Coronavirus was confirmed in the Dunamase College secondary school in Portlaoise.In that case, only students who were deemed close contacts were asked to stay at home and the school moved to remote learning for those who could not come in.SEE ALSO – Case of Coronavirus confirmed at Laois primary schoollast_img read more

Winter Marchers in Baekdu Pilgrimage

first_img AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News Winter Marchers in Baekdu Pilgrimage North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Newscenter_img Facebook Twitter SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Daily NK – 2014.02.03 6:03pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News last_img read more

ICBC gets temporary chairman

James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter In addition to serving as head of the ICBC, Taylor has also been deputy minister of Finance and secretary to the Treasury Board in BC, chief of staff to the premier, and he held a number of high-level positions with Alberta Finance in the 1990s. He is currently president of US operations for power company, TransAlta. Taylor has also served on a variety of private and public sector boards including NaiKun Wind Energy Group, B.C. Forestry Investment & Innovation, B.C. Automobile Dealers Association, TransAlta New Zealand and TransAlta Power Ltd., the Conference Board of Canada, and the World Wildlife Fund – Canada. The government announced earlier this year that it would conduct reviews of all Crown corporations, and it says that the review of the ICBC is ongoing. A report is expected to be released before the fall. Related news TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning CETFA elects new board leader Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments The British Columbia government has appointed Paul Taylor, former president and CEO of Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), as chairman of the ICBC board. Taylor is taking the job for 12 to 18 months on a volunteer basis. He will be compensated for expenses only. The position of ICBC chair has been vacant since January, when Nancy McKinstry resigned to pursue other opportunities. Keywords Appointments,  Insurance companies read more

U.S. boosts scrutiny of Treasury markets

first_img FCA seeks consumer duty standards U.S. securities watchdogs reviewing recent stock market turbulence Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton center_img The new rule requires that FINRA members report secondary-market transactions in Treasury securities — except savings bonds — to its trade reporting and compliance engine (TRACE). The data collected will not be reported publicly, but it will be shared with other U.S. financial regulators. “The Treasury market is the deepest, most liquid and most widely followed government-securities market in the world, and it is critical that regulators receive the data necessary to inform effective oversight of the market,” said Robert Cook, president and CEO of FINRA. The effort to boost oversight of U.S. Treasury markets follows unexplained volatility in the market that occurred in 2014. That event prompted an investigation by a working group comprising several federal agencies, which called for increased data collection in these markets. FINRA also noted that the implementation of the new requirements follows months of preparation and testing by the self-regulatory organization and its members. “Our existing TRACE utility has been ideally positioned to receive this important regulatory information in a manner that minimizes the incremental burden on member firms,” Cook said. Keywords Securities regulationsCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority U.S. securities regulators are stepping up surveillance of fixed-income markets with the implementation of new reporting requirements for Treasury trading. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it has adopted a new requirement for securities firms to report certain transactions in Treasury securities. The rule gives regulators a new tool to use in exercisingoversight of this critical market. OSC adds three to IAPlast_img read more