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#RadioChatter #02-14-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Reaction to the Pebble Partnership's Release of the "Environmental Baseline Document" 02/13/12
The release of the 27-thousand page "Environmental Baseline Document" by the Pebble Limited Partnership earlier this month has prompted a response from some of the long-time opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:46)

Shocking video shows sea lions strangled by debris
Alaska documents effects of tires, fishing gear and other hazards on animals
By Wynne Parry
LiveScience Senior Writer
 updated 2/13/2012 8:26:50 PM ET
The images aren't pretty: Sea lions with shiny fishing lures protruding from their mouths or with their necks tightly bound, even deeply cut, by packing bands once used to secure boxes. Seals with necks tightly encircled by pieces of fishing net.The scientists who study these animals know that becoming entangled with items such as these can injure or even kill the unlucky animals.A video, put together by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, documents the effects of loops, fishing gear and other debris, including a tire and a wind sock — which drowned a sea lion by pinning her flippers to her body......

A big little fishery
So, did you know they do a little trawling in Prince William Sound? Yep....

Sea otter pelts remain for Alaska Natives only
Pushback influenced change to legislative resolution
Posted: February 14, 2012 - 12:02am
For non-Native Alaskans who had their hearts set on a sea otter pelt to hang next to other trophies, their hopes may be running out. A recent resolution introduced by Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, attempts to better manage the population of sea otters in Southeast Alaska through a more aggressive cull. The House Resources Committee passed a revised version of the non-binding House Joint Resolution 26, which urges the federal government to update regulations on sea otter use by Alaska Natives.....

Aftermath of 'The Big One' Requires Harbor Dredging
Feb 13, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Senator Mark Begich announced Thursday that a massive spending bill recently passed by congress and was signed into law included over $1.7 million to dredge Kodiak's Saint Paul Harbor entrance. It's a project Harbormaster Marty Owen says he has been pursuing for 15 years. He says the funding has come in the nick of time, as the boats that use the harbor are just getting larger as the entrance gets shallower....

With rats gone, a name change is suggested for Rat Island
HAWADAX: Birds are returning; locals want the Aleut word back.
Associated Press
Published: February 11th, 2012 10:24 PM
Last Modified: February 11th, 2012 10:25 PM
Rat Island was once over-run with rats. But with the rats dead and gone after having eaten grain pellets laced with poison, two Alaska Native groups say it's time for a name-change....

Sizable Icicle Donation to UA in Fishing Communities
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Friday, the University of Alaska Foundation announced a $300,000 gift from Icicle Seafoods for scholarships, student aid, research and technology programs throughout the university system. UA Foundation spokeswoman Kate Ripley in Fairbanks says the money will go to many programs and campuses around the state, but the focus is on fishing communities......

WA: Tribe adopts piping system to transfer coho
By Christopher Dunagan
Posted February 13, 2012 at 9:48 p.m.
PORT GAMBLE — Piping juvenile coho salmon from the shore to net pens in Port Gamble Bay has proved to be less stressful for the fish and easier on the crew making the transfer, said Paul McCollum, natural resources director for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. For nearly 30 years, the tribe moved salmon from.....

Drones over Alaska: UAVs may play big role in developing Arctic
Ben Anderson | Feb 13, 2012
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, often referred to as "drones," don't get a lot of good press. Usually, when a drone makes the news, it's just completed an airstrike somewhere across the world, likely in the Middle East, taking out a structure thought to contain al Qaeda militants. But there's a softer, friendlier side to UAVs  -- they're not all the terrifying, death-from-above variety popularized in media. UAVs, thanks to their small size and ability to be controlled remotely, have been finding their niche doing jobs that are too messy, dangerous, or downright impossible for manned aircraft to perform. Alaska's big role in domestic drone programs. Now, a new, long-term Federal Aviation Administration bill aims to increase the number of UAVs in American airspace over the next four years, designating specific airspace for UAV flight and testing, similar to the restricted airspace utilized by military installations. H.R. 658, the FAA reauthorization bill, mandates that the FAA must designate six UAV test ranges in U.S. airspace within about six months. But a special clause, and the one most important to Alaska, will designate portions of airspace from the Aleutian Islands to the North Slope for 24-hour UAV use "for research and commercial purposes."The amendment was written by Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, with the University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program in mind. That program, based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, has been on the cutting-edge of UAV technology, thanks to Alaska's myriad uses for the science.Researchers with the program have been getting around the state, too: last year, the program performed tests in...

Betting the farm: new model shows offshore wind farms at risk from hurricanes
By Kyle Niemeyer | Published about 19 hours ago
If we want to obtain 20 percent of our electricity from wind power by 2030, the US is going to need at least 50 gigawatts from offshore wind farms, according to the US Department of Energy. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimated that this wouldn’t be a problem—we could provide four times our 2010 electricity generation capacity with offshore wind power alone. The US hasn’t actually built any offshore wind farms yet, although there are at least 20 in the planning stages. As part of that planning, the Interior Department recently performed a review, concluding there would be no significant environmental or socioeconomic impacts from wind farms off the mid-Atlantic Coast. However, according to a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, we should be worrying the converse: the impact of the environment on the wind farms, from hurricanes in particular. In certain risky offshore regions off the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, there is a high probability that at least one turbine would be destroyed by hurricanes within 20 years, and a smaller chance that half the turbines in a farm would be wiped out.The authors of the paper, a group from Carnegie Mellon, used a probabilistic model to estimate the number of turbines destroyed by a hurricane. They performed this analysis for four locations where either farm leases have already been signed or projects have been proposed: Galveston County, TX; Dare County, NC; Atlantic County, NJ; and Dukes County, MA. The differences in location affect the probability of hurricane occurrence and the maximum wind speed, which were obtained using historical data. Turbines are at risk from hurricanes due to the high maximum wind speeds, which exceed the.

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 3:44pm by Liz Klimas..
Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Monday, February 13, 2012
The FDA won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington, D.C., region after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines and he told his customers he would shut down his farm altogether.....

Private snow removers are running out of places to put it
FULL: What comes down, piles up -- but disposal's difficult this winter.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: February 13th, 2012 08:59 PM
Last Modified: February 13th, 2012 09:51 PM
With more than 100 inches on the ground and more falling, Anchorage is running out of places to dump its snow....

Bram Cohen: My goal is to kill off television
By Janko Roettgers Feb. 13, 2012, 1:41pm PT
BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen demoed his P2P live streaming protocol at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit on Monday, which he said could potentially stream live video to millions of computers with no central infrastructure. Cohen said that the protocol could potentially be used for video conferencing, live streams of video game tournaments or even live sports events. “My goal here is to kill off television,” he joked....

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