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#RadioChatter #02-16-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Summit molds young fishermen into industry leaders
by Casey Kelly
February 15, 2012 5:16 pm
With oil and gas issues dominating Alaska politics, it can be easy to forget that as many as 20,000 people work in the state’s commercial fishing industry every year. That’s 6,000 to 7,000 more jobs than on the North Slope.So as many fishermen near retirement age, the next generation is looking to step into leadership roles.For the last four years, the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit has brought together some of the brightest young minds in the industry. Casey Kelly has more on..

Lights Out on Cold Bay Runway?
By Alexandra Gutierrez 5:56PM
Wed February 15, 2012
Part of the Cold Bay airport could be left in the dark.
The Federal Aviation Administration is considering decommissioning the approach lights on one of the runways, which could impact air travel to the Aleutian region. Cold Bay has one of the state’s longest runways, and the airport often serves as a halfway point for PenAir flights traveling to Unalaska. The airline stops at least a couple of flights there daily to refuel or to wait out bad...

Council to consider harbor bond vote
by Deanna Garrison
February 15, 2012 3:33 PM
he Ketchikan City Council Thursday night will consider placing before voters a $10 million bond proposition to pay for harbor improvements. The bond would be considered at a special election scheduled for May 15th. Money from the bond would be used to fund the Harbor Department’s 2012 through 2016 capital improvement program. Projects included on that list are: a new drive-down float; repairs and improvements to the breakwaters at Hole in the Wall; and replacement, expansion and....

Homer halibut derby reduces grand prize to $10,000
by Tim Mowry Feb 16, 2012 FAIRBANKS — The winner of this year’s Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby won’t be reeling in quite as much cash as a result of changes made to Alaska’s richest and biggest fishing deby last week. While the derby participant who catches the biggest halibut in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby will still get $10,000, that’s a far cry from the approximately $40,000 prize that winners netted in previous years. The reduced first-place check was one of several changes organizers of the 26-year-old derby announced last week in what they say is mostly a symbolic attempt to conserve big fish, which are considered the most prolific breeders in what has been a declining stock. “We can no longer offer all those prizes in good conscience, so this year we are going from 21 big fish prizes down to one,” Monte Davis, executive director of the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, said in a press release. With the Homer derby’s grand prize reduced to $10,000, the Valdez Halibut Derby becomes the derby with the richest first-place prize. The Valdez derby offers a $15,000 check to.......

Fishermen Rally to Reform Magnuson Stevens Act
press releaseWednesday, February 15, 2012
Thousands of Coastal Fishermen to Rally in Washington, D.C. on March 21.
In another historic show of solidarity, U.S. recreational and commercial fishermen will gather at Upper Senate Park in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2012 starting at noon in an organized demonstration supporting sensible reform of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act. This is a follow-up to a rally in February of 2010 that brought some 5,000 recreational, commercial and party/charter vessel owners, fishermen and people in fisheries.......

Judge rejects Exxon attempt to stop new cleanup charges
Associated Press
Published: February 15th, 2012 05:58 PM
Last Modified: February 15th, 2012 05:59 PM
A federal judge on Wednesday refused Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request that he declare government efforts to seek additional cleanup funds related to the Exxon Valdez oil spill a violation of a consent decree.... here:

Alaska Sea Grant Publication About Ocean Acidification 02/15/12
Many scientists are raising concerns about the impacts of ocean acidification on fish and shellfish species across the globe. A new publication from the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program outlines how the phenomenon could impact Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (6:14) ...

Interview by Alaska Job Finder with Sierra about life, fishing, TV, and her future goals.
Have you ever considered spending the summer fishing in the wild waters of Alaska? That’s what Sierra Anderson does. And she loves it. Sierra fishes all summer long and then spends the rest of the year living in Breckenridge, Colorado and traveling to far-flung corners of the globe. That’s a pretty awesome life! Luckily, AlaskaJobFinder was able to interview Sierra about her experience working in the alaskan fishing industry. It’s always cool to see what an experienced local has to say about this interesting and exciting industry! Tell us a little bit about yourself…...

Its Time For Southeast Alaskan Tanner and Golden King Crab
After a bit of a winter break, fishing vessels are about to enter the waters of southeast Alaska again.  The tanner and golden king crab fisheries are usually the start the the year for many fishermen.  So, good luck to all the guys out there!  I can’t wait to get my hands on some fresh king crab...

The Sinking Of The F/V Stikine
Tragedy can strike at nearly anytime, while on the water.  Early this year, the F/V Stikine was sardine fishing off the California coast when the boat began to take on water.  There was a small craft advisory that eve, but the real dilemma was water entering the engine room thru the galley door.  Lucklily, all the crew members were safe.  The..

Focus on Schools Part 4: Russian Old Believer schools balance identity, new challenges
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a new series offered by the Homer Tribune on school issues. This week, we look at challenges faced by Old Believer Russian schools. At the very end of a town famous for its ending roads, rests Kachemak Selo School in the Russian Old Believer Village.
To get there means traveling 25 miles to the terminus of East End, then riding a 4-wheeler...

New records show little Alaska hire for many movies, TV shows
Posted by whalewatching
Anchorage Daily News
Posted: February 15, 2012 - 11:08 am
From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --
Some of the reality TV shows and movies receiving the most money from the state film subsidy program are also paying the least to Alaska residents, state records show. Of the more than $1 million in wages and salaries the state will subsidize for the sixth season of “Deadliest Catch,” for example, less than $20,000 was paid to Alaska residents. Alaskans were paid 5 percent of the $6 million in salaries subsidized for the Jon Voight thriller “Beyond.” The numbers were revealed this month following a public records request by the Daily News to the Alaska Film Office. The figures show, for the first time, how much each subsidized movie and TV show reports paying Alaskan cast and crew. Already the state film office is beginning refuse subsidy requests from producers with a history of making movies with few Alaska ties -- I'm looking at you, "Young World Sleuths: Baby Geniuses 5" -- but carry big salaries for out-of-state workers.“Big Miracle,” the Universal Pictures family film that....

SFP provides guidance on MSC versus ASMI
Thursday, February 16, 2012, 15:30 (GMT + 9)
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has been asked by several partners to provide guidance regarding the decision by the Alaska Fishery Development Foundation to discontinue certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard in favour of one promoted by the Alaskan Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). The ASMI claim of ‘sustainability’ is based on the Global Trust “Responsible Fisheries Management Certification” scheme, which uses a standard consisting of an interpretation of the FAO Code of Conduct. This Code specifies responsible management practices but does not define the terms nor require that wild fish stocks be above certain levels to be deemed “responsible”, or that the actual current status of fish stocks or environmental impacts be above or below certain levels, SFP explained. The MSC claim of sustainability is also an...

New global deal on climate changeBy JOHN D. PODESTA and ANDREW LIGHT | 2/16/12 4:36 AM EST
Those concerned about climate change and greenhouse gas pollution have been justifiably frustrated in the last few years. Despite some significant moves by the Obama administration — particularly improving vehicle efficiency and creating incentives for significant investment in wind and solar power — national action has been ground down by partisanship fueled by climate skepticism....

Social networks cannot be forced to filter content, EU court says
By Zack Whittaker | February 16, 2012, 4:10am PST
Summary: Rejoice, Europeans. Social networks cannot be forced into installing filtering systems to prevent the “unlawful use” of copyrighted works. Your privacy is safe for another day.The highest court on the continent, the European Court of Justice, ruled this morning that social networks cannot be compelled to install filters, monitoring or blocking systems to prevent the illegal trading of music, films, and other copyrighted material.The court ruled that requiring such filters that covered all of the site’s users would not sufficiently strike a balance between the protection of copyright, and the freedom to conduct business. And, of course, to upload pictures of your cat without fear of harm from copyright groups and the like....

Iran’s Deadly Cyber Police: Indefinite Detention and Execution for Netizens
By Violet Blue | February 16, 2012, 3:42am PST
Summary: Iran’s terrifying campaign against the internet and netizens is about to go full-throttle with the country’s own intranet. Iran’s recent death sentence of a developer and internet traffic throttling are only part of Iran’s wider campaign against bloggers, technology, and the free-flowing information of the internet. In mid-January it was reported that web developer Saeed Malekpour had been sentenced to death in Iran for allegedly building and maintaining porn websites....

Iphone App can determine how fresh is your fish
Nofima is quadrupling the number of different fish species that users can check with the ‘How fresh is your fish?’ iPhone app. Professionals can now use the app, which enables them to evaluate how fresh fish is, to check pollock, haddock, herring, turbot, sole, brill, redfish, deepwater shrimp, fjord shrimp and peeled shrimp....

DigitalGlobe's Analysis Center looks at cruise ships, tsunamis, protests
POSTED:   01/30/2012 06:37:18 AM MST
UPDATED:   01/30/2012 07:02:02 AM MST Camera Staff Writer
Read more: DigitalGlobe's Analysis Center looks at cruise ships, tsunamis, protests - The Denver Post

Sen. Murkowski Asking Sec. Chu to Testify about Dept. of Energy (video)

Police investigate officer's poor driving, as seen on YouTube
Posted by crimeblog
Anchorage Daily News
Posted: February 15, 2012 - 4:31 pm
From Casey Grove in Anchorage --
Anchorage police have initiated an internal investigation of an officer's sloppy driving Tuesday night after an Eagle River resident's complaint, sent to police and local news media....

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