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#RadioChatter #02-17-2012 Comfish News Roundup


Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby trades big fish for big prizes
Feb 16, 2012 - 11:33 AM AKST
BY ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is revamping for 2012 in a proactive response to concerns about the resource. As commercial quotas take another cut in 2012, the 26-year-old derby is moving nearly entirely away from being a “big fish” event, with only one prize to be awarded this year for landing the largest halibut. Instead, monthly prizes will be awarded to those who release fish larger than 50 pounds and the big prizes will go to those who land a tagged fish. Any angler who releases a fish 50 pounds or more will be entered in a drawing for a $1,000 monthly prize (The derby runs from May 15 to Sept. 15, a month shorter than previous years). There will also be two additional drawings with $250 monthly prizes for active duty military and... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Alaska-Journal-of-Commerce/AJOC-February-19-2012/Homer-Jackpot-Halibut-Derby-trades-big-fish-for-big-prizes/

New derby partnerships formed 
Story last updated at 8:21 PM on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center on Feb. 9 announced a partnership with GCI and Stanley Ford in Kenai for the 2012 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. GCI will offer derby entrants the opportunity to catch "The GCI $50,000 Tagged Fish," the largest tagged fish cash prize ever offered in Alaska. Stanley Ford in Kenai will offer "The Stanley Ford of Kenai Ford F-150 Tagged Fish." "We're excited about.... http://homernews.com/stories/021512/business_ndpf.shtml

Two seats open on the IPHC
ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
Feb 16, 2012 - 04:17 PM
The Department of Commerce is soliciting nominations for two seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/February-2012/Two-seats-open-on-the-IPHC/ ---- http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/02/wanna-be-on-iphc.html

Icicle, Adak Fisheries settle 2004 violations for $615K
ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
Feb 16, 2012 - 04:38 PM
Icicle Seafoods and Adak Fisheries have finally settled with the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement on a penalty for exceeding crab processing caps from 2002 to 2004. A $3.44 million notice of violation and assessment, or NOVA, was issued against Icicle and Adak Fisheries in November 2004. A settlement agreed upon Jan. 31, 2012, was for $615,000. The settlement stipulates both sides will be.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/February-2012/Icicle-Adak-Fisheries-settle-2004-violations-for-615K/

Pebble mine developers aim for permitting process this year
Associated Press
Published: February 16th, 2012 09:53 PM
Last Modified: February 16th, 2012 09:54 PM
JUNEAU -- An executive said the goal is to move toward permitting for a massive copper and gold prospect near the headwaters of Bristol Bay as early as this year..... http://www.adn.com/2012/02/16/2321435/pebble-mine-developers-aim-for.html

World’s first portable floating dry dock & Door/hatch monitoring systems
By LAINE WELCH
February 16, 2012
Thursday AM
(SitNews) -  The world’s first portable floating dry dock has been launched at Sitka and it could bring more than just boat repairs to remote coastal communities. The lightweight, marine grade aluminum dock was created at Allen Marine, a builder of ships and structures for the marine industry in Sitka since 1967... http://www.sitnews.us/LaineWelch/021612_fish_factor.html

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Feb, 16 2012
Coming up this week, seiners in Southeast may be voting this year on buying back fishing permits, the Pribilof fishing town of Saint Paul has had its share of problems this winter, geoduck farming could expand out of Southeast, and what happens when young fishermen get together. We had help this week from KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, KUHB's Alexandra Gutierrez AND Stephanie Joyce in Unalaska, CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau and KTOO's Casey Kelly, also in Juneau..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3575

Kodiak: Power Outage to last 4-5 Days
Feb 15, 2012
High winds combined with heavy snow and rain left residents from Bell's Flats to Chiniak and Pasagshak without power yesterday. The outage happened around 2 a.m. yesterday. Kodiak Electric Association estimates power from Bells Flats to White Sands Beach to be restored by now. Customers past Bell's Flats may be without power for the next four to five days. KEA's President Darron Scott.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3570

Stimulus funds in the Last Frontier
by FDNMstaff
The Politics Cache
—Posted by Rod Boyce, managing editor
ProPublica tweeted today that it has put together a federal stimulus funds tracker. Guess which state is No. 2 on the list of dollars received per capita, behind only the District of Columbia? Click here to go the tracker.... http://newsminer.com/pages/full_story/push?blog-entry-Stimulus+funds+in+the+Last+Frontier%20&id=17556621

Wood River Bridge Update 02/16/12
Construction on the first ever bridge across the Wood River is currently scheduled to get started in the summer of 2013. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (7:53)... http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1727

Iridium Pilot Skims O'er The Wave Fully Global Maritime (SatCom)
February 09, 2012
[SatNews] This second-generation product provides fully global maritime broadband...
Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) announces the launch of its second-generation maritime broadband platform, Iridium Pilot™.  Iridium Pilot will utilize the Iridium OpenPort® service — the world’s first when it comes to fully global maritime broadband. Iridium Pilot is engineered for enhanced durability to withstand the harshest maritime conditions, all the while packaged in a... http://www.satnews.com/cgi-bin/story.cgi?number=1626328544

Public Safety drill deals with frightening situation
Unalaska Department of Public Safety ran through a drill Saturday morning which simulated a frightening scenario: an ax-wielding crewman on a vessel in the bay has attacked four fellow crew members. Two are badly wounded, one has jumped overboard to escape, and a fourth is hiding in a stateroom with a radio over which he is communicating with the authorities. This didn't actually happen, it was a training exercise.... http://dutchharbortelegraph.com/public-safety-drill-deals-with-frightening-situation-p271-1.htm

Verizon: We've Got Plenty of Spectrum, Thanks
No Need to Even Worry About Refarming Right Now
by Karl Bode 71 minutes ago
Despite constant tales of spectrum crisis from some corners (including Verizon), Verizon was already on record years ago stating they had plenty of spectrum for their LTE deployment. Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead this week reiterated the... http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Verizon-Weve-Got-Plenty-of-Spectrum-Thanks-118417

Gnip teams up with Twitter to become first authorized seller of historical Tweets
By Laura June on February 16, 2012 06:33 pm
he problem with, and sometimes the joy of Twitter is that it's like a constant present: getting at a stream of Tweets older than a few days can be done, but nobody's making it easy for you. Of course, the people who are possibly most interested in that information are advertisers and marketers, many of whom would be willing to shell out money to... http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/16/2803008/gnip-teams-up-with-twitter-to-become-first-authorized-seller-of

Google's iPhone Tracking
FEBRUARY 17, 2012
Web Giant, Others Bypassed Apple Browser Settings for Guarding Privacy
By JULIA ANGWIN And JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES
Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked. The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default. Google disabled its code after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal.... http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052970204880404577225380456599176-lMyQjAxMTAyMDEwNjExNDYyWj.html

Apple blesses Twitter as the social network of Mountain Lion
VentureBeat - 19 hours ago
The apple of Apple's eye, Twitter, will soon be the default social graph and social network for all iOS and Mac devices, as Facebook once again gets the.... http://venturebeat.com/2012/02/16/twitter-mountain-lion/

Innovative plastic containers make cheaper canned anchovy
SPAIN
Friday, February 17, 2012, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
Canning company Francisco Gil Comes says semi-preserved anchovy canning in plastic containers represent a "radical change" that will reduce production costs without compromising quality or food safety. The innovation of the company, developed in collaboration with its main customer, Mercadona is to leave out the tin cans and present the anchovies in a plastic triple pack bonded together and pre-cut for easy separation, and heat sealed with a... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=50048&ndb=1&df=0