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#RadioChatter #02-18-2012 Comfish News Roundup

That ‘Alaskan Butterfish’ served to the next leader of China was really something else
02/17/2012 5:17 PM #blackcod #China #DC #supplychain
Celebrity chef Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger attended a lunch hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.By Jenn Abelson, Globe Staff. Did celebrity chef Ming Tsai serve mislabeled fish to Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and no less, the Vice President of the People’s Republic of China? Tsai, well-known owner of the Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, prepared “Soy Marinated Alaskan Butterfish” this week in Washington, D.C., at a star-studded State Department lunch honoring Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be that country’s next leader. It was a take-off on the signature Miso-Sake Alaskan Butterfish Tsai serves at his restaurant. But as the Globe reported last fall after a five-month investigation into fish mislabeling, the silky fillet on the menu at Blue Ginger at that time was actually sablefish. There are eight..

Freeze-dry salmon research gains ground at Kodiak
Posted 02/17/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Use of wild Alaska pink salmon in freeze-dried, shelf stable form, for military meals ready to eat and myriad other possibilities, including high-energy snacks, is showing much promise, thanks to efforts of Kodiak researchers led by Alexandra Oliveira. “We are still working on developing recipes and conducting shelf life studies using NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Agency) standards,” said Oliveira, in an interview following her presentation on Feb. 14 to the 63rd annual meeting of the Pacific Fisheries Technologists in Anchorage. “I believe it has potential for use in MRTEs (military Meals Ready-to-Eat) and combat situations, and other stressful situations,” she said. “Omega-3 fatty acids are very beneficial to people under stress.” Such a product would also be excellent for people engaged in extreme sports and for the general population, she said. Oliveira, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Kodiak campus, has been....

Harbor bond prop advances: Community agency funds upped
By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer The Ketchikan City Council took the first step Thursday toward asking city voters to approve up to $10 million in bonding authority to help pay for harbor renovations such as a drive-down dock. Read more... (password req.)....

Wave Study Will Influence Pier 3 Design
Feb 17, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Kodiak's cargo dock, Pier 3, is about 40 years old, and, according to Harbormaster Marty Owen, will need replacement soon. City officials lobbied state legislators last week to get the Kodiak project added to the state's general obligation bond, which will go before voters in the fall. In the meantime, the city is undertaking a wave study, which PND Engineering of Anchorage is conducting.....

HuffPo: White House Budget Proposal Threatens Cuts to Critical Coastal and Marine Programs
Sarah ChasisDirector, NRDC's ocean initiative
Posted: 02/16/2012 4:19 pm
When President Obama released his budget proposal to Congress this week, his message to Congress was clear: “[Create] an economy that is built to last.” Unfortunately for our coasts and oceans -- and the millions of Americans who depend on these resources to make their living -- the administration’s proposed budget would reduce funding for important coastal and marine programs, threatening American jobs in fishing, tourism, and recreation. With many fisheries in trouble and the health of our oceans in decline, now is not the time to cut funding for programs that safeguard our marine resources and the economic growth they support.For more than four decades, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has worked to manage fisheries, restore coastal areas, and support marine commerce. As NOAA officials know well, our oceans are vital to our...

ICE-T funding helps innovative Thisfish
Fishing communities on Vancouver Island are leading the country in seafood traceability thanks in part to a $50,000 grant provided by the Island Coastal Economic Trust. The grant funded Ecotrust Canada, the West Coast Trollers Association, BC Dogfish Hook and Line Industry Association, and the Vancouver Island Seafood Buyers Association to develop a seafood traceability system called Thisfish. Launched by Vancouver-based nonprofit Ecotrust Canada in collaboration with the commercial fishing industry, Thisfish is an online traceability system that allows consumers to trace their seafood back to....

Craig Medred
Reality takes a holiday in the big spin on 'Big Miracle'
Craig Medred | Feb 16, 2012
Enough with all the spin on "Big Miracle”. It's a film. It's made up. It's fiction. And yet.... "This whale of a tale — an inspirational rescue-adventure about three gray whales trapped in the Arctic Circle — would be hard to swallow if it weren't based on actual events from 1988." "Big Miracle: The real-life whale rescue which inspired new Hollywood blockbuster.'' "If you love whales, you won't want to miss Big Miracle (rated PG)...It is a rescue adventure movie that tells the amazing true story of Adam, a small town news reporter (played by John Krasinski) and Rachel, a Greenpeace volunteer (played by Drew Barrymore) who work to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by ice in the Arctic Circle." Sad to say, there was no rescue. "Big Miracle'' would really be a big miracle if the whales had been saved. At most, an accurate recounting.....

Alaska snow crab processing in St. Paul on ice, for now
Jim Paulin | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Feb 17, 2012
More boats headed out to the snow crab grounds early this week, although the St. Paul harbor in the Pribilof Islands remained clogged with ice. Trident Seafoods vice president for operations Paul Padgett in Seattle said Monday that the St. Paul plant had not received any snow crab in about 10 days because of Bering Sea ice inside and outside the harbor. Padgett was cautiously optimistic that deliveries would resume soon. He said Trident has hired a small Homer-based tugboat, the Redoubt, to break ice inside... Plastic: --- Paper:

Canada: Fishermen unhappy with halibut share
Both commercial and sports sectors critical of allocations
By Carla Wilson, Times Colonist February 18, 2012 3:06 AM
Canada's total catch of halibut has decreased this year and both commercial and recreational fishermen are unhappy with their allocation for one of the West Coast's priciest fish. Commercial fishermen charge that the federal government caved into a lobbying campaign by sports fishermen at the expense of responsible fisheries management.Sports fishermen fear their allocation will run out in August, igniting a gold-rush mentality after the March 1 opening. Canada's total 2012 catch recommended by the International Pacific Salmon Commission is 7.038 million pounds, down from 7.65 million pounds last year. The U.S. and Canada jointly decide how to....

Scientists find no radiation in Alaska's sick ringed seals
Associated Press
Published: February 17th, 2012 10:02 PM
Last Modified: February 17th, 2012 11:34 PM
Lesions and other symptoms associated with sickened or dead ringed seals along Alaska's northern coast last year were probably not caused by radiation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday....

Alaskans hope for reinstatement of coastal plan
February 17th 3:13 pm | Hannah Heimbuch
Alaska boasts twice the coastline of the rest of the continental United States. State management of that lengthy swath, however, is in the midst of a belated regrouping as Alaskans demand a new coastal management initiative be added to this year's ballot. The Alaska Sea Party, the driving force behind the coastal management initiative, submitted a petition to the Alaska State Legislature containing more than 25,000 Alaskans' signatures.... ---- More >>

Board of Fish: Date-Feb 24 to March 5, Ketchikan
SEAS-USAG Agreement of December 2011 and the upcoming Feb 24-March 5 Board of Fisheries meeting in Ketchikans
SEAS and USAG agreed in Sitka this past December to pull all untoward proposals that each group had submitted to the Board of Fisheries for the 2012 meeting in Ketchikan this month. Although it is widely acknowledged that seiners are way out on the low end of our range and visa-versa with the gillnetters (2011 saw gillnetters at 52% and seiners at 28% in the most lopsided show ever), SEAS and USAG determined that it was in our best interests to maintain the 2009 Board of Fisheries agreeement terms of 1-1 fishing time in Anita Bay, Neets Bay and Deep Inlet. The disaster at Hidden Falls and Deep Inlet made 2011 the...

TI's contact-less temperature sensor opens up possibilities #supplychain
By Chris Jablonski | February 16, 2012, 10:46pm PST Summary: First-ever single-chip passive infrared temperature sensor could be used in tablets, handsets, watches, and cameras for applications yet to be imagined. Texas Instruments recently brought to market what it claims to be the world’s first single-chip passive infrared (IR) micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) temperature sensor, called the TMP006.....

Shell spill response plan wins federal OK
OIL: Approval of spill response plan worries environmentalists.
Associated Press
Published: February 17th, 2012 10:55 PM
Last Modified: February 17th, 2012 11:41 PM
Shell Oil cleared one of the last remaining hurdles to Arctic offshore drilling Friday as the federal government said it has approved the company's spill response plan for the Chukchi Sea.....

Marketing association offers 'salmon locator' app
Posted 02/17/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff #copperriver #facebook #alaskasalmon
Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association has offered a “salmon locator” on Facebook to help boost sales of the acclaimed wild Alaska salmon....

Space Foundation touts exploration to Fairbanks students
by Reba Lean
Feb 18, 2012
FAIRBANKS — It has been a busy but fun week for three Fairbanks visitors who spent time going to schools, clubs and community events to promote space and science education. The visitors are from the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colo., and their visit was coordinated by Marci Ward at the Immaculate Conception School. Ward is a third-grade teacher who is a teacher liaison with the foundation. She was able to get sponsorships to bring the group to visit. The group visited 10 schools around Fairbanks this week....

Borough approval of coal-fired boiler needs review
by dermotcole
The borough recently approved the use of an outdoor coal-fired hydronic heater in the non-attainment area. But the emission test performed on the Titan II coal boiler was limited to one at which the auger-fed furnace was kept to 35 percent of its heat output. The Clean Air Fairbanks group has raised this as an issue and posted numerous entries on its website objecting to the borough's handling of this situation. Since reading the background documents, I have had numerous exchanges with borough...

Christy on Sierra Snowfall over the last 130 years – no trend, no effect from CO2
Posted on February 18, 2012 by Anthony Watts
Better late than never, we got a little bit busy this week....

Android Breathes New Life Into “Made in China”
posted 2 hours ago #supplychain #android #china
Editor’s note: Benjamin Dolgin-Gardner is the founder of in Shenzhen, China.
How do you end up with millions of new sales overnight with low development and implementation costs? In the case of Chinese electronics companies Rock Chips and Box Chips the answer has been simple – hitch a ride on Android. China’s economy is booming thanks to low cost assembly, the country’s key advantage when competing on the global playing field. Manufacturers deliver low cost laborers who are able to follow processes and procedures to a reasonable degree of accuracy at very reasonable rates, and thus gain an edge over Western manufacturers.... .. #InTheOrb >

Ford sends out OpenXC beta, vehicle-aware apps should be just around the corner
By Sharif Sakr  posted Feb 18th 2012 2:41AM... #supplychain

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