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#RadioChatter #02-22-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Ports Of Call | Elfin Cove | Alaska’s Mystical “Gunk Hole”
Since 2007, Elfin Cove has been one of those rare southeast alaska destinations that lives vividly in my mind. We managed to lose our anchor on the F/V Rose Lee that summer, which somehow lead us to the port of Elfin Cove. Nestled into a southern little gunk hole in Icy Strait, Elfin Cove is home to some of the best views of the awe inspiring Fairweather Range. Oh yeah, just across the strait is a little bay you may have heard of, known as Glacier Bay! It only took me a few moments to roam the harbor and traverse the various boardwalks, but it seems like it has taken an eternity for me to get back to Elfin Cove. Another summer of salmon searching is just around the corner and you never know what ports you may call home for the summer....

An Icicle Seafood's Vice President Talks Candidly About Bristol Bay 02/21/12
It's a good time to be a commercial salmon fishermen in Alaska. That's according to an executive with one of the largest seafood processors in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (7:49)...

Icicle Seafood's VP Talks About Challenges of Operating in Rural Alaska 02/21/12
The economy of Alaska is dominated by few major industry sectors including oil and tourism. However, in rural Southwest Alaska the most important industry is commercial fishing and seafood processing. Commercial fishing was among the subjects addressed at a recent economic summit in Anchorage. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (3:16)..

Alaska Commercial Salmon Forecasts Project a 2012 Decrease
The new run forecasts and harvest projections for 2012 Alaska salmon fisheries predict a decrease in overall commercial salmon catches in 2012 due to the projected decrease in pink salmon harvests. The report says the 2012 total commercial salmon catch projection of 132.1 million fish is expected to include 120,000 king salmon in areas outside southeast Alaska, 38.4 million sockeye salmon, 4.3 million coho salmon, 70.2 million pink salmon and 19.1 million chum salmon. The projected... More >

Yukon First Nation chief to finish term after Haines controversy
Alaska Dispatch | Feb 21, 2012
According to numerous Canada sources, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Chief Eddie Skookum will be allowed to finish his term leading the tribe despite controversy that has dogged him since being arrested in Haines, Alaska, in July 2010. Skookum was charged with felony assault and driving under the influence that...

Fresh troll-caught king salmon abounds
Daily News correspondent
Published: February 21st, 2012 08:56 PM
Last Modified: February 21st, 2012 09:31 PM
Fresh snow and fresh fish, that's the theme this week.
"What a wonderful week to enjoy fresh Alaska seafood," says Dannon Southall of 10th & M Seafoods in Anchorage. "Even though the snow is falling outside and temps are below freezing, we have amazing selection of fresh Alaska seafood to choose from."....

FIS - Worldnews - Cooke decides against proposed fish farm!/haulinggear/status/172350615148707842

Bernt Bodal, chief executive of American Seafoods, will be featured Friday night on the CBS series "Undercover Boss."...

One Crewmember With Mild Hypothermia After Plane Sinks
Feb 22, 2012
An Island Air floatplane flipped and sank during takeoff in Long Lagoon yesterday afternoon. Two mechanics and a pilot were on board the DHC-2 Beaver which had landed about five miles northeast of Kodiak Island as part of a post-maintenance test flight.
National Transportation Safety Board Investigator Clint Johnson explains what happened:...

Ex-Palin aide Bailey fined over email use
$11,900: Payment aims to settle ethics claim against book author.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: February 21st, 2012 10:13 PM
Last Modified: February 21st, 2012 10:13 PM
Frank Bailey, the former Sarah Palin aide turned tell-all author, has agreed to pay an $11,900 civil fine for violating the state's ethics laws by keeping, disseminating and profiting from confidential emails he obtained while serving in Palin's administration.....

Russians grow Ice-Age plant
Associated Press
Published: February 21st, 2012 11:26 PM
Last Modified: February 21st, 2012 11:27 PM
MOSCOW - It was an Ice Age squirrel's treasure chamber, a burrow containing fruit and seeds that had been stuck in the Siberian permafrost for over 30,000 years. From the fruit tissues, a team of Russian scientists managed to resurrect an entire plant in a pioneering experiment that paves the way for the revival of other species....

Math Education Summit Draws Kodiak Mathematician
Feb 21, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Christy Lyle grew up hating math. Now the Kodiak Island Borough School District Math Coordinator will be traveling to Seoul, South Korea this summer to participate in the 12th Annual International Congress on Mathematics Education. The gathering brings together some of the world's most innovative researchers, teachers and mathematicians to discuss trends in mathematics education research....

dutchharbortelegraph : Police Blotter, 12 through 19 February, 2012...!/haulinggear/status/172347578199965697

All sectors say DFO failed again on halibut
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...

Rep. Don Young talks bypass mail at Chamber luncheon
by Dorothy Chomicz
FAIRBANKS — Rep. Don Young is certain a controversial bill that would end the bypass mail program in Alaska lacks support on Capitol Hill and will fail, but that doesn’t stop him from being frustrated by his fellow lawmakers’ lack of knowledge about Alaska....

Legislation would give hunters a break for shooting their first illegal game in Alaska
by Tim Mowry
Feb 22, 2012
FAIRBANKS — Rep. Tammie Wilson wants to give Alaska hunters a mulligan.
A bill introduced by Wilson earlier this month would exempt first-time offenders who turn themselves in for illegally shooting a big game animal from paying a fine or restitution to the state....

Photo: In a crabby mood | Juneau Empire - Alaska's Capital City Online Newspaper..!/haulinggear/status/172343459099844608

ASD, Vigor optimistic about shipyard
By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer The proposed purchase of the Ketchikan-based Alaska Ship and Drydock by the larger Pacific Northwest company Vigor Industrial could boost annual business at the state-owned Ketchikan Shipyard from around $30 million to $50 million -$60 million, ASD President Randy Johnson told the Ketchikan City Council on Thursday. (password req.)

Alaska Science
When NASA visited Venetie
February 20, 2012
(SitNews) Venetie, Alaska - The cozy log structure smells of coffee, gasoline, and spruce logs burning in a stove made from a 55-gallon drum. Inside the building that serves as the Village Council headquarters for Venetie, Josh Bundick explains a new policy that rewards villagers who find spent rocket parts launched from north of Fairbanks. The Venetie men and women in the cabin look at one another when Bundick mentions that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is offering as much as $1,200 for the location of rocket parts. Dozens of these rocket stages remain in northern Alaska from aurora-studying missions launched during the........

FEBRUARY 21, 2012, 12:10 PM SGT
Experts Swim Against Shark Fin Debate
Just as the tides seem to be turning against the consumption of shark fin soup – even in Asia,  where the delicacy has long been a staple on banquet menus – some marine life experts are arguing that banning the sale of shark fins is pointless....

Ex-Palin aide Bailey fined over email use
$11,900: Payment aims to settle ethics claim against book author.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: February 21st, 2012 10:13 PM
Last Modified: February 21st, 2012 10:13 PM
Frank Bailey, the former Sarah Palin aide turned tell-all author, has agreed to pay an $11,900 civil fine for violating the state's ethics laws by keeping, disseminating and profiting from confidential emails he obtained while serving in Palin's administration.....

Energy Relief Plan Proposed to Help Alaska Families Cope with High Energy Prices
February 20, 2012
(SitNews) - A bipartisan group of state senators from across Alaska introduced legislation last week to utilize a small portion of the state’s $3.7 billion surplus to provide Alaskans with relief from high energy costs....

Feds: Fresh milk 150 times more dangerous than pasteurized dairy #WTF
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The federal government said Tuesday that fresh milk is 150 times more dangerous than pasteurized milk — a finding that bolsters the government’s argument as it goes after farmers who sell unpasteurized milk across state lines....

Genetic Diversity Could Be Key to Climate Change Survival for King Crab
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Tue February 21, 2012...

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