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#RadioChatter #02-27-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Board allows Jensen to vote on herring issues
by Deanna Garrison
February 26, 2012 5:24 PM
The State Board of Fisheries reversed course on Sunday and agreed to allow Petersburg commercial fisherman John Jensen to participate in board discussions and votes on the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. Jensen is one of two board members from Southeast Alaska on the seven-person state Board of Fish. The board is holding a 10-day meeting in Ketchikan to decide Southeast fin fish regulations....

Coast Guard Commandant talks Arctic security, Alaska infrastructure
Alaska Dispatch | Feb 27, 2012
According to the Armed Forces Press Service, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. discussed Arctic security and challenges facing Alaska-based Coast Guard units as activity in the Arctic continues to increase....

Pebble study process questioned
Agencies express concerns over lack of data into mine development plans.
Associated Press
Published: February 26th, 2012 09:40 PM
Last Modified: February 26th, 2012 09:40 PM
The group behind a massive copper and gold prospect near a world premier salmon fishery has released what it bills as "one of the most exhaustive environmental study programs in the history of U.S. mineral development....

Empire editorial: Alaska must take control of Bristol Bay development
Posted: February 26, 2012 - 12:00am
A healthy balance is needed in all things.
Alaska needs oil exploration, mining and natural gas extraction, and the world needs our products. America also needs the useful minerals that exist in many regions of Alaska, including the proposed Pebble Mine, because many necessary materials such as molybdenum are extracted almost exclusively in remote or unfriendly countries....

Dutch Harbor Telegraph "Science experiments show hard work, relevance"!/haulinggear/status/174139957882011648

New York Times says offshore drilling 'worth the effort,' if done right
by dermotcole
Feb 26, 2012
A New York Times editorial today gave tentative support to the idea of offshore drilling in Alaska, saying drilling is worth the effort, but only if it is done right.
Here is the editorial:
Oil drilling off the North Slope of Alaska now seems virtually a sure thing. This month, the Interior Department gave tentative approval to Shell's plans for responding to a potential spill in the Chukchi Sea, an important step toward.....

Japanese firms move to secure fish at home, abroad
By Daisuke Segawa
The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network
Monday, Feb 27, 2012
Amid growing global demand for marine products, major Japanese trading companies are accelerating investments at home and abroad to secure a stable supply of such fish as salmon and tuna. Economic growth in China and other emerging countries where fish is commonly eaten is pushing fish consumption to ever higher levels worldwide. Meanwhile, many countries are discussing the need for limits on fishing of such popular fish as...

Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10.1 at MWC (update: hands-on photos!)
By Daniel Cooper  posted Feb 27th 2012 2:00AM #GPS
...... If you'd rather use the slate as one of the world's largest sat-navs, you'll be relieved to know it's packing both GPS and Glonass. For the businesspersons of you out there, there's Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption...

MWC 2012: Skype for Windows Phone beta now available
By Matthew Miller | February 27, 2012, 1:32am PST
Summary: Skype for Windows Phone is one of the most anticipated apps for this new platform and today a beta version is available for you to try out for free...

Bridge to Nowhere a Bridge to Rare Earth?
My Turn: Realizing the benefits of REEs
Posted: February 21, 2012 - 12:01am
... Alaska’s most advanced project is Bokan Mountain (37 miles south of Ketchikan) on Prince of Wales Island. The flagship of Ucore Rare Metals Inc., Bokan is the site of the former Ross-Adams uranium mine that was in operation between 1957 and 1972. It is estimated that there are between 1 and 6.7 million tons of Total Rare Earth Oxide (TREO) and the estimated value of the deposit is between $1 and $6.5 billion. An intact infrastructure, an access road system, and deep water Kendrick Bay allows for easier production for not only Bokan, but also potential investment in other deposits of REE’s in Salmon Bay, Stone Rock Bay, and Dora Lake. What makes REE mining exciting is that Alaska has the potential to become the center of U.S. rare earth production by building an REE processing and refinement plant—perhaps here in Southeast. Even more ambitious, Alaska could also specialize in manufacturing magnets which are used in products made from the refined elements.... ... Related ..

MWC 2012: ALK announces upcoming free CoPilot GPS offline navigation for iOS and Android
By Matthew Miller | February 27, 2012, 4:30am PST
Summary: ALK Technologies announced upcoming GPS navigation software that gives you free offline and online navigation, similar to Nokia Maps, but for iOS and Android....