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#RadioChatter #02-28-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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TESTIMONY — Organized Village of Saxman Tribal President Lee Wallace participates in public testimony at the Board of Fisheries meeting Saturday at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The meeting began on Friday and will last 10 days. Staff photo by Hall Anderson Fish Board hears testimony By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer The Alaska Board of Fisheries heard testimony from nearly 100 people this weekend as the board’s 2012 meeting on proposed changes to state management of finfish in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat continued at Ketchikan’s Ted Ferry Civic Center. Read more... (password req.) Ketchikan Shipyard sale topic of report By TOM MILLER Daily News Staff Writer The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly on Monday will hear a presentation from Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority on the results of its investigation of the proposed sale of Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc. to Seattle-based Vigor Industrial. Read more... (password req.) Feb 27, 2012 - 02:14 PM AKST NOAA, administration press on with ocean policy changes BY ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Congress refused last year to fund a $27 million budget request to implement President Barack Obama’s new National Ocean Policy, but that isn’t stopping the administration from moving forward with the plan. The first 92 pages of the draft policy released Jan. 12 call for more than 50 actions, nine priorities, a new National Ocean Council, nine Regional Planning Bodies tasked with creating Coastal Marine Spatial Plans, several interagency committees and taskforces, pilot projects, training in ecosystem-based management for federal employees, new water quality standards and the incorporation of the policy into regulatory and permitting decisions. Some of the action items call for the involvement of as many as 25 federal agencies. Another requires high-quality marine waters to be identified and new or modified water quality and monitoring protocols to be established. Then on page 93 of the 94-page document, the agency says the policy “will be done without creating new bureaucracy or negative economic impacts.” In a conference call Feb. 21, representatives of the new National Ocean Council, or NOC, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attempted to reassure stakeholders that.... February 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM 2011 ocean salmon fisheries review available on-line, and forecast meeting is Tuesday Posted by Mark Yuasa As the salmon forecast meeting looms on the horizon, here is a link to the Pacific Fishery Management Council's review of the 2011 ocean salmon fisheries. It is 353 pages long so be careful if plan to hit the "print" button, otherwise just scroll through to find what interests you the most. It is very in-depth and provides everything you need to know about what happened on the ocean last year. State Fish and Wildlife will have a public meeting to discuss salmon forecasts 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., in Olympia.... dutchharbortelegraph : Unalaska Police Blotter 19 to 26 February ...!/haulinggear/status/174519362198323200 F/V Neptune 1 goes aground on Umnak, Jayhawk picks up crew (photo from Dutch)...!/haulinggear/status/174519630885433344 Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 California : Mokelumne River's wild salmon getting scarcer By Sara Jane Pohlman Lodi News-Sentinel LODI -- There are thousands of salmon swimming in the Mokelumne River. In an industry in which numbers have faltered for years, this should be good news. But a recent study says these fish are almost all born as a result of human intervention. Wild salmon populations are dwindling. The study compared salmon bred at the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery with wild salmon born in the river, using data from 2004..... Kodiak: City Moves Forward with Wave Action Study Feb, 27 2012 Jay Barrett/KMXT On Thursday night the Kodiak City Council approved the next step in replacing Pier 3, the cargo dock leased to Horizon Lines. Scientists at Texas A-and-M University will build a scale model of Kodiak's waterfront and use data collected by monitors to conduct a study of the wave action at the dock.City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski said the study is especially important to help the city and its designers, PND Engineering, to decide what kind of dock should be built, one with traditional piling, or a sheet-pile dock, which costs millions of dollars less.... Kodiak Harbors Join Ocean Monitoring Network Feb 27, 2012 Jennifer Canfield/KMXT Monitoring equipment that was installed in Kodiak's harbors last fall will play an integral role in the Pier 3 project study. The equipment will not only provide valuable information about water temperature and pressure to the Pier 3 wave study, it will also establish a baseline for Kodiak's harbors. Baseline data is very important to scientists and has numerous applications..... An air force of one Anchorage Daily News Published: February 27th, 2012 05:38 PM Last Modified: February 27th, 2012 05:38 PM When the Iditarod began in 1973, organizers had a wacky vision of racing dog teams across the vast frozen nothingness that dominates the heart of Alaska come winter. But without a practical and savvy pilot like Larry Thompson, that vision might have been dashed against the cold, hard reality of hundreds of miles of trackless terrain firmly in the grip of punishing winters. Without Thompson, there might never have been an Iditarod Air Force, that collection of pilots that moves people, supplies, dog food, lame dogs and countless other items back and forth between Anchorage and Nome..... Estimate puts cost of building Susitna dam at $4.3 billion Federal commission beat document deadline by 4 days. By DAN JOLING Associated Press Published: February 27th, 2012 11:24 PM Last Modified: February 27th, 2012 11:25 PM The latest cost estimate for building the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project is $4.3 billion, according to the civil engineer who has headed the project since November..... Landsat image sequence of the Muir and Carroll Glaciers by Chris L 1 day ago... Glaciers: A window into human impact on the global carbon cycle Fossil fuel signature found in Alaskan ice February 27, 2012 Monday (SitNews) - New clues as to how the Earth’s remote ecosystems have been influenced by the industrial revolution are locked, frozen in the ice of glaciers. That is the finding of a group of scientists, including Robert Spencer of the Woods Hole Research Center. The research will be published in the March 2012 issue of Nature Geoscience.... Conservation Is the Answer to Our Short Term Hydro Energy Needs By Samuel Bergeron February 27, 2012 Monday PM The Ketchikan City Council is considering the problem of dwindling electric hydro-electric capacity; a problem largely driven by the use of electric heat. Some of their proposed solutions are troubling to me as it will penalize residents who rely in part or in whole for electricity for their heating needs.... Scientists discuss latest tsunami debris forecast AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press HONOLULU — Tsunamis generated by the magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last March dragged 3 million to 4 million tons of debris into the ocean after tearing up Japanese harbors and homes. Scientists believe ocean currents are carrying some of the lumber, refrigerators, fishing boats and other objects across the Pacific toward the United States.... FisherPoets swarm together to celebrate the pursuit of fish Annual event brings tales of the sea to Astoria Posted: Monday, February 27, 2012 11:43 am | Updated: 2:39 pm, Mon Feb 27, 2012. By NANCY McCARTHY The Daily Astorian | 0 comments They wrote about love, loss and lies. They sang about home, happiness and heartache. But most of all, they celebrated the fine art of fishing. FisherPoets from across North America spent last weekend in Astoria during the 15th annual FisherPoets Gathering, reading poetry and singing songs about their primary occupation and, for many, their obsession. “Well here we go again, 15 years,” said Dave Densmore, a fisherman from Astoria, as he opened the event Friday night in the Astoria Event Center. The center was one of seven venues where poetry was read and songs were sung during the weekend.... More feds ditch BlackBerrys By DAVID SALEH RAUF | 2/28/12 7:57 AM EST The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is planning to start the process of ditching Research in Motion’s signature BlackBerry wireless phone largely in favor of the iPhone, the agency’s top tech official told POLITICO. “We’re going to delete the BlackBerry from the mix,” Rick Holgate, ATF’s chief information officer, said in an interview.... Recap: Undercover Boss Follows Bernt Bodal Of American Seafoods 2/24/2012 Posted by Doreen Eugenio on Friday, February 24, 2012 · 2 Comments When I first started commercial fishing I noticed that the other fishermen were very anti government. I couldn't understand why until about a month later. The powers that be in their infinite wisdom restricted our salmon season that year, not just limiting how many fish we could catch but also limiting the days of the week we could fish. This action pressed us to fish days that we normally would have considered not safe. That year it was the Klamath River that wasn't going to hit the minimum "escapement" rate (this meant that they predicted there were not enough fish going to return to that river that year.) We spent my first year only able to fish 4 days a week and.... Whole Foods prototype puts Kinect on shopping cart, follows people around store (video) February 27, 2012 at 12:39 pm by Todd Bishop 9 Comments The quest for a high-tech “shopping cart of the future” is nothing new, but Whole Foods is planning to test a new spin on the concept, using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor for Windows. The motorized cart identifies a shopper with a loyalty card, follows the shopper around the store, scans items as they’re placed inside, marks them off the shopping list, and even checks the shopper out in the end.... Tuesday, February 28, 2012 White House proposes to cut tsunami warning system ContraCosta Times By Paul Rogers Less than a year after surging waves from a Japanese earthquake battered the California coast, causing $58 million in damage and wrecking the Santa Cruz and Crescent City harbors, the Obama administration is moving to reduce funding for the nation's tsunami warning and preparedness programs.... Dogs you know by 1st name By BETH BRAGG Anchorage Daily News Published: February 27th, 2012 05:29 PM Last Modified: February 27th, 2012 05:29 PM The mushers collect the prize money and make the headlines, but there can be no great sled dog teams without great lead dogs. Here's our unofficial Howl of Fame -- a lineup, in no particular order, of some of the sport's most spectacular athletes. BALTO AND TOGO Balto and Togo are the most famous dogs of the 1925 diphtheria serum run to Nome. Togo was the real hero, the lead dog who traveled farther than any other in the 674-mile run from Nenana to Nome. But Balto got much of the glory because his team delivered the life-saving serum to Nome on Feb. 2.... LightSquared CEO Resigns as Company Runs Into Interference #GPS #LightSquared FEBRUARY 28, 2012 AT 10:31 AM PT Wireless start-up LightSquared today announced that Sanjiv Ahuja is stepping down as CEO, with Chief Network Officer Doug Smith and CFO Marc Montagner named as interim co-chief operating officers while the company searches for a new CEO... 2/27/2012 Again, yet? Again with the Bridge to Nowhere? For the record, yes, the beleaguered project that acquired that moniker was Ketchikan’s, intended to provide easier access to the airport on Gravina Island. (For those who aren’t familiar with the geography here, Ketchikan’s city and borough — Alaska’s equivalent of a county — are mostly on Revillagigedo Island. The airport serves all of Southeast Alaska and is our link to Seattle and points south, as well as all points north. None of the islands is accessible except by boat or plane. A borough ferry brings people and vehicles to and from Ketchikan International Airport.)... Scare makes worthy lessons Case of abducted barista in Anchorage makes girls, parents anxious By Naomi Klouda Homer Tribune A teenage girl who was frightened by a man’s comment in a parking lot last week did the right thing and reported the incident to police, even though it didn’t rise to the level of a crime. Police were able to track the man down soon after the incident and issue a warning against making inappropriate comments that left the girl unsettled. Homer Police Chief Mark...

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