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#RadioChatter #02-29-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Fish board OKs some Sitka herring changes
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
February 29, 2012 12:40 AM
English: Mount Verstovia, Alaska, USA.
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Alaska’s Board of Fisheries on Tuesday voted to close part of Sitka Sound to commercial herring harvests. But it wasn’t as much as some wanted.The board faced a number of proposals to lower catch levels, limit commercial fishing areas, or both. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska and some others wanted further protections for subsistence harvests of herring and their roe. The board voted down eight of the nine plans before it on Tuesday. The one that passed created subsistence-only zones by closing lucrative commercial harvest areas. Scott Kelley is Southeast regional supervisor for Fish and Game’s Commercial Fisheries Division. “One of the board members submitted substitute regulatory language that... http://www.krbd.org/2012/02/29/fish-board-oks-some-sitka-herring-changes/



Fisheries board keeps powered reels legal
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
February 28, 2012 12:02 pm
The state Board of Fisheries today (Tuesday) decided to continue allowing sport anglers to use electric reels. The panel voted down a proposal prohibiting power-assisted reels, except for disabled sport fishermen. Power-assisted devices have been controversial since they came on the market. Supporters say it’s just one more piece of gear in an ever-expanding toolbox.... http://www.ktoonews.org/2012/02/28/fisheries-board-keeps-powered-reels-legal/


Icicle Seafood's is Buying SnoPac Products 02/28/12
It's official. Icicle Seafood's is buying SnoPac Products. The move will dramatically increases Icicle's presence in Bristol Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:40).. http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1752 /// http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/02/icicle-looks-to-buy-out-snopac.html


Bristol Bay mines bill hits Senate committee
Posted: February 29, 2012 - 12:01am
By RUSSELL STIGALL  
JUNEAU EMPIRE
A bill adding legislative oversight to the process of permitting sulfide mines in the Bristol Bay Fisheries Refuge had its first hearing in Senate Commerce and Regional Affairs Committee on Tuesday... http://juneauempire.com/state/2012-02-29/bristol-bay-mines-bill-hits-senate-committee


Alaskans must stand firm to protect salmon habitat
Voices of Alaska
Posted: February 28, 2012 - 8:22am
By Dr. Jim Rearden  
Alaska stands at an important threshold, and the decisions we make in the coming months will determine the fate of wild Alaska salmon for generations to come. Some folks from Texas want to strip-mine the Chuitna River watershed on the west side of Cook Inlet so they can send coal to China. To... http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2012-02-28/alaskans-must-stand-firm-to-protect-salmon-habitat


@Deckboss > http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2012/02/shut-out-charter-operators-lose-court.html // More > http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/02/27/44217.htm


Alaska Beat
Is the halibut taco Alaska's state dish?
Alaska Dispatch | Feb 28, 2012
Alaska's state dish, eh? Could it be Grilled salmon? Moose burgers? Pad Thai? Futomaki sushi?.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/halibut-taco-alaskas-state-dish


Another take on Steller sea lions
ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
Feb 27, 2012 - 04:00 PM
An interesting take from a University of British Columbia marine biologist Andrew Trites. "At first, I thought pretty obviously that it was the rise of industrial fisheries, and most of my grad students explore this as the explanation," Trites says. But maybe this is too short-term a... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/February-2012/Another-take-on-Steller-sea-lions/


HEALTH & WELLNESSFEBRUARY 28, 2012
A Diet Rich in Fish May Help the Aging Brain
In a Study, People With Low Levels of Omega-3s Had Smaller Brains and Scored Lower on Memory Tests By JENNIFER CORBETT DOOREN
Eating fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids could help people maintain healthy brains as they age, as well as protect their hearts, new research suggests. In a study to be released Tuesday, participants with low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood had slightly smaller brains and scored lower on memory and cognitive tests than people with higher blood levels of omega-3s.... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204653604577249192836516880.html


Kodiak: Alaska Aerospace Could Face Shutdown This Fall
feb 28,2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
During a press conference Monday morning in Juneau, House Majority Leader Alan Austerman, along with Representatives Bill Thomas and Anna Fairclough, spoke about the governor's $8-million appropriation request for the Alaska Aerospace Corporation. Austerman raised the specter of shutting down the state-owned enterprise if enough money to sustain it cannot be found.... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3601


Kodiak: Harbor Monitoring Plans Westward Expansion
Feb 28, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Last fall the Alaska Harbor Observation Network installed monitoring equipment in Kodiak's harbors. The equipment will provide valuable data to the Pier 3 wave study and will establish an historical baseline that scientists can use in the future.Establishing and maintaining coastal monitoring stations is not cheap. Currently the network is represented only in Kodiak and Seward, but plans for expansion into Western Alaska will unfold over the next four months. The network's Howard Ferren says that they're currently developing a curriculum that will teach every day people how to use handheld instruments to monitor the coast near their community..... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3600


Susitna dam discussed as licensing process begins
by Jeff Richardson
Feb 28, 2012
FAIRBANKS — A series of public meetings to discuss the long-proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project have been scheduled for late March as federal regulators seek public input in the early stages of the licensing process. Project manager Wayne Dyok outlined the state of the estimated $4.3 billion project during an informal discussion following Tuesday’s Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting. The specs are enormous — an estimated 700-foot-high dam, which would create a reservoir 39 miles long and as much as 2 miles wide. The 2.5 million megawatt dam, located at river mile....... http://newsminer.com/view/full_story/17689161/article-Susitna-dam-discussed-as-licensing-process-begins


dutchharbortelegraph : Unalaska to sign consent decree with EPA (city's treatment of waste water) https://twitter.com/#!/haulinggear/status/174878452523077632


Unalaska: Fishermen Disarm Angry Bar Patron
By Stephanie Joyce
12:57PM
Tue February 28, 2012
Bystanders disarmed a man brandishing a gun at the Harborview Bar in Unalaska Monday night. David Bravo had threatened to “kill everyone he could find” after being thrown out of the bar earlier in the evening.  Sergeant Roger Bacon says fisherman Sione Muliaga overheard the threats and waited outside the bar for Bravo to return. “But he hid from him, because he was afraid of what he might do and when he was hiding behind the pillar there he saw him come back out of the Unisea Inn after about two minutes.  And [then Muliaga] confronted him and... http://kucb.org/post/fishermen-disarm-angry-bar-patron


Coast Guard plans to station cutter in Alaska Arctic
Published: February 28th, 2012 11:10 AM 
Last Modified: February 28th, 2012 11:10 AM
The U.S. Coast Guard will station a national-security cutter in the Alaska Arctic this summer for the first time its 145-year history cruising Alaska waters, says Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. in an American Forces Press Service news release.... http://www.adn.com/2012/02/28/2341791/coast-guard-to-station-cutter.html


Adak Expected to Lose Jet Service as Part of EAS Cutbacks
By Alexandra Gutierrez 5:41PM Tue February 28, 2012.. http://kucb.org/post/adak-expected-lose-jet-service-part-eas-cutbacks


Anchorage: Senator wants guarantee that port won't seek more money
Lawmaker wants assurance that city won't keep coming back for more state money.
By LISA DEMER
Anchorage Daily News
Published: February 28th, 2012 09:08 PM 
Last Modified: February 28th, 2012 09:09 PM
JUNEAU -- An influential state senator wants assurances that if the state pumps hundreds of millions more dollars into the troubled Port of Anchorage expansion project, the municipality won't keep coming back for more.... http://www.adn.com/2012/02/28/2342767/senator-wants-guarantee-that-port.html


FIS - Worldnews - Listeria contamination found in fish products at Vancouver stores .. https://twitter.com/#!/haulinggear/status/174878874323259392