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#RadioChatter Comfish News Roundup 02-08-2012

Pebble mine is too risky for Alaska's Bristol Bay: report
Wednesday, February 08, 2012, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
The proposed Pebble Mine would siphon as much as 35 billion gal of fresh water out of the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska every year, eliminating critical salmon habitat. A new report, "Bristol Bay's Wild Salmon Ecosystems and the Pebble Mine: Key Considerations for a Large-Scale Mine Proposal", concludes the mine is too risky to be developed....

New scientific report concludes Anglo American's Pebble Mine is too risky for Bristol Bay, Alaska
By Wild Salmon Center
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 - 7:22 am
PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 7, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The proposed Pebble Mine would siphon as much as 35 billion gallons of fresh water out of the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska every year, eliminating critical salmon habitat. A new report, "Bristol Bay's Wild Salmon Ecosystems and the Pebble Mine: Key Considerations for a Large-Scale Mine Proposal," concludes the mine is too risky to be developed....

Fuglvog to do time for fishing violation
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 ....

Genetically engineered fish should be labeled
Elisa Odabashian
Thursday, January 19, 2012
It's a new year, and the first genetically engineered animal may be about to enter the food supply. This is also the moment for consumers to demand to know what's in their food, starting with weighing in on legislation, to be voted on today in the Assembly, to require that all genetically engineered fish sold in California be labeled as "genetically engineered."...

Costs expected to rise for new Alaska state ferry
Posted: February 8, 2012 - 12:07am
By Pat Forgey
The new Alaska-class ferry the Alaska Marine Highway System is in the process of getting built is likely to cost more that the $120 million already set aside for its construction, the Legislature was told Tuesday...The Alaska-class vessel is likely to be built in Ketchikan, and Alaska Ship & Drydock, based in that city, has been selected as the construction manager/general contractor for that project............ News broke Tuesday that Alaska Ship & Drydock, which operates the state-owned shipyard, may be bought out by Vigor Industrial, a privately held shipbuilder. Vigor owns Todd Shipyards in Seattle, Cascade General’s shipyard in Portland and other West Coast shipyards.....

Vigor Industrial asks AIDEA for Ketchikan Drydock
Pacific Northwest ship and drydock titan hopes for decision by March
Ketchikan’s shipyard could soon become part of a Pacific Northwest shipbuilding and drydock titan. Vigor Industrial has asked the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to approve bringing the Alaska Ship and Drydock into the Vigor corporation.With Ketchikan, Vigor would employ 2,000 at seven drydocks in the Pacific Northwest, Ketchikan, Port Angeles and Seattle Washington to Portland Ore., according to the company’s press release....

Messages show conflict within NRC after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami
By Steven Mufson, Published: February 6 | Updated: Tuesday, February 7, 8:20 AM
In the confusion following the earthquake and tsunami that damaged Japan’s Fukushima nuclear complex last March, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it was standing by to help. But a trove of e-mails posted on the NRC’s Web site shows an agency struggling to figure out how to respond and how to deal with the American public while cutting through what one official called “the fog of information” coming out of Japan...

Fletcher’s point about Alaska salmon wasn’t about taste
Published: February 08, 2012 6:00 AM
It seems Hans Edwards (Questioning Tom Fletcher’s tastebuds, Letters, Feb. 1) missed the whole point when Mr. Fletcher dared to question Alaska salmon. It was really not about the taste of wild or farm-raised salmon. Besides, the taste of salmon is a very personal thing and has much to do with the species of salmon rather than if it was cultured, or not....

NPFMC Relaxes Reporting Requirements for Crab Fishery
Tue February 7, 2012
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted over the weekend to relax economic data reporting requirements for the Bering Sea-Aleutian Islands crab fisheries.  Mark Fina, the Council’s senior economic advisor, testified that many of the current requirements are duplicated elsewhere or are not reliable enough for use by analysts.Fina presented a report outlining three alternatives for updating the program - one alternative being the status quo.  The Council opted for the least stringent reporting requirements, eliminating many areas of data collection. Andrew Jensen of the Alaska Journal of Commerce reports that the Council’s scientific advisory group strongly opposed the move.  According to Jensen, the group’s chairperson said the Council should improve...

VOR frequency, identifier changing at Anchorage International Airport (TED)
Rob Stapleton | Feb 07, 2012
Accomplished pilots and users of the VOR/DME at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport will be interested to note that the VOR frequency and identifier is changing Thursday, Feb. 9...

Coastal Management cost estimates challenged
Election director says initiative close to qualifying for ballot
By Pat Forgey
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho told a legislative committee Monday the Parnell administration significantly overstated the cost of restoring the Coastal Management program in Alaska. An initiative to do that looks increasingly likely to make the ballot later this year. Botelho chairs the Alaska Sea Party, a group of coastal communities trying to resurrect the program the Legislature let die last year. He was invited to testify over the objections of some legislators. Botelho told a joint meeting of the House and...

Putting red sign on salmon market
Wednesday, February 08, 2012, 23:40 (GMT + 9)
Japanese salmon current maket experiences very low price level.
Chilean coho salmon 2011-2012 season was consistent and between 90,000 and 100,000 tonnes of the product are expected to be sent to Japan. Most of the contracts in this season between Chilean packers and Japanese importers had been signed in 2010 and early 2011. Its average cost will be....

House Resolution Seeks to Designate NPFMC Seats to Sports, Subsistence Fishermen
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The State House Special Committee on Fisheries has forwarded a resolution to the House Rules Committee that would designate seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to sport and subsistence interests. House Concurrent Resolution 13 would not carry the weight of a bill, but would send a message to the governor. Fairbanks Representative Steve Thompson is the chair of..

Feds Debunk Food Pyramid They Pushed for Two Decades
by Ben Shapiro
President Obama says we should allow the federal government to take charge of our healthcare; as usual, the “experts” are best positioned to instruct us how to live our lives. Except they’re not.  Today, according to the AP, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention told Americans that they eat too much bread and rolls, and that such foods account “for more than twice as much sodium as salty junk food like potato chips.”  No wonder we’re fat. Unfortunately, the federal government that now tells us that we eat too much bread is the same government that originally told us to stuff our pieholes with … bread.  Remember the original food pyramid?..

For cold water corals, warming is beating acidification to drive a growth spurt
By Kate Shaw | Published about 3 hours ago
The release of excess CO2 from the combustion of fossil fuels, deforestation, and other processes doesn’t just affect our air; it also affects our oceans. The oceans absorb as much as 30 percent of the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which lowers their pH. Thus, our emissions have two large consequences for our oceans: warmer temperatures and increased acidity. These changes may have a profound effect on coral growth, since corals are sensitive to both temperature and pH. There is mounting evidence that coral health has been declining in recent years. But what, exactly, is...

Adak Radar Array to Track Magnetic Storms
Tue February 7, 2012
By Stephanie Joyce
Equipment to monitor magnetic storms will be installed on Adak Island in the Aleutians this summer.  The 40-antenna radar array will help scientists understand the interaction between the Earth’s upper atmosphere and space. Here’s University of Alaska Fairbanks electrical engineering professor Bill Bristow...

Canada ruling pushes Dish's LTE plan forward
Though the satellite operator is still waiting for FCC approval, its win in Canada points to a new type of mobile network Stephen Lawson (IDG News Service) — 08 February, 2012 07:06
The Canadian government has approved the transfer of satellite spectrum to Dish Network, putting the company just one major ruling away from building a land-based 4G mobile data network on the frequencies.However, the decision Dish is still awaiting, from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is by no means a sure thing. That agency, which was already grappling with LightSquared's controversial satellite-to-4G plan when it took up Dish's request last year, would need to grant Dish an important waiver before the...

LightSquared pleads with FCC for stricter GPS standards
By Aaron Souppouris on February 8, 2012 06:44 am
LightSquared has filed a letter with the FCC asking the regulator to set tighter standards for GPS devices to prevent interference with other wireless services. The would-be LTE network wants the Commission to regulate the market in order to prevent manufacturers from making navigation devices that use frequencies outside of their allocated bands. It believes that....

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