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#RadioChatter Comfish News Roundup 02-09-2012


Alaska salmon out of MSC is hot industry topic
Posted 02/08/2012 by - Margaret Bauman
Alaska’s wild salmon fishery, a major client of the Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability program, is bailing out of the program on Oct. 29, sparking great debate over the value of MSC as opposed to other third party certification. The eight major Alaska processors who made their decision known to the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation, the client for the certification process, have not discussed publicly their reason for withdrawing from the program. They do, however, represent about 75 percent of the salmon processing in Alaska and lacking their financial contribution, AFDF announced on Jan. 16 that it was withdrawing as the client this winter.The group includes Trident Seafoods, Icicle Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods, Peter Pan Seafoods, Alaska General Seafoods, Kwik’Pak Fisheries, E&E Foods and North Pacific Seafoods. How their decision will affect markets and..  http://thecordovatimes.com/article/1206alaska_salmon_out_of_msc_is_hot_industry

Fire Aboard M/V Malaspina Causes Damage
February 07, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Fire department received a call Tuesday at 12:02 PM reporting smoke coming from the Marine Vessel Malaspina which is currently in layup at the Ketchikan-basked Alaska Ship and Drydock.  First...... http://www.sitnews.us/0212News/020812/020812_fire.html

Kodiak fisherman offers unvarnished view on council process
ANDREW JENSEN, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE
Feb 8, 2012 - 03:56 PM
One of the more entertaining (and informative) parts of the recent North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Seattle was the public comment offered on numerous topics from Kodiak fisherman George Hutchings. Hutchings, who identified himself as a trawler, crabber and longliner, offered some refreshingly candid and blunt assessments on the issues before the council such as halibut bycatch, trawl sweeps, bottom-trawl chinook bycatch, the use of.... http://www.alaskajournal.com/Blog-Fish-Bytes/February-2012/Kodiak-fisherman-offers-unvarnished-view-on-council-process/

TOTE changes organization, name
On Jan. 1, American Shipping Group underwent a dramatic transformation. The company, formerly known as ASG, became TOTE Inc., and experienced a makeover in logo, look, and structure..... h/t http://www.pacificfishing.com .. On the tubes > http://www.toteinc.com

NOAA, Partners Complete Epic Southeast Alaska Coastal Mapping Project
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Fishermen’s News Alaska Bureau
People around the world can now get an eagle’s-eye view, without leaving home, of the entire Southeast Alaska coastline from Dixon Entrance to Yakutat, thanks to completion of a project known as the ShoreZone Partnership. The project involved mapping some 19,000 miles of coastal habitat; a milestone equivalent to surveying the entire Pacific coastline of Washington, Oregon and California, twice, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Jan. 11. NOAA and other members of the ShoreZone Partnership were to... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/02/noaa-partners-complete-epic-southeast.html

NPFMC Decision Limits Sources for Crab Economic Data Reporting
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Federal fisheries manager have made a final decision on collection of crab fishery economic data reports, one that leaves out use of crew contracts and settlement sheets as part of the data.The decision reached by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at its February meeting in Seattle to approve a modified version of alternative 3 for EDR data collection came after extensive testimony. Those opposed to use of crew contracts and... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/02/npfmc-decision-limits-sources-for-crab.html

Seafood Profits Will Aid 17 Communities in Western Alaska
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Seventeen western Alaska villages within the region of the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. will share in nearly $1 million in funds whose distribution was announced by the community development quota group in early February. NSEDC officials said the projects funded range from new safety equipment for whalers at Savoonga to renovation of a teen center at Shaktoolik.NSEDC has provided grants to..... http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/02/seafood-profits-will-aid-17-communities.html

Oregon company to manage Ketchikan shipyard
9:14 PM, Feb. 8, 2012  |   Comments
KETCHIKAN, Alaska (WTW) — Alaska Ship and Drydock, the company that has managed Ketchikan Shipyard for 18 years, soon will become part of Vigor Industrial, a much larger player in the maritime industry, both companies announced Tuesday. ASD owner Randy Johnson, 50, has directed shipyard operations since 1994. He said in an interview Tuesday that Vigor can bring the kind of financial strength needed for ASD to position itself to... http://www.thenorthwestern.com/usatoday/article/38533187?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

Homer City Council considers plans for gasline distribution
City of Homer considers best scenarios for hooking up homes and deciding how to pay for it
Read City Manager Walt Wrede’s report to council here:
http://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/citycouncil/city-counci-worksession
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
People can make good arguments for why the City of Homer should help neighborhoods hook into natural gas when its distribution is available. It becomes quicker, easier and more affordable with city help.
Financing with easy terms and interest rates are available to the city that aren’t there for individual home owners. A big impact in lowering the cost of living and cost of doing business is also a likely outcome, Homer City Manager Walt Wrede told the Homer City Council at a... http://homertribune.com/2012/02/how-to-distribute-natural-gas/

Focus on Schools Part 3: Digital tools increase student bullying problems http://homertribune.com/2012/02/digital-tools-increase-student-bullying-problems/ .... Part 2 > http://homertribune.com/2012/02/tech-ed-for-21st-century-workforce/ Part 1 > http://homertribune.com

King salmon numbers could recover in Yukon
Fish numbers were low due to pollock by-catch
CBC News Posted: Feb 8, 2012 7:09 PM CST Last Updated: Feb 8, 2012 7:05 PM CST
In Alaska, people who keep a close eye on fisheries think there's good news for future king salmon runs on the Yukon River.This past fall, Alaska imposed tough new regulations on the by-catch of king salmon by the pollock fishery. By-catch is fish caught unintentionally.... http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/02/08/north-king-salmon-yukon.html

House reviews DOE money upgrading yacht
February 8, 2012 3:04pm
House investigators wrote the Port of Los Angeles yesterday to review the decision to spend almost half a million dollars in stimulus money on retrofitting a luxury yacht with environmentally-friendly engines..... http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/house-reviews-doe-money-upgrading-yacht/364996

#FishFactor: DNR mission statement trades 'conserve' for 'responsibly develop'
By Laine Welch | TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012
There is a new and very different mission statement posted by the Department of Natural Resources on the State of Alaska website.The old statement of policy was: "To develop, conserve and enhance natural resources for present and future generations." The new mission statement reads: "To responsibly develop Alaska's resources by making them available for maximum use and benefit consistent with the public interest."... http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/020812/bus_952750524.shtml

LONDON HILTON CHEF WINS THE 2012 ALASKA SEAFOOD RECIPE CHALLENGE
8th February 2012, 1:46pm
YANN BARIL FROM THE LONDON HILTON ON PARK LANE WAS NAMED WINNER OF THE 2012 ALASKA SEAFOOD RECIPE CHALLENGE HELD AT WESTMINSTER KINGSWAY COLLEGE ON FEBRUARY 7... http://www.eatoutmagazine.co.uk/online_article/London-Hilton-chef-wins-the-2012-Alaska-Seafood-Recipe-Challenge/15319

Groups partner to serve local fish in school lunches
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
For the Capital City Weekly
SITKA - Thanks to a partnership with the Sitka Conservation Society, Pacific High School now serves local seafood in the cafeteria and joins the growing ranks of schools connecting to local foods. Pacific High students will have a choice of local seafood dishes twice a month. Sitka is the ninth largest fishing port in the U.S., but only recently did school children have access to the abundance of homegrown seafood. The program began in 2010 when the Sitka Conservation Society partnered with Blatchley Middle School and then with Keet Gooshin Heen in 2011 to launch a Fish to.. http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/020812/new_952750979.shtml

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POLAR ICE CAPS MELTING LESS THAN THOUGHT...

STUDY: Himalayas, nearby peaks lost no ice in past 10 years...

Scientists 'stunned'...


'I Feel Duped'...


Fed workers take leave -- with inch of snow expected!

Snow Load on Roof Closes #Kodiak Safeway > Audio > http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3550


Alaska snow woes hit weary, starving moose

Los Angeles Times - 
"It's belly deep, shoulder deep for these moose," Gary Olson, head of the Alaska Moose Federation, said in an interview.