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#RadioChatter Comfish News Roundup 02-10-2012

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Ketchikan artist admits to killing 87 sea otters in plea agreement
DEAL: He faces 6 months in prison and $10,000 fine for illegal activities.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: February 10th, 2012 12:43 AM
Last Modified: February 10th, 2012 12:44 AM
An artist known for his work with marine mammal pelts would serve six months in prison for the illegal sale of sea otter parts under a plea agreement filed this week in federal court.Sherman Roger Alexander, 58, has admitted to killing and transporting 87 sea otters in 2008 in Craig, the plea agreement says. Alexander, who was....

IntraFish Media!/IntraFish/status/167573996982906881
Alaskans have done 'sustainability' a favor, says Rachel Mutter in today's IntraFish comment

Wild Salmon Are Not Holding Up, Study Finds
Since 1964, the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery in California has supplied the watershed with four to 10 million juvenile Chinook salmon each year. The hatchery began the practice as a way of countering the effects of dams that block migration and making sure that the salmon population remained viable. But recent research shows that the massive influx of hatchery-raised fish is masking the fact that wild fish populations are not holding up. “Without distinguishing hatchery from wild fish, the perception is that we...

Timelines Proposed for Impact Statement on Steller Sea Lion Regulations
Thu February 9, 2012
By Alexandra Gutierrez
The National Marine Fisheries Service is asking for at least 15 months to assess the impact of their Steller sea lion protection measures.Last month, a federal judge determined that the agency had violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to produce an environmental impact statement before shutting down two commercial fisheries in an effort to stop the decline of an endangered stock of sea lions. While Judge Timothy Burgess generally favored NFMS in his...

Processors sue after being cut out of rockfish program
Feb 9, 2012 - 01:29 PM AKST
The prospect of paying fishermen higher prices has processors protesting the new rockfish program. Five companies with processing operations in Kodiak that took nearly every delivery under the expired Gulf of Alaska rockfish pilot program sued National Marine Fisheries Service Jan. 24 in the U.S. Western District of Washington to overturn the new program set to take effect this May.Trident Seafoods, Ocean Beauty, Westward Seafoods, North Pacific Seafoods and International Seafoods of Alaska said in their complaint that competition from the other three Kodiak processors under the revised program will drive up prices paid to fishermen and cut into their profits....

Ahold USA appears on EPA's list of largest green power purchases
Friday, February 10, 2012, 04:50 (GMT + 9)
Ahold USA has announced that for the first time it appears on the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the largest green power purchases. The company ranks No 7 on the EPA's Top 20 Retail list and No 30 on the National Top 50 list. The chain is purchasing more than 149 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 7 per cent of the organisation's electricity use. Ahold USA is buying renewable energy certificates (RECs) from 3Degrees. In addition, the company is generating green power from its on-site renewable energy systems which demonstrates a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. "Reducing our carbon footprint is...

Twitter SMS: Now available for satellite providers
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Twitter began as an SMS service. Today, we continue to build out SMS capability because we recognize the importance and value of making our service available to every person on the planet. No matter what device people use — from the most advanced smartphone to the simplest feature phone — people around the world should be able to send and read Tweets. Of course, there may be times when people cannot access SMS. We’ve been working on some solutions when that occurs:
Satellite operators
We’ve partnered with the two largest satellite operators, Iridium and Thuraya, to give their subscribers access to Twitter SMS. Now, even if phone lines and the Internet are inaccessible — for example, in a war zone or after a natural disaster — people will be able to share news and stay informed via Twitter.
Long codes
We work with as many carriers as we can to support SMS around the world. If your carrier does not currently support Twitter SMS, you can still Tweet. Just use one of our long codes.
Here’s a full list of mobile carriers and satellite providers that support Twitter SMS, and as always, you can follow @twittermobile to find out when even more carriers offer it....

Steller sea lion briefs, exhibits
Feb 9, 2012 - 03:20 PM
After the state of Alaska, fishing groups and Earthjustice flooded U.S. Alaska District Judge Timothy Burgess with documents last night, a notice just went out reminding the parties that  "chambers" copies limited to 25 pages must be included.....

Iridium Pilot Skims O'er The Wave Fully Global Maritime (SatCom) 
February 09, 2012
[SatNews] This second-generation product provides fully global maritime broadband...
Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) announces the launch of its second-generation maritime broadband platform, Iridium Pilot™.  Iridium Pilot will utilize the Iridium OpenPort® service — the world’s first when it comes to fully global maritime broadband....

Alaska Board of fisheries to meet in Ketchikan Feb. 24
All portions of the meeting are open to the public and a live audio-stream is intended to be available on the Board of Fisheries website at

US Congress committee examines aviation's GPS use
9 February 2012
The Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) held a hearing yesterday to review the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a critical part of transportation infrastructure.
GPS is the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) that provides position and timing information at any place on the globe with a high degree of accuracy. The use of GPS in the aviation industry benefits safety and efficiency by providing highly reliable information when compared to the 1950’s era based technology currently in use. GPS will soon replace radar in the primary surveillance method, and the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) already utilize GPS technology in a....

GPS air traffic navigation system would be crippled by LightSquared network, Congress is told
By Jon Brodkin | Published about 23 hours ago
Airline industry representatives and a US transportation official told members of Congress yesterday that LightSquared's planned 4G LTE network would interfere with a GPS-based navigation system that government and industry has invested $8 billion in. The Federal Aviation Administration and industry "have invested as much as $8 billion into NextGen," which is designed to "transform America’s air traffic control system from the aging groundbased system of today to a satellite-based system of the future," US Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari said...

LightSquared participated in testing, says DOT official
February 9, 2012 — 12:07pm ET | By David Perera
Aviation officials came to Congress Feb. 8 to praise the Global Positioning System and bury LightSquared.
"We worked with LightSquared. They were part of....

Critical for the opening Arctic: A Bering Strait vessel traffic service
Olin Strader | The Arctic Institute | Feb 08, 2012
Nations and multi-national corporations are positioning themselves to take full advantage of the Arctic’s Northwest Passage (NWP) and Northern Sea Route (NSR). However, there is very little safety infrastructure in place to ensure incident-free transit. Both of these Sea Lines of Communication terminate in the Bering Strait, the gateway to the Arctic. In this critical water space it is essential the United States and Russia begin considering how to manage traffic through this strategic choke point. In September 2011, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced at the second International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia’s “intention to turn the NSR into a key transport route of global importance.” PM Putin further said, “We believe that NSR has a bright future as an international transport artery capable of being a competitor to more traditional routes, both when it comes to price, safety and quality”. Subsequently, Russia has announced it intends to build ten Arctic rescue centers, develop a...

ViaSat Phasing Out WildBlue Brand
Exede Branding Will Replace WildBlue
by Karl Bode 4 hours ago
In 2009 ViaSat acquired residential satellite broadband service WildBlue for $568 million, and now it appears they're phasing out the WildBlue brand and service entirely. The company has...

Feds Speed Development of Arctic Oil Spill Response Maps
Thu February 9, 2012
As shipping and energy exploration increase in the Arctic, so do the chances of an oil spill.  On Tuesday, the federal government bumped up the deadline for a project that will help responders coordinate if an oil spill ever does happen. The Environmental Response Management Application or ERMA is basically Google Earth in your web browser.  There are a bunch of data layers that can be switched on and off that show information like where drill rigs are located, how thick the ice is and where there’s critical polar bear habitat.  All of the information is displayed on a single map, so responders......