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#RadioChatter Comfish News Roundup 02-11-2012

By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer The Ketchikan City Council voted 6-0 Thursday to continue toward an agreement with the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for the two municipal governments to commit proceeds from a commercial fishing tax to build a new, approximately $5.5. million drive-down ramp in town. Read more... (password protected)


Snow crab harvest goes forward
February 10th 5:09 pm | Jim Paulin      
With the sea ice in the Bering Sea moving north a little, fishing effort has increased in the snow crab fishery.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Unalaska reports between 30 and 35 boats fishing this week, up from 20 last week.The snow crab harvest on Tuesday was reported at 23.6 million pounds, with 22.3 million in the individual fishing quota fishery and 1.3 million pounds for the community development quota program benefiting western Alaska communities. That's a four million pound increase since last week.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1206snow_crab_harvest_goes_forward

FEDERAL SUBSISTENCE FISHERY FOR EULACHON CLOSED IN FEDERAL WATERS WITHIN DISTRICT 1
February 11, 2012
Saturday AM
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan-Misty Fiords District Ranger Jeff DeFreest is acting immediately to protect eulachon stocks in waters that flow into District 1 due to anticipated low eulachon returns in 2012. The District Ranger, as in-season manager, is closing the Federal Public waters draining into District 1 to the taking of eulachon by all users from 11:59 P.M., Sunday, February 26, 2012 until 11:59 P.M., April 25, 2012. This action has been coordinated with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), who will simultaneously close subsistence and personal use.. http://www.sitnews.us/0212News/021112/021112_eulachon.html

Opinion
Alaska Natives ask EPA to stop threatening their economy
1 day 20 hours ago #EPA #Pebble
Abe Williams and Lisa Reimers of Nuna Resources, an Alaska Native consortium, flew to Washington this week to see Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Jackson. They wanted to ask her help ensuring the survival of their Bristol Bay region's Native Alaskan tradition and culture. They got a response as frosty as Alaska in February. Nuna Resources and its native village constituency want to allow impartial scientific studies to build the Pebble Mine near their homes and villages. The natives do not specifically endorse the mine, which would exploit the largest known ore body of copper on the planet. But they want its proposed developer, the Pebble Limited Partnership, to be given a fair hearing for its claims of environmental and cultural protection on Native traditional lands.Jackson would not even give Williams and Reimers a meeting. The EPA's emailed reply their request for one -- on Feb. 6, 7 or 8 -- came just two......... http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/2012/02/alaska-natives-ask-epa-stop-threatening-their-economy/253521

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jennifer Canfield Feb 9, 2012
Coming up this week, Arne Fuglvog will spend less than a six months in prison for his fishing crimes; Southeast Native groups support trimming the sea otter population, but are concerned about some of a plan's ramifications; and the start dates for two crab fisheries will....... http://www.kmxt.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3556

House Fisheries Committee Takes Up the "Graying of the Fleet" 02/10/12
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The Fisheries Committee in the Alaska House of Representatives is looking at ways to get more of Alaska's young people to invest in the commercial fishing industry. KDLG's Mike Mason reports. (7:18) ... http://kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1719

Icicle Seafood's Gives $300,000 to the University Of Alaska Foundation 02/10/12
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The University of Alaska has received a large gift from a major seafood company that operates in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:13)... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1720

The Government Accountability Office Reviews Tribal 8-A Contracts 02/09/12
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The program that allows Alaska Native Corporations to receive special advantages in federal government contracts was the subject of a report released recently by the Federal Government Accountability Office. KDLG's Mike Mason looked it over and filed this story. (2:15)... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1715

Research looks at heart disease in salmon
NORWAY
Friday, February 10, 2012, 22:20 (GMT + 9)
How does Atlantic salmon respond when it develops the heart disease Cardiomyopathy syndrome (CMS), and what happens between the salmon and the virus? Gerrit Timmerhaus at Nofima Mat, the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, has researched this in his PhD project.CMS is a chronic viral disease in salmon that strikes large fish close to harvest, causing changes to the cardiac tissue which can prove fatal. It was first detected in Norway in 1999 and causes financial losses of NOK 30 million (EUR 3.9 million) - NOK 60 million (EUR 7.9 million) per annum.... http://fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?l=e&country=0&special=&monthyear=&day=&id=49825&ndb=1&df=0

NOAA scientist recalls how it really was with stuck whales
Big Miracle is in the theatres and drawing big crowds. The film is the best known of the several recently made in Alaska. Starring actress Drew Barrymore, it retells the rescue of three gray whales trapped in the ice near Barrow in October, 1988. NOAA scientist Dave Withrow was there and here is his tale of how it was on the ice, with the media, and with the whales. "I'm a marine mammal biologist with NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. I was first sent up to Barrow because during the early parts of the rescue, there was a lot of misinformation and just downright bad information being spread by the media-not on purpose, they were just interviewing everybody that would be in front of a camera. They had the... http://dutchharbortelegraph.com/noaa-scientist-recalls-how-it-really-was-with-stuck-whales-p259-1.htm

SE Alaska regional energy plan met with mixed reactions
Testimony agrees plan is needed, but it lacks vision for future growth
Posted: February 10, 2012 - 12:15am
By RUSSELL STIGALL
JUNEAU EMPIRE
Note: This story has been modified to correct a word in quote.
Public testimony on the Alaska Energy Authority’s energy plan for Southeast Alaska was measured at the House Resources Committee meeting Thursday. While many felt Southeast Alaska needed a regional energy plan, the draft released by AEA was not quite that plan.... http://juneauempire.com/local/2012-02-10/se-regional-energy-plan-met-mixed-reactions

Years ago in the Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman: Religious station gets approval to share broadcast tower with KDLG
February 10th 6:19 pm | Jim Paulin      
June 5, 1992
DILLINGHAM — Although concerned about the precedent they could be setting, the school board agreed to lease space on the 353-foot KDLG broadcast tower for a Naknek religious station's transmitter.
K.C. Jackson, KDLG station manager, said tower space rental is a promising new source of revenue as other sources decline. Public radio station KDLG-AM is owned and operated by the school district, which is why the school board is involved. Jackson said KDLG was approached by KAKN-FM, a Christian station operated by Bristol Bay Broadcasting, a non-profit organization.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1206years_ago_in_the_bristol_bay_times-dutch

Unalaska: Busy port in search of director
February 10th 6:20 pm | Hannah Heimbuch
Just as Dutch Harbor launches into upgrades, expansions and the unveiling its new boat harbor, America's number one fishing port finds itself without a leader. Former port director Alvin Osterback left the position he held for five years in mid December. Since the city began advertising for a new director, they've received one application, said Unalaska City Manager Chris Hladick. It's too early to tell whether that candidate is the right one for the job, Hladick said, but he looks forward to filling the critical role as soon as possible. In the mean time Director of Public Safety Jamie Sunderland has stepped in as... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1206busy_port_in_search_of_director

In Homer Halibut Derby, size will matter less
Craig Medred | Feb 09, 2012
Alaska's biggest big-fish fishing derby has started the move away from big fish.
Officials of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby announced Thursday they plan to reduce the prize for the largest flatfish caught there during the summer season to $10,000 and abandon monthly big-fish prizes in favor of drawings open to anglers who've caught and released halibut of 50 pounds or more. The moves come at a time when the number of spawning-size halibut in the Gulf of Alaska is declining while sport and commercial fishermen battle over who should get to catch what. Halibut of more than 50 pounds are of interest to all parties because nearly everyone agrees those fish are... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/homer-halibut-derby-size-will-matter-less

Jim Paulin: OPINION: Reporter finds himself back in the saddle again
February 10th 6:16 pm | Jim Paulin      
It almost seems like "Déjà vu all over again."
The newspaper is back after a six month absence, under new ownership. Glory hallelujah!
It arrived Saturday on Peninsula Airways. I picked it up at the air cargo office and made the deliveries: North Pacific Gas 'N' Go, Alaska Ship Supply's liquor store and the grocery store in the old A.C. store, Captains Bay convenience store, Safeway, the Grand Aleutian Hotel, and the Unisea liquor store.
A déjà vu is a feeling you've been here before, or history repeating itself. Even after history did repeat itself in the Superbowl and the New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants, I still feel compelled to quote a.. http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1206reporter_finds_himself_back_in_the_saddle