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#RadioChatter Comfish News Roundup 02-12-2012
Southeast Alaska Seiners could vote on permit buyback this year
by kfskadmin #seine #buyback
February 10, 2012 9:29 am
Southeast Alaska salmon seiners could vote on a reduction to the fleet this year. The federal government is reviewing a proposed buyback program that could remove 64 permits from the limited entry fishery. Final approval is up to the fleet itself.The program would pay just over 13 million dollars to buy out 64 seine permits. Those permit holders would be paid from a federal loan that would be repaid by the rest of the seine fleet. “What the permit holders will be voting on is whether they wanna take on the approximately 13-odd million dollars of debt here, pay out these permit holders we’re buying out and the people left in the fishery have to pay a up to three percent fee on future landings until the loan is paid off,” Mike Sturtevant, fishing capacity reduction program manager with NOAA Fisheries in Silver Springs Maryland explains. “So they really, that’s what they’re ultimately voting on. Is what they’re..... Audio/Text ======= Related SEAS February Newsletter Article- Fleet Consolidation- Take #2 --- Fleet Consolidation Take #2- March 22nd Referendum  NMFS will conduct the referendum by mailing a ballot to all permit holders on March 22nd. This round of bidding produced 64 permits at an average price of $205,000. The high permit in the reverse auction was $240,000 and the low was $175,000. After looking at the list of permit holders and the prices they're selling for at, it is apparent that there is less a proportion of SRA, SEAS and PSVOA board members or past board members than the rest of the fleet. Certainly this fleet consolidation program was vetted well enough and for long enough- over a decade now- so that it would make some sense that we'd need to buy permits from everyone, board members and non-board members.....

Simple system shows if doors, hatches are open
Published: February 11th, 2012 09:52 PM
Last Modified: February 11th, 2012 09:58 PM
More than half of all fishing fatalities are the result of vessels going down, and most sink because of flooding. The sinkings of the Alaska Ranger and Katmai in 2008, for example, in which 12 men died, both stemmed from water coming in through open hatches.....

Heart healthy salmon bacon is Symphony winner
Posted 02/11/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
A Kenai Peninsula grandfather prompted by his teen-aged granddaughter’s food allergies won the grand prize in the 19th annual Alaska Symphony of Seafood with his maple flavored Kylee’s Alaskan Salmon Bacon. Fred West of the Tustumena Smokehouse in Soldotna, which also offers a variety of birch smoked wild Alaska salmon products, also won first prize in the smoked salmon competition. As he was presented with the grand prize award at the Symphony’s gala soiree in Anchorage on Feb. 10, West was asked by Jim Browning of the host Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation to tell the story behind the salmon bacon. West, his voice filled with....

Welcome expansion
The sale of Alaska Ship & Drydock is the only way to build Ketchikan Shipyard into a world-class facility. Make no mistake, the shipyard has that potential. It will be realized because of the work ethic of Ketchikan folks and the state's pride in its shipyard. The shipyard has been 30 years in development, 18 of those under the direction of Randy Johnson. Johnson, his staff and crew made the shipyard a viable business, an anchor for Ketchikan as a maritime hub. It was risky and rough-going at times, but the determined shipyard professionals focused and plodded forward despite challenges. Their step-by-step commitment to the shipyard and the local economy earned them the community's confidence and respect. With word this week of ASD's impending sale, the question on Ketchikan's minds: Would the out-of-state buyer, the incoming shipyard operator, continue the commitment to building the.....

Small Fairbanks company going head-to-head with the big boys of the camo industry
by Jeff Richardson
Feb 12, 2012
FAIRBANKS — When the U.S. Army announced the finalists to develop its new series of camouflage patterns last month, almost nobody saw the results coming. Among the four companies in the running to develop the new patterns, there are three billion-dollar corporations and little Kryptek Inc., a Fairbanks-based company with a total of four employees. The Kryptek headquarters, if there even is one, is located in a back room of CEO Butch Whiting’s log home near Steele Creek Road. Those patterns, along with a design developed by Army researchers, will begin a four-month series of field trials in May to determine which one performs best. The winners — with separate designs for woodland, arid and transitional terrain — will be...

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