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#RadioChatter #03-01-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Fish Board decides issues: Sitka equal-share plan panned
By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer Tuesday was a landmark day for fishery policy in Southeast Alaska as the state’s Board of Fisheries made decisions regarding several high-profile issues during its meeting in Ketchikan. Read more..... (password req.)

Alaska Board of Fisheries Takes Action on Rockfish Proposals
The Alaska Board of Fisheries has voted down a proposal to increase the sport allocation of demersal shelf rockfish to 25 percent, but also approved a conservation measure designed to improve survival rates for bycatch rockfish. The action came earlier this week at the state board meeting in Ketchikan on measures proposed by the Southeast Alaska Guides Organization. Back in 2006, the state board made an allocation for rockfish in the Eastern Gulf of Alaska area, based on historic harvest, with 84 percent going to commercial fishermen and 16 percent to the guide charter fleet....

Wrapping up the UFA spring meeting
Feb 29, 2012 - 02:35 PM
I must admit that I was swamped with work on our latest issue yesterday morning, and even though I had an alert set I forgot to call in to the United Fishermen of Alaska teleconference.....

Riutta Updates House Fisheries on ASMI Actions
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The move by Alaska's major salmon packers away from the Marine Stewardship Council certification was a major topic during a meeting of the House Special Committee on Fisheries last week. Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Executive Director Ray Riutta told the committee that his organization was asked by the processors to provide alternative certification....

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell: Do you manufacture a product in Alaska? Take a moment to complete the “Made in Alaska” survey by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. The survey closes March 2, and the results summary will be made available. Original Facebook Status:!/profile.php?id=121523268448&v=wall&story_fbid=200045710095239

Stevens: Alaska Aerospace Closure Talk Premature
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Feb 29, 2012
At a press conference yesterday, the co-chairs of the Alaska Senate Finance Committee did not say how they stood on the governor's request for $8-million to keep the Alaska Aerospace Corporation afloat for another year. Senator Bert Stedman of Sitka said the committee has been going through the governor's budget, but have not yet held any discussion on his AAC request.....

Fish Tech | Raymarine E Series Defines The Future Of Navigation...

FIS - Worldnews - Chile: Salmon industry loses more than USD 50 million due to conflict in Aysén!/haulinggear/status/175280847266652160

EPA’s Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Due Out in April
The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued an update on progress made to date on its analysis of the Bristol Bay watershed, in advance of a draft assessment of its findings due out in late April. The goal of the EPA’s scientific analysis is to better understand how future large-scale mining may affect the salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. Information gathered during the assessment will be used to make decisions to protect salmon resources and habitat on which salmon and other fish depend....

Gingrich bashes EPA in Alaska conference call
by Matt Buxton
Feb 29, 2012
FAIRBANKS — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday told Alaskans that, if elected, he would disassemble the Environmental Protection Agency and sign hundreds of executive orders to open up drilling on Alaska lands with the goal of lowering the price of a gallon of gas to $2.50....

Hurdles clearing for Homer gasline
Council looks at prospects for key capital projects, hears from Apache Oil
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Reports of “good vibrations” from Juneau encouraged hope among the Homer City Council that gas line funding might become a reality this year. The council heard from its city lobbyists, Linda Anderson and Yuri Morgan, at Monday night’s council meeting. It....

Alaska Governor Parnell prefers to let people decide coastal zone
The Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska — While a bill to re-establish a coastal management program has been introduced in the House, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says he'd still rather have the people decide the issue....

Comments still coming for regional energy plan
by Joe Viechnicki
February 28, 2012 3:54 pm
Southeast residents and business representatives continue to weigh in on the solutions for heating and powering the region over the next 50 years. A House Energy Committee heard a second session of testimony last week supporting and opposing the findings of the state’s draft energy plan for Southeast....

Alan Austerman Talks About the Importance of Strong Coastal Communities 02/29/12
The Majority Leader in the Alaska House of Representatives stressed the importance of strong coastal communities during a speech at the recent Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference Economic Summit in Anchorage. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (4:30)...

Funds Sought to Restore Salmon Watersheds in Tongass National Forest
Several fishermen and tour operators are heading for Washington D.C. next week to lobby for changes in the US Forest Service budget to emphasize salmon conservation and watershed restoration in Tongass National Forest....

Salmon Tacos from Alaska
by Amy Sherman
on 02/29/12 at 09:00 AM ...

Shell launches legal strike against foes of Arctic Ocean drilling
Pre-emptive action names groups that have taken to court in the past.
Los Angeles Times
Published: February 29th, 2012 09:14 PM
Last Modified: March 1st, 2012 06:13 AM...

Thousands of Coastal Fishermen to Rally in Washington DC On March 21
In another historic show of solidarity, US recreational and commercial fishermen will gather at Upper Senate Park in Washington DC on March 21, 2012 starting at noon in an organized demonstration supporting sensible reform of the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act....

GCI network woes ding Juneau
Posted: March 1, 2012 - 12:11am
GCI customers in Anchorage and Juneau, and possibly other areas of the state, experienced outages of cable and cellular service due to fused cables in the Anchorage area....

Oil Tanker Picture - Arabian Sea Photo - National Geographic Photo of the Day!/haulinggear/status/175274589855825920

March 1, 2012
IG to NOAA: New probe going forward
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
The Commerce Department inspector general's office has notified NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco that the investigation sought by two Massachusetts congressmen into the influences of non-government organizations on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its regional fishery management councils is going forward.....

Captain admits giving drugs to teen girls
Hines must pay $160,000 restitution before his May 24 sentencing date
Staff report
A Homer boat captain admitted to giving powerfully addictive drugs to several teenage girls with whom he had sexual relationships, according to a plea agreement. In a rare plea deal, he pled to two felony counts and must pay $160,000 in restitution to his six victims. Randall Scott Hines, 34, was the operator of “Fish On Charters” and captain of his...

Unalaska : Wild times at the Harbor View Bar!/haulinggear/status/175280538549108736

foursquare is joining the OpenStreetMap movement! Say hi to pretty new maps! feb 29 2012 -

Japan warns Google that its new privacy policy may violate data protection laws [Updated]
The Japanese government has warned Google to tread carefully with its new privacy policy, as the controversial new regulations were rolled out today....

Beating death Tuesday night in Unalaska!/haulinggear/status/175280342276636673

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