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#RadioChatter #03-01-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Alaska man's hunger strike over stalled school meals bill hits 28 days

The Anchorage Daily News
JUNEAU — As an Anchorage resident reaches Day 28 of a hunger strike over stalled school meals legislation, the co-chairman of the committee where the bill is holed up said he's changed course and does not plan to hold a hearing on the measure. State Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, said Monday he wants instead to create a new $3 million school food program using Alaska grown or caught food. His idea to create the trial program, which he plans to insert into the capital budget this session, would let school districts use credits from the fund to buy Alaska produce and seafood, creating a new market for local food and, he says, ensuring better nutrition for school kids. "There are vendors in Anchorage that are working on things, like salmon wraps they would prepare for.................. "There are vendors in Anchorage that are working on things, like salmon wraps they would prepare for the schools, much more nutritious foods," said Stoltze, who is a non-voting member of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board. ...

Judge wants Steller sea lion EIS done within two years
Mar 5, 2012 - 04:29 PM
I'm on vacation in the Black Hills of my homestate of South Dakota, bogarting some unsecured network in a Deadwood grocery store parking lot, but here's the latest in the Steller sea lion case. Judge Timothy Burgess wants the environmental impact statement done within two years, by March 2, 2014, a much quicker schedule than suggested by National Marine Fisheries Service, which was found to have violated the National Environmental Policy Act when putting the wide-ranging fishing closures in place..... /// More > // FIS - Worldnews - Alaska upholds protections for sea lions in Aleutian Islands..!/haulinggear/status/177041571764641792

Parnell plan to offer research and development tax credits requires more research
by Dermot Cole
Mar 04, 2012
FAIRBANKS — When a bill to offer up to $10 million per company in research and development tax credits reached House legislative committees last year, Parnell administration officials were quick to mention the potential of the berry industry. They also were enthusiastic about R&D tax credits for companies trying to make better use of wood waste products from sawmills, handle seafood waste, make ice at sea from tidal power and expand the aerospace presence in Alaska. They described House Bill 118 as a way to attract new businesses and encourage entrepreneurs. “This legislation helps put Alaska on a level playing field with over half the states in the Lower 48 that currently have this. The legislation would help us in our efforts to spur sustainable economic growth in Alaska. In turn it would be good for our economy and Alaska families,” said Curtis Thayer, deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in a hearing on Feb. 18, 2011....

Boat Sinks, Crew in Good Condition
May 5, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Three fishermen aboard the 32-foot fishing vessel Cyclone were rescued about 20 miles southeast of Kodiak on Friday. Around 7:15 a.m. a member of the crew radioed the Coast Guard to report that the boat was sinking. The Coast Guard was able to...

Man on fishing boat hit in head by cable in Bering Sea
Injury marks the second such incident; the earlier victim died.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: March 5th, 2012 09:13 PM
Last Modified: March 5th, 2012 09:13 PM
A 47-year-old man working on a trawler in the Bering Sea was the second to be struck in the head and injured by on-board cables in separate incidents involving major commercial fishing vessels in the past week...... //// More >

dutchharbortelegraph Police Blotter, 26 February through 3 March...!/haulinggear/status/177042400760442880

A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk prepares to depart Dutch Harbor...!/haulinggear/status/177042586031226881

Key lawmaker says he doesn't like Fish and Game plan to grant private-land hunting rights..!/adndotcom/statuses/176884693755633665

Fisherman to Forest Service: Grow Jobs, Protect Fish in Tongass
Date:  03/01/2012
Contact: Paula Dobbyn, Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program - (907) 230-1513,
Fishermen to Forest Service: Grow Jobs, Protect Fish in America's Salmon Forest
Group Asks Obama Administration, Congress to Strengthen Conservation and Restoration of Salmon and Trout Watersheds in Tongass National ForestJuneau, A.K. — A group of Alaska commercial fishermen, anglers, guides, naturalists and tour operators are in Washington, D.C., this week to advocate for more conservation and restoration of fish habitat in the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The group, together with Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program, and Sitka Conservation Society, is meeting with key lawmakers and agency leaders to seek critical changes in the management of America's largest national forest, a top producer of wild salmon. They want conservation of critical salmon habitat and watershed restoration to become higher priorities for the U.S. Forest Service in Southeast Alaska. The group is also delivering dozens of letters from individual fishermen asking the Forest Service to make salmon a priority in the Tongass....

Senator Begich Addresses the Alaska Legislature 03/05/12
Members of the Alaska Legislature received a congressional update Monday from Alaska's Junior U.S. Senator. KDLG's Mike Mason listened in and filed this report. (3:36).... //

Klamath chinook run could set a record
March 02, 2012
By Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune
More than 1.6 million fall chinook salmon are in the ocean and finning their way toward Northern California's Klamath River, and that's the best news Southern Oregon offshore anglers could hear this year. It's the highest estimate of Klamath chinook in at least 31 years, and perhaps the highest since biologists began estimating chinook numbers off the Southern Oregon and Northern California coast to set annual recreational and commercial fishing seasons...

FIS - Worldnews - Catch shares resulting in higher revenues for West Coast fishers...!/haulinggear/status/177041864027942913