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#RadioChatter #03-04-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Fish board rejects Taku River fishery changes
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 3, 2012 4:21 pm
Sport anglers will not get to fish for king salmon in the Taku River. And personal-use fishermen won’t be able to use dipnets or have a longer sockeye season....

Gill-net only for W. Behm
By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer Deliberations resumed in earnest Friday as the Alaska Board of Fisheries continued its meeting in Ketchikan. Board members voted 4-3 to make the West Behm Canal commercial herring sac roe fishery open only to the gillnet herring fleet, ending the gillnet-seine rotation established in 2003. Read more... (password req.)

NOAA to hold public meetings on Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery
March 03, 2012
(SitNews) - NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service will hold a series of public informational meetings with Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon permit holders and interested individuals. The Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery is a commercial fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters. It encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC)....

Gulf oil spill
Unlike Exxon Valdez, fishermen swiftly settle with BP over Gulf oil spill
Patrik Jonsson | The Christian Science Monitor | Mar 03, 2012
Gulf of Mexico fishermen battered by the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil spill suddenly settled a major class-action lawsuit against BP on Friday, agreeing to what's likely to be a $7.8 billion payout in return for dropping the litigation....

NOAA says cuts won't affect tsunami alerts
The Associated Press
KODIAK, Alaska — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the cuts planned for its tsunami warning network won't affect emergency alerts....

A comeback
The Alaska cruise ship industry is coming back in the wake of tax relief, with the passenger count expected to increase 50,000 this season. More than 842,000 cruise-ship passengers are expected in 2012, according to the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. Ketchikan anticipates 36 ships calling at its port and a total of 471 calls. The Star Princess, a Princess Cruises ship, is returning to the line-up of ships calling here. With the capacity for 2,600 passengers, it will make 19 calls with possibly an estimated 49,400 passengers for the season. When it comes to the big ships, Holland America Line also is upping the numbers with increased sailings into Alaska in 2012....

University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology Program 
to Offer Class to High School Students Across Alaska
March 03, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Tremendous career opportunities in the fisheries sector await high school graduates, yet many Alaskan high school students are unaware of them. An exciting new class offered by the UAS Fisheries Technology Program is aimed at introducing young men and women to fisheries careers. The class will expose students to the various fishing sectors in Alaska such as fisheries management, fish....

AT&T urging customers to upgrade to 3G, possibly killing off 2G
By Terrence O'Brien  posted Mar 4th 2012 2:39AM
In a move that is sure to surprise no one, it appears AT&T is getting ready to send its trusty 2G GSM network riding off into the sunset. MarketWatch is reporting that some Ma Bell customers have received letters, urging them to upgrade to a.... ///

Biobrick Manufacturing Facility in Wrangell Explored
March 03, 2012
(SitNews) Wrangell, Alaska – A growing coalition of groups and businesses are working together to develop a biofuel manufacturing facility in the Southeast island community of Wrangell. Space heating with biofuels is a key recommendation of the recently released draft Southeast Integrated Resource Plan, and with a near 50 percent increase in load on the hydropower system over the past 5 years due to oil to electric boiler conversions, Wrangell residents are looking for local solutions that can create jobs and keep home heating affordable......

Energy Department Announces Small Modular Reactor Technology Partnerships at Savannah River Site
March 2, 2012 - 10:27am
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Energy Department and its Savannah River Site (SRS) announced today three public-private partnerships to develop deployment plans for small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technologies at SRS facilities, near Aiken, South Carolina. As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to advancing the next generation of nuclear reactor technologies and breaking down the technical and economic barriers to deployment, these Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) will help leverage Savannah River’s land assets, energy facilities and nuclear expertise to support potential private sector development, testing and licensing of prototype SMR technologies....

Scientists launch probe on spread of toxic mercury in Arctic Ocean
Alex DeMarban | Mar 02, 2012
A phenomenon Arctic explorers long relied on for drinking water on the frozen ocean is linked to the latest bad news -- as well as a silver lining -- accompanying climate change. The freshwater trick those ancient travelers capitalized on is this: The surface of old sea ice is a source of freshwater because the saltwater brine it contains melts downward over the years, leaving desalinated water on top....

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