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#RadioChatter #03-05-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Full Alaska delegation jumps into J-1 visa issue
Here's an update on our recent report that the State Department might stop granting foreign students J-1 visas to work in U.S. seafood processing plants....

NMFS Meeting Schedule March 5-7...

Fishing vessel refrigeration training coming to Homer on March 27
Published:  05 March, 2012
Most Alaska fishermen know that top-quality seafood—and top prices for their catch—begins with properly chilling their harvest aboard their vessels. As the number of commercial fishermen who refrigerate their catch at sea continues to increase, so too has their need to keep these complicated systems in good repair. A training workshop aimed at helping fishermen understand, troubleshoot and maintain their onboard refrigeration systems will take place in Homer on March 27, 2012, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Kachemak Gear Shed/Redden Marine, located on East End Road....

Mixing politics and fisheries management toxic to fish
Halibut decision 'fails'
By Christina Burridge, Vancouver Sun March 5, 2012...

Letters: Alaska mining project lesson for Wisconsin
11:13 PM, Mar. 4, 2012
As the ice begins to melt and fishermen and women across Wisconsin turn their focus to the upcoming trout season, I'm reminded of the trip I made several years ago to southwest Alaska to fish on Talarik Creek near Bristol Bay....

Shell oil drilling rig set for trip to Arctic
Landmark voyage will presage a new era in energy development.
Los Angeles Times
Published: March 4th, 2012 10:18 PM
Last Modified: March 4th, 2012 10:19 PM
SEATTLE -- Amid the tangle of towering steel, heavy cranes and overcast skies of Seattle's busy commercial shipyards, Shell Oil's massive Kulluk drilling rig is preparing to push off for the Arctic Ocean....

The Privacy Problem: We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us
JOHN BIGGSposted 35 mins ago...
This morning I was ready to bust some heads. I got a text message at about 8:39 from Highlight, the hot new social network thing that will disappear once everyone digests the last of their brisket on the plane ride home from SXSW. The SMS was was pretty innocuous (“Download the app!”) but it included a list of 141 phone numbers. Had iOS been able to handle sending messages to 141 people at the same time, I could have made a lot of fun new friends this morning by texting a bunch of ridiculous stuff.....

Volt Sleeps With the Fishes
By ERIC PETERS on 3.5.12 @ 6:06AM
It might as well have been a Trabant.
GM has just announced it will be idling the plant (and the 1,300 workers at that plant) where the "game changing" Chevy Volt electric car is -- uh, was -- built. GM says it's only temporary -- until they figure out how to "align production with demand.".....

FIS - Worldnews - Norway: DNA tracing for escaped farmed salmon #SupplyChain!/haulinggear/status/176690781074100224