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#RadioChatter #03-08-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Scientist helps others escape the ivory tower
Written on March 7, 2012
When University of Washington scientists Ray Hilborn and Daniel Schindler studied the Bristol Bay salmon runs, they wanted to communicate to policy makers and the public the importance of what they found.
The reason Bristol Bay has the best sockeye run in the world is largely because of the variety of ecological niches the species occupies and the varied life cycles the fish have developed as a result, they wrote in a paper published in the journal Nature.
“They found a metaphor to describe that – it is like having a portfolio on the stock market,” said Nancy Baron, “They called it the Portfolio Effect when they published their study in Nature. If we want a population of any animal to survive climate change, we can’t predict which stock will boom or bust so you have to have a range of them. If you have a range of stocks within a population it is more likely to survive.”...

NMFS prepares for seine permit buyback vote
by Deanna Garrison
March 7, 2012 5:46 PM
A handful of seiners and processors attended an informational meeting in Ketchikan Wednesday on a fleet reduction proposal. Owners of 379 Southeast seine permits will vote this spring on whether to take out a $13.1 million loan to purchase 64 permits. The buyback program would reduce the total number of Southeast seine permits to 315.... /// KTN Daily (password req.)..

Fishing and restoration are growth industries the Tongass Forest needs
Posted: March 8, 2012 - 12:11am
According to Alaska Fish and Game, the ex-vessel value of salmon caught commercially in Southeast Alaska in 2011 exceeded that of all other regions, including Bristol Bay ,for the first time since statehood. Across all gear groups, the commercial salmon harvest topped $200 million. Salmon and trout contributed nearly a billion dollars in economic impact over all last year to Southeast Alaska. They contribute to...

ComFish Agenda Ranges from Salmon Markets to Mining Perspectives
ComFish Alaska, Kodiak’s annual commercial fisheries forum and trade show, set for April 12-14, will cover a range of topics this year, from salmon market trends and new safety regulations to perspectives on the Chuitna coal and Pebble mine projects. University of Alaska Anchorage fisheries economist Gunnar Knapp will deliver a 20 year...

Bethel "State of Our Salmon" Summit Looks at Decline of Western Alaska King Salmon Runs
March 07, 2012|by KTUU Staff
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A three-day “State of Our Salmon” summit is underway in Bethel, hosted by the Association of Village Council Presidents, a regional organization that represents more than 50 tribes....

Chinook Salmon Endowment Fund Considered by the Alaska Legislature 03/07/12
The Fisheries Committee in the Alaska House considered and approved a bill last week that would create a special endowment fund to help pay for research and restoration efforts for king salmon in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (7:42)...

Alaska Crab Fisheries Enter Peer Review Stage
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute says that Alaska’s crab fisheries have entered the peer review stage for FAO-based responsible fisheries management certification. The review will include Bering Sea/Aleutian Island king and snow crab, Bristol Bay red king crab, St. Matthew blue king crab, and Eastern Bering Sea snow crab commercial fisheries....

Sick seal near Yakutat shows possible spread of disease
Federal scientists said Wednesday that a nearly bald, lethargic seal recovered from the southeast Alaska coast showed the same symptoms of a disease that sickened ringed seals and Pacific walrus on the state's north coast last year... (comment)

Fukushima Disaster Tested Alaska's Radiation Monitoring Capability, Says New Report
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Wed March 7, 2012
Nearly a year ago, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan suffered a catastrophic meltdown after being damaged by a tsunami. In the wake of that disaster, the federal government put their radiation monitoring into gear and tracked fallout levels at 167 sites across the country. Now, the United States Geological Survey has issued a report releasing their final data, and as expected, some of the highest levels of radiation were detected at Alaska sites....

NPFMC Takes Up Salmon Bycatch, GOA Cod Issues
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has set aside 12 hours of its schedule for its spring meeting in Anchorage March 28-April 3 to deal with the contentious issue of chum salmon caught incidentally to groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. Also on the agenda, which is online at, is a 10-hour slot for habitat conservation issues, eight hours for halibut issues, including final action to allow Area 4B fish-up, and six hours for Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod issues. The last will include an updated...

Fuel Spill Contained in False Pass 03/07/12...
A fuel spill has been contained in False Pass. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:05)......

GCI has a great new store in Kenai...
Posted: March 7, 2012 - 9:41am
GCI has a new store in Kenai next to McDonalds and at last months grand opening over 100 Kenai customers stopped in for free phones, pizza and information on all of GCI's services. "We really appreciate the tremendous turn out and show of support for our new location in Kenai, and the fun thing was that all the door prizes were won by local customers," said....

Kodiak: Local Commerical Radio Station Changes Format
Mar 7, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Even though you're listening to public radio KMXT right now, we understand if your radio dial strays once in a while. If it happens to stray up the dial one notch to KRXX, you'll find a new music format. Gone is "Jack FM," which has been replaced by "Hot 101.1." Chuck Wright is the operations manager at Kodiak Island Broadcasting, which owns KRXX as well as country station KVOK. He says the new format should appeal to a broader audience than Jack FM did:...

FIS - Worldnews - Another US retailer vows to stop selling seafood from the Ross Sea...!/haulinggear/status/177769507299917827

FIS - Worldnews - ISA detected at Nova Scotia fish farm!/haulinggear/status/177769293742743552

#Alaska #HaulingGear - Juneau Empire - Retweets becoming digital version of autographs!/haulinggear/status/177765558350118913

Friday Night Fish
By CHRISTOPHER ORLET on 3.8.12 @ 6:07AM
Pigging out at the weekly fish fry....

National Parks Street View-style trails goes live, avoids the Google cars (video)
By Mat Smith  posted Mar 8th 2012 9:02AM...

Caterpillar launches CAT B10 rugged smartphone (hands-on)
By Aaron Souppouris on March 8, 2012 08:20 am
Caterpillar has announced the CAT B10, a new IP67-certified rugged Android smartphone that it hopes will contend with the likes of the Motorola Defy+ and the Samsung Rugby Smart. We spent some time with the B10 at CeBIT and attempted to put its ruggedness to the test. Caterpillar is better known for its construction equipment than for making phones, but we weren't able to find out who actually makes the device. The phone will...

iPhoto for iOS Not Using Google Maps [Updated]
Posted on March 7, 2012 in Apple, Google
Whatever map tiles are in iPhoto for iOS, they don’t look like Google Maps:...

Man Killed in Accident Aboard the "Alaska Juris" Identified
By GW Rastopsoff | Alaska Native News 03/07/2012 01:57:00...

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