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#RadioChatter #03-09-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Why Alaska must defend rights on navigable waters
Sean Parnell | Mar 08, 2012
Once you start losing your rights, you never get them back. Erosion of Alaska’s rights is playing out in federal court over how a person may use state navigable waters in national parks or preserves.Alaskan John Sturgeon sued the federal government after being told he could no longer use a hovercraft on these waters. Last month, the U.S. District Court approved the State of Alaska’s request to intervene in the case on behalf of Sturgeon. For nearly two decades, Sturgeon plied the Yukon River and its tributary the Nation River through the National Park Service’s Yukon-Charley Preserve. There, he hunted moose and enjoyed a traditional lifestyle afforded under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, or ANILCA. But a newly-invoked federal regulation that sat on the books virtually unused for more than a decade suddenly stripped Sturgeon of those rights. As written in 1980, ANILCA recognizes – and explicitly protects – Alaska’s sovereign title to its lands and waters, and its responsibility to manage them. ANILCA specifically ensures continued public access for..

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 7:18am by   Mike Opelka
School lunch programs have been in the spotlight recently. Just last week, the Blaze posted two stories about a North Carolina school where the food police were aggressively monitoring lunches that parents give to their children. Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama lead a very public campaign to announce that healthier foods would be coming to school cafeterias and military mess halls. Today, many parents will be questioning the wisdom of a government-controlled school lunch program. Why? Because the Feds have announced that the USDA is buying seven million pounds of something that is affectionately known as “pink slime.”..

Years ago: Bay Borough to discuss super borough with city
March 9th 4:16 am | Jim Paulin
June 5th, 1992
DILLINGHAM — The Dillingham City Council remains interested in a super borough even though it would essentially eliminate the Bristol Bay Borough. The Bristol Bay Borough Assembly, on the other hand, isn't pleased with the prospect o fits 30 -year-old borough, the state's oldest, being dissolved and folded into a super borough. The Dillingham council agreed to Bristol Bay Borough Manager Ed Pefferman's request for a meeting between the city council and borough assembly. "By having this meeting, we might...

Marine Stewardship Council certification worth the trouble for Alaska fisheries
Allison Bidlack | Mar 08, 2012
Lately, the seafood world has been abuzz with the news that the Alaska salmon industry has pulled out of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification process, after much negotiation and debate. This means that after this season, Alaskan salmon will no longer carry the globally-recognized MSC sustainability logo, and will rely instead on a new certification by the Ireland-based firm, Global Trust. What does this mean for global seafood sustainability and why should this matter to Alaskans? The MSC, based in London with offices all over the world, has been the global leader in independent seafood sustainability certification for over a decade. The council’s fisheries assessments are thorough, open to the......

NMFS: Buyback vote soon
By SCOTT BOWLEN Daily News Staff Writer The National Marine Fisheries Service expects to mail referendum ballots regarding the proposed Southeast Alaska commercial purse seine capacity reduction program to all holders of the current 379 state limited entry permit holders by the end of March. (Password req.)..

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Coming up this week, potential changes to the foreign student work program could mean big trouble for Alaska's canneries this summer; longliners and the charter fleet reach a rare compromise in Southeast; and the Fish Board chairman said there was nothing improper with his accepting room and board for a meeting in his own town. We had help from Coast Alaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Ketchikan, FishRadio's Stephanie Mangini in Kodiak, and KFSK's Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.....

OPINION: Letter to the editor: Don't let pebble take it free
March 9th 4:11 am | Ray Metcalfe
Developers of Pebble mine have promised jobs to residents of Bristol Bay if the residents of Bristol Bay will let them extract and sell metals estimated to be worth over $400 billion. However if the residents of Bristol Bay take steps now to insure that they get their fair share of that $400 billion, they wont need jobs....

Icicle on its way to acquiring Snopac
March 9th 4:17 am | Hannah Heimbuch
Major seafood processor Icicle Seafoods, Inc. announced last Wednesday that it has entered into a preliminary agreement to purchase Snopac Products, Inc. Both companies have significant operations in the Bristol Bay salmon and other North Pacific fisheries, and process millions of pounds of sockeye every summer. Bristol Bay Borough Mayor Dan O'Hara noted that this consolidation, one of many the bay has seen in recent years, has the ups and downs inherent in the industry.
"One of the good things that comes from it is Icicle is doing quite well...

Seafood Processors Could Take a Hard Hit from New J-1 Visa Laws
Could affect number of foreign students working in Alaska
By Kate McPherson
Story Created: Mar 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM AKST
ALASKA - Many seafood processors in Alaska rely on foreign students to fill their seasonal employment needs.
Now there is uncertainty in the industry because of proposed changes to the foreign worker visa program. These changes could take effect as soon as this spring.
The federal government wants to remove some jobs offered to foreign students who want to work in the U.S. on a J-1 visa. They include jobs in factories and manufacturing, a potential change that could hit Alaska’s seafood processors hard....

Scientists Concerned About Reduced Funding for Tsunami Monitoring
Stephanie Joyce/KUCB
The federal government is proposing at least a million dollar reduction in funding for tsunami programs in Alaska.  The agency in charge says the cuts are necessary and won't hurt the state's tsunami preparedness, but some scientists and officials disagree.  They say the reduction in funding will weaken Alaska's tsunami programs and leave the state's coastal communities at risk....

Sitka herring seiners in line for huge haul... — 28,829 tons..

Beaver Round-Up Parade 03/08/12
Dillingham's annual "Beaver Round-Up" celebration kicked off Wednesday and it will run through Sunday. KDLG's Jason Sear watched the annual Round-up parade and filed this story. (1:24)...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Story last updated at 3/7/2012 - 11:43 am
Free training offered in Hydaburg, Ketchikan
Capital City Weekly
The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a one-day, 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course in on March 10 at Hydaburg City School. A similar course will be offered in Ketchikan on March 23 and 24 at the University of Alaska Southeast campus, room 305.....

FIS - Verlasso, the world's first provider of “harmoniously raised fish,” continues its rollout on the west coast..!/haulinggear/status/178108096667852800

FIS - Worldnews - Federal Fishing Advisory Board in the works...!/haulinggear/status/178107628692578305

Facebook posts help lead to Fairbanks robbery arrest
by Andrew Sheeler/For the News-Miner
Mar 08, 2012
FAIRBANKS — Anything you say on Facebook can and will be used against you in a court of law. A Fairbanks man charged with committing four muggings discovered that this week when the state entered his posts as evidence.....

Japan barely improves nuclear regulatory system
Associated Press
Mar 9, 4:38 AM EST
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Right after three reactors in northeastern Japan sank into meltdowns, the government vowed to sever the cozy relations between the nuclear industry and its regulators. One year later, it has yet to even appoint committee members to scrutinize the "revolving door" of officials landing jobs in the very industries they regulate....

Japan buoys reach Sitka, may not be from tsunami
Posted: March 9, 2012 - 12:04am
SITKA — A number of Japanese- manufactured buoys turned up on Sitka’s beaches last weekend, sparking speculation that they might have been washed to sea by the tsunami in Japan one year ago. But experts tracking beach debris in Alaska say it’s too early to say whether they originated with the tsunami, or are sea-bound flotsam of the kind that regularly ends up on Alaskan beaches...

In wired generation, students like paper for campus news
As editions disappear, so do dollars
By Daniel Jackson -The Washington Times Thursday, March 8, 2012
Students at Doane College in Crete, Neb., come from their classes and dorms, pick up their lunches and proceed to step back in time. The millennials seek out an honest-to-goodness, dead-tree, processed-pulp newspaper, handed out by the paper’s staff, to catch the midday dining rush. “It’s strange. These kids are walking around with iPhones and iPads, and they are looking for the college paper,” said David Swartzlander, newspaper adviser to the Doane Owl and president of the College Media Advisers, a national organization supporting college news publications. The Owl is not unique. For students raised on iPads, Kindles and Twitter, college newspapers are proving surprisingly durable, even as their real-world cousins face intense market pressures...

Seiko watch with built-in GPS will change timezones automatically (video)
By Aaron Souppouris on March 9, 2012 05:32 am
Seiko has announced the Astron GPS Solar wristwatch, which it claims is the first watch to change timezones automatically anywhere in the world. The watch uses GPS satellites to triangulate its position and change the time to one of thirty-nine official timezones, as well as keeping precise time when you're not traveling. By default, it only....

New iPad 4G LTE incompatible with networks outside North America
By Mikey Campbell
Published: 08:00 PM EST (05:00 PM PST)
Despite being labeled a '4G LTE-capable' device, Apple's third generation iPad will likely be incompatible with the radio frequencies supporting the wireless technology outside of the U.S. and Canada...

OPINION: From the Editor: Facebook provides forum for local activism
March 9th 3:46 am | Carey Restino
In my circle, I get a good deal of flack for my Facebook addiction. It's true, I love it. As a single mom, sitting at home at the end of the day, it is nice to touch base with an adult or two and see what's happening in the exciting worlds of my jet-setting friends — the ones who don't spend time deliberating about peanut butter brands.
But Facebook goes way beyond that in today's world. It's a way for like-minded people to connect and share information, and because of that, it's also becoming a tool for grassroots political activism.....

Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid breaks down
By Consumer Reports Staff | – 14 hours ago
Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken. We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a....

Wasilla girl wins state spelling bee with 'megahertz'
Daily News staff
Published: March 9th, 2012 05:14 AM
Last Modified: March 9th, 2012 05:14 AM
Taia Fagerstrom, a seventh-grader at Teeland Middle School in Wasilla, won the Alaska State Spelling Bee in the 12th round on Thursday by correctly spelling the word "megahertz."....

Government-subsidized green light bulb carries costly price tag
By Peter Whoriskey, Published: March 8
The U.S. government last year announced a $10 million award, dubbed the “L Prize,” for any manufacturer that could create a “green” but affordable light bulb. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the prize would spur industry to offer the costly bulbs, known as LEDs, at prices “affordable for American families.” There was also a “Buy America” component. Portions of the bulb would have to be made in the United States.....

March 8, 2012
Google Remixes Old Campaigns, Adding a Dash of Digital Tools
GOOGLE is going all Marty McFly on Madison Avenue, sponsoring a back-to-the-future project that reimagines classic campaigns from the “Mad Men” age for modern sensibilities — and technologies. The project, to be announced on Friday at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference and Festival in Austin, Tex., involves an internal team at Google; an advertising agency that works for Google, Johannes Leonardo, part of WPP; and creators of the original campaigns from the 1960s and 1970s....

Report: U.S. forces vulnerable to Chinese cyberattack
By Shaun Waterman-The Washington Times Thursday, March 8, 2012
In a future war with the United States, China likely would first use cyberweapons to attack computer networks of U.S. forces in the Pacific rather than strike with conventional arms, according to a congressional report Thursday. The cyberattacks would aim to disrupt the electronic systems on which U.S. Pacific Command relies for communications, command and resupply, impeding its ability to fight back against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), says a report for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.....

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