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#RadioChatter #03-10-2012 Comfish News Roundup

PSP sidelines dive fleet
by Deanna Garrison
March 8, 2012 2:35 PM
The local commercial dive fleet is sitting out yet another geoduck opening due to high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning. The closures come at a time when geoduck prices are at all-time highs.
Last summer, some of the highest concentrations of paralytic shellfish toxins ever recorded were found in scientific samples collected around Ketchikan. Problems with PSP extended into the fall and winter, when commercial divers harvest geoducks. Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Association Executive Director Phil Dougherty says the dive fishery has been forced to sit out three straight openings this season due to PSP...

Lt. governor certifies coastal management initiative
Associated Press
Published: March 9th, 2012 10:37 PM
Last Modified: March 9th, 2012 10:37 PM
A citizens' initiative to establish a coastal management program has been certified for the ballot but it might not be needed....

Fri March 9, 2012
Bangun Perkasa Case Moves Forward
By Stephanie Joyce
Five months after its seizure, the stateless fishing vessel Bangun Perkasa is still tied up at the dock in Unalaska - but not for much longer.  Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge formally declared the vessel unclaimed.  Now the government will seek forfeiture so the Bangun Perkasa can be sold – either for scrap or at auction.  When the Coast Guard intercepted the Bangun Perkasa on the high seas last year, the boat was setting a drift net.  Frequently referred to as ‘curtains of death’, drift nets are indiscriminate in their harvest and detrimental to ocean ecosystems.  They’re also illegal on the high seas, so the crew of the Bangun Perkasa tried to cut their net and flee the Coast Guard.....

The big show
The place to be this weekend is Boston.
The International Boston Seafood Show, running Sunday through Tuesday, is a giant exhibition — one that many in Alaska's fishing industry find well worth the transcontinental flight....

Seattle Blessing of the Fleet
Sun Mar 18, 2012

Alaskan Activist’s Hunger Strike to Aid Hungry Children (Video)
by Jaelithe JudyMarch 9, 20123:30 pm
Kokayi Nosakhere has dedicated his career to fighting child poverty and hunger in Alaska. He spent a year as an Outreach Assistant at the Anchorage Urban League, and worked four years as the Food Bank of Alaska Food Stamp Outreach Coordinator. But this February he took the fight to a new level, committing to a personal hunger strike in Juneau to protest the Alaskan state legislature’s failure to take action on a bill that would help feed tens of thousands of hungry children statewide. Here’s a video statement from Noshakhere:....

Thu, 8 March, 2012
Iridium Expects Hosted-payload Agreement by June
By Peter B. de Selding
PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Iridium Communications reported a 10 percent increase in revenue for 2011 and said it is close to announcing an arrangement to provide air traffic management support via hosted payloads aboard its second-generation satellite constellation. Iridium said its revenue increase included a 12 percent jump in service revenue and that the services portion of its business should grow by an average of at least 9 percent annually through 2015. The company said its net debt, which will climb through 2015 to up to five times its operating cash flow as it finances its $3 billion second-generation satellite constellation, will begin to drop substantially starting in 2016....

BC: Herring spawn sends fishers out into the Strait
Pacific Herring are here in the Strait of Georgia to spawn, and dozens of fishing boats are out to catch as many of the small fish as they are allowed. Comox Harbour was packed with commercial fishermen earlier this week as the Pacific Roe Herring Fishery opened for business. Between 30 and 40 fishing vessels were out on the water, many plainly visible from Goose Spit casting their nets....

Weekly Address: Investing in a Clean Energy Future
Published on Mar 10, 2012 by whitehouse
Speaking from a factory in Virginia, President Obama talks about how companies are creating more jobs in the United States, making better products than ever before, and how many are developing new technologies that are reducing our dependence on foreign oil and saving families money at the pump. (video)

Cold War Tech: Soviet Torpedo Trawlers
March 9th, 2012
Thought I’d give you some secret Soviet Cold War tech for this Friday morning. The ship above looks like an innocent little ex-Soviet fishing trawler. You know, the innocent trawlers that were always fishing within sight of U.S. warships. Fishing for intelligence, that is, boom! (Sorry, it was so bad I couldn’t resist.)....

This is my next: the Nokia Lumia 900
By Chris Ziegler on March 9, 2012 01:19 pm
This is my next is a special feature where editors of The Verge sound off on their latest deep, dark desires from the world of technology. "If you think Windows Phone is so great, why aren't you using it?" I'm often asked...

Seismic hazards: Japan earthquake and other tectonic surprises challenge scientific assumptions
By Joel Achenbach, Published: March 9
What happened last March 11 wasn’t supposed to be possible. The seismic hazard maps didn’t entertain the idea of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the Tohoku coast of Japan. But the Earth paid no heed to scientific orthodoxy. A massive slab of the planet’s crust lurched 180 feet to the east. It rose about 15 feet, lifted the ocean and tipped the Pacific’s waters onto the Japanese coast....