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#RadioChatter #03-12-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Southeast Seiners cull permit holders
Self-imposed reduction shrinks permit holders to 315
Posted: March 12, 2012 - 12:00am
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association National Marine Fisheries Service held a series of public informational meetings in Seattle and Southeast Alaska to discuss capacity reduction of the Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon fishery...

Alaska seafood industry fears new State Department visa rules
Program's changes could leave processors in the state without sufficient workers.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: March 11th, 2012 10:14 PM
Last Modified: March 11th, 2012 10:15 PM
WASHINGTON -- The State Department is moving to halt visas that allow foreign students to work in U.S. manufacturing jobs, which Alaska seafood processors say could create an employment crisis going into the summer season...

Alaska Senator Mark Begich stated the lack of overtime pay affected seafood workers. (Photo: USSenatorMarkBegich/PSPA/FIS)
New visa rules would wreak havoc on Alaska's seafood sector
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 00:50 (GMT + 9)
Alaska’s State Department is working to halt visas that allow foreign students to work in national manufacturing jobs to avoid an employment crisis in anticipation of the summer season.  This overhaul of the J-1 Summer Work Travel programme follows reports of abuse including brutal sweatshop conditions for paltry pay in various parts of the country. Glen Reed of the Pacific Seafood Processors Association said the programme allows 4,000-5,000 foreign students to work in the Alaska seafood industry each summer. Smaller seafood processing companies hire half their workers this way and then scramble to find replacements...

District Court upholds Steller sea lion protections
Posted 03/11/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess has upheld protections for the western population of Steller sea lions, but ordered federal fisheries officials to prepare an environmental impact statement to allow for more public input on the issue. Burgess handed down his decision March 5 in Anchorage, giving the National Marine Fisheries Service a deadline of March 2, 2014 to complete the EIS. The court said that NMFS must file quarterly status reports indicating whether it is on schedule and...

Ocean sciences team competes in Seward
by kfskadmin
March 9, 2012 11:03 am
A team of Petersburg high schoolers took first place in the presentation category at the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl in Seward last weekend. The statewide competition pits teams against each other in a quiz bowl. It also requires teams to write a research paper and present their findings at the annual event. Petersburg’s team of five students and two coaches called themselves the “Cexy Cnidarians”. The team researched a “Southeast Alaska Inside Waters Management Plan of Walleye Pollock.” Joe Viechnicki spoke with the team about the competition and their work....

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Nokia Lumia Windows 8 Tab Coming Later This Year?
posted 3 hours ago
Nokia and Microsoft, sitting in a tree. K.I.S.S.i.n.g. First came WinPhone, then comes ARM tabs, then comes a baby in a baby carriage! If an unconfirmed Digitimes report is to be believed, Nokia is set to release a 10-inch Windows 8 tablet later this year. The report says the tab would hit the streets sometime in the fourth quarter, which would likely make it among...

Nuclear Since Fukushima
By WILLIAM TUCKER from the MARCH 2012 issue
One year later, there have be no casualties from radiation. But will the worldwide Nuclear Renaissance revive?
It was one year ago that a 9.0 earthquake hit Japan and its eastern Fukushima province and buried whatever hopes there might have been for a worldwide Nuclear Renaissance. The Achilles' heel of nuclear, of course, is that despite its stellar safety record and statistical standing as the least dangerous way of generating electricity, there is always the specter of that one huge accident that will take a devastating toll and leave some large portion of the earth uninhabitable. Six coal...