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#RadioChatter #03-14-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Down in Juneau, state legislators are thinking about creating a special endowment to fund Chinook research. Supporters say runs of Chinook, or king, salmon have declined around Alaska, and something must be done to restore the iconic fish....

Spring brings fresh halibut, but prices might be steep
Daily News correspondent
Published: March 14th, 2012 05:31 AM
Last Modified: March 14th, 2012 05:32 AM
Spring is less than a week away.
In Alaska, the coming of spring - even with mounds of snow still covering the ground - means fresh halibut. Halibut season opens Saturday....

Fish Factor
Alaska's fish hatcheries
March 13, 2012
(SitNews) - Home grown salmon are Alaska’s largest crop – but don’t ever refer to it as farming. Whereas farmed fish are crammed into closed pens or cages until they’re ready for market, Alaska salmon begin their lives in one of 35 hatcheries and are released as fingerlings to the sea.  When the fish return home, they make up a huge part of Alaska’s total salmon catch. The state’s annual report on its fisheries enhancement programs show that last year, hatchery returns and harvests were down by more than half from 2010, when a record 77 million hatchery salmon were caught when returning to their home hatcheries. That added up to a whopping...

Tue March 13, 2012
Fishing Remains Deadliest Profession in Alaska
By Stephanie Joyce
Despite significant improvements since the early 90s, fishing is still the most deadly profession in Alaska, according to a new report from the state’s Department of Labor. Sara Verrelli is a research analyst in charge of the state’s occupational fatality census.  She says fishing has made up 30 percent of all workplace deaths in Alaska since 1992, when the census began.  That’s a much higher rate than any other industry....

"Business of Fish" Workshops Coming to Dillingham and Naknek
Commercial fishermen from around the Bristol Bay region are invited to a couple of day-long workshops intended to help them navigate through the business of fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:32)...

Alaskan fishermen tell government to focus on salmon, not logging
Jeremy Hance
Alaskan fishermen and tour operators visited Washington D.C. last week to urge the federal government to shift the focus from logging to conservation in the Tongass rainforest. Local Alaskans along with NGOs Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program, and Sitka Conservation Society, made the case that conservation, including the restoration of fish habitat, was a far better strategy for the local economy and jobs than logging. The Tongass rainforest is currently the subject of a controversial logging proposal by the government for the indigenous-owned company, Sealaska....

Lost fisherman’s “thing was the ocean,” father says
Posted by Jonathan Martin on March 12, 2012 at 12:27 PM
On Wednesday morning, Luke Jensen texted his father from 10 miles out at sea, west of Long Beach. Jensen, 22, had landed a last-minute spot on the crew of the Lady Cecelia, a 70-foot fishing trawler based in Warrenton, Ore. “Hopefully I’ll make an impression and can stay on,” he wrote to his father, David Jensen. The Lady Cecelia, with four people aboard, sent a distress signal at early Saturday morning. A Coast Guard search found debris, an oil sheen and a fully inflated but empty life raft, but no sign of the men. The search was suspended Sunday, with the men presumed dead....

JuneauTek : Gifts from the Sea: Fisher Poets 2012, part 1!/haulinggear/status/179695234064715778

Food fight: CO2 makes us fatter
Posted on March 13, 2012 by Anthony Watts
Well, this is amusing. But, after looking at some numbers on food production, it may simply be that CO2 is helping us grow more food. And what happens when a well fed population has more food? It eats it of course. The caveat is that correlation is not always causation, the Green Revolution (the agricultural one, not the crazy one) and Norman Borlaug had a lot to do with this too....

AT&T seeks to settle _ quietly _ with iPhone user
AP Technology Writer
NEW YORK — AT&T is offering to discuss a settlement to an iPhone user who won a small-claims case that alleged the company was slowing down his "unlimited" data service. A law firm retained by AT&T Inc. also threatened in a letter dated Friday to shut off Matthew Spaccarelli's phone service if he doesn't sit down to talk....

'Encyclopaedia Britannica' officially out of print, going online-only after 244 years
By Dante D'Orazio on March 13, 2012 09:31 pm...

FIS - Worldnews - Supervalu partners up with GAA for 'sustainable' seafood!/haulinggear/status/179935038597640193