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#RadioChatter #03-15-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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Top rookie: Salmon-fueled Sass is a musher to watch
Posted by iditarodblog
Anchorage Daily News
Posted: March 14, 2012 - 5:37 pm
From Kyle Hopkins in Nome --
Running the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is normally a surefire weight-loss plan. Lose 19 pounds in nine days! But despite constant pedaling and ski-poling from the runners of his sled, Eureka musher Brent Sass looked in the mirror today and realized he’d actually packed on pounds during the 975-mile marathon from Willow to Nome.... (video)

That's fishy: Feds fight fraud in seafood sizes
Associated Press
BOSTON — Those plump and tempting scallops behind the fish counter glass might be a lot smaller than they look — a sodium-based compound can bloat scallops well past their actual size. And that pollock fillet isn't such a good deal if the price includes the layers of ice glazed onto it to keep it fresh. This "overglazing" rips off consumers, as does so-called "soaking" of scallops, which can also alter the taste of the shellfish. At the International Boston Seafood Show this week, a top federal seafood quality officer announced his agency was increasing efforts to stop these and other types of seafood fraud. "We've decided we're going to take on the economic fraud concern," said Steven Wilson, chief quality officer at the National Marine Fisheries Service's seafood inspection program. Perhaps the best known kind of seafood fraud is...

Vigor now does vast majority of AMHS work
by Deanna Garrison
March 14, 2012 2:30 PM
The sale of Ketchikan-based Alaska Ship and Drydock to Portland, Oregon-based Vigor Industrial could present new issues for the Alaska Marine Highway. With the acquisition of ASD, Vigor now operates seven shipyards in the Northwest, three of which happen to service most of the Marine Highway’s fleet of 11 ferries. Vigor Industrial owns the largest shipyards in the Northwest, including the 60-acre Swan Island shipyard in Portland and the Harbor Island facility in Seattle. In February, the company finalized its purchase of Alaska Ship and Drydock, which operates the state-owned Ketchikan Shipyard. Ferry chief Mike Neussl expects the Marine Highway’s relationship with ASD will not be adversely affected. “We are certainly interested in continuing our good working relationship with Alaska Ship and Drydock, whether it’s owned by a local, Randy Johnson, or whether it’s owned by Vigor Industrial,” Neussl says. “We’re optimistic that we will continue to have a good working relationship with them and that the Alaska Marine Highway fleet will continue to receive top-notch maintenance and support at that shipyard.” While Neussl says there is reason for optimism, he says there are also reasons for concern. Virtually all of the shipyards that the Alaska Marine Highway contracts with... ///// State delivers ferry contract to SE shipyard by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News March 14, 2012 4:18 pm...

Opening up about clams: Scientist’s partnership with Port Graham, Nanwalek finds answers
Written on March 14, 2012
So opened a talk given at the Kachemak Bay Science Fair Friday night at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Elder Nick Tanape, co-author of the book “Imam Cimiucia: Our Changing Sea,” with Anne Salomon and Henry Huntington, spoke in Sugt’stun while Salomon translated. He was asked to speak the language in order to show the importance of Native languages, which are dying out. Halibut are harder than ever to find, Tanape said. “There are so many starfish now, they are taking over the bottom of the ocean. Lots of sharks and skates have shown up too.”....

Mar 13, 2012
State Seeks Input on Winter Ferry ScheduleMaggie Wall/KMXT
Kodiak's primary ferry, the Tustumena, will be out of service from November through mid-April 2013 to complete a major federal improvement project. Kodiak's other ferry, the...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012Last Update: 8:16 AM PT
Native Fish Society Fights Oregon Hatchery
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - Wild salmon in the Sandy River are being overwhelmed by more than 1.3 million hatchery-grown fish the state and federal governments release into the river every year, the Native Fish Society claims in Federal Court. The Native Fish Society claims the Sandy River Hatchery releases the fish to benefit commercial fishing, rather than to conserve vulnerable Pacific Northwest salmon, and that hatchery fish expose wild fish to diseases and compete for resources. The Oregon City-based environmental group claims the National Marine Fisheries Service and Oregon's Fish & Wildlife Department are crowding out wild coho salmon, Chinook salmon, and steelhead trout with hatchery fish, in violation of the Endangered Species Act. The Sandy River is a 56-miles long tributary of the Columbia River, between...

Kerry Bill Would Return Saltonstall-Kennedy Funds to Fishermen
Legislation introduced in the US Senate by Senators John Kerry, D-Mass and Olympia Snow, R-Maine, would restore use of Saltonstall-Kennedy funds to fishermen for fisheries research and development. Similar legislation would be introduced in the US House in March. Kerry wrote in a recent op-ed article published in the Gloucester Times in Massachusetts that the purpose of the legislation is to return the use of Saltonstall-Kennedy funds to fishermen...

Halibut Workshop Slated for April 24-25 in Seattle
A workshop on the methodology and accuracy of the estimation of halibut bycatch is set for April 24-25 in Seattle, to gather more information in advance of final action by federal fisheries managers in June at Kodiak on Gulf of Alaska halibut prohibited species catch. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is expected to take action at that meeting to reduce the prohibited species catch limit. The workshop is a collaborative effort of the council and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. It will broadcast over an Internet website, with presentations for viewing and...

Federal appeals court allows wolf hunts to continue
Published March 14, 2012
Associated Press
BILLINGS, Mont. –  A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit from conservation groups that want to block wolf hunting and trapping that have killed more than 500 of the predators across the Northern Rockies in recent months....

History: The Waterfall Cannery (SE Alaska) first used carrier pigeons to communicate with Ketchikan, then upgraded to radio in the 1930's...

WSJ Says Big Google Search Changes Coming? Reality Check Time!
Mar 15, 2012 at 4:26am ET by Danny Sullivan
The Wall Street Journal is out with a story saying that Google is about to make one of the biggest changes in its history of offering web search, providing more direct answers and gaining “semantic” smarts to understand more about what words mean. I’m scratching my head, since Google already does this. Methinks Google’s PR has exploded in ways it didn’t expect....  More >

Eielson Air Force Base hit with EPA fine
by Matt Buxton
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FAIRBANKS — Eielson Air Force Base has agreed to pay $45,700 for mismanaging hazardous waste from vehicle and aircraft maintenance programs and failing to ensure personnel had proper training, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week....

My Turn: Biomass - is it Southeast Alaska's Energy Solution?
Posted: March 14, 2012 - 12:02am
In recent month we have heard a lot about biomass being the next big economic driver for Southeast Alaska energy and perhaps new life for the timber industry. It’s a favorite among politicians, bureaucrats, environmentalists and the Sealaska Corporation. The state of Alaska is promoting biomass to reduce our dependence on imported fuel oil. The Forest Service is making biomass an integral part of their planned forest restoration economy. Biomass also lets environmentalists openly support development while enforcing the Roadless Rule or seeking more de-facto wilderness via in the Sealaska lands legislation....

February 20, 2012
Global Satellite USA... A Pilot + A Tracker For Maritime (SATCOM) 
[SatNews] Global Satellite USA has launched GSatMicro, powered by, the smallest self-contained satellite tracking device that can track and monitor any asset anywhere in the world, using the Iridium network. The GSatMicro has been built with security in mind and has 256-encryption and measures only 42mm x 51mm x 32mm in size and includes a battery, modem and antenna. For the maritime industry, the types of applications that best....