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#RadioChatter #03-16-2012 Comfish News Roundup
Ice clogs St. Paul harbor
February 17th 3:14 pm | Jim Paulin      
More boats headed out to the snow crab grounds early this week, although the St. Paul harbor in the Pribilof Islands remained clogged with ice. Trident Seafoods vice president for operations Paul Padgett in Seattle said Monday that the St. Paul plant had not...

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jennifer Canfield
May 15, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Coming up this week, A pirate ship in Unalaska will be up for sale soon; user groups on the Tsiu River near Yakutat clash over salmon allocations; Congress authorizes $1.7 million to dredge the entrance to Kodiak's St. Paul Harbor; and Representative Alan Austerman touts coastal communities at..

Mar 15, 2012 - 01:56 PM AKST
Biology may play biggest role in halibut battle
If halibut thrived on hard feelings, there would likely be a trophy fish for everyone by now. With another round of deep cuts to the halibut harvest for the 2012 season that began March 17, and regulatory actions to manage trawl bycatch and the allocations between commercial and sport fishermen bogged down in controversy, there has been no shortage of finger-pointing among user groups over the last few months. (See story page 26.) Commercial halibut fishermen have absorbed seven straight years of harvest cuts, and they now point at charter operators in Southeast for going over their allocations by more than 3.7 million pounds from 2004 to 2010. Charter operators, in turn, point at the commercial harvest during the same period and the strategy employed by the International Pacific Halibut Commission that resulted in catch quotas subsequently estimated to be millions of pounds in excess of the target rates. And everyone, it seems, is pointing at the Gulf of Alaska groundfish trawlers who are allowed to take up to 4.4 million pounds of halibut as bycatch every year. Bycatch is the taking of a.....

Supermarket, investment industries want Bristol Bay fisheries protected
Posted 03/16/2012
by - Margaret Bauman #SupplyChain
National concern for protecting the Bristol Bay fisheries is growing, this time with the clout of supermarket and investment industry leaders speaking on behalf of millions of consumers and billions of dollars in assets. Support from the Food Marketing Institute and Trillium Asset Management came to light March 12 in a news release from Earthworks, a nonprofit organization focused on protecting communities and the environment from the impact of irresponsible mineral and energy development. Both entities spoke of the importance of the watershed assessment expected in April from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The assessment was initiated to determine whether the EPA should use its authority under Section 404© of the Clean Water Act to restrict disposal of mine....

Lori Swanson, trawl fleet rep, tabbed for council
Lori Swanson, executive director of Groundfish Forum, is Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire's top choice for a seat on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council....

Uncertainty of J-1 visa program in question
Posted 03/16/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Each year communities like Cordova welcome hundreds of seasonal workers through the J-1 visa program that allows international college students four months for work and travel in the United States. Jennifer Gibbins/The Cordova Times.. Time is running short for seafood companies who rely on the federal J-1 visa summer work travel program to supply many workers to process their Alaska harvest, with no word from the federal government on whether they can hire these students this year. An aide for Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, said there has been no indication when a decision would be forthcoming. "We are proceeding under the assumption that the J-1 students will be denied re-entry into the program and hoping at the last minute that gets reversed so at some level these folks will be able to participate,” said Norm Van Vactor, of Leader Creek Fisheries, which processes wild Alaska salmon from Bristol Bay. "We are advertising on the Internet. We have an ad running on Facebook, and have added part-time recruiters to our human resources staff, trying to...

As Arctic shipping grows, Native hunters aim to protect marine mammals
Alex DeMarban | Mar 14, 2012
Alaska Native subsistence hunters hoping to protect whales, polar bears and other marine mammals have joined forces to offer input on proposed shipping rules being developed for the nation's Arctic frontier. Representatives from groups including the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and the Ice Seal Committee formed a coalition on Tuesday to present a unified voice recommending rules and more infrastructure in the barely regulated Arctic Ocean, officials said....

Story last updated at 12:54 PM on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Coalition testifies against proposed Chuitna mine 
In a letter sent earlier this week, the Chuitna Citizens Coalition asked Gov. Sean Parnell to honor his promise to Alaskans to "never trade one resource for another," by directing Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan to designate wild salmon streams in the Chuitna watershed as "unsuitable" for coal strip mining. The request comes as DNR reconsiders a...

Parnell likes Dersham, Hull for new council terms
Here's the press release from Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell's office:
Gov. Parnell makes nominations to fishery council
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell nominated Robert "Ed" Dersham and Howard "Dan" Hull for consideration by the U.S. commerce secretary for continued service on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council....

Kodiak: Crew Safe After Ship Disabled
May 15, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
The Kodiak-based Alaskan Star is being led back to port after hitting a rock. Petty Officer Grant DeVuyst says the crew from the 58-foot fishing vessel contacted the Coast Guard yesterday at 7:42 a.m. to request assistance....

Coal mine opponents cite concerns for salmon streams
Posted 03/16/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
A citizens group concerned that a large coal strip mine project could set a precedent for adverse affects on salmon spawning streams is asking Gov. Sean Parnell to say no to development of the mine in Upper Cook Inlet. “We believe Alaska salmon streams should not be strip mined, and that it will set a horrendous precedent for the state of Alaska if you allow PacRim Coal to mine a wild Alaska salmon stream simply to provide coal to China,” said Ron Burnett, a board member of the Chuitna Citizens Coalition, in a March 13 letter to Parnell.....

ABS to class pioneering Arctic containment system
Vessel & ROV News - March 16, 2012
ABS will class the first-of-its-kind Arctic Containment System (ACS), which is slated for deployment in June 2012 to serve all exploration activities in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas offshore Alaska....

Alaska Beat
Greenpeace occupies Finnish icebreakers contracted to Shell
Alaska Dispatch | Mar 16, 2012
According to Finland's YLE News, roughly 40 protestors have gathered in Helsinki's Hietalahti harbor and boarded two Finnish icebreakers booked to support Shell Oil's exploration next summer off Alaska's northern coast....

Alaska Beat
Chinese icebreaker to travel Northern Sea Route this summer
Alaska Dispatch | Mar 15, 2012
According to Norway's Barents Observer, China plans to send an icebreaker west through the Northern Sea Route along the northern coast of Siberia next summer....

FIS - Worldnews - NOAA authorises killing of California sea lions to protect salmon!/haulinggear/status/180665835826851840

Sprint Backs Out of LightSquared Deal
Will Return $65 Million to the Company
by Karl Bode 27 minutes ago tags: competition · fcc · business · wireless · consumers · wireless · cellular · LTE · Lightsquared
Tipped by ThrowDemsOut
As had been rumored, Sprint has officially backed out of their deal with LightSquared after the company failed to clear regulatory hurdles...

Alaska: Committee acts to bar minors from using cell phones while driving #PoliceState ?!/haulinggear/status/180664535475171328

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