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#RadioChatter #03-18-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Judging from last year, halibut prices will be on the rise again
Laine welch
Published: March 17th, 2012 11:04 PM
Last Modified: March 17th, 2012 11:04 PM
The Pacific halibut fishery began Saturday. If the dynamic of supply and demand holds true, prices will head up. The coastwide halibut catch was reduced by more than 18 percent this year to 33.5 million pounds; that follows a 19 percent cut last year. Alaska's share of the harvest is 25.5 million pounds, shared by roughly 2,200 Alaska longliners with quota shares......

More territory for snow crabbers #Opilio #2012
Ice has covered much of the Bering Sea crabbing grounds, bedeviling the snow crab fleet...

Coast Guard braces for Arctic drilling protests
Posted: March 18, 2012 - 12:09am
By Pat Forgey
The U.S. Coast Guard is expecting an aggressive protest effort as Shell Oil drills for oil in the Chukchi Sea this summer, and is planning a very active response of its own. Protests would likely take place in Seattle or Dutch Harbor, two staging areas for the summer offshore oil exploration effort in the Arctic....

DNR Sends Staffers to Bristol Bay to Talk About Shore Fishery Leases 03/16/12
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources dispatched a couple of staffers in the Bristol Bay region Saturday to help facilitate the process of getting local setnetters a lease for their commercial setnet sites. The staffers will be back in the region next Saturday. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story (6:03)...

Southeast, Southwest to get new ferry stops
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 17, 2012 5:09 PM
About a half-dozen Alaska communities will see increased ferry service in the near future. Two are in the Southwest part of the state, and the rest in Southeast. The Southwest communities, near Kodiak, will be the newest Alaska Marine Highway ports. One is Ouzinke, on Spruce Island, about 10 miles northwest of Kodiak. The other is Old Harbor, about 70 miles to the southwest of the island’s biggest city. Ferry chief Mike Neussl says Ouzinke’s new dock is under construction. “Ouzinke will likely happen as soon as the fendering system gets completed. That will happen this spring, with service to Kodiak a couple times a month. Old Harbor, we’re still looking at the options for how to provide that service, but they’ve got a dock that’s ready to go and it’s compatible with all of our ships,” he says. The state estimates each town has around 200 residents....

English: Apple iPad Event
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Apple's newest iPad in Juneau
Posted: March 16, 2012 - 4:13pm  |  Updated: March 18, 2012 - 12:07am
Apple released its latest version of the popular tablet computer, the iPad, today. This version, dubbed iPad features a fist full of pixels in its new Retina display and faster broadband speeds with 4G connectivity....

Offshore oil a 'game-changer' for Falkland Islands
Prospect of sudden wealth has islanders fretting about trouble change might bring.
Associated Press
Published: March 17th, 2012 11:48 PM
Last Modified: March 17th, 2012 11:59 PM
STANLEY, Falkland Islands -- Falkland Islanders are so accustomed to making do with what they've got that many still heat their homes with peat stoves, grow their own vegetables, repair their Land Rovers themselves and raise chickens for their soft-boiled eggs...

AEL&P: Avalanche mitigation pays off
Diversion structure protects tower from 30-year avalanche
Posted: March 18, 2012 - 12:08am
Alaska Electric Light & Power didn’t dodge a bullet during a recent avalanche so much as deflect it.The utility’s avalanche mitigation efforts paid off in early March when an installed diversion structure shunted a 30-year avalanche away from its 4/6 transmission tower....

The Failures and Fallacies of Mike Daisey’s Apple Attack and the Media
MARCH 18, 2012 AT 6:06 AM PT
Who in their right mind would lie to Ira Glass?
That was my first reaction to the revelation that the theatrical monologuist Mike Daisey had lied or fabricated. or in his words,” taken dramatic license” with certain parts of his stage play, “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.” When I’ve met people at parties in recent weeks, and told them that I write about technology and that I had devoted more than a decade to covering Apple, the first question I used to get was: “Do you know Steve Jobs?” Since about January of this year, that first question has become, “What do you think of Mike Daisey?”..

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