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#RadioChatter #03-19-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Fishing boat, cod and halibut, Alaska
Fishing boat, cod and halibut, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
House Agrees Standards For Shipping, Oil Pollution Preparedness Needed
By Dave Donaldson, APRN - Juneau | March 16, 2012 - 7:49 pm
The House today agreed with the Senate’s request that the Arctic Council Task Force consider Alaska’s interests in establishing standards for shipping and oil pollution preparedness for Arctic waters. Bethel Democrat Bob Herron,  in presenting the resolution that had already passed the Senate,  said the state is looking for requirements that all vessels in the Aleutians and the Bering Straits have adequate oil spill contingency plans,  and that they..

2012 Nushagak District Sockeye Preview 03/18/12
The Area Management Biologist for the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District outlined the 2012 forecast during Saturday's "Business of Fish" workshop in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (3:38)...

‘Hooked’ doesn’t explain why fishermen risk lives, but that’s OK
by Libbie Martin / Book Review
Mar 18, 2012 | 793 views | 0  | 0  |  |
FAIRBANKS - Commercial fishing in Alaska is counted as one of the world’s most dangerous occupations. Practitioners contend with weather, gales and seas whose only purpose seems to be thwarting the fervid desire to catch fish and other marine life. People die, are maimed and lose toes and fingers to frostbite. At the very least, fisherpersons know they will lose at least one person they know to this occupation before they call it quits. And yet, they still come. Boats head out every year with new and returning crew; holds are filled with fish and crab of all sorts. Winds blow, ice builds up, the work piles on harder and harder and people still can’t wait to get out on the seas and throw the nets or traps or other gear needed to grab the catch. What is it...

Halibut regs still in works
Posted: March 18, 2012 - 11:31am
By Andrew Jensen
Alaska Journal of Commerce
A pair of halibut regulatory actions once intended to take effect in 2012 are winding their way through the council process with an uncertain future. Reductions in halibut bycatch by trawlers and longliners were once envisioned to be put in place this year, as was the controversial catch sharing plan, or CSP, that would divide the annual halibut harvest as a percentage between commercial and charter fishermen. Both actions hit snags with National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, which is responsible for implementing the actions taken by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The CSP proposed rule was published last July 22, and a fierce wave of opposition from charter operators over the next few months led NMFS to inform the council at its October 2011 meeting in Dutch Harbor that it could not move forward with publishing a final rule in time for the 2012...

CG commander blames Leone in heli crash
Posted: March 18, 2012 - 5:11pm  |  Updated: March 19, 2012 - 12:05am
JUNEAU — The actions of the lone survivor of the deadly 2010 Coast Guard helicopter crash off the Washington coast directly contributed to the deaths of his colleagues and the destruction of the aircraft, according to the Coast Guard’s commander in Alaska, Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo. Ostebo, in administrative remarks for Lt. Lance Leone’s personnel file, said Leone’s failure to perform his required duties directly contributed to the accident. A copy of the remarks was obtained by The Associated Press. This comes less than two weeks after the Coast Guard dismissed negligent homicide and other charges against Leone in connection with the crash. Leone, who is based in Sitka, was called to Juneau to meet with Ostebo on Sunday. The potential for administrative action — like having remarks entered into Leone’s personnel file...

Some damage can't be undone
Posted: March 19, 2012 - 12:03am
I am a first time writer to the editor and feel very strongly on the issue of the PacRim mining plan. This plan is terrible, bad and stupid. To think that anyone of us on this planet can return a salmon stream to its original state after destroying it is idiotic....

Alyeska Pipeline Co. among most ethical businesses in the world
Alaska Dispatch | Mar 18, 2012
On Thursday, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. President Tom Barrett was in New York accepting an award by the Ethisphere Institute that recognized Alyeska, which operates the 800-mile trans-Alaska oil pipeline, as one of the world’s most ethical companies. “The award is a terrific honor,” said Barrett on Thursday. “I want to thank our employees who earned this recognition by embracing these values and living them everyday. Everyone in Alaska can be proud of them.” Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright provided the keynote speech at the awards ceremony....

‘Miss Betty’ takes care of Air Force families — and minds her manners
by Kris Capps/For the News-Miner
Mar 18, 2012
HEALY — Betty Westcott’s family lives in upstate New York, but her extended family is at Clear Air Force Station. The “troops,” as she calls them, are her main focus. She takes care of them and she has been doing it, around the world, for the past 37 years. This southern belle with her pronounced Alabama accent, is in charge of Services at Clear Air Force Station. Her responsibility: the morale, welfare and recreation for service members and their families. She did this job at stations that include Turkey, Eielson Air Force Base and since April 17, 2005, at Clear. “I just like doing things for people,” she said. “That’s the only thing I’m good at. I can’t sing and I don’t dance much. I make good brownies.....

Viewpoints: Letters / Opinions
Recycle, bridge, power supply, another tourist attraction, all in ONE
By James Dornblaser
March 13, 2012
I just read a news article about the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. It is now on its last deployment & following this last trip, will be decommissioned & later scrapped. I think this a golden opportunity for Ketchikan to solve several problems while acting as the nation's poster community for 'recycling'. Bring the carrier to Ketchikan, position it across the Narrows from the present AMHS terminal to the airport. Scuttle it & modify each end so it will serve as a bridge. WAH-LAH instant bridge...

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