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#RadioChatter #03-21-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Research About Improving the Quality of the Salmon Harvested in Bristol Bay 03/20/12
A former commercial fishermen who now conducts research brought his message of quality to last Saturday's "Business of Fish" workshop in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (7:39)....

Mat-Su miner fined $5,000 for diverting salmon stream
Associated Press
Published: March 20th, 2012 02:07 PM
Last Modified: March 20th, 2012 02:08 PM
PALMER -- A 59-year-old Trapper Creek miner has been fined $5,000 for diverting a creek used by salmon....

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Exxon Valdez sold for scrap
The vessel once known as the infamous oil tanker Exxon Valdez has been sold for $16 million to the world's largest cash buyer of ships for demolition....

First fresh halibut of the season has arrived
Troll-caught kings are also available.
Daily News correspondent
Published: March 20th, 2012 07:09 PM
Last Modified: March 20th, 2012 07:09 PM
It's spring and the sun has been shining.
After shoveling snow off your roof and deck and driveway, perhaps you're dreaming of a time when all the snow is gone and you're enjoying spring and summer activities. Dannon Southall from 10th & M Seafoods says there is plenty of seafood available now to get any appetite ready for warmer weather.....

Oil rig supply vessel to become Southeast’s newest ferry
by Joe Viechnicki
March 19, 2012 9:29 am
A new ferry service is scheduled to start up this summer in Southeast Alaska, although the startup date has been pushed back. The new independent ferry authority is based in Coffman Cove and will offer connections to Ketchikan, Wrangell and South Mitkof Island near Petersburg. An overhauled Gulf of Mexico oil rig servicing vessel will become the new Rainforest Island Ferry this spring....

March 20, 2012
Flap over Kerry role dawns as rally nears
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
A controversial bill to redirect funding from NOAA Operations into regional fishery management council projects cast a shadow Monday over Wednesday's national fishermen's rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington — a rally aimed at building support for different legislation and allowing flexibility in stock rebuilding timetables.....

NOAA announces 2012 charter and commercial halibut management measures
New rule provides anglers in Southeast Alaska with an opportunity to retain a “trophy” fish
March 19, 2012
(SitNews) - NOAA Fisheries Service announced Friday it is putting into effect the regulatory recommendations of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). The final rule was delivered to the Office of the Federal Register today. Alaska’s commercial halibut season opened Saturday at noon....

LightSquared hits FCC right where it hurts
Offers let-out clause, but it won't be easy
By Bill Ray • Get more from this author
Posted in Wireless, 20th March 2012 15:58 GMT
LightSquared has issued a formal response to the threatened suspension of its licence, accusing the FCC of political bias and riding roughshod over precedent and Constitutional rights. The damning response runs to more than 400 pages (PDF, comprehensible but very long), but mostly reiterates the arguments that LightSquared won't knock out GPS systems, and that even if it did it wouldn't be LightSquared's problem. The filing also lays out the legal case, should the FCC fail to change its mind, and offers one way for the regulator to avoid litigation entirely, from LightSquared at least...

Posted on March 20, 2012 at 11:00pm by   Liz Klimas
SAN FRANCISCO (The Blaze/AP) — When Benjamin Gleitzman moved from New York to the San Francisco Bay area, he used a talking turn-by-turn driving app to guide him across the country. In the middle of Wyoming, the voice told him to turn left where there was no road. Rather than complain to the maker of the app, called Waze, he logged in and made a note for anyone else who happened to drive that way that the road wasn’t there. It was a small gesture of consideration to his fellow travelers....

Leaked Sprint memo reveals upcoming Direct Connect Now app for Android - Engadget #FutureRadio!/haulinggear/status/182429149359648768

'Global warming' gets a rebranding
The new focus comes as the American Lung Association is about to release on Wednesday the latest round of its semi-annual polling on public health and environmental regulations in which a bipartisan set of polling firms found that a majority of respondents believe that it is “more important to ensure that we have strong safeguards that protect our air quality and public health” than to “streamline unnecessary environmental regulations.” There’s a lot at stake: Republicans have portrayed President Barack Obama and his minions at various federal agencies as job killers in a time of high unemployment and fragile economic growth. The left has figured out it needs a better message — one that’s more resonant on the local level — to combat the job-killer talk....

SF-to-Shanghai passengers stuck 2 days in Alaska
The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A 13-hour flight from San Francisco to Shanghai is no commuter hop, but the 262 passengers on a United Airlines flight were ready for that. Instead, they were stranded in Anchorage, Alaska, for two days. Flight 857 diverted to the nearest airport — Anchorage — when several lavatories were found to be inoperable about three hours after the flight's 2 p.m. Sunday departure from San Francisco, United spokesman Charles Hobart said...

China says lawyers must take oath of loyalty to Communist Party to raise their moral quality
Article by: Associated Press Updated: March 21, 2012 - 5:59 AM....

Group demands recovery plan for North Pacific right whale
NOAA spokeswoman says it has started a five-year review.
Associated Press
Published: March 20th, 2012 08:39 PM
Last Modified: March 20th, 2012 08:39 PM...

NY POLITICSMarch 20, 2012, 10:17 p.m. ET
Protesters See Tweets Used Against Them
When Jeff Rae was arrested last October with hundreds of other Occupy Wall Street protesters during a march on the Brooklyn Bridge, he decided to fight the charges, believing he had been entrapped.....

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