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#RadioChatter #03-22-2012 Comfish News Roundup

View of downtown Juneau from the Baranoff Hote...
View of downtown Juneau from the Baranoff Hotel, Juneau, Alaska, April 11, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Subsistence board won’t release Angoon decision
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 21, 2012 9:28 pm
The Federal Subsistence Board for Alaska will not release its position on a village corporation’s petition to take over management of nearby state fisheries. Angoon’s Kootznoowoo Incorporated filed what’s called an extraterritorial jurisdiction petition last year. It said state managers have allowed commercial fishermen to take too many sockeyes, lowering the village’s catch....

Feds correct to ban Alaska fish processing jobs from J-1 visa program
Daniel Costa | Mar 20, 2012
Representatives of fish processing companies in Alaska are complaining about the possibility that they might lose access to 4,000 to 5,000 temporary guest workers they hire each year through the State Department’s “Summer Work Travel” (SWT) program, a part of the J-1 visa Exchange Visitor Program originally designed to facilitate a cultural exchange between Americans and citizens of other countries. The companies worry that they won’t be able to find enough workers this summer and that the whole industry will be negatively impacted as a result. The fundamental problem is that the industry has come to depend on an exploitable foreign workforce instead of hiring U.S. workers...

MARCH 21, 2012
The Greenwashing of Sustainable Seafood
The environmental community rejects the sustainable certification of Nova Scotia longline caught swordfish. HALIFAX—Sustainable seafood certification announces to consumers that the fish they are buying is caught using ecologically sound practices that ensure the conservation of the species of sea life in question. But not everyone feels the not-for-profit organization charged with certification process is doing its job in ensuring the sustainability of fisheries....

Outlook for the 2012 Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery 03/21/12
The man who makes management decision about the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery anticipates a late start this year. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (1:59)...

Litigation update
Here's a quick update on a couple of big court cases brought against federal fishery regulators....

Legislation on the Move to Boost Limit on Fisheries Loans
A bill moving through the Alaska Legislature would boost loan amounts to qualified resident commercial fishermen to purchase limited entry fishing permits from $100,000 to $200,000. The committee substitute for House Bill 261, by Rep. Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, moved out of the House Finance Committee on March 20, headed for...

HJR 26 urges fed. agencies to plan sustainable management of growing populations
March 19, 2012
(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska - With sea otter populations estimated at 20,000 and growing annually by about 12 percent in Southeast Alaska, they have become a major competitor of resources with subsistence and commercial fisheries. In light of that information, the Alaska House today passed Majority Whip Peggy Wilson’s....

Forest Bill Urges Governor to Acquire Tongass Land
Author: Bert Stedman
Earlier this week, the Senate Resources Committee passed out a bill creating a new state forest in South-Central Alaska and, through language I worked with the bill sponsor to include, urging the Governor to acquire state lands from Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

Lockheed rocket deal changes fortunes of Kodiak complex
Associated Press
Published: March 21st, 2012 11:38 PM
Last Modified: March 21st, 2012 11:39 PM
JUNEAU -- In the span of a few days, the state-owned Alaska Aerospace Corp. went from left for dead to ready for prime time.Rep. Alan Austerman described the future of state-owned Alaska Aerospace as bleaker than commonly thought at a Feb. 28 press conference, and he caught some people by surprise. Austerman is the Republican House majority leader representing Kodiak Island, where the corporation's biggest project is located. He is a nonvoting member of the corporation's board of directors, and he said a closure could be imminent unless the state pitched in $8 million in fiscal year 2013.....

Red Sea Picture – Underwater Photo – National Geographic Photo of the Day...!/haulinggear/status/182823940509536257

LTE Comes to Alaska Through MTA Partnership with Verizon | Mobile Marketing Watch...!/haulinggear/status/182863857696518144

Squid Attacks, Tiny Submarines, and the Fight to Protect the Grand Canyons of the Sea
Posted: 03/21/2012 5:33 pm
Nearly five million people visit Arizona's Grand Canyon each year, but few are aware that America is also home to the world's largest underwater canyon. Zhemchug Canyon -- named "pearl" by the Russian fishermen who discovered it in the 1960s -- is in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska. While the Grand Canyon enjoys protected status as a National Park, Zhemchug Canyon, and its slightly smaller sister, Pribilof Canyon, are being fished by factory trawlers the size of ocean liners....

FIS - Worldnews - NOAA research will support New York's offshore wind energy projects...!/haulinggear/status/182837174096502784

Acer Iconia Tab A510 announced for US: Tegra 3 and Android 4.0 for $449.99 | The Verge..!/haulinggear/status/182846266919747585

How the Mustang would look if Microsoft ran Detroit | Microsoft - CNET News..!/haulinggear/status/182846673201012737

Thu, 22 March, 2012
Globalstar’s White-knuckle Ride Entering Crucial Stretch
PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Globalstar is entering a make-or-break period during which it is counting on new satellites to generate sufficient revenue to pay off debts associated with the billion-dollar second-generation constellation, according to company and industry officials. The Covington, La.-based company, which in the past three years has become expert at walking the high wire, has slashed expenses sufficiently to report a gross profit for the three months ending Dec. 31....