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#RadioChatter #03-23-2012 Comfish News Roundup

U.S. Navy Mechanized Landing Craft (LCMs) are ...
U.S. Navy Mechanized Landing Craft (LCMs) are anchored along the shoreline as Navy and civilian personnel position hoses during oil clean-up efforts on Smith island. The massive oil spill occurred when the commercial tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground while transiting the waters of Prince William Sound on March 24th (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Live Meeting Audio - Statewide Dungeness, Shrimp and Miscellaneous Shellfish - Anchorage, Alaska - March 20-24, 2012

Both sides testify on subsistence controversy
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 22, 2012 9:22 pm
Different sides of the Angoon sockeye controversy made their case before the Federal Subsistence Board on Thursday. Angoon’s Kootznoowoo village Native corporation petitioned the federal government to take over management of some Chatham Strait fisheries. It wants officials to make subsistence harvests a higher priority than commercial fishing. Kootznoowoo General Manager Peter Naoroz said purse seiners are taking too many sockeye salmon that should go to the community. He said in some years, enough for fish return for both groups. But in others, the harvest is unbalanced....

Alaska Board of Fisheries now accepting proposals for the 2012-13 meeting cycle
Posted: March 23, 2012 - 12:02am
The Alaska Board of Fisheries is accepting proposals for changes in regulations to the subsistence, commercial, personal use, sport, guided sport, and guided sport ecotourism finfish regulations for the Bristol Bay, Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim, and Alaska Peninsula/Aleutian Islands management areas. Finfish includes: salmon, herring, trout....

Geoduck groans
For the fifth consecutive week, the commercial geoduck clam fishery in Southeast Alaska is closed due..

Anniversary of Exxon Valdez spill is March 24
Posted by Letters editor
March 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM
Keep tar-sands oil out of Puget Sound
On the 23rd anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill, it’s scary to reflect on the increased oil-tanker traffic in Puget Sound. [“Shell oil rig set for Alaska journey,” NWSunday, March 11.] A spill raises grave concerns for the health of our already-struggling salmon and......

Opinion: Exxon Valdez oil spill a cautionary tale for Arctic Ocean drilling
Posted 03/22/2012
by Richard Steiner - for the Cordova Times
Editor's Note: The following opinion piece was written for The Ocean Foundation and Huffington Post and is reproduced here with permission.  As the Obama administration prepares to issue final permits for exploratory oil drilling on the outer continental shelf off Alaska’s Arctic coast this summer, the public is hearing some familiar promises from industry and government – the risk of a catastrophic oil spill is small, best available technology will be used to prevent spills, any oil spill will be effectively contained and cleaned up, government will keep a vigilant eye on industry, and so on. We heard the same empty promises 40 years ago....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jennifer Canfield
Mar 22, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Coming up this week: The feds are taking a closer look at seafood fraud, the state will start monitoring personally-harvested bivalves for PSP, the Department of Labor declares fishing as the deadliest way to make a living in Alaska and the Senate is....

Friday, March 23, 2012
Hear that?
Can you hear that?
That’s the sound the kinky boys make when they sniff their way back to Alaska.  They have swum the distance, went wherever it is king salmon go, did whatever it is that king salmon do and are now, right now, swimming their way back home.  Can you hear them now? Isn’t that exciting? The King Salmon are returning!.......

Nushagak-Mulchatna Watershed Council Puts Forward a Framework for Responsible Mining 03/22/12
The proposed Pebble Mine and other potential mining projects in the Nushagak River watershed has prompted several tribes and local governments along the river to put together a guide for environmentally responsible mining. KDLG's Mike Mason looked it over and filed this report. (3:32)....

The Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee Hears About Nushagak River Kings 03/22/12
The Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee held an all day meeting Tuesday the included a lengthy discussion about the largest king salmon run in the Bristol Bay region. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (6:38)...

Estimated 1,000 fishermen rally for reform in protest staged in nation's capital
March 22, 2012 12:00 AM
Around 1,000 commercial and recreational fishermen from around the country gathered near the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to call attention to the regulatory difficulties facing the fishing industry on the East and West coasts. The rally, billed as Keep Fishermen Fishing, was organized to seek reforms to the Magnuson Stevens Act, the law that governs fishing in federal waters. Fishermen and industry groups have long complained that inflexible and onerous regulations are hampering their ability to fish and forcing some independent fishermen to abandon their traditional way of life. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell was... +++++

Juneau Empire Editorial: Congress: Don't restrict Alaska's right to export natural gas
Posted: March 22, 2012 - 12:08am
Alaska is revving-up its economic engines to develop natural gas pipelines that would export gas from the North Slope or Cook Inlet, but here comes U.S. Rep. Ed Markey with some sugar for the gas tank. Markey is sponsoring two toxic bills aimed at barring Alaska from sending any domestically-produced natural gas into foreign markets. Our hands are already tied by the federal government’s massively inefficient permitting procedures for oil and gas development and exploration, so the East Coast congressman wishes to tie our feet as well. Markey has done some great work on the environmental front, but the Democratic lion has also....

1 of Alaska's oldest wineries marks 13 years
Kodiak Daily Mirror
KODIAK, Alaska — Alaska's oldest licensed winery isn't old enough to drink, but it's just the right age to serve. Alaskan Wilderness Wines, based on Shearwater Way in Kodiak, is turning 13 this year and proprietors Steve and Lisa Thomsen couldn't be happier. "Wine, it gets better with age," Steve said....

The Last Frontier: Alaska's Juneau Icefield debrief
Posted: Mar 22, 2012 02:54 pm EDT
(Florian Hill) Some of the most remote and wild summits of the earth are located in Alaska. Climbing these mountains "by fair means" is one of the last great adventures. Inner void and the fusion of space and time - these are my memories of the long days on the Juneau icefield in Alaska. Countless hours of preparation - the only topographical record is a map dated 1962. I am searching for a mountain and even "know-it-all" Google comes up empty. At least proof of existence of mountains that cannot be reached by the click of a mouse button. No technical support or means of transport, limited resources of fuel and food - during an emergency there will be no infrastructure which we can fall back on. Within a complex whole we are looking for adventure in the Juneau icefield. Starting point Juneau. There is no road in and out of Juneau. The town can only be reached by plane or boat. Few towns in the world are as remote as the capital city of the largest U.S. State. 32.275 people live in Juneau many of whom are Tlingit natives. The beginnings of Juneau date back to 1880 when the...

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FIS - Worldnews - Community-level fisheries management can curtail overfishing...!/haulinggear/status/183228524289720320