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#RadioChatter #03-26-2012 Comfish News Roundup

The Arctic Lady in the process of offloading h...
The Arctic Lady in the process of offloading her catch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alaska Beat
Shell's new icebreaker 'Aiviq' christened in Louisiana
Alaska Dispatch | Mar 26, 2012
According to Louisiana's Houma Today, on Saturday, 12-year-old Elizabeth Itta of Nuiqsut christened a brand new Alaska-bound icebreaker at Port Fourchon, an industrial hub on the Gulf Coast.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/shells-new-icebreaker-aiviq-christened-louisiana

Arctic
Coast Guard ramping up for hectic summer in Arctic
Carey Restino | The Arctic Sounder | Mar 24, 2012
It’s going to be a hectic summer for the US Coast Guard in the Arctic. Even if Arctic drilling protesters, who are expected this summer after stops in Seattle and Dutch Harbor, don’t materialize, there will still be plenty to do, according to a Coast Guard report to the Alaska Legislature’s Northern Waters Task Force.
• Shell plans to transport 300 workers to and from its two drill rigs on a weekly basis.
• Shipping traffic through the northern sea route above Russia will increase. “We do have some concerns up there,” said Capt. Buddy Custard, chief of staff for the Coast Guard in Alaska.
Readying 'deployable specialized forces' Based on recent protests in New Zealand that targeted a drilling vessel headed for Alaska, the Coast Guard expects some action from protesters this summer. As Shell Oil stages some 22 ships in Dutch Harbor on their... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/coast-guard-ramping-hectic-summer-arctic /// http://www.adn.com/2012/03/25/2390684/shell-icebreaker-christened-in.html

Alaska Sea Grant announces new marine research projects
Published:  26 March, 2012
Red and blue king crab from waters around the Kodiak and the Pribilof islands, seals and king salmon in Bristol Bay, and sea otters in Southeast are the subjects of more than $1 million in research being funded by Alaska Sea Grant during the next two years.... http://www.fishupdate.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/17298/Alaska_Sea_Grant_announces_new_marine_research_projects.html

FERC denies late bid by environmental group for intervening in Susitna study
by dermotcole
Mar 22, 2012
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a bid by the Natural Resources Defense Council to intervene in the proceeding over whether a permit will be granted for the Susitna hydro project.... http://newsminer.com/pages/full_story/push?blog-entry-FERC+denies+late+bid+by+environmental+group+for+intervening+in+Susitna+study%20&id=17986999

Facebook engineers + paint + beer = giant QR code on roof (video)
By Emil Protalinski | March 26, 2012, 8:07am PDT #SupplyChain
Summary: What do you get when you take Facebook engineers, add chalk, twine, paint rollers, black paint, and beer? You get a QR code on the roof. Throw in a quadcopter and you have a video.... http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/facebook-engineers-paint-beer-giant-qr-code-on-roof-video/10857

March 25, 2012... I am always fascinated by the different methods and styles of fishing when I am abroad. From the large commercial fleets with big boats, hydraulic power and large nets, all the way down to the simplest more traditional forms of fishing, such as spear or even, say,  ‘snorkel fishing’? Regardless of where I go in the world, the one thing that all types have in common are the people, they are mostly all men.  The tides here are very big just like Alaska so we found many men fishing off the beach.... http://sierraganderson.com/posts/speer-fishing-in-zanzibar/