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#RadioChatter #03-30-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
Chinook take a dip for Southeast trollers...

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
Now property of the USA...

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jennifer Canfield
Mar 29, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Coming up this week: Fish and Game reduces limits for two popular sportsfishing rivers in Kodiak, a Southeast village corporation is seeking a federal takeover of the Chatham Strait fisheries and the Sitka Tribe protests a dramatic increase of the Sitka sac roe herring guideline harvest level. All that and more golden king crab to go around. We had help from Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau, Ed Ronco in Sitka and Stephanie Joyce in Unalaska.....

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
A new player enters rockfish legal fray
Fishermen's Finest Inc. is seeking to intervene in the lawsuit major Kodiak processors have filed against the federal government over the new Central Gulf of Alaska rockfish catch shares program....

Thursday council update: chum bycatch reports continue
Mar 29, 2012 - 06:08 PM
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has adjourned for the day as it continues to work through its staff reports on the Bering Sea chum bycatch issue. Staff reports so far have gone over a description of the alternatives, summaries of the various Alaska and Pacific Rim regions from which the chum bycatch is taken, and near the end of the day a presentation on salmon savings by region based on genetic and adult equivalent calculations. Some public comment was taken already to accommodate rural Alaskans heading home on Friday, with uniform support for setting a low cap on bycatch and paying particular attention to the amount of Western Alaska chums taken in early June when the pollock "B" season opens.....

March 29, 2012
Fishermen on the red carpet
By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer
A troupe of Gloucester fishermen changed out of their fishing attire for a red-carpet preview screening Tuesday night for the new National Geographic reality TV series "Wicked Tuna," which premieres Sunday.
The fishermen and their families and friends, along with the press corps and state and local representatives, gathered at Boston's Wilbur Theater for the screening and after party.
For the next 10 weeks, the National Geographic channel will give an inside look at bluefin tuna fishing out of Gloucester Harbor featuring both the thrill of the hunt as well as despair over the one that got away. The show debuts Sunday at 10 p.m....

Mar 29, 2012 - 01:33 PM AKST
Ketchikan federal buildings sets biomass precedent
It’s not unusual to find people or businesses looking for environmentally conscious modernizations in a place like Alaska, especially if one can save a few bucks. Government entities show they aren’t immune to these ideals either, as Alaska sets a national precedent in biomass power. The Ketchikan Federal Building recently became the first federal building in the nation to install a biomass boiler system. The effort was administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which manages federal buildings with the exception of military installations. The project came about when GSA began searching for alternatives to replace the outdated steam heating system and oil-burning boiler. The original plan called for installing another oil-based system, but GSA saw this as an opportunity for a green energy upgrade to meet criteria of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. They decided on a wood pellet system......

Science Conferece Gets Started in Dillingham 03/30/12
A conference focused on the science and research conducted in Western Alaska kicked off Thursday in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (3:10) ...

The Resiliency of the Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon Resource 03/29/12
The resiliency of Bristol Bay's sockeye salmon resource was outlined in detail during the first day of the Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (9:08)....

Alaska Beat
Well before Southcentral fishing season, king salmon cuts announced
Craig Medred | Mar 29, 2012
Fishing season is still more than a month away in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys, and already there is bad news for Alaskans. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says it will restrict anglers to only two king salmon for the entire season -- down from five a year ago – and ban bait in most areas.... //

Fighting to save the salmon
By James Daly '13
March 29, 2012
Since 2006 Scott Hed '90 has flown hundreds of thousands of miles, spent months in hotel rooms, traveled throughout the lower 48 states, and spoken to thousands of people. He is on a mission to alert the fishing and hunting communities that the largest salmon run in the world — located in Bristol Bay, Alaska — and the people who depend on it are under serious threat. The Bristol Bay region is the proposed site of Pebble Mine, a two-mile long by one and a half-mile wide copper and gold mine that would be the largest open-pit mine in North America....

Yes on 152
Posted: March 29, 2012 - 12:08am
The Bristol Bay Fishery Reserve is one of the last undisturbed salmon ecosystems in the world. Senate Bill 152 would help to protect the delicate environment of Bristol Bay and, by extension, one of Alaska’s most renewable resources — salmon fisheries....

Orca Network seeks to expand to Southeast
by Deanna Garrison
March 28, 2012 3:34 PM
A Northwest whale sighting network is looking to enlist more participants from Southeast Alaska. The Orca Network’s Howard Garrett is one of the featured speakers at this year’s Whale Fest in Craig. Garrett says the Orca Network consists of a large group of volunteers who help track orcas in the Northwest. “We keep track of the whales by citizen science, by people just calling in, e-mailing, posting on Facebook … and then we relay that information to whole network of scientists,” he says....

Shell gets injunction against Greenpeace for Arctic drill ships
by The Associated Press
Mar 29, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A federal judge has ordered representatives of Greenpeace USA to stay a kilometer away from Shell Oil's drilling vessels destined for Arctic Ocean waters off Alaska's northern shores....

In-state gas line powers to House victory
Juneau reps split on bill's merits, costs; Senate challenge ahead
By Pat Forgey
What some legislators say has been this year’s toughest battle so far began on the House floor Tuesday, before spilling over into the early morning hours Wednesday, as a divided House passed a bill aimed at creating an in-state natural gas pipeline.....

Posted: March 29, 2012 - 12:09am
State years behind in auditing big taxpayers, lawmakers told
Antiquated systems to be replaced by $30 million computer system.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: March 29th, 2012 09:22 PM
Last Modified: March 29th, 2012 11:09 PM
JUNEAU -- With audits of the state's largest taxpayers for 2007 still undone and tax collectors relying on inefficient, error-prone spreadsheets and manual data entry, revenue officials have acknowledged that it will be years before their department catches up......

China's Alibaba tests social shopping with Pinterest clone
By Melanie Lee
SHANGHAI | Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:40am EDT....  //

BBC News  -  2:14 AM  -  Public
Have you tried Cooking with Poo? The Thai cookbook has won the Diagram Prize for oddest book title of the year. Other titles in the running included The Great Singapore Penis Panic and the Future of American Mass Hysteria....

Tsunami debris washing up around POW
by Deanna Garrison
March 29, 2012 4:20 PM
Debris from the Japan tsunami is beginning to wash up on shorelines around Prince of Wales Island. Residents have reported finding an inordinate amount of oyster buoys on area beaches. Visiting oceanographer says this is likely just the first wave of debris headed our way. On March 11th of last year, a massive 9.0 earthquake caused the devastating tsunami, which the Japanese government estimates killed more than 15,000 people and sucked an estimated 25 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. A year later, some of that debris has made its way into Southeast Alaska waters. Craig resident Kathy Peavey is a marine debris cleanup contractor with the Marine Conservation Alliance. “My husband was doing some red snapper fishing at the end of January and he reported quite a bit of debris out there that he —  as a lifelong fisherman — says is not normal: the high floating orange oyster buoys, the black oyster buoys, the foam oyster buoys with blue tarp around them …,” she says. “Now we have the trollers starting to report that we have buoys up and down the coast.” She says avid beachcombers Julie Yates Fulton and her husband Chad Fulton recently found 25 oyster buoys on an area beach as well as a cluster of......

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