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#RadioChatter #03-31-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Annotated aerial photograph of (FAA: DLG) in D...
Annotated aerial photograph of (FAA: DLG) in Dillingham, Alaska, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fleet in flux:Young fishermen struggle to break into industry
March 30th 1:19 pm | Hannah Heimbuch
A few years ago, just out of high school and headed to UAF to study engineering, Timothy Nick wasn't sure he wanted to make fishing his business. He'd been setnetting with his father Victor since he was 15, and saw first-hand the weight of responsibility required of an owner and operator. "When I first started fishing, I thought about watching my dad struggle with the payments," he said. "See, we didn't take out any loans." Timothy thought if he were to get into the family business, being young and without any credit to speak of, he'd be stuck in an endless struggle to make ends meet in an industry that didn't come with any guarantees. He was wary. And rightly so. Victor Nick, Tim's father, bought his permit in 2003, after moving his family from the Kuskokwim River region (where he grew up fishing) to Dillingham. He....

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Sun'aq Tribe to Research Buskin Salmon
Mar 30, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
The Sun'aq Tribe has been awarded a $200,000 grant to conduct an 18-month study of declining salmon returns in the Buskin River. The grant is one of two awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Alaska tribes...

Fishermen's Finest moves to enter rockfish lawsuit
Mar 30, 2012 - 02:54 PM
Here's the latest documents on the lawsuit filed by five companies with Kodiak processing facilities....

Salmon dominate dam hearings: Valley residents give earful to federal planners
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:54 pm | Updated: 9:16 pm, Thu Mar 29, 2012.
By Zaz Hollander For the Frontiersman
WASILLA — Don’t mess with the Susitna’s salmon.
That’s the nearly universal message federal licensing officials heard this week during well-attended Mat-Su hearings on a state-backed dam proposed on the Susitna River. More than 50 people attended a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hearing at Wasilla’s Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center Tuesday night and participants said more than 120 turned out for another hearing the next night at Susitna Valley Junior/Senior High School. State biologists this week announced sweeping Chinook fishing limits in the Susitna drainage due to ...

Fish and Game releases significant changes to king salmon fishing regulations
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:13 pm
PALMER — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish released a series of significant restrictions for the upcoming king salmon fishing season. But by taking extreme measures now, Fish and Game officials hope the effort leads to a positive impact in the future. Details of the plan, which include area-wide gear restrictions and changes to the local fishing calendar, have been fine-tuned for months, sport fish area biologist Sam Ivey said. “We’ve been working throughout the winter on a comprehensive management plan for king salmon,” Ivey said. Ivey said a number of factors were....

Best seafood recipe wins an iPad
Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 9:36 pm
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has added an amateur recipe contest to its Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off event from 6 to 9 p.m., May 14 at the Bill Sheffield Alaska Railroad Depot at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport....

Mar 29, 2012 - 01:32 PM AKST
COMMENTARY: Salmon improvement project paying dividends in Bristol Bay
Fishermen in the world’s largest salmon fishery at Bristol Bay are getting good grades for improving the quality of their salmon, and it’s boosting their bottom line. Starting in 2008, two projects have tracked fish quality based on specific handling practices, and given individual fishermen scores on their improvements (or not). “The two studies go hand in glove. First you get a score and understand where you are, and secondly, if you wish to improve, then you can start changing the way you handle your fish out on the water to bring your score up,” said Mark Buckley of Digital Observer Inc., who created and oversees the project. “Of course, the bottom line is that higher quality fish sell for more in the marketplace. We have been seeing the level of quality has been rising steadily in Bristol Bay over the past four or five years and at the same time, fish prices have come up. I’m not going to claim that the entire rise in fish prices is due strictly to quality, but I challenge anyone to claim the opposite.” .....

Cordova residents at the International Boston Seafood Show
Seafood marketing association spreads the word on Copper River salmon
Posted 03/30/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
With the 2012 commercial salmon fishing season fast approaching, the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association was busy at the International Boston Seafood Show spreading the word on the joy of eating Copper River reds and kings. The show is North America’s largest seafood event, featuring more than 900 exhibits, offering a vast array of seafood, seafood products....

Togiak King Salmon Research 03/30/12
Research about the king salmon run to the Togiak River was outlined in detail last week during a large science conference held in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (7:08)...

Two Processors Charged with Sexual Assault
By Stephanie Joyce
Thursday, March 29 2012
Two processors were arraigned on sexual assault charges in Unalaska on Thursday. Diego Mayuyo, 48, and Ismael Balallo, 45, allegedly attacked a woman at a Unisea bunkhouse on Tuesday night. Both are accused of engaging in unwanted sexual contact with the woman. Balallo is also accused of penetrating the woman without her consent. For that he’s charged with sexual assault in the first degree, which is an unclassified felony, the most serious level of offense. According to the criminal complaint, the two men followed the alleged victim back to her room from a party. She told police that....

Pirate fishing vessel still unclaimed
March 30th 7:00 pm | Jim Paulin
The Bangun Perkasa is still in Unalaska, as it moves through the legal process.
Nobody owns the pirate fishing boat right now, but it's expected to become federal property, as forfeiture proceedings move through the U.S. District Court in Anchorage. It was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard last year for illegal high seas driftnetting. Nobody came forward to claim the vessel, despite appeals in advertisements in newspapers including the Asian Wall Street Journal, said attorney Joshua Freeman of the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage.. The federal government has physical but not legal custody of the vessel, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Deputy Special Agent Matt Brown in Juneau....

Unalaska candidate vies for Board of Fish
March 30th 6:47 pm | Jim Paulin
Unalaska city natural resources analyst Frank Kelty is a candidate for the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Two seats are expiring June 30, now held by Karl Johnstone, of Anchorage, and Mike Smith, of Fairbanks. Kelty said Monday he was expecting word soon from Gov. Sean Parnell on whether the two incumbents would be reappointed, or it the governor would choose somebody new. Kelty is a former Unalaska mayor and seafood plant crab manager, most recently at Alyeska Seafoods. He said he....

Saxman subsistence status still before federal board
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
March 30, 2012 5:01 PM
Southeast Native leaders continue pushing to keep Saxman’s status as a subsistence community. Alaska’s Federal Subsistence Board removed the status about six years ago, saying the town of about 500 was too closely linked to the city of Ketchikan, which is not a subsistence community. That could reduce fish and deer bag limits in times of scarce resources....

Village Subsistence Fishermen Call for Bycatch Restrictions
By Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage | March 30, 2012 - 7:00 pm
Alaska villagers say it’s time to crack down on the Pollock trawl fleet because it is intercepting too many salmon bound for their rivers....

Success and savings
Posted 03/30/2012
by - Jennifer Gibbins
Paul Kelly, general manager, reports on the installation of fiber optic cable and wireless buildout to the Cordova Telephone Cooperative as board president David Allison looks on. Jennifer Gibbins/The Cordova Times....

Begich, Cantwell Call for Emergency Tsunami Debris Research
Senators from Alaska and Washington Urge Federal Government to Act, After Japanese Fishing Boat Found off Canadian Coast
March 30, 2012
(SitNews) Seattle, Washington – Today, U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) called for a clear federal action plan to address the tsunami debris off the Pacific Coast, following the discovery last week of a tsunami-swept Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Canada.....

Wall Street Journal goes overboard on gas pipeline story
by dermotcole
Mar 30, 2012
The Wall Street Journal is putting a extremely optimistic spin on the Point Thomson announcement today by Gov. Sean Parnell and the letter from three oil companies, claiming it "clears the way" for a natural gas pipeline. However, the letter signed by the chief executives of ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and BP makes no specific commitments....

SOPA is all fun and games until NBC rips off Apple’s artwork
Reality TV is a harsh business. One minute everyone is glued to Jersey Shore, the next you’re looking at a canceled series and a backlog of ‘GTL’ shirts cluttering up the company store. One of the perennial favorites of the genre is Extreme Home Makeover, an ABC property that has a team building a house for a needy couple in a week, people love the construction drama. So it’s not all that surprising that competing network NBC Universal is firing up a new reality series called Home Transformers that it describes this way: “America’s best home designers, builders, decorators and craftsmen will rebuild and transform rundown homes across America.” NBC Universal has even set up a nice little website that it is using to stump for designers and builders to apply for the show this weekend. They want people who have a ‘great personality’, who are ‘the best’, etc. The page is honestly pretty boring, with an overly lens-flared logo and a standard WordPress theme. But wait, what is this clever hammer-and-blueprint logo that they have displayed on the page? That looks familiar.....

Sprint's target 2014 4G LTE coverage map revealed (Alaska=Lite)
By Dieter Bohn on March 31, 2012 04:17 am
In a speech at the Rural Cellular Association's Spring Expo in Orlando, a Sprint executive flashed the above slide and Sascha Segan of PCMag snagged a shot of it....

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