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#RadioChatter #04-05-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Aerial view of the Port of Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
Aerial view of the Port of Anchorage, Alaska, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Who has authority to assess Pebble mine risks: Alaska or EPA?
Margaret Bauman | The Cordova Times | Apr 04, 2012
As fishermen organize nationally to protect the Bristol Bay watershed from potential adverse affects from mining, the state of Alaska is blasting a federal watershed assessment that could justify prohibitions against mine wastes in the watershed. On Wednesday, 77 fishing groups and organizations from throughout the United States, including Commercial Fishermen of America and the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association, signed a letter to the Obama Administration asking for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect Bristol Bay and its vast natural resources, which include the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run....

Conservation plan demanded for endangered Pacific Right Whale
Margaret Bauman | The Cordova Times | Apr 04, 2012
A conservation group has served notice on the National Marine Fisheries Service to develop a recovery plan under the Endangered Species Act for the endangered North Pacific Right Whale or face a lawsuit. “North Pacific right whales lead a precarious existence,” said Rebecca Noblin, Alaska director for the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed a formal notice of intent to sue the service last month. “Without the full protections of the Endangered Species Act, including a strong recovery plan, these whales will live on only in history books.”.....

Fisheries Panel Moves to Protect Undersea Canyons
By Steve Heimel, APRN - Anchorage | April 4, 2012 - 8:27 pm
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council yesterday directed its staff to do a scientific review of evidence that some areas of the Bering Sea are such rich fish habitat they should be protected.  The Council was looking at close to thirty thousand letters and comments from tribes, environmental groups and even a supermarket chain, urging them to protect Pribilof and Zemchug Canyons....

State Troopers Enforcement Priorities in the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District 04/04/12
The Alaska State Troopers provided an update on their enforcement priorities in the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District during last month's "Business of Fish" workshop in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:09)...

Food Insecurity in Rural Alaska 04/04/12
Last week's science conference in Dillingham included a detailed presentation on food security in rural Alaska. KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more. (3:54)...

Hazardous Waste Disposal in Rural Alaska 04/04/12
How do you dispose of hazardous waste in rural Alaska? At least some of the answers were given during a large science conference held last week in Dillingham. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:21)...

Salmon Numbers Bounce Back
By Terry Dillman
Depending on who’s talking, 2012 could usher in a new era or the end of the world as we know it – bring transformation or cataclysm. If anyone can understand how it feels to get caught between those extremes, it would be Pacific Coast commercial salmon fishermen. Idled for most of the past six years, the fleet faces much-improved prospects for the 2012 salmon season. Encouraged by predictions of plentiful overall salmon returns, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) on March 7 announced three alternatives for managing commercial and recreational salmon fisheries. Officials say salmon fisheries in Oregon and California “look particularly promising,” thanks to good river conditions and excellent ocean conditions for salmon....

NPFMC Asks for Further Analysis on Halibut Catch Sharing Plan
via Fishermen's News Online by Fishermen's News on 4/4/12
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has identified new preferred alternatives for a halibut catch sharing plan for further analysis, with final action now expected at its October meeting in Anchorage. The vote at the council’s spring meeting in Anchorage came after hours of testimony and discussion. Duncan Fields, a council member from Kodiak, said that indeed some change will occur, but the question for the October meeting is what the magnitude of that change will be. The motion approved by the council on April 2 amended the federal council’s previous action on the halibut catch sharing plan in ways that stand to give an increased allocation to the charter sector, by revising charter allocations at lower levels of abundance.....

Alaska Fish Board Increases Allocation of Aleutian Island Golden King Crab
via Fishermen's News Online by Fishermen's News on 4/4/12
A five percent increase in the Aleutian Islands golden king crab allocation, approved by the Alaska Board of Fisheries at its March meeting in Anchorage, goes into effect in August, raising the 2012-13 quota to nearly 6.3 million pounds. That’s some 300,000 additional pounds annually. Price potential is undetermined at this time....

Chum Salmon Bycatch Issues Likely Won’t be Resolved Until 2014
via Fishermen's News Online by Fishermen's News on 4/4/12
Efforts to amend the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands groundfish fishery management plan and federal regulations to establish new measures to reduce chum salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea Pollock fishery now likely won’t be resolved at earliest until 2014. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, during its spring meeting in Anchorage, voted to send the issue back for further analysis. Chris Oliver, executive director of the council, said the matter will probably be on the agenda for the October meeting in Anchorage. If a final decision is made then, it would then go to the US Department of Commerce for approval....

IPv6 and Prepaid Electricity
Apr 04, 2012 8:44 AM PDTComments: 0Views: 752
PrintComment By Yves Poppe
When visiting a friend in the UK in my student days some decades ago, he asked me at one point in time if I had some coins to keep the electricity meter going. This was the first and last time I saw a coin activated electricity meter. In my mind, prepaid electricity now essentially belonged to a distant past when Scrooge like landlords would make sure renters did not disappear without paying their electricity bills....