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#RadioChatter #04-07-2012 Comfish News Roundup

UAF Drone in Nome
Drones fly well in Aleutians: Lower and slower
April 6th 2:35 pm | Jim Paulin
Tim Mites, a longtime player in the fishing industry, had a better idea for counting Stellar sea lions. He'd heard a lot about the tiny flying cameras, better known as aerial drones used by the military in Afghanistan.
On a 21-day cruise through the Aleutian Islands last month, the team from the University of Alaska Fairbanks along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Mammal Laboratory evaluated the use of unmanned aircraft to supplement other Steller sea lion surveys in the western Aleutians Islands. Since the 1970s, the population of Steller sea lions has declined dramatically and the western stock is currently listed as an endangered species. This has led to restrictions on commercial fishing, frustrating Mites, former owner of the Bering Sea bottom fish factory trawler Seafisher.
Mites said he looked all over for someone with aerial drone expertise, before..

Annexation opponents unveil Bristol Bay borough study
April 6th 1:59 pm | Misty Nielsen      
In a new twist to get Dillingham residents to consider options other than the proposed 2.5 percent fish tax and annexation that they will be voting for or against on April 10, the Citizens for Sustainable Communities Opposing Dillingham's Annexation and Fish Tax paid for an assessment to measure the fiscal feasibility of a possible western Bristol Bay borough.
The assessment was presented during a meeting held at the Valerie A. Larson Family Resource Center in Dillingham on March 31. It was introduced only after representatives from a number of local organizations voiced their organizations' opposition to the proposed annexation and tax....

Kodiak: Full Lineup Scheduled for ComFish 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Alaska's largest fisheries trade show starts next week here in Kodiak. This is the 32nd year for ComFish. It's grown from being part of Crab Fest and eventually outgrew its space at the armory and the Coast Guard base. This year the trade show will be at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. Kodiak Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Trevor Brown says at its peak ComFish has hosted 200 vendor booths. While there will be 40 booths this year, Brown says the forums are another important element of ComFish....

City of Dillingham Annexation Pitch to Staff with the City School District 04/07/12
A couple of members of the Dillingham City Council and the City Manager answered questions about the proposed annexation of the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District during a presentation Thursday specifically for staff members of the Dillingham City School District. KDLG's Mike Mason was there and filed this report. (5:24)..

Trooper Priorities in the 2012 Bristol Bay Commercial Salmon Fishing Outlook 04/06/12
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the official outlook for the 2012 commercial fishing season in Bristol Bay. It includes details about the enforcement priorities for the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. KDLG's Mike Mason looked it over for this report. (3:07)...

Salmon bacon strikes again
West goes east, returns with thoughts of expansion
Posted: April 5, 2012 - 9:21pm
By Logan Tuttle
Peninsula Clarion
Alligator was something Fred West had never had the chance to try — that was until he was sent to the Boston International Seafood Show last month. “It was tasty,” he said. West’s trip to Boston was the result of his Tustumena Smokehouse receiving the Alaska Symphony of Seafood new products contest grand prize award in February for their Kylee’s Alaskan Salmon Bacon. The product is free of hormones, steroids, gluten and other chemicals — making it edible for those, including his granddaughter Kylee, who normally can not consume bacon because of allergic reactions....

Begich, Cantwell call for debris study funds
April 6th 2:39 pm | Hannah Heimbuch      
Have you found a foreign fishing float washed up on the beach and just don't know what to do next? Well, there's an app for that. The Marine Debris Tracker app for smart phones from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association allows the connected beachcomber to log their debris finds. The app automatically logs the GPS coordinates when the record is submitted and sends the info off to the appropriate data center....

Northwest fishermen don't want to reel in tsunami debris
Posted on April 6, 2012 at 5:49 PM
Updated yesterday at 6:21 PM
SEATTLE -- With a field of debris from last year's tsunami in Japan heading for the U.S., Seattle fishermen worry about running their boats right into it. "It scares you when you hit something with a boat," says Hunter "Catfish" Cranz, owner of the Polar Prince....

Fur loss, lesions reported in Beaufort Sea polar bears
Scientists have been unable to find the cause of maladies.
Anchorage Daily News
Published: April 6th, 2012 10:29 PM
Last Modified: April 6th, 2012 10:33 PM
Research scientists working for the U.S. Geological Survey report that some Alaska polar bears are losing their fur....

WSJ News Graphics
Pink slime was mentioned almost 100,000 times on Twitter last month. #infographic

Anchorage inches toward record snow for city
by The Associated Press
Apr 06, 2012....

Oil industry says no to Senate's oil tax plan
Officials pan SB192; BP Alaska proposes changes of its own.
Associated Press
Published: April 6th, 2012 11:14 PM
Last Modified: April 7th, 2012 01:12 AM
Oil industry officials panned the Senate's oil tax plan Friday, saying it raises taxes at certain prices, complicates the tax structure and won't lead to the kind of investment the state wants to boost oil production....

Nasa scientist: climate change is a moral issue on a par with slavery
Prof Jim Hansen to use lecture at Edinburgh International Science Festival to call for worldwide tax on all carbon emissions
Severin Carrell, Friday 6 April 2012 06.00 EDT
Prof Jim Hansen: 'We’re handing future generations a climate system which is potentially out of their control'. Photograph: Melanie Patterson/AP
Averting the worst consequences of human-induced climate change is a "great moral issue" on a par with slavery, according to the leading Nasa climate scientist Prof Jim Hansen. He argues that storing up expensive and destructive consequences for society in future is an "injustice of one generation to others". Hansen, who will next Tuesday be awarded the prestigious Edinburgh Medal for his contribution to science, will also in his acceptance speech call for a worldwide tax on all carbon emissions. In his lecture, Hansen will argue that the challenge facing future generations from climate change is so urgent that a flat-rate global tax is needed to force immediate cuts in fossil fuel use. Ahead of receiving the award – which has previously been given to Sir David Attenborough, the....