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#RadioChatter #04-08-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Cheaper farmed salmon may change '12 market
Laine welch
Published: April 7th, 2012 10:41 PM
Last Modified: April 7th, 2012 10:41 PM
A resurgence of farmed fish and shifting world currencies could shake up salmon markets this year. "There are two trends going into the current salmon season that we haven't seen for several years," said Gunnar Knapp, a fisheries economist at the University of Alaska Anchorage. "Exchange rates look to be weaker ... (and) farmed salmon prices, rather than rising or holding steady, have fallen significantly. So we will be selling into a market where there is a lot more competing product available at a lot cheaper price."...

Alaskan students gather at Capitol for environmental action
Posted: April 8, 2012 - 12:03am
Juneau teen Natalie Wade joined a diverse group of teenagers — with participants from Barrow to Ninilchik to Sitka — for the week-long Civics and Conservation Summit in Juneau with Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, a program of National Wildlife Federation....

Watchful eye on new appointees
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 9:38 pm
By HOWARD DELO For the Frontiersman | 0 comments
According to a news release from the governor’s office, Karl Johnstone was re-appointed to the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF). Mike Smith was not. Teresa Sager Albaugh was reappointed to the Alaska Board of Game (BOG). Cliff Judkins was not. Smith was replaced by Orville Huntington of Huslia and Judkins by Robert Mumford of Anchorage. How these changes will affect fish and wildlife management in the Mat-Su will become evident as the respective boards’ meeting cycles unfold this fall. I served with Johnstone during my term on the BOF. His first priority was always to protect the viability and health of the fisheries resource under consideration. If Fish and Game presented data indicating the resource was healthy and could sustain some level of harvest, Johnstone would then vote to allocate the harvestable portion as fairly as possible among the users of that resource....

North Pacific Council halibut plan headed for final decision in October
Margaret Bauman | The Cordova Times | Apr 07, 2012
After hours of testimony and discussion on a halibut catch-sharing plan, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted its preferred scheme for further analysis, with final action expected in October.“Some change will occur,” said Duncan Fields, a council member from Kodiak. “The question for the October meeting is the magnitude of that change.”...

Begich to host roundtable on deepwater port, other Arctic needs
Alex DeMarban | Apr 06, 2012
US Sen. Mark Begich will host a roundtable with Coast Guard officials, shipping experts and others on Monday to discuss the need for a deepwater port that can support increased traffic in the Arctic Ocean....

Mexico's plan to drill deep Gulf wells sets off alarms
Regulator charges that company is unprepared for accidents
McClatchy Newspapers
Published: April 7th, 2012 11:31 PM
Last Modified: April 7th, 2012 11:31 PM
MEXICO CITY -- Two years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Mexico's state oil company is about to test its hand at drilling at extraordinary depths in the Gulf of Mexico....

How Alaska may profit from Japan's nuclear divestment
Alaska Dispatch | Apr 07, 2012
How will a post nuclear-energy Japan power itself? The question was explored by various news outlets this week as Japanese energy officials continue to fan out across the globe in search of natural resources to fuel one of the world’s largest economies....

Halcro: Has Alaska's LNG ship come in?
Andrew Halcro | Apr 07, 2012
Last Friday Governor Sean Parnell announced the three major oil producers on Alaska's North Slope will come together to study an LNG line for export to Asian markets. Does that mean our ship is about to come in? The announcement has been met with hope and cynicism. On one hand Alaskans are enthused by the alignment of the big three in agreeing to study the project. On the other hand the critics say this is just a smoke screen at a time when the legislature is debating oil tax reform. I prefer the former. Ten years ago the same companies came together to study the line through Canada to feed gas to the mid-west, but a combination of cost and the soft price of natural gas caused them to abandon the effort after investing over $100 million....