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#RadioChatter #04-09-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Tongass National Forest
Tongass National Forest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Russia, US coast guards meet all week in Juneau
Leaders address illegal fishing, joint actions in countries' waters
Posted: April 8, 2012 - 12:12am
In a reaffirmation of ongoing cooperative efforts, the Russia and U.S. coast guards have finalized and signed an agreement on joint actions dealing with increased vessel traffic and illegal and unreported fishing in the countries’ northern waters. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, District 17 commander, and Russian Lt. Gen. Rafael Daerbaev, chief of the Northeast Border Guard of the Coast Guard of the Russian Federal Security Service, singed the document of understanding Wednesday in Juneau....

Less than half of Sitka herring quota taken so far...

Whose Alaska salmon is on menu at Louisiana bar and grill?
Craig Medred | Apr 08, 2012
The fish patties served up at the Wild Salmon, a bar and grill in Lafayette, La., have attracted some local attention, but it's not exactly the sort of thing a business owner with connections to Alaska wants to see."The bar on Foreman Drive is named after owner Steve Dimmick's salmon burger,'' The Times of Lafayette reported on Thursday. "That salmon and other fresh fish are caught during Dimmick's six-week-long trips to the Kanai (sic) River in Alaska. You can see the flyer for the hotel where Dimmick stays right next to the bar's beer cooler.".....

China set to ban Indian seafood from June 1 #SupplyChain
KOLKATA/AHMEDABAD: Seafood exporters from Gujarat and Maharashtra are at a loss as China has decided to stop imports of Indian seafood on quality grounds from June 1. India has been excluded from the list of countries that have cleared China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine ( AQSIQ) certification norms for the export of aquatic products. Seafood exporters have decided to move the commerce as well as agricultural ministries on the issue.....

National Geographic adventurer recalls walrus attack
Erik Boomer in Iqaluit to help give polar survival course
CBC News Posted: Apr 8, 2012 10:46 AM CT Last Updated: Apr 8, 2012 12:02 PM CT
National Geographic’s adventurer of the year for 2012, Erik Boomer, was in Iqaluit last week to help run a polar survival course. Last year, he and his partner John Turk became the first to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island in Nunavut by foot, skis and kayak. The pair had to avoid shifting ice, strong winds and one aggressive walrus. Boomer said he was looking at the walrus pack from what seemed to be a safe distance. "And I didn’t even try to take pictures because they were really big animals and their tusks were large as well," he said.....

Cruise ship tax falling short of financial expectations in Sitka
Nearly one-third of visitors didn't owe state cruise ship tax.
Associated Press
Published: April 8th, 2012 11:19 PM
Last Modified: April 8th, 2012 11:19 PM
Approximately 120,000 passengers stepped off cruise ships in Sitka last year, and municipal officials expected $5 for each one as the city's share of Alaska's $34.50 state cruise ship passenger tax.Sitka's check from the state, however, arrived with a surprise: Fewer than 83,000 passengers who stopped at the port were assessed the tax. It turns out that not every guest aboard a major cruise ship stopping at an Alaska port is taxed. Under state law, the $34.50 tax is assessed only for passengers who spend 72 hours or more per voyage in state waters. The Alaska Department of Revenue concluded that a third of the cruise visitors who stopped in Sitka did not qualify for the tax......

U.S. Forest Service Plans to Purchase, Restore Lands in 15 States
Land and Water Conservation Fund provides support for land acquisition projects.
Compiled by staff
Published: Apr 9, 2012
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the U.S. Forest Service will dedicate $40.6 million for 27 exceptional land acquisition projects in 15 states that will help safeguard clean water, provide recreational access, preserve wildlife habitat, enhance scenic vistas and protect historic and wilderness areas. Projects funded are in Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Washington. Projects range from protecting nationally significant lands from threat of residential development in North Carolina to help pave the way to help purchase the largest single parcel of privately held land with the Kootznoowoo Wilderness on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.....

No on GMOs
Posted: April 9, 2012 - 12:05am
As a youth delegate at the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Civics & Conservation Summit, I have focused on House Bill 100......

Blizzard: Taking charities out of politics
......... One organization, Tides Canada, provides the infrastructure by which cash raised in the U.S. can be washed through to various Canadian charities. “Tides Canada can filter enormous amounts of money from American foundations,” Eaton said in an interview. She points to the work of west coast blogger Vivian Krause, who has documented how several American foundations poured millions of dollars into Tides Canada to campaign to “demarket” B.C. farmed salmon. “The Packard Foundation was very responsible for demarketing Canadian B.C. salmon,” Eaton said. “It had links to Alaska ranch salmon. “It in effect destroyed Canadian BC salmon, and it increased the value of Alaskan salmon,” she said.....

In an old Chicago meat plant, greens and fish grow
AP National Writer
CHICAGO — They call this place the Back of the Yards, a neighborhood in the middle of the city once filled with acres and acres of stockyards. In their heyday, those stockyards gave Chicago a reputation as the world's meat-packing capital — but also as an environmental and health horror brought to life in the stark images of Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle....

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