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#RadioChatter #04-11-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled ...
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens'), hauled out on Bering Sea ice, Alaska, June 1978. (Source: NOAA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
'Threats and challenges'
A new annual report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute sees several "threats and challenges for Alaska in the global marketplace." Among the listed items:...

Legislature approves Fish Board appointees
The Alaska Legislature today confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell's picks for the state Board of Fisheries, Karl Johnstone and Orville Huntington....

National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Polar Ecosystems Program: U.S., Russia Collaborate to Study Ice Seals
A U.S.-Russia team of researchers has designed a large-scale, springtime aerial survey using advanced imaging systems and modern statistical techniques to provide the first comprehensive estimates of abundance for ice-associated seals. The survey, scheduled to begin mid-April 2012 (depending on weather conditions), will include nearly 19,000 nautical miles of track lines over U.S. waters and 11,000 nautical miles over Russian waters. This constitutes the largest survey effort ever undertaken to estimate the abundance of these important seal species. The survey will last into May, and a second survey is planned during the same time in 2013....

US, Russia to begin count of Bering Sea seal population
Researchers hope for accurate count of ice-dependent species.
Associated Press
Published: April 10th, 2012 10:49 PM
Last Modified: April 10th, 2012 10:49 PM
A team of researchers will begin flights over Bering Sea ice to answer a basic question about four of the region's most important species: How many ice-dependent seals are out there?....

Feds to decide fate of seized fishing vessel at Dutch Harbor
by Becky Bohrer / Associated Press
Apr 11, 2012
JUNEAU, Alaska - Federal officials are deciding how to dispose of a ship seized last year for illegal fishing....

Pier 3 on Ports and Harbors Bond
Apr 10,2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska State Legislature is in the last week of the session, and there are many issues still unresolved that would affect Kodiak directly - namely education funding, the capital budget and a proposed general obligation bond.... (link fixed 4-12)

BBEDC Unveils A Program to Give Out Money to Help with Pre-Seasonn Fishing Expenses 04/10/12
Commercial fishermen in the Bristol Bay region have another option to get some money to help them get ready for the summer salmon season. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (3:20)...

2012 Season Preview in the Naknek-Kvichak District 04/10/12
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting that the total sockeye run to Bristol Bay's Naknek-Kvichak Commercial Fishing District will be at least double the run to any other district in the Bay. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (8:50)....

Actually, not that many fish in the sea
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 8:42 AM     Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 8:58 AM
By The Oregonian Editorial Board
"Crispness continues with the halibut," reads a recent restaurant review, "pan-seared golden and swimming in a potato chowder bobbing with small triangles of ham hock." It sounds delicious. But will it be on the menu in 10 years? The question swims to the surface again this spring with Whole Foods' announcement that it will stop selling certain overfished species, such as Atlantic halibut, in favor of fish from sustainable fisheries, such as Pacific halibut.....

The down and dirty on salmon
The oils in fish are good for us, but the accumulated pollutants are not. A blogger tells us how to stay in the pink
By SUSAN SCHWARTZ, The Gazette April 11, 2012 9:24 AM
It started when a friend asked Harriet Sugar Miller what kind of salmon to buy: Wild or farmed? Atlantic or Pacific? Fresh or canned? Sugar Miller, a freelance health journalist and self described "research nut," set out to find an answer for her. She has spent more than 200 hours on the project over six months, and the surface of her dining-room table is thick with research papers and correspondence. She has interviewed government experts, academics and industry people in Canada and in countries including Alaska and Norway, and read dozens of studies. And since March, she has been passing on the considerable amount she has learned through weekly posts to her Eat and Beat Cancer blog ( Pretty well every mainstream nutrition organization advises that we eat fish regularly, although a 2011 poll found that most Canadians don't eat enough. Canada's food guide recommends two servings of oily fish.....

Complicated Legal Snarl in Alaskan Village
ANCHORAGE (CN) - Koniag Inc., a federal land trust, sued a Native Alaskan village that seeks damages equal to those awarded other parties in a 1984 case that allegedly found the trust had deceived its shareholders to merge with other corporations. The Native Village of Karluk wants to de-merge from Koniag and wants its land back, but Koniag claims the tribe is not even one of its members. Koniag sued the village's tribal attorney and tribal court judge in Federal Court. It seeks declaratory judgment and an injunction stating that Tribal Court Judge Orbie Mullins and Tribal Attorney Kurt Kanam have no authority to represent "any independent Indian communities," Indian reservation or Indian trust allotment, in connection with an underlying case involving the de-merger of other tribal corporations....

Four necessary Arctic planning and infrastructure investments in Alaska
Bob Herron, Reggie Joule | Apr 09, 2012
In our last Arctic policy commentary, we discussed the importance of Arctic governance in preparing for the challenges and opportunities facing Alaska in regards to the changing Arctic. Today, we will focus on Arctic Planning and Infrastructure Investment. Due to ever-increasing activity related to shipping, oil and gas development, commercial fishing, and tourism, immediate investment in Arctic infrastructure is a foremost priority for Alaska and the entire United States. Action is needed to enable the responsible development of resources; facilitate, secure, and benefit from new global transportation routes; and safeguard Arctic residents and ecosystems. As international interest and activity in the Arctic continues to rise, America’s preparedness in the region is of national security importance....

Begich panel considers deepwater port to support Arctic shipping
Alex DeMarban | Apr 09, 2012
With ship traffic increasing in the warming Arctic Ocean, many in government and industry contend that Alaska needs its first deepwater port that can host everything from huge ice-breaking ships to small boats while supporting oil-spill responses, rescue missions and refueling operations. But where to put the port, which could cost hundreds of millions of dollars? How deep should it be? Should government or industry pay for it? And what other services, such as an airport, ought to accompany it?...

Intrepid crew salvages souvenirs from Japanese 'ghost ship'
By Ian Austin, The Province April 9, 2012
Eleven days and 1,500 nautical miles later, the intrepid crew that tried to save the Japanese tsunami ghost ship are back in their home port. Stranded in Prince Rupert for two days due to a massive storm, tracked and tailed by U.S. boats and planes, the six men sailed safely into Steveston Monday with a few souvenirs and some lifelong memories. “Life’s all about fun and adventure,” said Capt. Allan Ross, a commercial fisherman and tugboat operator who put together a crew intent on salvaging the Japanese fishboat. “There was a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and a Hercules plane keeping an eye on us. “We were under the gun.”....

An open Bering Strait blocks off sudden swings in climate
By Scott K. Johnson | Published about 3 hours ago
You may remember 2004’s disaster movie and CGI delivery vehicle, The Day After Tomorrow. The premise of the film (which like any self-respecting disaster film, is excessively absurd) is that global warming suddenly plunges the world into the depths of an ice age. New York City drowns under the largest storm surge in history, and then flash freezes. As is the case with many legends, there’s a small kernel of truth at the eye of this hurricane of exaggeration.......