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#RadioChatter #04-12-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Anacapa crew describes sinking the “Ghost Ship”
by Matt Lichtenstein
April 11, 2012 9:58 am
The Ghost Ship was not easy to sink. That was the experience for the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Anacapa. They’d practiced with their deck gun but never used it to actually scuttle a ship. The Petersburg-based cutter gained worldwide notoriety last week when she was ordered to sink the derelict, Japanese fishing boat off the coast of Southeast Alaska. The vessel had reportedly been destined for scrap in Japan, but wound up in US waters a year after being set adrift by the Tsunami which devastated that nation. The Coast Guard decided to scuttle the vessel at sea rather than risking a hazard to shipping and potential pollution closer to shore.... Audio/Text >

Rep. Tammie Wilson's food safety bill on hold pending new regulations
by Matt Buxton
Apr 11, 2012
JUNEAU — The issues surrounding Rep. Tammie Wilson’s far-reaching food safety bill appear to be resolved, at least for now. The North Pole Republican indicated earlier this week that efforts to pass a bill to remove most of the state’s oversight on certain foods sold at farmers markets will be put on hold as the state rolls out a new set of more relaxed standards. “Our whole point is not necessarily to move the bill,” she said. “We want the regulations out before the farmers markets start.” New regulations, which could go into effect in a month, relax some regulations on processed foods....

Halibut Cove salmon pens cause worry
By Elise Wolf
The proposal to install salmon pens in the Halibut Cove Lagoon should worry anyone who cares about this little gem in Kachemak Bay State Park. While presented as benign, it has the potential to cause significant impacts. First, the fish are not native to the Tutka Bay, China Poot, or Humpy Creek Runs, they are from Windy Point. Thus, CIAA is introducing a different line of fish to the Bay. What impacts will come from this? The previous pens the hatchery put in were tiny compared to the current “revised” proposal. They reduced the proposal from 100 to 30 million fish. There has never been 30 million fish in this Lagoon (3-12 million maximum)....

Kachemak City grows by voluntary annexation
Eclectic community believes in keeping taxes low by doing “very little”
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Kachemak City’s boundaries grew to include another 50 people after the Local Boundary Commission approved an annexation requested by the families. Now the 20 or so property owners will see a drop in their mil rate. Kachemak City pays 1 mil in property taxes, 4.5 mils to the Kenai Peninsula Borough and 2.3 mils for South Peninsula Hospital. That adds up to 7.8 mils, compared to the 10.45 mils they were paying....

Murkowski: Hard times ahead
Congress needs to be pursuing answers to the toughest questions but instead focuses on election year
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Sen. Lisa Murkowski illustrates America’s mounting debt by telling school agers and adults to picture each and everyone of them owing $50,000. “You have that much in your pockets?” she asks.
It’s difficult to bend one’s mind around $14 trillion dollars, what that looks like, she told Homer audiences during her visit here last week. “When you break a debt down, it’s pretty amazing. What’s happening in Congress – we’re talking some tough stuff,” Murkowski told those gathered for the Homer Chamber of Commerce meeting Wednesday during her Homer visit.....

Story last updated at 4:46 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Salmon streams cannot be reclaimed
The state of Alaska fines people who divert a creek, but the state Department of Natural Resources is considering letting PacRim destroy 11 miles of a salmon stream?...

Fishery managers call for review of underwater canyons
New evidence shows Bering Sea area is rich in marine life.
The Washington Post
Published: April 10th, 2012 10:46 PM
Last Modified: April 10th, 2012 10:46 PM
Fishery managers in the North Pacific last week voted unanimously to reassess how to treat two large underwater canyons in Alaska's Bering Sea that lie near one of the nation's most profitable fisheries. The move came after scientists published new evidence that the region boasts significant deep-sea corals, sponges and other marine life. Environmentalists and some researchers have argued that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council should place part of the canyons off limits to fishing because little is known about them...... //

Begich talks energy, infrastructure
Posted: April 11, 2012 - 8:38am
By Brian Smith
Peninsula Clarion
Sen. Mark Begich stressed the importance of investing in Alaska's infrastructure during a speech on Tuesday as a way to navigate uncertain economic conditions and boost small business development across the state, nation and in places like the Kenai Peninsula. Begich, D-Alaska, spoke to a near-capacity crowd at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center as part of a joint Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce luncheon. He talked about his involvement in securing federal funds for infrastructure, the importance of supporting the middle class and small businesses and leading the charge -- along with the rest of Alaska's congressional delegation -- on developing Arctic resources....

Story last updated at 3:43 PM on Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Alaska Communications, GCI to begin offering iPhone soon
Fans of Apple's iPhone will get two more choices of cell phone service on the lower Kenai Peninsula this month when Alaska Communications and GCI start offering the iPhone. Through a deal with Apple, starting April 20, both wireless providers will carry the iPhone on their 3G networks. Previously, AT&T had been the only cell phone company offering the iPhone in Homer....

Bar Harbor & Thomas Basin Cleanup:
$12,000-$20,000 worth of grocery carts recovered
April 11, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Members of the Society of American Foresters, Dixon Entrance Chapter, the Ketchikan Yacht Club, Borough employees, and members of the community, as well as the Harbormaster’s Office, participated in the April 7th cleanup of Ketchikan's Bar Harbor and Thomas Basin....

Southeast Troll Chinook Salmon Quota Set Declines
State fisheries officials guided by the Pacific Salmon Treaty have set the all-gear commercial harvest quota for treaty salmon in Southeast Alaska at 197,300 fish, a decrease of 20,700 kings when compared with last year’s troll allocation....

Halibut Workshop Slated for April 24-25 in Seattle
By Margaret Bauman
Methodology and accuracy of the estimation of halibut bycatch will be under discussion at an April workshop in Seattle aimed at getting more information in advance of final action in June on Gulf of Alaska halibut prohibited species catch by federal fisheries managers. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is expected to take action at that meeting in Kodiak to reduce the prohibited species catch limit. The workshop, organized by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the NPFMC, is set for April 24-25. It will broadcast over an Internet website, with presentations for viewing and audio of the entire session, but will not be interactive, said Bruce Leaman, executive director of the IPHC....

EPA Defends Process for Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment
Federal officials rebuked by the state of Alaska for conducting a Bristol Bay watershed assessment that could thwart development of a massive mine are defending the study on grounds that it will provide much information on potential effects of mining....

Corkline-News for Southeast Gillnetters (4/10/12)....

Troll’s fish, fossils depict science in funky art
by Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
Alaska is a fish culture, or more specifically, a salmon culture based on the drama of the runs as species of salmon go on epic sea journeys from fresh water to salt water and back again....

Ecotrust helps launch Community Fisheries Network
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon
Ecotrust announced Wednesday that it helped to launch a new national organization that will promote regional fisheries by helping connect consumers with "community-caught" fish....

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