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#RadioChatter #04-13-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Map of Alaska highlighting the Hoonah-Angoon C...
Map of Alaska highlighting the Hoonah-Angoon Census Area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Apr 12, 2012 - 12:40 PM AKST
Angoon residents petition for Southeast salmon closures
The U.S. secretaries of Interior and Agriculture are considering a petition from the Angoon village corporation to exert federal jurisdiction over state waters in Southeast to protect subsistence harvests of sockeye salmon. Following an unprecedented joint meeting of the Federal Subsistence Board and its Southeast Regional Advisory Council March 21 to March 23 in Juneau, the board forwarded its sealed recommendation to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The decision could come within weeks — possibly before the start of the season — on the extraterritorial jurisdiction petition filed in May 2010 by Kootznoowoo Inc. The petition includes a number of potential remedies for the secretaries to consider, including: closing state fishing districts in Chatham, Icy and Peril straits from June until mid-August; reducing the fishing area or shutting down the Hidden Falls Hatchery just southwest of Angoon across Chatham Strait on Baranof Island; and ending state enforcement of subsistence bag limits within....

Sitka Herring Fishery Closes
By Ed Ronco, KCAW - Sitka | April 12, 2012 - 5:23 pm
What was poised to be the largest Sitka herring fishery in recent history has closed with less than half the quota caught. Managers made the announcement Thursday morning to shut down the fishery for the year after just three openings... //

Unwilling to go quietly, Yukon boater Wilde appeals to 9th Circuit
Craig Medred | Apr 11, 2012
National Park Service rangers thought they'd taught old Jim Wilde a lesson when they took him down along the Yukon River in the fall of 2010, handcuffed him and hauled him off to jail -- a day's journey away in Fairbanks. Obviously, the 71-year-old resident of Central, Alaska, didn't get the message. First he fought the federal agency in court. He lost on three out of four counts with a District Court magistrate, who refused to grant Wilde a trial, ruling that Americans are required to listen to the orders of park rangers and comply immediately. Several Fairbanks residents who attended Wilde's trial in the Interior city last spring observed, if a grizzly bear is charging and a ranger shouts "Don't shoot!'', put the gun down and prepare to be mauled.
 Wilde's argument at trail was that when rangers tried to stop his boat in the middle of the Yukon River and he took off, he wasn't fleeing. He was going to shore where he and the rangers could meet each other safely on terra firma. He did go to shore. They met. Rangers said he was blustery and aggressive....

Observer Program Restructuring Will Simplify Reporting
Apr 12, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Fishing vessel owners have just over eight months to get familiar with the new rules of the observer program. NOAA Fisheries has used the program since 1972 to collect data for use in bycatch reduction, stock assessment, protecting certain species, gear research and regulations compliance. Martin Loefflad  is the director of the Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division for NOAA. Under the current program vessels are required to have an observer on board 30 percent of the days that they fish. Loefflad says a major problem is that it's hard to predict how many days a crew might be out at sea and so they get a lot of data at the beginning of a quarter and then some at the end when captains realize that they need a few more days of observation to be in compliance. He says gaps in the data make it difficult to fully understand what's going on in any particular fishery. The restructured observer program will change that....

NOAA's Seal Survey Team in Dillingham 04/12/12
A Joint Effort by scientists from the US and Russia to estimate the abundance of ice-seals in the Bering Sea kicked off this week. KDLG's Dave Bendinger caught up with the team at Dillingham Airport, and filed this. (4:53)..

ASMI 2012 Annual Report Released
The seafood marketing arm of the State of Alaska has released its annual report for 2012 that outlines how Alaska seafood is doing on the global market. KDLG's Mike Mason looked it over and filed this report. (2:58)...

Oregon: Fishermen excited about high salmon prices
By Jessica Porter, KCBY News Published: Apr 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM PDT Last Updated: Apr 12, 2012 at 9:32 AM PDT...

AK First Lady visits Keet for local fish lunch
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
April 11, 2012 10:34 pm
Alaska First Lady Sandy Parnell was in Sitka on Wednesday  to honor a program that offers local fish lunches to students. The Fish to Schools Program grew out of a health summit in Sitka two years ago when someone suggested serving local fish in school cafeterias. The project is led by the Sitka Conservation Society and NANA Management, which handles the school lunch program for the Sitka School District.

Should Alaska take the lead in financing new icebreakers?
Alex DeMarban | Apr 11, 2012
Gov. Sean Parnell says the state might be interested in helping finance a new icebreaker so the U.S. can make up lost ground in the race for Arctic dominance. That's the gist of the governor's response to a lengthy letter from Rep. Don Young offering ideas on how Alaska can help the cash-strapped federal government put costly new icebreakers off Alaska's increasingly busy northern coasts. With the nation's icebreaking fleet reduced to a single working ship -- its two large icebreakers are undergoing repairs or being decommissioned -- the state and U.S. government should consider sharing costs to make new icebreakers a reality, Young suggested in a Feb. 7 letter to Parnell. New or refurbished icebreakers will cost hundreds of millions of dollars....

Thursday, April 12, 2012
For Alaska (and Qatar and Mozambique and Russia) China is the hub of hope
Foreign Policy
By Steve LeVine
What do you do if you have the natural gas equivalent of 6 billion barrels of oil, and no way to get it to a market? And what if you are uncertain that there will ever be a profitable market for this stranded treasure, at least in the coming couple of decades?...

Fishermen look at new way to keep seals off their lines
Recreational anglers unhappy that seals steal salmon before they can be reeled in
Robert Barron, Daily News
Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012
A new acoustic device to discourage seals from taking salmon right off the lines of recreational anglers is being received with cautious optimism by fishermen in Nanaimo.
The device, called the Orca-Stra and developed in Courtenay by Ron McDonough, uses the sounds of a pod of transient killer whales to scare away seals and sea lions that have become habituated to following fishing boats to steal away fish that are on the lines before they can be reeled in....

Environmental groups appeal ruling on Arctic offshore leases
Associated Press
Published: April 13th, 2012 12:44 AM
Last Modified: April 13th, 2012 12:44 AM
An appeals court will decide whether federal regulators conducted adequate environmental studies before selling $2.7 billion in petroleum leases off Alaska's northwest coast..

Oregon Ocean Fishermen Fear Japanese Tsunami Debris
NANCY McCARTHY | April 12, 2012 12:26 p.m.
SEASIDE — Commercial albacore fisherman Bob Williams worries about what he might do, thousands of miles out in the ocean alone, if his boat runs into debris from the Japanese tsunami. “It’s not visible at night,” said Williams, who could be fishing somewhere between Oregon and Hawaii. “If you run across a flotilla of nets, you’re dead out there.” Williams expressed his concern following a discussion in Seaside Wednesday about how much and what kind of debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami might wash up on local beaches....

First Approval for Iridium Extreme Docking Station
press release
Friday, April 13, 2012, 7:56 AM
Beam Granted World’s First Approval for Iridium Extreme Docking Station.
Beam Communications Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Reach Limited (ASX: WRR), announces it has received certification by Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) for use of Beam’s LiteDOCK docking station for the Iridium Extreme® satellite phone.  Beam is the first manufacturer in the world to receive Iridium’s official certification of a docking unit for the Iridium Extreme handset. Iridium is the operator of the world’s furthest reaching communications network....