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#RadioChatter #04-14-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Ringed seal (Phoca hispida) portrait
Ringed seal (Phoca hispida) portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Dillingham City Council Sets Up A "Regional Fisheries Fund" 04/13/12
Dillingham Voters have approved expanding the city limits to include the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District and the Wood River Special Harvest Area. Voters also approved implementing a 2.5-percent local fish tax in the District. The vote comes on the heels of action by the Dillingham City Council to set aside 5-percent of the local fish tax money to pay for improvements to the fishery. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (4:50).... http://www.kdlg.org/news/archive.php?id=1844

Budget funds Sitka, Ketchikan, Kake roads
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
April 13, 2012 4:13 pm
Sitka, Petersburg, Kake and Ketchikan will see existing roads extended and new ones built under the Legislature’s capital budget. Most would boost timber harvests or mining. There’s been talk for years about extending Southeast Alaska’s road system. Projects range from the Skagway-Juneau highway, to a road-tunnel combo crossing Baranof Island, to the Bradfield Canal route to Canada. But little has been built............ The biggest road on the list, at about 50 miles, would connect the village of Kake to the city of Petersburg. It’s tagged for $40 million, and could be built along with a power line. A ferry crossing Wrangell Narrows would also be needed........ http://www.kcaw.org/2012/04/13/budget-funds-sitka-ketchikan-kake-road-projects/

Seals headed for endangered status, NOAA asks for input
April 13th 5:04 pm | Hannah Heimbuch      
As many as six species of ice seals could be joining the endangered species list this summer, following final review and decisions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Of the four species of ringed seals and two distinct population segments of bearded seals, only two of them appear in U.S. or Alaska waters. Those two are the Arctic ringed seal and the Beringia DPS bearded seal.... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1215seals_headed_for_endangered_status_noaa_asks

LNG Export Plant Verges on U.S. Approval Amid Shale Glut
By Joe Carroll - Apr 13, 2012 6:36 AM GMT-0800
Cheniere Energy Inc. (LNG), the natural gas importer that lost $1.2 billion in a decade, is poised to become the sole U.S. exporter of fuel from the shale bonanza that’s turned the nation into the world’s biggest gas producer. The government may decide as soon as next week on Cheniere’s request to build a $10 billion Louisiana plant that would be the largest in the U.S. to liquefy gas and load it onto ocean-going tankers. Regulators will discuss the project April 19. Cheniere’s shares rose as much as 11 percent in New York..... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-12/lng-export-plant-verges-on-u-s-approval-amid-shale-glut.html

Prospects for small gas line alive but fading
Senate substitutes own pipeline bill as Legislature nears adjournment.
By RICHARD MAUER
Anchorage Daily News
Published: April 13th, 2012 10:43 PM
Last Modified: April 14th, 2012 12:30 AM
JUNEAU -- The Senate on Friday took apart a House bill that would promote construction of a small-diameter gas line from the North Slope, leaving prospects for the line alive but distant and adding a new ripple of drama in the Capitol as the Legislature lurched into its last weekend..... http://www.adn.com/2012/04/13/2422312/prospects-for-small-gas-line-alive.html

Conference buoys knowledge of modern scientific concerns
April 13th 5:45 pm | Hannah Heimbuch      
The fifth and largest ever Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference descended on Dillingham last month, bringing a host of experts and members of the curious public together to discuss Alaska's most pressing science issues. "Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and food security were reoccurring themes at the conference," said Chet Chambers, who led a session on Sustainable Energy Programs and Projects at UAF Bristol Bay Campus. "We were very lucky to have Rich Seifert as our keynote speaker and as a presenter in a breakout session," Chambers said.  Seifert is a Professor Emiritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an expert on renewable energy and homebuilding in cold climates..... http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1215conference_buoys_knowledge_of_modern

See salmon, live salmon, paint salmon
April 13th 5:21 pm | Jillian Rogers      
When she looks back on her earlier works, Alaska Native painter Apayo Moore thinks her salmon look like snakes. "I've come a long way," laughed Moore, 27, from her home in Dillingham.
Indeed she has. Moore was born and raised in the Bristol Bay fishing community and has always been artistically inclined. It's hard not to be when she was surrounded by talented carvers, sewers and craftspeople all her life.....{"She also sells works through her Web site and Facebook page." .. No link to page provided by BB Times? grrr.... ) > http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1215see_salmon_live_salmon_paint_salmon

ASMI donates canned herring for food aid program
Posted 04/13/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has donated and shipped 62,000 cans of Alaska canned herring to Samaritan’s Purse for use in existing food aid programs in Liberia, ASMI officials said April 10......  (  http://thecordovatimes.com/article/1215asmi-donates-canned-herring-for-food-aid

Public meetings scheduled on restructuring fisheries observer program
Funding and deployment for observers at heart of discussion
Posted 04/13/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Federal fisheries officials have scheduled public meetings in Washington State, Oregon and Alaska on a proposal to restructure the funding and deployment system for observers in North Pacific groundfish and halibut fisheries..... http://thecordovatimes.com/article/1215public-meetings-scheduled-on-restructuring

Catch a $3 ride around town soon
Homer to gain new transportation system
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune
HOMER TRIBUNE/Naomi Klouda - Jennifer Beckman, director of CARTS, explains the new transportation system.
In about a month, look for two new minivans on Homer roads that will serve for public transportation.
In what is described as a “Homeresque” solution to a problem, the new busing system is a partnership between the Central Area Rural Transit System and two local taxi companies, Kostas and Kachemak Cab. CART bought the two minivans, and turns them over to the cab companies to operate. To ride the “buses,” anyone can purchases a packet of vouchers. Then each ride is $3 within city boundaries. This would help kids who need to stay after school for activities whose parents are working. It would help when cars are in the shop. It could help anyone who doesn’t own a car..... http://homertribune.com/2012/04/catch-a-3-ride-around-town-soon/

Petersburg: Hammer Slough mudslide sends silt into Middle Harbor
April 12, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 15
Amound of mud has been making its way down Hammer Slough since a mudslide near the Public Works office last fall. On Saturday, at an extreme low tide of -3.6, the silt lifted a privately-owned float and at least one boat right out of the water. “Our best guess is that it's 600 to 1,000 cubic yards.” said Harbormaster Glorianne Wollen. The problem with the mud is that when the tide is extremely low, property that should be afloat, sits on mud instead.... http://www.petersburgpilot.com/story/2012/04/12/news/hammer-slough-mudslide-sends-silt-into-middle-harbor/145.html

APRIL 13, 2012, 12:13 P.M. ET
10 Things Seafood Restaurants Won't Tell You
With fewer fish in the sea, serving up selections from the desert -- and the lab.
1. "It's your fault our prices are rising."
Americans are crazy about their fish -- maybe a little too crazy. U.S. seafood consumption has been rising steadily since 1960, and a recent study published in Conservation Biology reports that up to 33 percent of global fish stocks have been overharvested. With some wild populations being fished to the point of diminishing returns, governments worldwide have...... http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/travel/10-things-seafood-restaurants-wont-tell-you-1334333454956/