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#RadioChatter #04-17-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Media Advisory : Memorial service scheduled for fallen shipmates
USCG: KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Base Kodiak is hosting a memorial service for two fallen Coast Guardsmen from Communication Station Kodiak Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Hangar Three of Air Station Kodiak.
Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and Richard Belisle died Thursday as the result of a shooting. The FBI, Coast Guard, and Alaska State Troopers are working closely to investigate the incident.
"Words cannot express how thankful we are for the community support and understanding we have received during this difficult time," said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, 17th Coast Guard District. "The outpouring of community support honors the memory of our lost shipmates and helps the families cope with their unspeakable loss."
WHAT: Memorial service to honor Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and Richard Belisle.
WHEN: Wednesday at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Air Station Kodiak, Hangar Three, Cape Spencer Street Building 14, Kodiak, Alaska 99619.
Editor's note: Media will be invited to attend the ceremony but will be expected to adhere to ground rules set in place to minimize their impact to families and grieving Coast Guardsmen. Media interested in attending the memorial service must contact Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis at 907-654-4112 no later than Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Bristol Bay Red Kings Face Challenges
Apr 16, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
There are many challenges facing the Bristol Bay Red King Crab, both long- and short-term. Bob Foy is the director of the Kodiak Lab of the National Marine Fisheries Service, which charts crab abundance in the Bering Sea...

Dillingham annexation vote 'too close to call'
Carey Restino | Bristol Bay Times | Apr 15, 2012
An unofficial vote count Tuesday put the tally of Dillingham voters in favor of annexing the Nushagak Bay commercial fishing waters ahead of those opposed by a little more than 50 votes, but 100 absentee ballots are yet to be counted, so the outcome of the contentious election is still unknown. According to the Dillingham City Clerk's office, 353 people voted in favor of Prop. No. 1, which allowed for the city to annex the commercial fishing waters. Some 301 voted against the move. On the issue of levying a 2.5 percent raw fish tax, 352 people voted in favor, 302 against. There were 115 absentee and questioned ballots yet to be counted, however, with a meeting of the canvassing committee scheduled for Thursday at 5 p.m....

Kodiak: Community Meeting Over Slayings
Apr 16, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
While authorities remain tight-lipped about a double-homicide at the Coast Guard Communications Station Thursday morning, Alaska State Trooper vehicles were seen blocking access to a home in Bell’s Flats all weekend. Individuals in white Tyvek overalls were seen Sunday searching the house and area. Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins, a 41-year-old electronics technician, and Richard Belisle, a 51-year-old civilian employee and retired Coast Guard chief petty officer, were found shot to death in what is known as the “rigging building” at the ComSta, about three miles down Antone Larsen Bay Road. Belisle worked as a rigger, who someone skilled in installing and maintaining communications towers.....

FBI quiet on details of Coast Guard killings on Kodiak base
Agency cites "integrity of the investigation" in declining to talk of case.
Associated Press
Published: April 16th, 2012 11:10 PM
Last Modified: April 16th, 2012 11:11 PM
Four days after two men were gunned down at a Coast Guard air station on Kodiak Island, area residents told Coast Guard officials they're frustrated by a lack of information and skeptical of official assurances that they are not in danger.About 150 people turned out for a Monday night community meeting where Coast Guard officials and Kodiak leaders fielded questions. The FBI is the lead investigative agency in last Thursday's shooting deaths. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that no one from the FBI answered questions at the meeting....

2 species of Alaska ice seals face endangered listing
Hannah Heimbuch | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | Apr 15, 2012
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. This week NOAA opened a 30-day public comment period regarding recently completed peer reviews addressing the endangerment status of these seals....

How Well, and How Poorly, We Harvest Ocean Life
Published: April 16, 2012
To hear some people tell it, the increasingly energetic and sophisticated fishing industry has left the world’s oceans a shambles, with species of cod, sharks, tuna and other fish hunted almost to extinction and vast stretches of the ocean floor wrecked by bottom-scraping trawlers.To hear some other people tell it, many depleted stocks are recovering nicely. Ray Hilborn, a fisheries scientist at the University of Washington, wades into this disagreement in his new book and comes out with a lucid explication of a highly tangled issue. Each argument, he concludes, has some truth on its side. “It depends on where you look,” he writes. “You can paint horror story after horror story if you want. You can paint success after success.”....

If the food’s in plastic, what’s in the food?
By Susan Freinkel, Published: April 16
In a study published last year in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers put five San Francisco families on a three-day diet of food that hadn’t been in contact with plastic. When they compared urine samples before and after the diet, the scientists were stunned to see what a difference a few days could make: The participants’ levels of bisphenol A (BPA), which is used to harden polycarbonate plastic, plunged — by two-thirds, on average — while those of the phthalate DEHP, which imparts flexibility to plastics, dropped by more than half. The findings seemed to confirm what many experts suspected: Plastic food packaging is a major source of these potentially harmful chemicals, which most Americans harbor in their bodies. Other studies have shown phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) passing into food from processing equipment and food-prep gloves, gaskets and seals on non-plastic containers, inks used on labels — which can permeate packaging — and even the plastic film used in agriculture......

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