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#RadioChatter #04-19-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Agattu Island, Steller Sea Lion bull
Agattu Island, Steller Sea Lion bull (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
New Technology Could Benefit Whales, Fishermen
Apr 18, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
After generations of overharvesting, whale populations are generally recovering. Kate Wynne is a marine mammal specialist at the University of Alaska's Marine Advisory Program. She says that an increasing number of whales is a great thing but it also means that fishermen must be more conscientious of them. The whales can get caught up in nets and suffocate. "Now they're running into fishing gear a long the shorelines, especially coastal gear. So I've been working for a couple of years to understand how to try to prevent them from running into nets and there's some pretty good new technology out there."....

What role does the Bering Strait play in moderating global temperatures?
Doug O'Harra | Apr 18, 2012
Alaska’s Bering Strait may play a critical role in the regulation of the global climate — including a knack for maintaining the Atlantic Ocean “conveyor belt” that bathes northern Europe in eon-long kisses of sultry currents and warm wet weather. But squeeze shut the 53-mile-wide narrows between the Pacific and Arctic oceans off the western tip of Alaska — something that occurred during the last ice age when continental ice sheets locked up much of the world’s fresh water — and the oceanic engine that stabilizes the home planet's climate becomes much more likely to go on the fritz and stay that way for a long time. These resulting shutdowns have previously stalled the Gulf Stream and triggered abrupt swings between warmer and frigid climates, what scientists call Dansgaard-Oeschger and Heinrich events. These jarring shifts struck the North Atlantic as many as 25 times between 80,000 and about 11,000 years ago, all during moments when the Bering Land Bridge blocked all flow between Pacific and Arctic oceans....

NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Western Steller Sea Lion EIS Process
Federal fisheries managers are asking for public comment as they begin preparing an environmental impact statement on Steller sea lion protection measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area groundfish fisheries. “Scoping brings out ideas that help shape what comes through the process,” said Jim Balsiger, administrator for the Alaska region of NOAA Fisheries. “I ......

Wild Salmon’s Future Looks Bright, Alaska Seafood Exports Up 35.1 Percent
University of Alaska Anchorage economics professor Gunnar Knapp says he’s optimistic about the future of Alaska wild salmon, but also cautions about challenges ahead. Knapp told participants in ComFish 2012 at Kodiak on April 12 that global demand for Alaska wild salmon is likely to keep growing, for reasons ranging from growing populations to the popularity of new product forms, but that regime......

Community Fisheries Network Formed
Fourteen community fishing associations, from Maine to Alaska, are banding together as the Community Fisheries Network to share their knowledge to promote environmental stewardship of local waters and sustained participation in community-based fisheries. Linda Behnken is the executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Sitka, a charter member of the network announced April 12....

What to Look For in a New RSW Chiller
By Rick Greenquist
The most common on-board refrigeration system in the fishing industry, besides galley refrigeration, is the Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) system. For the fisherman that needs to refrigerate his catch, the reliable operation of the RSW system is extremely critical. Inadequate capacity means shorter trips; unreliable operation can mean the loss of the entire catch, as well as the loss of fuel and supply expenses for that trip.
When you contract for a new RSW system, how do you know that the system you purchase will meet your expectations? In a highly competitive environment where the purchase price often sells the system, you can easily get shortchanged on capacity. Furthermore, the lack of a properly engineered RSW design can leave you with a troublesome system that costs more to own than any other system on your boat. Both of these problems often have no easy remedy....

Don't blink; tsunami debris will be on our shores later this year
Curt Hopkins | The Christian Science Monitor | Apr 17, 2012
The earliest debris from last March's Japanese tsunami has already made landfall in Alaska and portions of the Western United States, and the larger debris field is now expected to come ashore this year, according to new estimates by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An earlier model had suggested that the bulk of the debris, which is now dispersed north of the Hawaiian islands, would wash up on the West Coast next year. But now government agencies and local volunteer groups are moving their preparations forward....

Do commercial fishermen make a good catch? APRIL 18, 2012 in FISHERMEN
The answer is YES!
Here’s my top twenty reasons why I think they are so cool.
#1. They are cute in their xtratuffs, sweat shirts and baseball hats.
#2. They are in good physical shape.
#3. They are open minded and willing to learn new techniques to help them be more effective.
#4. They are good listeners....

Crew of Healy lauded for guiding Renda through ice to Nome
Alaska Dispatch | Apr 18, 2012 >>

iPhone coming to Alaska Communications
Posted: April 18, 2012 - 8:00am
The iPhone will be “there for you” starting Thursday night at midnight at the Alaska Communications store in Kenai. “Our customers have wanted it for a long time so come April 20th at midnight we’ll be offering the iPhone to our loyal faithful customers,” said Alaska Communications Retail Sale Lead Deborah Beaudry told the Dispatch in an interview.....