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#RadioChatter #04-20-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Platform supply vessels battle the blazing rem...
Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew. Fran├žais : Les restes en feu de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Conflict expands over rockfish catch shares
As expected, more fishing vessel owners are asking for a say in the big rockfish lawsuit Kodiak processors have brought against federal fishery regulators....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
Apr 19, 2012
Coming up this week, more on the truncated and disappointing Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring season, Senator Begich is pushing a replacement program in case the J-1 Student Worker Visa Program is ended, and Alaska Seafood exports were way up last year. All that, plus don't count on the Pile Bay Road this spring, and at least the Legislature passed a geoduck bill while they were in session. We had help this week from KCAW's Ed Ronco in Sitka and Jennifer Canfield in Kodiak....

Outside Editorial: Tsunami alert: Don't cut that program
Posted: April 19, 2012 - 12:08am
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times: After last week’s earthquake in the Indian Ocean, people in Indonesia responded far differently than they had seven years earlier, after another major quake: They evacuated low coastal areas to escape a possible tsunami. As it turned out, there were no killer tidal surges for various reasons, including the type of earth movement involved. Still, the response was a welcome improvement....

UFA: Seafood Leads Alaska Exports in Record Setting Year
April 19, 2012
(SitNews) - Alaska Seafood exports rose dramatically in 2011 to lead the state’s increase in exports to a record $5.2 billion.  Seafood continues to be the number category of exprots from Alaska, and rose 35.1 percent to $2.5 billion in value, comprising nearly half of total state exports, according to a recent announcement by Alaska Governor Sean Parnell.....

Deepwater Horizon's fierce lessons
By MICHAEL R. BROMWICH | 4/20/12 4:37 AM EDT
Two years ago Friday, the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil-drilling rig was the scene of a devastating accident that killed 11 people, injured scores of others and led to a massive oil spill that created the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. These events stunned the nation, sent shock waves through the offshore oil and gas industry and reverberated around the world. The oil and gas industry and the U.S. government were forced to admit that the safeguards designed to prevent a deepwater blowout were not effective; that no one had prepared adequately for containing a subsea accident, and that tools for responding to a major oil spill had advanced little in the 20 years since the Exxon Valdez disaster.....

Louisiana seafood marketers recommend that Gulf build its brand around shrimp
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:15 PM
About $50 million in Gulf of Mexico seafood marketing efforts will hit the national market over the next two years, attempting to overturn the negative perception of local seafood brought on by the BP oil spill. Louisiana will receive $30 million of that chunk donated by BP, with Alabama, Florida and Mississippi receiving pieces of the remaining share....

Petersburg: City Manager's report: Construction projects are making progress
April 19, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 16
City Manager Steve Giesbrecht focused on the many downtown and harbor construction projects that are underway this spring and summer in his report to the City Council on Monday. Giesbrecht led off his report with an update of the North Harbor project. “We are continuing working with the Army Corps of Engineers on coordinating the North Harbor dredging as well as the construction project,” Giesbrecht said. “Public notices have gone out announcing upcoming Federal projects and final bid documents are forth-coming,” he added....

King salmon sport fishing regulations liberalized for Juneau area salt waters
Posted: April 20, 2012 - 12:01am
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that sport fishing regulations for king salmon will be liberalized in the marine waters of District 11 near Juneau....

Groups sue EPA, Coast Guard over dispersants use
Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three environmental groups are taking aim at how federal agencies approve dispersants to break up oil spills in marine waters. The groups on Wednesday sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, claiming the agencies have failed to make sure they know how chemicals in dispersants, and the reconstituted oil they target, affect endangered species....

A new kind of atlas for Southeast
Posted: April 19, 2012 - 12:00am
By Amy Fletcher
“Haa Leelk’w Has Aan’ Saaxu: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,” might seem at first glance to be an academic work, not easily accessible to or designed for the general public. But this important book, released Friday by Sealaska Heritage Institute, becomes less intimidating when viewed as a different kind of atlas, a rich geographical and cultural reference, all the more fascinating for its ability to reintroduce us to the place we live....

Juneau's coastal rainforest center hosts symposium
Posted: April 20, 2012 - 12:08am
It takes a community to understand a rainforest.
This is the new mantra on collaboration between scientists, resource development corporations, environmentalists, Alaska Natives, and local, state and federal resource managers. Those disparate groups met for three days to find ways to work together, build on each other’s understanding and shape the study of temperate rainforests. Their goal is to do so in ways which avoid and discourage litigation.....

iPhone launching across five U.S. regional carriers today
by Lance Whitney  April 20, 2012 6:27 AM PDT
Alaska Communications, Appalachian Wireless, GCL, Cellcom, and nTelos will offer Apple's flagship phone on their networks starting today...... --- --- ---

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) now hitting unlocked Galaxy S II in America
By Darren Murph  posted Apr 20th 2012 9:09AM....

Galaxy S III Reportedly Revealed In Vietnamese Hands-On Video ....

Apple next-generation iPhone likely to adopt in-cell touch panels, say sources
Siu Han, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Friday 20 April 2012]
Apple's new iPhone, which is expected to be released in the third quarter of 2012, is likely to adopt in-cell touch panels rolled out by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display (TMD), according to sources in Apple's supply chain...

April 19, 2012
Brown pushes Obama to oust NOAA chief, review cases
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has formally urged President Obama to fire NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco and instruct the Justice Department begin "an outside review" of scandals at her agency. In a letter to the president dated last Friday, Brown accused Lubchenco of excessively protecting those "who should be facing serious discipline." The White House did not respond Wednesday to Times telephone and emailed requests for a response. Lubchenco has repeatedly cited the Privacy Act as a bar to giving a public account of any action taken against agency personnel for violating the rights of fishermen in a still unfolding story of the law enforcement system run amok....

Australia: Apple wants to turn ‘3G’ into ‘4G’ to solve iPad 3 speed disputes
By Zack Whittaker | April 19, 2012, 10:54pm PDT
Summary: If you thought Apple had yet to go off the deep end, think again. In a bid to protect itself from legal troubles in Australia, the iPad maker is trying to define ‘3G’ speeds as ‘4G’ speeds. Apple is currently in a legal dispute down under with the Australian competition regulator, but is attempting a novel way of digging its way out of trouble: by trying to rebrand what “4G” actually means....


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