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#RadioChatter #04-23-2012 Comfish News Roundup

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MSC Certification for Alaska's Salmon Fisheries Could Continue 04/22/12
The "Marine Stewardship Council's" sustainability certification for Alaska's commercial salmon fisheries could continue beyond this year. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:00)...

Rural Alaska
Rooted in the past, can remote Little Diomede exploit the future?
Jill Burke | Apr 21, 2012
LITTLE DIOMEDE -- Build it and they will come. Don't and they will pass by. This is the trendy, yet sincere, Arctic call-to-action about ports and ice breakers among big thinkers who plan for the future and fear what will happen if others don't. All of the societal issues that get policy makers worked up – economies and commerce, health, transportation, education, environment, national defense – are precariously encased in the vision of an ice-free Arctic bustling with industry and tourism. In the middle of all of this sits Little Diomede, a village of about 100 people where Ingalikmiut Eskimos still live off the land, hunting polar bears and other marine mammals for food....

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012
Postal Service prompts tricky votes in the Senate
By Ed O'Keefe
Senators this week face one of the trickiest series of votes they’ll confront this year: on how to reform the U.S. Postal Service. On Tuesday, the Senate is set to vote on up to 38 amendments to a major bipartisan bill that would reform the Postal Service, including proposals to end six-day mail delivery, continue six-day mail delivery, require USPS to wait two more years before closing small rural post offices, and to close post offices on Capitol Hill....

Alaska King and Snow Crab Fisheries Certified to FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management Standard
Juneau, Alaska (PRWEB) April 22, 2012
Following a twelve month fishery assessment period, a Global Trust Certification Committee met on April 16th 2012 and formally certified that the management system of the U.S. Alaska King and Snow Crab Bering Sea Commercial Fisheries** have met the FAO-Based Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Certification Standard. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) submitted the application.....

How science failed during the Gulf oil disaster
By Christopher Reddy, | Published about 20 hours ago
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, many scientists, including me, stepped outside of the Ivory Tower to study what was an unprecedented—and unintended—environmental experiment. We succeeded in gathering mountains of data, learning all sorts of new things, and advancing science. But we also failed. Academic scientists chose the research that most interested us, rather than what may have been most important to responding to the immediate disaster. We failed to grasp the mechanics of the media. And we struggled with how our data was vetted and whom we could trust with it. Simply put, problems arose when academia did not appreciate the cultures of the other players responding to the spill......

World’s Highest Stock Valuations Signal Japanese Recovery
By Lynn Thomasson, Yoshiaki Nohara and Lu Wang - Apr 23, 2012 12:00 AM GMT-0800
Japan’s stock market, hobbled by more than a decade of deflation, is showing companies will stage a full earnings recovery from the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, pricing in the biggest increase in profits compared with other countries since 2001. Income in the Nikkei 225 Stock Average (NKY) will rise by 69 percent in 2012, after plunging 31 percent last year, according to more than 2,600 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. At 24.5 times reported earnings, Japanese equities are the most expensive among the world’s 60 biggest markets, trading so high that only by meeting analysts’ forecasts will ratios come back in line with global stocks, data compiled by Bloomberg show....