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#RadioChatter #04-24-2012 Comfish News Roundup

RIKUZENTAKATA, JAPAN - MARCH 11:  A view of th...
RIKUZENTAKATA, JAPAN - MARCH 11: A view of the center of town on March 11, 2012 in Rikuzentakata, Japan. Today marks the one year anniversary of the Japan tsunami and earthquake that occurred at 2:46pm local time, on March 11, 2011. A 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck Japan offshore triggering a tsunami wave of up to ten meters which engulfed large parts of north-eastern Japan and also damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing the worst nuclear crisis in decades. The number of dead and missing amounted to over 15,000 people. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Tsunami-launched ball found in Alaska going home to Japanese teen
Item made its way across Pacific and turned up on an Alaska island.
Associated Press
Published: April 23rd, 2012 08:46 PM
Last Modified: April 23rd, 2012 08:47 PM
TOKYO -- A teenager who lost his home in Japan's devastating tsunami now knows that one prized possession survived: a soccer ball that drifted all the way to Alaska....

Arctic Alaska villages weary and thankful for abundant whaling season
Alex DeMarban | Apr 23, 2012
With spring bowhead whaling season in full swing, at least five Alaska communities are distributing and celebrating their behemoth harvests, including one village that hasn't landed a leviathan in years. Though details were somewhat sketchy on Monday because many communities were knee deep in the process of stripping away massive slabs of meat, it appeared 13 whales had been taken, according to first-hand accounts in villages. Reporting success were the communities of Gambell and Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island. Gambell landed two whales and Savoonga landed six, residents said. Wales and Wainwright each landed one whale, residents there said. Barrow had landed three whales.
11 villages get 75 strikes
A hurried worker with the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission in Barrow was reluctant to say how many bowheads had been struck and lost or how many had been landed. The 11 villages that are part of the....

Fisherman, Community Participant; Someone in Between
Cap’n J and I have been back in Sitka for a month now, blissing out on the pre-tourist calm. This is something I love about being up here early. Seasonal workers (yeah, like us) and visitors are a mere trickle in spring, rather than the flood of summer. Like bears snuffling their way out of hibernation, locals blink happily at the lengthening days, joking easily, relieved to have slipped through winter’s clammy fingers....

Global Trust certifies king, snow crab as sustainable
Posted 04/23/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
Alaska king and snow crab are both now certified by Global Trust as having met the FAO responsible fisheries management certification standard for sustainable fisheries. Alaska crab joins Alaska’s salmon, halibut, black cod/sablefish and Pollock fisheries in having been certified by the independent organization Global Trust, and Alaska’s cod fishery is currently undergoing assessment, said Ray Riutta, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Association in Juneau. “This certification is a first as it is the only fishery management certification in the crab sector with formal and official ISO 65 accreditation,” Riutta said. “The third party certification will effectively...

Update on Activity at the Cleveland and Iliamna Volcano's 04/23/12
The Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands continues to show signs of volcanic activity. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (5:57)...

Scientists seek Arctic ban on commercial fishing
Little is known about newly accessible stocks
By Randy Boswell, Postmedia News April 23, 2012
The five Arctic countries - including Canada - are being urged by more than 2,000 scientists from around the world to impose a moratorium on industrial fishing in the increasingly accessible waters of the central Arctic Ocean. Such a moratorium would give experts time to deter-mine the size and sustain-ability of Arctic fisheries, said the letter signed by 551 Canadian scientists and another 1,500 from 67 countries. The researchers want Canada, the U.S., Russia, Norway and Denmark to develop an international fisheries accord that would avoid wiping out......

Ferry Service Starts Friday for Ouzinkie
April 23, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The Alaska Marine Highway System is adding a new stop to its schedule this week. The Spruce Island village of Ouzinkie, which for years has watched the ferry Tustumena sail right past town as it makes runs between Kodiak and Port Lions, will get service starting Friday.... Jeremy Woodrow is a spokesman for the ferry system....