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#RadioChatter #04-25-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska
Map of Bristol Bay, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Public Input Needed for New Fishing Vessel Regs
Apr 24, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Fishing vessel owners have a lot to be prepared for in 2013. Along with sweeping changes to NOAA's observer program, in 2010 Congress passed extensive new safety regulations as part of the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act. Some of those regulations still need to be finalized and fishermen will be invited to participate in the drafting process. Several of the regulations will become effective with the new year....

Atty: Crash survivor gets 'career killer' report
BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press
Updated 05:27 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2012
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard commander for Alaska is recommending that Lt .Lance Leone, the sole survivor of a 2010 Coast Guard helicopter crash, not be promoted or involved in flight operations again, an attorney for Leone said Tuesday.....

Begich Calls for Expedited Tourist Visas to Bolster Economy
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Last summer four United States Senators- including Alaska's Mark Begich- founded the Senate Travel and Tourism Caucus. Earlier this month Senator Begich visited Kodiak and talked briefly about how he and his colleagues are working to adapt U.S. travel visa policies to a changing world economy......

Good weather helping produce fresh halibut
Daily News correspondent
Published: April 24th, 2012 09:16 PM
Last Modified: April 24th, 2012 09:17 PM
It looks like spring around Southcentral -- both the good and the bad.When it comes to seafood, there is pretty much all good news this spring. "The amazing sunshine-filled days have allowed the fisherman to get out and target the wonderful bounties of the waters of Alaska," says Dannon Southall from 10th & M Seafoods. "With the high pressure over the Gulf the halibut fishermen have been able to get out and target these amazing flatfish."....

A safer flight into Dutch Harbor?...

Silver Bay Seafoods on Monday spent $1.1 million for the True Alaska Bottling plant
by The Associated Press Apr 24, 2012...

Pebble Mine: Taking the Battle to the Board Rooms
Posted: 04/24/2012 4:54 pm
Last Thursday in London, in support of the communities of Bristol Bay opposed to the massive Pebble Mine, NRDC delivered another 400,000 opposition petitions to the management of Anglo American and Rio Tinto, the two mining giants backing the mine. Full page ads appeared in the New York Times and, on the day of the companies' annual shareholder meetings, the London Financial Times, urging the companies to respect the region's 80 percent (and greater) opposition and abandon the project. Along with a formidable contingent of representatives from the region, NRDC spoke at both shareholder meetings and attended meetings with the companies' management and with major banks potentially involved in financing the project...

Southwest Alaska Leads the State in Unemployment 04/23/12
The latest unemployment data shows that once again the Southwest region of Alaska leads the state in unemployment. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (4:27)....

Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association to Become the MSC Client for Alaska's Commercial Salmon Fisheries 04/24/12
The prospect of losing market's has prompted a new group to step forward as the client for the Marine Stewardship Council's certification of Alaska commercial salmon fisheries. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (6:37)....

Ketchikan shipyard sets sights on ferry
New Alaska-class ferry closer to being built
Posted: April 25, 2012 - 12:04am
Ketchikan’s Alaska Ship & Drydock has signed an agreement that, if all goes well, will result in the state’s next ferry being built in that city. “This is great news for Ketchikan, but it’s also great news for the state to be able to build the new ferry” in Alaska, said Doug Ward, spokesman for Alaska Ship & Drydock. The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Tuesday that the Alaska Marine Highway System’s newest ferry would be built under the agreement.... ///

Commercial Fishing Viewpoints | F/V Boulder Bay...

Bering Sea King and Snow Crab Fisheries Certified as Responsibly Managed 04/24/12
The commercial fisheries in the Bering Sea targeting King and Snow crab have been certified as responsibly managed. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:13)...

A Ban on Some Seafood Has Fishermen Fuming
Published: April 21, 2012
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Standing on the deck of his rusted steel trawler, Naz Sanfilippo fumed about the latest bad news for New England fishermen: a decision by Whole Foods to stop selling any seafood it does not consider sustainable.....

by JOHN SEXTON 16 hours ago 12 POST A COMMENT
Today the US DOJ announced via a press release on its website that a former BP engineer was being arrested and charged with two counts of obstruction of justice. The charges stem from the intentional deletion of text messages relating to details of the BP spill response:.... ///

The War over Alaska's Soul
Bristol Bay: Alaska's Latest Eco-Political Battleground
Virtually untouched, Alaska’s Bristol Bay is one of America’s last great wild places. Now, a proposed gargantuan multibillion-dollar mine promises to provide an economic lifeline for locals, but environmentalists warn that it could destroy one of the world’s richest salmon fisheries and imperil the very future of our planet. Alex Prud’homme reports...