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#RadioChatter #04-29-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Arctic Ocean seaports.
Arctic Ocean seaports. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Efforts to Stop Funding for Ocean Zoning 04/29/12
23 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to the Chairman of the House Appropriations committee asking that all efforts to implement ocean zoning be defunded. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (0:58)...

Fishery council set to cut Gulf halibut bycatch in June
Fisheries By LAINE WELCH #fishFactor
Published: April 28th, 2012 10:52 PM
Last Modified: April 28th, 2012 10:52 PM
It has taken a quarter of a century, but fishery managers are finally poised to take action to reduce the 5 million pounds of halibut allowed to be taken as bycatch in Gulf of Alaska fisheries. Industry watchers are hoping that public comments will sway them to make the largest of the proposed cuts.....

US Navy lacks ability to operate in Arctic, games reveal
It's short on everything from bases and ships to clothing, communications.
Kodiak Daily Mirror
Published: April 28th, 2012 10:21 PM
Last Modified: April 28th, 2012 10:22 PM
KODIAK -- In six oceans, the U.S. Navy is considered the master. In the seventh, the Arctic Ocean, it will rely on others... As global warming opens the Arctic Ocean to commercial and industrial traffic, the U.S. Navy is pushing to catch up with Russia, Canada and even Denmark in its Arctic ability. If a crisis were to happen now, the Navy lacks the ability to act in the Arctic without the help of one of those countries or the Coast Guard. Last year, the Navy asked the War Gaming Department of the U.S. Naval War College to find out what the Navy needs for sustained operations in the Arctic. In the resulting 2011 Fleet Arctic Operations Game, the Navy learned....

by: Noel Sheppard
Saturday, April 28, 2012
There have been all kinds of reasons given for the increasing number of home runs in baseball over the decades including more tightly-sewn balls, steroids...

Arctic shipping boom may come with new obstacles
CBC News | Eye on the Arctic | Apr 28, 2012
The Arctic Ocean could open for regular commercial shipping within the next five to 10 years, according to a Canadian polar scientist who conducted research for the International Polar Year Conference. But while that may sound like welcome news for intercontinental commerce, the changing ice conditions could bring new hazards to ships plying the polar seas. "Just because you're reducing the ice like that, one of the things we found was that you increase the speed at which this ice moves," said Dr. David Barber, the lead scientist on the Circumpolar Flaw Lead (CFL) System Study. Barber presented...

Air Transportation in Alaska 04/29/12
The importance of the air transportation industry in Alaska is the subject of some research published recently by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (2:14)...

Posted on April 28, 2012 at 4:18pm by   Scott Baker...

The Concerned
Eagles cost Unalaska an arm and a leg
Scott Woodham | Apr 28, 2012
TO: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
SUBJECT: Like pigeons
Dear National Bird Protectors,
Usually when we hear about stories involving Alaska coastal towns, bald eagles and federal authorities, we expect the urge to remind people that eagles just aren't rare in Alaska and are downright numerous in some spots. Because of eagles' large populations in the state, laws intended to protect the nation's symbol elsewhere can seem, well, excessive when applied to Alaska. We imagine it can be hard for some bureaucrats to imagine massive, carnivorous, scavenging birds hanging around, as numerous as pigeons in Central Park or the National Mall. Luckily that doesn't seem to be the case in Unalaska this....