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#RadioChatter #05-01-2012 Comfish News Roundup

The Bearfoot Inn in the town of Cold Bay, Alaska.
The Bearfoot Inn in the town of Cold Bay, Alaska. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Apr 30, 2012 - 09:52 AM AKST
Hearings planned on proposed road in Alaska refuge
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Pacific brant is a small sea goose that likes to forage a mile or more offshore, far from bluffs, where eagles launch attacks from the air. Brant are also herbivores, and to get enough calories, must eat during nearly 80 percent of its waking hours. So it's no surprise that Pacific brant migrating from breeding grounds to Baja Mexico choose to lard up at Izembek Lagoon, 10 miles of shallow, sheltered ocean near the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, the long finger of land at the start of the Aleutian Islands. The lagoon offers protection from predators and a giant buffet — one of the world's largest beds of nutritious eelgrass....

Build the road
It is nothing short of incredible that there are those - especially die-hards in the environmental community - who still object to a single-lane, nine-mile road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge from King Cove to the Cold Bay airport. The idea - for more than 30 long years - has been to provide a ground link for King Cove’s sick or injured who often cannot be flown to help from the tiny Alaska Peninsula Peninsula community because of its iffy weather....

TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
Legislature lavishes aquaculture industry with cash
Alaska is a state flush with billions of dollars in surplus oil revenue.
So it’s not unusual to see our legislators spend a good chunk of that money every year on capital projects — everything from road improvements to research equipment to artificial turf for high school football fields. Deckboss reviewed the new capital budget the Legislature passed April 15 and couldn’t help but notice the sizeable sums awarded to the state’s hatchery operators, as well as shellfish growers....

Mitt Romney fishes for votes in New Hampshire
By Philip Rucker, Published: April 30
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Add this to the long list of Mitt Romney trivia: He isn’t much of a fisherman.
“Everywhere I throw a hook, nothing comes up,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee joked as he made small talk with some local fishermen Monday morning in this New England harbor city.But as he toured three fishing boats docked at the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, the former Massachusetts governor and business executive tried to demonstrate that even if he doesn’t catch lobster or cod, he understands the plight of those who do. Romney lamented the government regulations — set in place decades ago, but continued under President Obama — that.....

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012 9:36:00 AM
Alaska AG says EPA's actions 'unlawful'
JUNEAU, Alaska (Legal Newsline) - Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty has joined the chorus of those condemning the conduct of the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency. It is a chorus that has grown exponentially during the past few months. This time the motive is what is being called a preemptive action by the EPA to deny a mining permit without cause. Geraghty wrote a letter March 9 to the administrator of EPA's Region 10 to express his concern -- and the concerns of other state departments -- about the EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment for a Section 404 permit.....

Theology of Salmon: Wild or Farmed?
Most of what people think they know about aquaculture salmon is obsolete, or wasn't true in the first place
Food Safety News writer Ross Anderson recently toured fish farms and processing plants in southern Chile as a guest of Salmon of the Americas, a Chilean trade organization. This is the second of two reports. Puerto Montt, Chile - In the Pacific Northwest, where I've lived and worked for 40 years, salmon is more than a commodity. It's a regional icon and an article of faith, part of a regional doctrine that dictates: thou shalt eat wild salmon only, for farmed salmon is a blasphemy. As a journalist with agnostic tendencies, I've never really subscribed to this belief. But I've always been a tad suspicious of farmed salmon. I suppose it has to do with vague recollections of something I read about the use of antibiotics, or to the label we frequently see on salmon packages: "color added."....

Spawning simplicity in salmon dishes
Springtime herbs, vegetables highlight fish's natural richness
April 30, 2012 | By Bret Thorn
May is the start of wild salmon season, and this year many chefs are devising simple preparations containing ingredients that reflect the spring and let the flavor of the fish speak for itself.
 “We really look forward to May for the abundance of seasonal, fresh ingredients available,” said Robb Lucas, executive chef of Koi in Los Angeles. “The start of wild Pacific salmon season brings us some truly flavorful fish and is anticipated all year long, similar to the anticipation of Nantucket Bay scallop season and soft-shell crab season.”

April 30, 2012
Lawmakers see NOAA 'double standard' in mammal killings
By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer
Seismic testing for oil and gas reserves under the ocean floor from New Jersey to Florida — the area President Obama has authorized for extraction — is projected to "take" or kill as many as 38,637 marine mammals a year, according to an independent synthesis of the government's draft environmental impact statement....

Gray whale armada returns to Alaska waters
Doug O'Harra | Apr 30, 2012
They exhaled heart-shaped blows visible for 1,000 yards across the green-hued sea. They rolled and they breached, waggled five-foot pectoral fins at the sky and sometimes seemed to cavort in Kodiak’s chilly surf.
The vanguard of the world’s greatest cetacean migration has overtaken Southcentral Alaska in earnest, with multiple sightings of gray whales snatched over the past weekend near Kodiak and Seward — as well as a few satellites placing forward scouts along the ice edge inside the Bering Sea. “The monumental migration continues with high numbers and wonderful stories in this best-ever season!” reported the latest gray whale update by the educational website Journey North. “Adults are plowing past Alaska; moms and babies are streaming up the coast, some blowing bubbles!”.....

Risk assessment in the Arctic Ocean needs a closer look
Michael Wald | Apr 30, 2012
This winter as Shell Oil readied for the first-ever drilling season in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, we in the north have been holding our breaths. While politicians and pundits have been blaming the price at the pump for all that ails our nation, the Arctic winter has raged on heedless of the plans for the future of the Arctic Ocean. Having spent my adult life studying, exploring, and sharing the natural wonders of Arctic Alaska, I fear that policy makers....