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#RadioChatter #05-02-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Kodiak MH-60 training Resurrection Bay
Kodiak MH-60 training Resurrection Bay (Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard)
After harvest, Sitka Tribe renews herring concerns
by Ed Ronco, KCAW
April 30, 2012 9:03 pm
This year’s lower-than-expected herring harvest has renewed calls from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to change the fishery. The Tribe has long expressed worries about the amount of fish taken by the commercial fleet in the lucrative Sitka fishery. This year, fishermen caught only about half of what they were allowed...

Local Market Brings Kodiak to the World
May 01, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
The Bear Town Market opens up only on days when a cruise ship anchors in Kodiak. With Holland America's Zaandam cruise ship in Kodiak yesterday, more than half a dozen.....

Fast ferry reconnects Angoon with Sitka
by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News
May 1, 2012 9:46 am
Direct ferry service between Angoon and Sitka resumes this week. The communities lost that connection in 2006 when the small ferry LeConte changed its schedule.... ///// Ferry schedule (Angoon) >

Village safe water program remains part of farm bill
Posted: May 1, 2012 - 12:00am
An attempt to remove state-specific programs from the 2012 Farm Bill nearly cost Alaska its Village Safe Water program. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she convinced leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee to keep the program’s 2012 funding in the bill. “As we move forward in our budgeting.....

Fishery managers poised to take action
By LAINE WELCH #FishFactor
May 01, 2012
(SitNews) - It has taken a quarter of a century, but fishery managers are finally poised  to take action to reduce the five million pounds of halibut taken as bycatch in Gulf of Alaska (GOA) fisheries. Industry watchers are hoping that public comments will sway them to make the largest cuts under consideration. Currently, 2,300 metric tons of halibut bycatch is allowed in the GOA groundfish fisheries. That is further broken down to 2,000mt for the trawl sector and 300mt for hook and line fisheries, primarily the cod fleet. Those are the two fisheries that have the highest amounts of halibut bycatch. At its June meeting in Kodiak, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) will vote to cut the...

Ketchikan: Sunken cement barge
By Tim Finch
May 01, 2012
Nine years after it was written, I enjoyed the story of Bill Huckins and the sunken cement barge.  I was searching around on line for info on Bill's Dad and came across June Allen's article.  The older Bill occasionally worked with my Grandfather, Henry Finch Jr., also a diver.  His Dad, Henry Sr. first located the SS Islander the year after it sunk, in 1902, but couldn't do much beyond that, given the +300 foot...

Vital Choice Pacific Seafood Passes Radiation Tests
Published 07:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The results are in! Vital Choice Wild Seafood & Organics, the leading source for fast home delivery of the world’s finest wild seafood from #Alaska and the North Pacific, today announced that tests conducted at their request by an independent laboratory show that none of their seafood is contaminated by radiation released from the compromised nuclear plants at #Fukushima, Japan....