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#RadioChatter #05-08-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Ketchikan: Group gathers to bless the fishing fleet
by Maria Dudzak
May 6, 2012 2:38 PM.. Audio >>

IPHC Halibut Science Curriculum 05/08/12
The organization that studies the halibut in the North Pacific has developed a new online science curriculum that is free for teachers to use. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (1:29)...

Packrafts in Nushagak Bay
Packrafts in Nushagak Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
New Charts? : Survey Project in Nushagak Bay to Start This Month 05/07/12
A project is planned for this summer in Nushagak Bay that could lead to new nautical charts for the region. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (3:06)...

The Alaska Capital Budget is a Job Creator 05/07/12
A new report shows that job creation is one of the benefits of the billions of dollars the state of Alaska spends each year to fund capital projects across the state. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (3:16)...

Alaska state ferry strikes seafood processor's dock
Cement structure sees heavy damage; vessel has dents and scrapes.
Associated Press
Published: May 7th, 2012 10:33 PM
Last Modified: May 7th, 2012 10:34 PM
One of Alaska's largest state ferries plowed into a seafood processing plant's dock on Monday, causing significant damage, officials said. The 408-foot Matanuska hit the dock belonging to Ocean Beauty, said Jeremy Woodrow, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Transportation... / photos >

Fish Factor
Tracking debris; Marine trades move Alaska; Observer program; & Copper River!
May 07, 2012
(SitNews) - Soccer balls… motorcycles… reminders of the massive tsunami in Japan a year ago are now appearing along Alaska’s coastlines. “It’s safe to say that tsunami debris is here,” said Merrick Burden, director of the Juneau-based Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation. Since January the MCA has been tracking where and the kinds of debris that is coming ashore, and whether it is  radioactive (none so far), at Kodiak, Yakutat, Sitka and Craig where the wreckage was first likely to hit. “What we’re finding are wind driven objects like buoys, Styrofoam, and large containers, some of which contain materials that are potentially toxic,” Burden said.  “We’re finding drums full of things that we don’t....

Understaffed Alaska Canneries Hiring J-1 Students
By The Associated Press
Channel 2 News
1:17 p.m. AKDT, May 5, 2012
KODIAK, Alaska— Canneries in Alaska can continue to hire foreign workers until at least November under the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program....,0,489783.story

Alaska Says Testing Fish for Radiation is Unnecessary
May 07, 2012|By Jason Lamb | Channel 2 News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Testing Alaska salmon and other fish for radiation after Japan'searthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster is unnecessary, according to the State of Alaska....

Observers Soon Start Work On Southeast Gillnet Grounds
By Matt Lichtenstein, KFSK - Petersburg | May 4, 2012 - 5:29 pm
Federal observers are preparing to work the gillnet grounds around Petersburg and Wrangell this summer. Starting in June, National Marine Fisheries Service contractors in small boats will shadow individual gillnetters and monitor any interactions marine mammals or birds. They’ll also be interviewing fishermen about their gear and fishing practices. Federal officials say the information will be kept confidential and the contractors will be as unobtrusive as possible. But fishermen still have concerns as the season approaches.
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Mobile Payments Platform Square Finds A Foothold At Art Fairs And Farmers’ Markets
posted 1 hour ago
Mobile payments processing platform Square has been used by a variety of individuals and businesses, from charities to taxis to food trucks to political campaigns. Next up—art fairs and farmers’ markets. The company says that at Etsy’s New York’s Spring Handmade Cavalcade last weekend in Brooklyn, over 90% of the vendors used Square to accept payments. And this weekend, Square says that many...

Source: Iridium Communications Inc.
Date: May 08, 2012 07:00 ET
Photo Release -- Iridium Unveils World's Smallest Two-Way Satellite Data Transceiver
Smaller, Lighter, Global M2M Device Extends Even Further the Ways People and Assets Can Connect Everywhere
NEW ORLEANS, May 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:IRDM), today unveiled the world's smallest, commercial, two-way satellite data transceiver – the Iridium® 9603. Announced at International CTIA Wireless 2012, the Iridium 9603 is a data module designed for embedding into machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions for remote asset tracking, monitoring and alarming in defense, government, enterprise and consumer markets where existing larger transceivers could not fit. A photo accompanying this release is available at "With the 9603, Iridium is disrupting the global M2M market by becoming relevant to new customer segments such as personnel tracking for...