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#RadioChatter #05-09-2012 Comfish News Roundup

MV Matanuska heading south through Wrangell Na...
MV Matanuska heading south through Wrangell Narrows (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
EPA's Watershed Assessment due soon. 05/08/12
The next chapter in the controversial Pebble mine debate is right around the corner as the EPA prepares to make public the draft version of its Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. KDLG's Dave Bendinger looked at differing views on what effect this Assessment might have, and filed this: (5:29)....

St. Paul concerns resolved, EPA files revised settlement packing $2.5 million fine for Trident.....

Snow Crab Season Extended (Record Ice in Bering Sea)
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, May 08 2012
For the first time ever, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has extended the snow crab season. ADF&G announced Tuesday morning that it would keep some fishing grounds scheduled to close on May 15 open for an extra two weeks. The Bering Sea has been covered in record-setting ice since crab season got underway in January and with just a few weeks left, fishermen still have almost 20 million pounds of snow crab to catch....  ///// (Deckboss w/adf&g PR) >

Boom truck operator dies in fall at Seward small boat harbor
Published: May 8th, 2012 10:32 PM
Last Modified: May 8th, 2012 10:33 PM
An Icicle Seafoods boom truck tipped over while loading a vessel with fishing equipment Tuesday morning in the Seward small boat harbor, killing the 52-year-old operator, police say....

Ocean Beauty says damage will not keep plant from operating
by Matt Lichtenstein
May 8, 2012 4:17 pm
Ocean Beauty Seafoods still plans to run its Petersburg plant this summer despite this week’s ferry accident. According to Vice president of Marketing Tom Sunderland, the company hopes to make repairs in time or find a way to work around the damaged dock....

Matanuska continues regular service after crash in Petersburg
Posted: May 8, 2012 - 2:15pm
The Alaska Marine Highway System announced today in a release that the M/V Matanuska will continue to sail its scheduled service after striking the Ocean Beauty Seafoods dock in Petersburg on Monday. “We are particularly thankful that there were no injuries resulting from the accident,” Michael Neussl, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner for Marine Operations, said....

Grounded Sitka vessel begins tow, sinks
by The Associated Press
May 08, 2012
...... The Daily Sitka Sentinel ( reports the wood troller, the Igloo, sank Saturday as it was being towed.....

Council Considers Tidelands Development
By Stephanie Joyce
Tuesday, May 08 2012
The question of where Unalaska will concentrate future development is at the top of tonight’s City Council agenda. With oil and gas exploration in the Arctic expected to bring more commercial activity to the community, Council will take up two proposals that would allocate additional lands to development....

Kodiak: Public Comment Period Open on Subsistence Crab Regs
May 8, 2012
Jennifer Canfield/KMXT
Alaskans have just over five weeks to weigh in on a Fish and Game proposal that would align federal and state rules surrounding the subsistence harvest of tanner and king crab. Nick Sagalkin is the area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Kodiak. He says the changes would affect the size and type of equipment that can be used with king and tanner crab pots and will also make management easier.....

Salmon sellers set up HQ in Galesburg
Business brings Alaskan fish to Midwest for summer
The Register-Mail
Posted May 09, 2012 @ 07:00 AM
GALESBURG — (Gmaps Galesburg IL > )
Sitka Salmon Shares, a community supported fishery program, is the latest tenant to begin business out of the Sustainable Business Center. The company, which offers a first of its kind program of connecting the Midwest to southeast Alaska, has established its headquarters at the business incubator. “We’re excited to establish our headquarters at the Sustainable Business Center because it shares a vision with us of transforming business to be more sustainable and supporting independent businesses in ways that promote local communities,” said Helen Schnoes of Sitka Salmon Shares. SBC Director Eric Dilts said the company is a...

Postal Service: Will keep rural post offices open
Published May 09, 2012 Associated Press....