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#RadioChatter #05-11-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Sen. Murkowski Speaks with Adm. Papp about ComSta Killings
May 10, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski took the opportunity during a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing yesterday to express her condolences to U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert Papp over the deaths of two men last month at the ComSta (com-stay) here in Kodiak....

German Filmmakers in Town for Togiak Herring Fishery
Filmakers from a German public television station have been in Dillingham this week, preparing to do a documentary on the Herring fishery around Togiak when it opens. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger sat down with them to find out how things are going. (7:00)....
Locals lament A&P's coming demise
Plans for former Foodland site remain unclear
Posted: May 11, 2012 - 12:09am
Long-time customers are lamenting the impending closure of downtown’s Alaskan & Proud Market, while current employees remain uncertain about what lies in store for the space the grocery now occupies. “A lot of people are sad about it shutting down,” Alaskan and Proud store manager Sandi McDonald said. Many of her customers live downtown, she said. “They don’t want to have to catch the bus, they walk here,” McDonald said. Visiting Lemon Creek and Mendenhall Valley stores is difficult for some, she said. “Getting out there and driving in the winter is not good,” McDonald said. Phai Giron, a Juneau resident for...

Thu, 10 May, 2012
Inmarsat Downplays Maritime Pricing Concerns
By Peter B. de Selding
PARIS — Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat on May 10 brushed aside concerns that its new maritime communications pricing policy is turning away customers and said its recent reorganization will not put Inmarsat in competition with its global network of service distributors. In a conference call with investors, London-based Inmarsat specifically characterized as “scare-mongering” the idea that its new broadband services will begin charging customers for access to the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), which facilitates ship and aircraft rescue through Inmarsat satellite signals and internationally approved equipment. “Our GMDSS services in all cases remain free,” Inmarsat Chief Executive Rupert Pearce said, dismissing as “ill-informed and scare-mongering” the rumors that Inmarsat, as it reorganizes its business, would begin billing for the GMDSS service. “It’s part of our regulatory...

EPA Lets St. Paul Seafood Plant Stay Open
By Alexandra Gutierrez
Thursday, May 10 2012
St. Paul’s fish processing plant will be open for business this summer after all....

Federal Subsistence Board Adopts a Tribal Consultation Policy
The entity that sets subsistence policy on Federal lands in Alaska has adopted a new tribal consultation policy intended to better inform tribes about federal subsistence issues. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (2:49)....

Cordova clean harbor project hits the docks
Posted 05/11/2012
by Allen Marquette - for the Cordova Times
As we all recover from the monumental winter of 2012, a lot of activity is underway at the Cordova Boat Harbor in preparation for the upcoming fishing season. With snow slowly disappearing from the land, the debris covered by the snow from the last several months is becoming apparent. You probably also noticed the water in the Cordova Boat Harbor is not too pristine either....

The Alaska Fisheries Report with Jay Barrett
May 10, 2012
Coming up this week: the damage to Ocean Beauty's dock in Petersburg won't keep them from packing fish this summer. A fisherman's luck turns from bad to worse in Sitka, and teaching kids about halibut. We had help from KFSK's Matt Lichtenstein in Petersburg and KDLG's Mike Mason in Dillingham....

Coast Guard rules out mechanical problem in ferry accident
by Matt Lichtenstein
May 10, 2012 5:05 pm
The U-S Coast Guard says Monday’s ferry accident in Petersburg was not caused by a mechanical problem. What did cause the Matanuska to run bow-first into the Ocean Beauty Seafoods dock was still under investigation as of Thursday morning, according to Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Ryan Erickson....

Passengers barely felt impact of crash into Ocean Beauty dock
May 10, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 19
Petersburg Fisheries Industry
Petersburg Fisheries Industry (Photo credit: gillfoto)
Passengers of the M/V Matanuska said they barely felt the impact when the ferry crashed into Ocean Beauty Seafoods on Monday. None of the 60 passengers aboard the M/V Matanuska were injured when the incident occurred around 1 p.m. According to Petersburg resident John Bringhurst, who was a passenger at the time, the impact was barely felt from the observation deck where he was standing. “I was a little distracted. I was talking to my wife,” Bringhurst said as the M/V Matanuska began a 360-degree turn. “Then my wife...

Senator Lisa Murkowski brings national debates to Seward
May 10, 2012 | Vol. 46, No. 39
When Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) visited Seward Friday, May 4, she attended a Chamber of Commerce business luncheon, talked about the incredible opportunities for Alaska to take advantage of changes in the Arctic Ocean affecting maritime shipping routes, and later made herself available to members of the local press. Murkowski was warmly treated here in Seward, but was still smarting from the stings of her speech at the Alaska Republican Party Convention being interrupted by hecklers, and the rude treatment of the special guest she had brought along, Wyoming Senator John Brasso, who the new Republican faction of Ron Paul and George Miller supporters booed, shouted down, and then pointedly ignored. Seen by some as a moderate in the Republican Party on social...

Alaska Senior Senator and Democrats From the State House Reach out to Washington for Resources to Deal with Japanese Debris
By GW Rastopsoff 17 hours 37 minutes ago
As the 2012 summer fishing season approaches and fishermen prepare to once again to practice their trade netting salmon from Alaska's seas, Democrats from Alaska's House of Representatives and Alaska's senior Senator Lisa Murkowski reach out to the federal government to create an aggressive plan to protect Alaska's coastline from the threat posed by debris from last year's tsunami in Japan. In response to hearing the concerns of the tsunami debris rising among Alaska's fishermen, Sen. Lisa Murkowski reached out to NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco...

Canadian farmed fish can be certified organic
New standard prohibits use of antibiotics as focus shifts to creation of disease-free environment
By Sarah Schmidt, Postmedia News May 10, 2012... / /

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