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#RadioChatter #05-14-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Studies suggest growing risks from hatchery fish
Posted 05/14/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
An international conservation organization based in Portland, Ore., said today (May 18) there is mounting evidence that salmon raised in hatcheries can harm wild salmon through competition for food and habitat. The concerns voiced by the Wild Salmon Center are rooted in a volume of 23 peer-reviewed studies published in the May issue of Environmental Biology of Fishes, a scientific journal focusing on all aspects of fish and fish-related biology, and the links to their environment. The studies provide new evidence that fast-growing hatchery fish compete with wild fish for food and habitat in the ocean as well as in rivers where they return to spawn, spokesmen for the Wild Salmon Center said. The research also raises questions about whether the ocean can supply.....

May 10, 2012 - 11:58 AM AKST
Safety, seafood industry driving airport improvements
Small towns from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula to the far-flung Aleutian Islands are some of the trickiest areas to get to and by aircraft is often the only means to do so. Improving access, safety and economic benefits are driving renovations moving forward in several such places this year. Akutan represents the biggest example. The tiny city has no paved airport. Passengers currently get in or out by way of the amphibious aircraft the Grumman Goose. Construction is under way for a 4,500-foot paved runway, which Project Manager Sean Holland said will open up the tiny town to more advantages. Holland said the $56 million is easily the biggest transportation infrastructure project Akutan has had. It’s expected to be completed by Sept. 1. The contractor is Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. of Anchorage. The Grumman Goose’s disadvantage comes in its size. The craft only carries seven passengers plus freight. It is also more than 65 years old, which Holland said is cause for a replacement. The new paved airport will be serviced by a Navajo aircraft operated by PenAir, which also operates the Grumman Goose. This is a slightly bigger plane with nine-passenger capacity. Holland said the real advantage, however, is long-term possibilities for flights to Anchorage instead of...

Impassioned voices speak out on King Cove road
Posted 05/14/2012
by - Margaret Bauman
To King Cove Mayor Henry Mack, a single lane road connecting his city with the all-weather airport at Cold Bay, on the southern edge of the Alaska Peninsula, is all about safeguarding the lives of the community’s some 900 residents. “This road means we will have the sweet certainty that all parents want, which is that our kids can get to doctors and lives can be saved,” Mack told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during a public hearing in Anchorage on May 3. “This road means our relatives, friends and...

Kenai students celebrate salmon at fisheries event
by Logan Tuttle / Peninsula Clarion
May 13, 2012
KENAI, Alaska - About 2,500 rainbow trout were helped into Johnson Lake Tuesday by elementary school students. Some fish were gently guided with small plastic bowls, while other students took a more radical approach - using their bowls to launch the fish into the lake. "I thought it was kind of funny that 100 kids just throw fish out in the water," Brandon Rasmussen, a fourth-grader at Tustumena Elementary said. "They must be...

To Eat Or Not To Eat? The Ethics of Seafood
By Climate Guest Blogger on May 13, 2012 at 8:58 am
by Michael Conathan
This past week, the New York Times Magazine concluded an essay contest challenging its readers to make the argument that eating meat is ethical. One of my colleagues, Andrew Light, was a judge of the submitted entries, and his involvement got me thinking about these issues in the context of our favorite oceanic protein....

Fujitsu's smart dog collar lets you visualize your animal's activity in the cloud
By Jeff Blagdon on May 14, 2012 12:31 am
Fujitsu is developing a smart dog collar and cloud-based monitoring service that will let you keep closer tabs on your animal's health. The lightweight collar can be worn 24 hours a day, collecting information on how many steps your connected dog is taking, how much....

(PR) DOCOMO to Conduct Second Trial of Cloud-based Translator Phone Service
— Expanded trial to cover 10 languages and 10,000 users —
TOKYO, JAPAN, May 14, 2012 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today its second trial of an experimental service for real-time interpretation between Japanese and other languages via mobile devices, which will take place from June 1 to September 30. In the first trial involving some 1,000 DOCOMO subscribers between November 2011 and March 2012, about 70 percent of the participants reported that they would like to use the service again. In response, DOCOMO will launch this second trial for 10,000 users. Also, the trial will expand to 10 languages besides Japanese, as compared to English, Chinese and Korean in the first trial. Seven of...

Iridium Authorized to Distribute Products and Services in Russia
Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 11:05 AM
Artur Slesik
Iridium Communications Inc. announces that OOO Iridium Communications (“Iridium Russia”) has received authorization from Russian authorities for commercial operations in the country. Iridium Russia expects to launch service in the second quarter of 2012, once all technical licensing requirements are complete....