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#RadioChatter #05-15-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Hall Island, Bering Sea, Alaska
Hall Island, Bering Sea, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Amid woes, some US fish stocks rebound
New England stocks are hurting; Bering Sea snow crab population is rebuilt.
Associated Press
Published: May 14th, 2012 09:29 PM
Last Modified: May 14th, 2012 09:30 PM
BOSTON -- A record number of fish populations have been rebuilt in U.S waters, even as problems continue to threaten the future of the high-profile New England fishing industry, according to a federal report released Monday. Six species that were once considered overfished have rebuilt to optimal population levels in waters from the Bering Sea to the Atlantic Coast, according to the annual report to Congress by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries arm........

Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery is Open
The largest herring fishery in Alaska opened last night. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (5:56)...

Google-sponsored wind energy transmission line moves forward
By Amar Toor on May 15, 2012 07:18 am
A Google-sponsored wind energy project moved closer to reality this week, thanks to a favorable ruling from the Department of the Interior. Known as the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC), the proposed $5 billion transmission line will stretch some 790 miles along the ocean floor, transporting up to 7,000 megawatts of energy generated from offshore windfarms. The initiative must clear...

State Ferry Tustumena to be Out Over Five Months
May 14, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
The State of Alaska released its winter ferry schedule on Friday, and there will be some significant changes to service to and from Kodiak because the ferry Tustumena will be out of service for nearly six months. In the meantime, as Marine Highway spokesman Jeremy Woodrow in Juneau explains, the ferry Kennicott will try to pick up the slack by making twice-weekly visits to Kodiak.....

Alaska, federal officials still aren't prepared for tsunami debris
Carey Restino | Bristol Bay Times | May 14, 2012
It's been more than a year since a massive tsunami hit Japan, ripping its coastline to shreds and devastating the country. In the weeks and months after the Japan disaster, the world watched as nuclear plants failed, and fears turned to the possible radiation leaks and how they would impact Asia and the world. It was another lesson in how small the world is, how our boundaries mean nothing when it comes to tides and air currents. When seals sprouted blemishes in alarming numbers this winter, many pointed the finger at the...

Sen. Dick Lugar’s defeat in a Republican primary this week has not been attributed, as nearly as we can tell, to his 1979 trip to Moscow with Joe Biden. Then, the two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee left the bosses of the Kremlin with the distinct impression that they cared about arms control and not so much about human rights. Claire Berlinsky’s article in the Spring 2010 issue of City Journal ought to be disqualifying.  Nor, it seems, did the senator’s spearheading of the ill-advised START treaty with the Russians in a lame-duck session in December 2010 lead to his loss by a stunning 61% to 39% vote to a TEA Party-backed challenger.....

Posted on May 14, 2012 at 2:18pm by Eddie Scarry
When precious cuts of filet mignon fall apart in the food production process, there’s no cause for panic. Introducing (to you, at least) “meat glue.”...

Inside the Beltway: Meet the meat police
By Jennifer Harper-The Washington Times
7:01 p.m., Sunday, May 13, 2012
Behold, it’s “climate smart” beef, sure to heighten the hubbub from global warming alarmists over cow flatulence, industrial agriculture and the collective impact of meat-eaters upon the Earth’s atmosphere. Meat with a special climate-friendly rating will go on sale soon in Sweden, courtesy of the nation’s Ministry of Agriculture, which has financed a research project to produce meat that does not contribute to nasty greenhouse gases in some way, shape or form. Ah, but the fun is just beginning here. To qualify for the virtuous new climate label, meat suppliers must adhere to 15 new production regulations, the ministry says. Al Gore, — already fretting over mankind’s “meat-intensive diet” — will be happy to know that at least one major Swedish meat producer has signed on to mend its ways, according to Swedish Radio News. Meanwhile, other European meat producers are pushing “green beef,” which....

LightSquared Close to Bankruptcy
No Waiver, No Product, LightSquared Stumbles On
by Karl Bode yesterday
The Wall Street Journal reports that LightSquared is preparing for a bankruptcy filing that....

Report: Finland could face suit if accident strikes Shell's Arctic offshore drilling
YLE | Eye on the Arctic | May 14, 2012
Greenpeace has repeatedly protested a contract that Arctia shipping, a Finnish state-owned company,  signed with Shell, whose chairman is former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila.....