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#RadioChatter #05-16-2012 Comfish News Roundup

Location of the Dillingham Census Area in Alaska
Location of the Dillingham Census Area in Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pebble mine developers earmark $107 million for permitting
Process expected to begin this fall and take up to several years to complete.
Associated Press
Published: May 15th, 2012 09:32 PM
Last Modified: May 15th, 2012 09:33 PM
A Canadian mining company eyeing development of a huge copper and gold deposit near one of the world's premier salmon fisheries said Tuesday that $107 million has been allocated to prepare the mine for permitting later this year.Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. said the Pebble mine project should be ready for permitting this fall in a process that could take several years..... ////

Millions of Acres in Bristol Bay and the Alaska Peninsula Up for Oil and Gas Leasing Today
The State of Alaska is holding a couple of oil and gas lease sales today that include millions of acres offshore and onshore in the Bristol Bay and Alaska Peninsula regions. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (1:55)...

Pebble Mine Plan Could Be Released Later This Year 05/15/12
The long-awaited plan for development of the Pebble deposit is expected later this year. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details. (5:13).....

Iced up snow crab fishery gets partial reprieve #GlobalCooling #FrozenOcean #BeringSea
Posted 05/15/2012
by - Cordova Times Staff
Snow crab fishermen hard hit by record breaking ice conditions are getting a partial reprieve with an extension of the eastern sub-district of the Bering Sea fishery through May 31. The emergency order announced May 8 will keep open through May 31 waters of the eastern sub-district between 171 degrees west longitude and 173 degrees west longitude. The announcement....

Colorado voices needed to protect Alaska habitat
By Dennis Buechler
Posted:   05/16/2012 01:00:00 AM MDT
The federal government is about to make a landmark decision on the future of one of Alaska's most prolific wildlife habitats that could have profound implications for waterfowl and other avian species that migrate to Colorado and other states. And it is now appropriate that Colorado's hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts voice their concerns about protecting this vital wildlife habitat in Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve by June 1.....

Kodiak: Rash of Sea Lion Miscarriages Caused by Virus
May 15, 2012
Jay Barrett/KMXT
A relatively rare virus in Alaska is being looked at as the cause to an unusually high number of premature births among Steller Sea Lions around Kodiak Island. Marine mammal specialist Kate Wynne, with the University of Alaska's Marine Advisory Program, says she found four dead pups while on a routine trip to sea lion haulouts this spring.....

Groups sue to protect Cook Inlet beluga whales
by Dan Joling / Associated Press
May 15, 2012....

Hatchery Salmon Versus Wild Salmon
By News Staff | May 16th 2012 04:00 AM
A group of studies says that salmon raised in man-made hatcheries can harm wild salmon through competition for food and habitat. Salmon, which survived millions of years of evolution, are in danger from...salmon.....

Analysis by Sarah Simpson
Wed May 16, 2012 03:40 AM ET
The tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011, was the largest ever to strike a modern, developed coastline. But probably won’t be the last.
ANALYSIS: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Before and After
The next great Pacific tsunami may well hail from Alaska. And if it’s anything like the great swells of seawater that region has kicked up in the past, it could cause death and destruction as far away as Hawaii and California.
ANALYSIS: Western U.S. Will Face Tsumami. But When?
Recent analysis of Alaska’s potential to generate a future tsunami, highlighted in the May 8 issue of Eos, have turned up a worrisome similarity between the source of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that generated the.....

Dillingham could still win 2012 'Ultimate Fishing Town' honors
Hannah Heimbuch | Dutch Harbor Fisherman | May 15, 2012
Being a fishing town can mean a lot of things. But being the Ultimate Fishing Town, now that takes something special. Dillingham is currently in the running for the World Fishing Network's No. 1 fishing destination, and a few locals are getting together to push for the online vote to tally up for a Dillingham win. "It'd be cool if all Alaskans could unite behind Dillingham," said Dillingham native and Anchorage resident Verner Wilson. He's hoping enough Alaskans will rally behind Dillingham to bring it from sixth place, with nearly 1,700 votes on Tuesday evening, into the top spot now occupied by Waddington, NY....