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#12-03-2012 - ComFish News Roundup
Harbor commission reaches consensus on land sale
Posted 12/03/2012
by - Jennifer Gibbins
At times, discussion at the Harbor Commission this week went over the river, through the woods and into the eel grass. Across a series of two meetings, the commission was responding to a request from Planning and Zoning for a recommendation as to whether or not to offer for sale two lots in the harbor area: a portion of Lot 2, Block 7A TDP and a portion of ATS 220. The meandering discussion was indicative of the dilemma that several commissioners felt in weighing the question, which was ultimately about selling the parcels to the Prince William Sound Science Center for development of........

Why conservatives should back Law of the Sea Treaty
Jerry Rogers | Dec 02, 2012
We are now suffering the consequences of very bad policies — real per-capita income is down, unemployment is high, and job creation is stalled. A week after President Obama’s reelection, we got news that jobless claims have spiked to 439,000, and there are 50 million Americans living in poverty. Who is to blame? Democrats gave us Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and failed stimulus, and Republicans gave us Sarbanes-Oxley. All of these bad policy ideas have killed job growth. Americans are hoping for remedies for our economic troubles, but are fearful that Washington does not have a clue about how to restore our....

USDA rules bring more veggies, fewer calories to school lunches
by Mary Beth Smetzer
Dec 02, 2012
FAIRBANKS — When the new U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for the National Student Lunch Program standards came out in January 2012 for the current school year, Amy Rouse, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Nutrition Services Director, didn't panic. “We were doing a lot of the initiatives already,” Rouse said. “The huge change for us was how we plan our menu.” The new guidelines, encompassed in the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act require set calorie limits, increased daily servings of fruits and....

Juneau Empire
Ditching the keyboard
Finding tablet computers in Juneau
Posted: December 2, 2012 - 9:21am
Tablet computers are expected to outsell notebook computers during the holiday season this year. Tablet vendors are predicted to ship more than 21 million units in the final three months of 2012, according to a NPD DisplaySearch forecast. Though not the first tablet-type computer, the market was kick-started by the highly successful Apple iPad. In its fourth generation, the iPad has been joined by many manufacturers and operating systems in the....

NOAA proposes ESA listing for 66 coral species
Monday, December 03, 2012, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
In compliance with a federal court ordered deadline, and consistent with existing international protections, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that it is proposing Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings for 66 coral species, including 59 in the Pacific and seven in the Caribbean. This science-based proposal is more limited than the 2009 original petition that led to a settlement agreement and the court order.  Before this proposed listing is finalized in late 2013, there will be a 90-day public comment period during which NOAA will hold 18 public meetings. Earlier this year, the President directed that any potential future designations of critical habitat carefully consider all public comments on relevant science and economic impact, including those that suggest methods for minimizing regulatory burdens. Therefore, any potential future critical habitat designation in connection....

Squid fishermen wrap up another banner year
By Aaron Kinney
Posted:   12/03/2012 08:16:42 AM PST
Updated:   12/03/2012 08:16:46 AM PST
HALF MOON BAY -- It's a great time to be a calamari lover.
California fishermen have capitalized on favorable ocean conditions with a historic three-year haul of market squid, whose cylindrical bodies are most recognizable in appetizer form: sliced, breaded and deep-fried. These small squid make up the state's largest fishery by both weight and value, having brought in roughly $68.5 million in 2011. Fishermen netted a record-breaking 133,642 tons of the cephalopods during the 2010-11 season, then topped that mark the following year with 134,910 tons, according to the...