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Kodiak gets educated on new observer program
The National Marine Fisheries Service brought its observer roadshow to Kodiak on Friday as it hosted an outreach workshop about the new federal fisheries observer program that begins Jan. 1. An overflow crowd of more than 70 fishermen, processor representatives and community leaders filled the upstairs meeting room at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center as observer chief Martin Loefflad shared the n...
Dec 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard authorization act affects things other than Coast Guard
Late Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a long-awaited Coast Guard funding bill that also includes measures affecting the fishing industry and port workers. The Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Act of 2012 has already been passed by the House and must be signed into law by President Obama before it takes effect. That approval is expected to be just a formality, an anticlimactic end after months o...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Project plans to document all canneries ever built in Alaska
The Kodiak Maritime Museum will participate in a statewide project next year with the ambitious goal of documenting every fish cannery built and operated in Alaska. The project, proposed by the Alaska Historical Society, is still in the conceptual stage, but organizers are already beginning to reach out to museums across the state for help. “We decided that a cannery history project would be a good special history...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Top NOAA law enforcement officer honored
When Kenneth Hansen came to Kodiak in 1987, he arrived at the tail of Kodiak’s “Wild West” crab boom. Hansen retires at the end of the month as Kodiak’s top NOAA law enforcement officer, and last week, he was formally recognized with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Bob Mace Distinguished Service Award, the top honor that regional fisheries group can award. “I’ve accomplished what I want to accomplis...
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New fines for 'mobile offshore drilling units'
Ocean conservation measures received a nod in Wednesday’s Coast Guard authorization bill. The text of the bill includes new fines for “mobile offshore drilling units” like the jack-up drilling rigs that typically pioneer new oil and gas fields in the Arctic, Cook Inlet and Gulf of Mexico. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said the new fines, which can punish wayward rigs up to twice their charter rate, were instituted a...
Dec 14, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Squeezed by falling prices and quotas, halibut fishermen face fee increase
The federal government is taking a bigger slice of halibut next year. Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it has raised the fee to participate in the commercial halibut harvest by almost 25 percent — from 1.6 percent of a fisherman’s catch to 2.1 percent of the catch. According to NOAA figures published in April, the fee generated just over $5 million last year. Most of that money was alloca...
Dec 13, 2012 | 2 2 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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City to vote on expanded sales tax data collection
The Kodiak City Council will consider asking businesses to provide additional information about their sales in an effort to improve the city’s sales tax. The measure is one of several items on the council’s agenda tonight during a wide-ranging meeting that begins at 7:30 p.m. in the borough assembly chambers. If approved tonight and at the city council’s next meeting, the tax measure would add a section to the qua...
Dec 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Chamber looking for board members
The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce is looking for a few good men and women. The chamber holds its annual election of board members in early February, and the chamber nominating committee is accepting nominations to fill three seats on the board. The three-year terms Kris Sockwell, John Durham and Jack Johnson are expiring this year. The chamber board includes 10 elected members and six ex-officio members who represent...
Dec 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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2 men charged in 2008 Pillar Mtn. death
State prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Bradford Blondin and 25-year-old Brian Blondin in connection with the 2008 death of a homeless man on Pillar Mountain. On Monday, Bradford formally pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran over 43-year-old Justin McGriff on Pillar Mountain Road and left McGriff to die. Brian has pleaded not guilty to two felony charges that he destroyed evidence in the case. Bradford fac...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Museum ship left out of CG reauthorization bill
Congress is close to approving a new Coast Guard funding bill, but one long-awaited Alaska project hasn’t made the final cut. The Coast Guard Cutter Storis, lingering in America’s mothball fleet, was scheduled to be transferred to the nonprofit Storis Museum, which hopes to transform the cutter into a Juneau museum ship. While that transfer appeared in early versions of the Coast Guard bill, it was dropped from th...
Dec 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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