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Fishery center takes million-dollar hit to its budget
KODIAK — Kodiak’s Fishery Industrial Technology Center faces a million-dollar budget cut under the newest federal spending plan passed in Washington, D.C. The plan, approved Nov. 18, cuts $42 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture by eliminating the department’s 10 smallest research stations. FITC is among those 10. “It’s a hit to Kodiak and the work that’s been done here,” said FITC co-director Paula Cul...
Nov 29, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Crab fishermen propose quota share changes in Bering Sea fishery
KODIAK — As part of the five-year review of the Bering Sea crab rationalization program, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council last year found that while many parts of the rationalization plan were working, they still had concerns about issues such as crew compensation, leasing practices and entry opportunities. Solutions to those issues were presented this week before the council begins its review in Decem...
Nov 23, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues sick sailor
KODIAK — A Coast Guard helicopter transported a bulk carrier crewman to Cold Bay clinic Monday evening after the ship reported the man was suffering from extreme abdominal pain. The bulk carrier Shagangfirst Power, en route from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Korea with a load of coal, was south of the Alaska Peninsula when it radioed for help. The closest Coast Guard unit was the cutter Sherman, which is car...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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City of Kodiak picks new state lobbyist
KODIAK — The city of Kodiak will have a new representative in Juneau when the Alaska Legislature convenes Jan. 17. On Friday, the city council gathered at the Kodiak Fisheries Research Center to interview two lobbyist candidates: Cliff Stone and Ray Gillespie. Stone used to live in Chiniak and was a longtime staffer for Rep. Alan Austerman, who serves Kodiak in the Alaska House of Representatives. “I think you’ll ...
Nov 22, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Unemployment rate flat, after adjustments for season
KODIAK — Kodiak unemployment rates are rising with the arrival of winter and the end of most fishing seasons, but after the figures have been adjusted for that seasonal employment, real unemployment is almost flat. According to the latest statistics released by the state labor department, Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent in October, down from 7.5 percent in September. Unadjusted for t...
Nov 21, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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State transportation planners ask Kodiak for advice
KODIAK — The Southwest Alaska Transportation Plan that guides federal dollars toward the development of airport, ferry and road projects has not been updated for Kodiak Island in nearly a decade — five years longer than the state prefers. Meanwhile, many of the major improvements in the plan, including paving the road to the Kodiak Launch Complex and increasing ferry service to Aleutian Islands communities, have a...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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United Fishermen of Alaska make statistical push to show fishing's impact
KODIAK — The United Fishermen of Alaska launched a new publicity push this week, releasing statistics it says show the economic and business impact of fisheries in Alaska. “UFA is alarmed at the lack of public awareness about the economic contributions of the fishing and processing industry across Alaska,” organization president Arni Thomson stated in a press release. On its website , UFA has broken down revenue a...
Nov 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sen. Begich vows to push ratification of Law of the Sea Treaty
KODIAK — Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will push to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty as soon as the beginning of the year as chair of the Senate subcommittee that oversees oceans, fisheries and the Coast Guard, the senator told news media Monday. “This is such an important issue for the long-term economic health and well-being of the Arctic as well as, obviously, for Alaska,” Begich said. “It’s such a huge piece of...
Nov 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Further testing finds no salmon virus in British Columbia
SEATTLE (AP) — Canadian government officials said last week they have found no signs of a potentially deadly, infectious salmon virus in British Columbia. Researchers with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia announced last month they had detected infectious salmon anemia, or ISA, in two wild juvenile Pacific salmon collected from the province’s central coast, prompting fears the influenza-like virus could ...
Nov 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stats show salmon season was big breadwinner for Alaska
KODIAK — According to reports released Oct. 31 by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, this year’s salmon harvest is the third most valuable since 1975, even as the number of fish fell below expectations. According to the latest ex-vessel statistics, which record the prices paid to boats at the dock, Alaska’s salmon fishery was worth $603 million. The Kodiak fishery alone was worth $46.7 million across all fish...
Nov 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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