fisheries

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A month into pollock "B" season, fishermen have caught about 16 percent of the quota.

That's a bit of a slow start, according to Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Service. At this time last year, the fleet had taken about 22 percent of the total harvest.

So far, 67 boats have participated in the fishery — a dozen fewer than last year.

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International seafood buyers are scheduled to visit Unalaska this month, but they don't hail from a massive importer like China or Japan.

They're coming from Ukraine — a once-modest market for Alaska fish that's slowly reemerging after political upheaval and economic crisis.

In 2013, Ukraine spent $105 million on American seafood — a record for the Eastern European nation that loves hake, pollock, and salmon roe.

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Dutch Harbor's commercial herring season is off to a slow start.

Since opening July 1, seiners have harvested about one quarter of their 1,810-ton quota in the Unalaska and Akutan districts.

"Some of the reports I get from the processors say the fish are deeper than normal," said biologist Lucas Stumpf of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "They're having a little difficulty catching them in the volumes that they're used to, just because the fish seem to be deeper at the moment."

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Last week, KUCB reported that Unalaska's Wildlife Trooper post is shrinking due to state budget constraints. Now, we bring you more on the two enforcement officers affected — one who's leaving the island this month, and another who's just getting settled.

The former is Damian Lopez Plancarte, who's worked as a public safety technician for the last two years. He's resigning just as his job is being phased out.   

Courtesy of APICDA

Luke Fanning has been named CEO of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Community Development Association.

APICDA's board of directors made the announcement last week after a six-month search for Larry Cotter's replacement.

The founding CEO is retiring at the end of the month, while Fanning transitions from his current role as APICDA's chief financial officer.

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