Stories from the KUCB Newsroom on the topic of business and industry. Also includes volunteer Frank Kelty's weekly fisheries update, the Unalaska Fisheries Report.

Oil Spill Response Barge Breaks Loose

Jan 16, 2016
Ethan Nichols

The 200-foot-long oil spill response barge Ibis came off its mooring Saturday afternoon in rough seas and drifted onto Front Beach, requiring a coordinated response effort. The barge has been anchored in Iliuliuk Bay for the past several months.

The barge is owned by Resolve Magone Marine Services. As of Saturday evening, a company crew had maneuvered the barge off the beach and guided it back to Magone Marine in Dutch Harbor. 

Dan Magone, Resolve Magone Marine president, said gale force winds on Saturday afternoon caused the barge the break loose from its mooring.

First episode of the New Year!  

Annie Ropeik/KUCB

Commercial fishing in Alaska was once known as one of the deadliest professions. It's still pretty dangerous, but the number of fatalities each year is trending downward.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced in October that over a recent yearlong period, not one commercial fisherman had perished at sea while working.


Last week Alaska Fish and Game set the Pacific cod guideline harvest level (GHL) for the fishing season that began on Jan. 1.

Dutch Harbor Fish and Game biologist Justin Leon says the 2016 numbers are a big change from last year.

"We've just released this coming year's GHL for the harvest that's going to be allowed for the Aleutian Islands Subdistrict, and that is going to be 10,476,259 pounds. It's down 42 percent from last year," Leon said.

Why such a huge drop?

Unalaska Fisheries Report, 12/18/15

Dec 21, 2015

Frank provides a recap of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meetings; updates listeners on catch reports for the Bering Sea/ Aleutian Islands.