Industry

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.

Alaska State Troopers

A Kodiak man died May 2 while fishing in the Bering Sea.

Alaska State Troopers report 55-year-old Christopher O’Callaghan was struck in the chest with a line when the F/V Ocean Hunter was transferring fish to another vessel.

Officials say the line caused bruising and internal injuries resulting in his death. Multiple crewmembers witnessed the incident.

O’Callaghan’s body was transported to Unalaska and then the State Medical Examiner by request of his next of kin.

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

For decades, the Northern Victor was a nomadic vessel.

It spent part of the year processing pollock in Unalaska’s Beaver Inlet. And the rest, it spent traveling back and forth from Seattle for maintenance.

That finally changed this season, when Icicle Seafoods had the boat drop its vagabond act and settle down at the dock for good.

KUCB stopped by the Northern Victor recently to see how its new home has affected business.

It’s a windy day on the Unalaska spit, with gusts reaching more than 90 miles per hour.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

Unalaska is America’s fish capital. More seafood is hauled into Dutch Harbor than anywhere in the country, but for residents it’s not easy to find fresh fish unless they catch it themselves.

Courtesy of Fishermen’s Finest

A month after Fishermen’s Finest failed to lobby Unalaska over its troubled factory trawler, the Washington company has been dealt another blow.

The $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week did not include a waiver that would allow the boat to fish in American waters.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

 

Trident Seafoods will pay $297,000 in a settlement with the federal government for Clean Water Act violations at plants in Sand Point and Wrangell.

In both locations, the fines are the result of Trident discharging more fish waste than they were legally allowed to.

Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Bill Dunbar says in Sand Point, Trident will remove nearly 3.5 acres of waste from the seafloor near their plant.

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