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.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The Unalaska City Council is standing by its request that Congress place restrictions on a troubled factory trawler commissioned by Fishermen’s Finest.

The company urged councilors earlier this month to rescind a letter they sent to Alaska’s Congressional delegation.

Courtesy of Fishermen’s Finest

Concerned about losing fisheries revenue, Mayor Frank Kelty asked Congress last month to restrict a troubled factory trawler in Anacortes, Washington.

Despite pleas to soften his position, Kelty said he’s not backing down now.

"I think you could tell by my letter that I feel strongly about this," he said. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Once again, GCI has pushed back the launch date for Unalaska’s 4G LTE service — just a week after the company’s last missed deadline.

Vice President Dan Boyette said GCI is now targeting next Monday, March 5.

“We’ve done the needed upgrades and drive testing and are now in the stage of analyzing the drive test results,” he said in an email to KUCB.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

After missing another of its own deadlines, GCI has set a new launch date for Unalaska’s 4G LTE service.

Vice President Dan Boyette said the telecommunications company is now aiming for Feb. 28.

He plans to confirm the launch on Feb. 26. 

“I’m pretty confident we’ll be able to hit these new dates,” said Boyette in an email to KUCB. “But I know I’ve said that to you before, so I’d understand if you are skeptical.”

NOAA FishWatch

Saturday at noon is the start of A-season for Pollock. Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Services says the total allowable catch (TAC) this year is about 1 percent bigger than last year.

“Last year [the TAC] was 1.345 million metric tons and this year its going to be 1.364 million metric tons," Milandi said. "It is a slight increase from last year.”

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