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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom from the Aleutian Region, the Pribilof Islands, the Alaska Peninsula, and beyond.

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    Hope McKenney/KUCB
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    After delays due to weather, the MV Tustumena, which was scheduled to arrive in Unalaska on Saturday, has now been pushed back a week, according to the Department of Transportation. The department cancelled all ferry sailings through Oct. 5, citing crew shortages as the cause.The Tustumena has now been rescheduled to arrive in Unalaska on Friday Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and to depart the following morning at 3:30 a.m.Visit dot.alaska.gov/amhs for more information.
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    John Ryan
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    KUCB
    Fur seals are an essential subsistence food for the Unangax̂ communities in the Bering Sea’s Pribilof Islands. But for years, scientists have been unable to explain why the seals’ populations have been falling. Now, a new peer-reviewed study points its finger at an industry that’s long been suspected, but never definitively linked with the population declines: Alaska’s huge commercial pollock fishery, which harvests the same species that nursing female seals rely on to feed their pups.