fisheries

Laura Kraegel / Berett Wilber / KUCB

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.

KUCB

Unalaska fishermen cannot take salmon at McLees Lake within 500 yards of the river mouth.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued that reminder Sunday as the restriction went into effect.

Biologist Lisa Fox said it'll last through next Monday, July 9.

"It's around the average peak time of that run," she said. "So if the run comes in normally, that should protect the peak."

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Unalaska's budget is in good shape as fiscal year 2018 comes to a close.

Finance Director Clay Darnell said the city has already banked a surplus of $7.5 million — a number that's expected to grow as his department crunches the final figures for June.

"We project that we'll be at $7.8 million, so we're really doing good," he said. "We're approximately $4.6 million better than we anticipated we'd be at the end of the year."

NOAA Fishwatch

Bering Sea fishermen are now trawling for one of Alaska’s most profitable catches.

Pollock "B" season opened Sunday with a total quota of 731,804 metric tons.

That's about one percent higher than last year, according to Krista Milani, a groundfish manager for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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