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Greta Mart

After three attempts over the past decade, the Unalaska Native Fishermen's Association succeeded in an effort to close Unalaska Bay to commercial trawl fishing.

On Thursday the Alaska Board of Fisheries passed Proposal 194 by a six to one vote. The Unalaska Native Fishermen's Association - known as UNFA - put forward the proposal, which sought to "close all waters of Unalaska Bay to commercial fishing for groundfish with pelagic trawl gear."

Greta Mart

At a meeting this week between the city manager and Unalaska and Dutch Harbor small business owners, roads, utility prices and the dearth of available retail space were named as key issues to those running a business on the island.

City Manager David Martinson says he understands how hard it is to operate a small business here because of high costs for pretty much everything.

"We're just trying find out where we can make adjustments on the city side to facilitate [operating a small business] while still being able to conduct business we need to conduct," Martinson said.

Greta Mart

A proposal to permanently close Unalaska Bay to commercial trawl fishing is up for discussion at an upcoming Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting.

The statewide meeting takes place the second week of March in Anchorage, and Qawalangin tribal president Tom Robinson will be there to testify. He will be speaking on behalf of the Unalaska Native Fishermen's Association (UNFA).

The Unalaska Planning Commission's monthly meeting was postponed this week due to a lack of quorum; the Commission plans to continue the meeting next Thursday, Feb. 25.

On the agenda is a request for a conditional use permit for a UniSea project. The fish processing company is asking the city for permission to create a temporary rock quarry; rock from the quarry will be used in rebuilding the company's G1 dock facility.

Unalaska Fisheries Report, 2/5/16

Feb 5, 2016
Pipa Escalante / KUCB

More highlights from pollock 'A' Season, Bering Sea catch reports from a variety of species, and surprise appearance by ADF&G's Miranda Westphal.  You don't want to miss this week's episode of the Unalaska Fisheries Report.