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.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing person believed to have fallen into the water near Dutch Harbor on Thursday.


Still missing is 33-year-old fisherman Steven Mencer, last seen wearing a neon green pullover rain jacket with orange and black pants.


Coast Guard boat and aircrews searched a total of 63 square miles for Mencer over approximately 7.4 hours.


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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a fisherman who went missing on Thursday morning in Unalaska.

33-year-old Steven Mencer was reported missing after failing to report to crew check-in while the Alaska Mist, a 164-foot fishing vessel, was moored at Coastal Transportation Northern Dock.  

Melissa McKenzie, a Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist, said Mencer was last seen wearing a neon green pullover rain jacket with orange and black pants.

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 Trident Seafoods has restricted access between its Akutan plant and the local town in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Akutan, a small city of about a hundred people, lies 35 miles east of Unalaska. It also boasts the largest seafood processing plant in North America. The plant, which is operated by Trident Seafoods, hosts an additional 1,400 employees, and is just a half-mile walk from the rest of the town. 

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 A dredging project in Iliuliuk Bay is inching forward through national legislative channels.

The Unalaska dredging project would remove a large bar to open the Port of Dutch Harbor to deeper-draft vessels—and bigger business.

In February, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) submitted the proposed project to Congress. The next steps are a little murky. First, the project needs to be authorized by Congress to be included in a bill. Then, once it's in that bill, it needs to be funded by a congressional committee.

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While Dutch Harbor has been named the nation's top fishing port in terms of volume for the 22nd consecutive year, the port dropped from second to third place in terms of value.

According to an annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report released last month, the Port of Dutch Harbor led the nation with 763 million pounds of seafood landed in 2018, worth $182 million. But the value of landings in Naknek, Alaska, rose to $195 million.