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.

Courtesy Albert Burnham

Singapore-based container and shipping company American President Lines (APL), has applied to dredge a portion of Iliuliuk Bay to accommodate larger vessels and provide additional storage capacity within it's existing facility in Unalaska.

Newscast: 10/23/19

Oct 23, 2019

Approaching six days with stalled service, Unalaskans are lobbying for regular flights to resume; the family and friends of the late David Oltman are holding a memorial on Sunday in Washington state; and Pacific rockfish fared well under warm ocean conditions nicknamed the "blob."

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Commercial fishing opens Tuesday, Oct. 15 for Bristol Bay red king crab.

This season, the declining population has forced managers to set the total allowable catch (TAC) at 3.8 million pounds.

That number is 12 percent lower than last year, as well as the lowest since the fishery was rationalized in 2005. Even if fishermen catch all of the TAC, it'll be the smallest harvest since 1982.

Newscast: 10/14/19

Oct 14, 2019

Last week's meeting of the Unalaska City Council honored Mayor Frank Kelty and Councilor Roger Rowland, two longtime local politicians who didn't seek reelection this year; sablefish bycatch is up for Bering Sea trawlers — much to the dismay of small boat fishermen who target the species intentionally; and a corpulent sow called Holly has been named the winner of Katmai National Park and Preserve's Fat Bear Week.

Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media


A heap of slimy fish heads nearly filled a deep tote. Above, workers finished sorting stacks of decapitated halibut they had run through a grim mechanical apparatus.

"Right here, we have a guillotine blade," said Mike Lauer, showing off the de-heading device. "We'll sell the cheeks, and then we can use the heads for bait."