Industry

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.

St. Paul, Alaska
KUCB/John Ryan

Alaska’s largest regional airline now flies to the Pribilof Islands.

Ravn Alaska’s Dash-8 aircraft has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for over-water flight -- a certification the carrier has pursued since late 2018.

The 29-seat planes will provide thrice weekly service between St. Paul and Anchorage, with a refueling stop in Bethel.

Ravn officials say the Dash 8’s configuration will allow for “additional capacity for freight, mail, and baggage” compared to the Saab 340 it’s replacing. 

F/V Destination Memorial Fund

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering civil penalties against the owners of the F/V Destination — the crab boat that capsized two years ago in the Bering Sea, killing all six crew members.

The potential for penalties is just one takeaway from a new report released Sunday, in which investigators identified a number of mistakes that contributed to the deadly accident.

Chrissy Roes

In 2018, Ravn Air Group purchased PenAir — the carrier that's long served as the primary connection between Anchorage and the Aleutian-Pribilof region.

For months following the buy-out, Ravn Alaska declined and did not respond to interview requests. But this month, KUCB's Zoë Sobel finally spoke with Chief Commercial Officer Derek Shanks to learn why the carrier wants to expand in Southwest.  

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After more than a day offline, Unalaska’s GCI cell service was up and running again Monday afternoon.

Spokesperson Heather Handyside said GCI technicians first noticed a problem Sunday around noon.

“We sent a tech out to check on our earth station, which is the structure that is the link between our satellite and the powers that are on the ground on the island,” Handyside said. “We did some trouble shooting and were able to determine there was a faulty piece of equipment that needed to be replaced.”

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

Pollock "A" season began Sunday at noon.

This year the total allowable catch is 1.397 million metric tons up from last year’s 1.364 million metric tons.

The partial federal government shutdown has caused some hiccups for the fishery, but it still started as scheduled Sunday.

Mayor Frank Kelty said Juneau has two regular fish managers on the job, but local National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) offices like Unalaska's are closed.

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