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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.

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."

 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

With the fishing season starting next week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released crab quotas for Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea.

The total allowable catch for red king crab is 3.8 million pounds. That's about 12 percent less than last season, as well as the lowest since the fishery's rationalization in 2005.

Holland Dotts & the Alaska Marine Conservation Council

The Unalaska City Council has endorsed the rationalization of two derby-style Pacific cod fisheries.

On Tuesday, councilors voted to support the development of Limited Access Privilege Programs (LAPPs) for trawl catcher vessels targeting cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, as well as for pot catcher vessels 60 feet long and longer.

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)

State ferries resumed sailing Sunday after an 11-day strike that affected thousands of travelers and freight shipments across Alaska.

That includes all passengers booked on last week's M/V Tustumena run between Homer and Unalaska, which was canceled due to the strike.

"Unfortunately, we did have two teachers and their families planning to take the ferry," said Superintendent John Conwell of the Unalaska City School District.

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