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Aug 01 2014
Reel History: Fish For Food Banks PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014

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           Hi, I’m Marina Cummiskey, an intern here at KMXT as part of the station’s summer archiving project. This week I listened to an Alaska Fisheries Report, produced in November of 1993 by Laine Welch. One of the stories on the reel was about a way to put Alaskan by-catch to good use.
            “It’s no secret that the amount of waste in the nation’s fisheries is raising the ire of an increasingly aware public, but the experimental by-catch food bank program, headed by Terra Marine and participants of the Bering Sea Troll Fleet, has holiday meals of salmon being served to the hungry and homeless in Seattle.”
              A story the new menu at a low-income housing unit in Seattle, written by Leslie Bennett of KUOW, was aired on NPR’s morning edition.
               “St. Martins’ serves three meals a day, seven days a week. Most of its food comes from Food Lifeline, a distribution service for shelters, meal programs, and food banks. James Dale opens the freezer door, and points to the 50 pound boxes of salmon, which have been processed, and frozen. The money for storage, transportation, and processing came from individual donations and contributions.”

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Aug 01 2014
Stephens Walks Out Of Work Session PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014

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           Threats made toward some Borough Assembly members in recent days prompted a small police presence during last night’s borough work session. The presence consisted of a single officer, not dressed in uniform, who only identified themselves as a member of law enforcement when directly asked by Assemblyman  Mel Stephens. Upon learning that an officer was indeed present, Stephens left the meeting.
           “Because I feel the purpose of having that officer here was a false pretext and I find it very offensive and contrary to my view of what government should be about, I am not going to lend my presence to this meeting.”)    
           Stephens was followed by one member of the community who did not identify herself before leaving.
           “Toward that end I’m going to be leaving too.”
           After the meeting, the man who identified himself as the officer said much of his work for the police department is undercover and asked to remain anonymous. However, he also pointed out that he is a borough resident and had just as much right to be there as any other borough citizen.

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Aug 01 2014
Alaska Seafood Remains Free of Radiation from Fukushima PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 August 2014

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    More results have come in from on-going studies looking for radiation in different fish from Alaska waters, and they continue to show no evidence of contamination from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released results from samples of four kinds of important food fish, and none had any trace of Fukushima-related radioisotopes, according to Dr. Ali Hamade of the State Division of Epidemiology.
    “None of them have detected any radionuclide that would be associated with any appreciable health risk. Even for those who consume them in huge quantities – we’re talking more than 250 pounds a year – we’re nowhere close to really suspecting any appreciable health risk.”
    Previously, negative results were released from tests of sablefish, pollock and halibut in Alaska waters. The results released Thursday were from testing of cod and three species of salmon: kings, chums and reds.
    “These analyses target several species of fish, the fish that are for most important for Alaskans. If you look at pollock, that’s important nationwide and globally even, because they go into imitation crab and fish nuggets and whatnot. So it’s not only something Alaskans consume.”
    Hamade said the tests FDA scientists use are sensitive enough to be able to tell Fukushima-related radiation, such as iodine-131, cecium-134 or cesium-137, from common background radiation that is naturally present in nature.

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Jul 31 2014
Whale Collision With Kennicott Under Investigation PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014

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necropsy.jpgThe necropsy crew poses in front of the beached humpback whale on Puffin Island earlier this week. Back row, from left to right: Nia Pristas, Glenn McKenney, Nesie Smith, Julie Matweyou and Dana Wright of the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, Brent Pristas and Joe Sekerak from NOAA and Lei Guo from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Front row: Kit and Kate Savage from NOAA, Chief Pathologist Frances Gulland, Marine Mammal Specialist Kate Wynne and Veterinarian Kathy Dot.

 

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           National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration law enforcement officials are currently investigating a collision between the state ferry Kennicott and a humpback whale near Kodiak. The incident was first reported on Saturday and brought a multi-agency team of scientists to the island to help determine whether or not the collision caused the death of the 30-foot-long, subadult humpback whale.
            Kate Wynne is a marine mammal specialist for the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program and spent all of Wednesday cutting open the 25-ton humpback whale, which is currently beached on Puffin Island, just beyond Kodiak harbor’s breakwater.
            “This animal definitely died from a massive trauma. It got hit. It got t-boned basically in a characteristic way that ship strikes have been evidenced before. So, broken ribs, broken spine, skull fracture – that sort of thing. The determination of how that happened is out of my realm and it’s in the investigation mode still.” 

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Jul 31 2014
Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Coming up this week, a judge says the Kenai River sportsfishing industry can go ahead with its attempt to end commercial setnet fishing in parts of Alaska. It’s a banner summer for Southeast crabbers, but are the days numbered for Alaska’s crustaceans? All that, and sometimes fishy news happens after we go to press, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg, APRN’s Steve Heimel in Anchorage and KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran in Kenai.

 
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