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Dec 18 2014
The Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Coming up this week, President Barack Obama issued an historic executive order Tuesday that excludes the outer continental shelf of Bristol Bay from oil and gas exploration, thereby protecting vital seafood habitat. Also: How salmon may respond to climate change and a summary of the board of fisheries recent meeting in Cordova, coming up, on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from APRN's Liz Ruskin in Washington D.C., KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham, KCHU's Marcia Lynn in Valdez and CoastAlaska's Ed Schoenfeld in Juneau. 

 
Dec 18 2014
Fisheries-Related Funds Included in Federal Spending Bill PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    When the federal spending bill passed on Monday, there were several provisions in it for fisheries-related projects.
    This year’s bill includes $72 million in expanded stock assessments and $24 million for survey and monitoring projects within the Fisheries Research and Management Account. This will provide for more consistent funding for keeping an eye on the nation's fish stocks to ensure they're sustainable.
    Sustainability is the focus of other language in the bill that would prohibit federal agencies from using outside groups to certify the quality of fish caught in U.S. Waters. Alaska's senators have argued for a couple years that if NOAA Fisheries thinks a fish stock is healthy enough to fish on, it should automatically be considered sustainable.
    There is also $30-million to fight intentional mislabeling of fish species and product weights. The money will be used by the Food and Drug and Ministration along with NOAA to address potential fraud in those areas.
    There is $28-million to support the National Data Buoy Center, in an effort to curb the amount of outages among the buoy network, which provides vital weather and sea conditions to fishermen and others nationwide. 
 
Dec 18 2014
Bears on the Road at T-Bird Classic PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak High School boys and girls basketball teams are in Anchorage today taking part in the East High School T-Bird Classic round-robin tournament. Eight teams are playing, four boys, four girls. Besides the Bears, the boys' bracket includes Barrow, Juneau and the host Thunderbirds. On the girls' side, it's Service, Eagle River and East.
    Play kicks off with the Kodiak boys taking on the Barrow Whalers at 3 this afternoon. The Lady Bears face the Service Cougars at 4:30.
    On Friday, the Kodiak girls play the early game at 1 p.m. against Eagle River, while the boys will be in the nite cap at 7 against the host team.
    On Saturday, it'll be the battle of the bruins, as the Kodiak boys play at 2 p.m. against the Juneau Crimson Bears. The Kodiak girls wrap up the tournament with a 4 o'clock game against the host T-Birds.
    We'll have results online as they become available and on Monday morning's newscast. The full round-robin schedule is after the jump.
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Dec 18 2014
Maritime Museum Seeks to Light Up Kodiak's Harbors PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014

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    The second annual Harbor Lights Festival is coming up Saturday night, at both St. Herman and St. Paul harbors, as well as an indoor component at the Harbor Convention center. KMXT's Jay Barrett spoke with Kodiak Maritime Museum Executive Director Toby Sullivan about what folks can expect.

 
Dec 18 2014
Pollock Biomass Increases More Than Catch Limit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014
Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
    Even though there's plenty of pollock in the water, the Bering Sea's biggest fishery won't get too much bigger in 2015. 
    There will be 1.31 million metric tons of pollock up for harvest next year. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved that limit at a meeting in Anchorage this weekend. It's a three percent increase over the current allocation.
    It would have been safe to bump that even higher. Research has shown that the biomass of pollock in the Bering Sea is growing. But the council had to balance that against a range of fisheries -- and keep the total harvest under 2 million metric tons.
    There will be major boosts: The amount of Atka mackerel that’s up for grabs in the western Aleutian Islands next year will be ten times greater than in 2014. The catch limit for octopus is also set to increase.
    But there will be far less flatfish available next year, and the Pacific cod limit will drop by about 7,000 metric tons.
    Pollock is in high demand overseas, but Alaska is not the only supplier. And it's not the only fishery that's set to grow next year. Russia has approved a ten percent increase in pollock catch in the Sea of Okhotsk. That harvest is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council -- just like Alaska’s.
 
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