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Feb 19 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Coming up this week, a pot cod boat runs hard aground during heavy weather in Kodiak, though as of press time there's been no oil pollution; the State Senate is taking a lot of testimony on Roland Maw's appointment to the Board of Fish, and a fisheries pioneer is set to get honored this weekend in Anchorage. All that, and a new study looks at the graying of the fleet and where the next generation of fishermen will come from. We had help from KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver in Homer. 

Feb 18 2015
Rep. Stutes Talks Fishing on 360North PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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First year State Representative Louise Stutes of Kodiak was featured on the KTOO-produced Capital View television show with Mike Bradner on 360-North this week. Much of the conversation was about fisheries in Kodiak and Alaska. 

Feb 18 2015
No Fuel Leak Reported from Savannah Ray Grounding PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    No fuel or oil seems to be leaking from the grounded fishing vessel Savannah Ray, which fetched up on the outside of Long Island early Monday morning, but its pot gear has been washed off the deck. 
    In its first situation report, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation reported that the 81-foot Savannah Ray was carrying about 3,000 gallons of diesel, 300 gallons of hydraulic oil and 75 gallons of lube oil.
    The Savannah Ray was returning to Kodiak with 25,000 pounds of cod when it grounded on the island just off shore of Kodiak City. Four crewmen were were hoisted from the vessel by an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Two were treated for unspecified minor injuries.
    Weather Monday and Tuesday prevented any salvage or recovery of the vessel or its gear. Winds were over 20 knots and seas were six to 10 feet Tuesday. Conditions today are expected to be more favorable, with light and variable winds and seas three feet.
    Plans for pollution mitigation and for hull and wreck removal are currently being developed by Mystic Blue LLC, owner of the Savannah Ray. 
    A spill response contractor was scheduled to arrive in Kodiak last night to respond to any pollution from the vessel and will be on standby until the fuel and oil on-board can be safely lightered.
Feb 18 2015
Godfrey Feeling 'Animated' About New Cabinet Role PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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Jennifer Canfield/KTOO
    Gov. Bill Walker named his new rural affairs adviser today at the Alaska Federation of Natives winter retreat in Kotzebue. Gerad Godfrey’s full title is Senior Adviser on Rural Business and Intergovernmental Affairs — a title that Godfrey says is meant to communicate that much of his work will focus on economic development in villages and bringing tribes to the table when the state seeks to consult with local governments. 
    Godfrey is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Port Lions tribe and has worked as a director of corporate affairs for Kodiak-based Afognak Native Corporation. He also serves as chair of Alaska’s Violent Crimes Compensation Board. Godfrey says he excited to be part of a change in how the State of Alaska, tribes and corporations interact.
    “I’d say one of the first things I was intrigued by is the opportunity to be involved in a reset between tribal interests and Alaska Native interests and the State of Alaska and the government,” he said. “That obviously is something that animates me, and I think animates a lot of people, if there’s potential to create a more fruitful relationship and a relationship that reciprocally beneficial to both the state and the Alaska Native community and tribes.”
    Willie Hensley, a former state representative and senator who’s been active in the Alaska Federation of Natives since its inception, says he pleased with the governor’s choice. Hensley says Godfrey needs to focus on maintaining services and jobs in rural Alaska and working with coastal villages impacted by climate change. Godfrey is coming into the role at an important but difficult time, Hensley says.
    “I think it’s wonderful that he’s willing to take on the challenge, because it’s not going to be easy. Things have been hard in Alaska, it’s just the way of life up here, but we’ve had 35 good years in which people have enjoyed a much improved life, many conveniences, many services, programs, facilities that could hardly even be dreamed of in my youth,” Hensley said. “Now, of course, all of that’s under jeopardy because of the nature of our economy and our dependence on oil, so he’s going to have his hands full.”
    Godfrey’s access to the governor will be limited for now as the legislature is in session and lawmakers are tackling a major budget deficit. Meanwhile, he says, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is very accessible.
    “The lieutenant governor, who is an extraordinary authority and resource on Alaska Native issues, will be highly, highly available in the absence of the availability of the governor. So, there will be more access without a doubt and nobody has the governor’s ear any more than the lieutenant governor does as an Alaska Native leader for decades himself,” Godfey said “One way or another there will be a good deal of access to the administration between the governor and the lieutenant governor.” 
    Godfrey will be based in Anchorage and is spending his first month on the job taking meetings and making contacts. He says he may convene a summit of Alaska Native stakeholders in the near future. 
Feb 17 2015
Afognak Native Corp. Exec Hired Away by Governor PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    Alaska Governor Bill Walker Tuesday appointed a man with close Kodiak connections to be senior advisor on rural business and intergovernmental affairs. Walker appointed Gerad Godfrey at an Alaska Federation of Natives retreat in Kotzebue. 
    The position is cabinet-level, and Walker said Godfrey's experience will help strengthen the state's ties with communities in rural Alaska.
    Godfrey has been director of corporate affairs for Afognak Native Corporation, and is enrolled as a member of the Native Village of Port Lions.
    For the past 13 years, Godfrey has chaired Alaska’s Violent Crimes Compensation Board, and has held seats on a number of other boards and committees, including the Alaska Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Alaska Native Village CEO Association’s Legislative Committee, and the Alaska Federation of Natives Media & Election Committee. 
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