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Feb 03 2015
Pribilofs Plagued by Swarm of Quakes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2015
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Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB
     The Pribilof Islands aren’t usually prone to earthquakes. But more than a dozen earthquakes have been recorded near St. Paul and St. George since Friday.
     The Pribilofs sit in the middle of the Bering Sea, past the subduction zone that causes frequent earthquakes along the Aleutian Chain.
     State seismologist Michael West says the Pribilofs have always been pretty quiet -- until now. 
     “So most of what we know about whatever fault it is that’s active is coming from the earthquakes that we’ve actually seen in the past couple of days,” he said.
     Fourteen earthquakes -- mostly around magnitude 4 -- have occurred since Friday. They’re shallow, which suggests the source is somewhere in the Earth’s crust. 
     “There’s some tension in the Earth. That is, a pulling apart, as opposed to a pushing together. But they also have a lot of side-to-side motion,” he said. “They’re messy, is the short answer.”
     The earthquakes haven’t caused any damage on St. Paul or St. George, where Jennifer Merculief works as a community health aide. 
     She helped conduct a head count and make sure all 68 residents on St. George could be ready to evacuate. 
     That hasn’t been necessary. And Merculief says some of her neighbors seem to be getting used to the trembling.
     “By the time it got to like the eighth one, people are saying, ‘Oh, just go with it.’ But for me? Honestly, it scares me,” she said. “It’s very unusual for St. George to be getting an earthquake. Since I’ve been here, I’ve never seen an earthquake on St. George, ever.”
     It’s been more than 20 years since the island saw a significant quake. A magnitude 6.7 struck north of St. George in 1991, sending a small tsunami across the Bering Sea.
     The National Tsunami Warning Center is prepared to issue an alert for Unalaska and Sand Point, but only if the earthquakes get stronger – above a magnitude 7.
     Science officer Paul Huang says that rule is based on the configuration of the seabed around the Pribilofs.
     “This is a special region in Alaska. It’s unlike the front part of the Aleutians,” he said. “The water is shallower, so we have a different criteria.”
     Huang and other scientists say there’s no evidence to suggest the earthquakes will become more severe. But at this point, they also don’t have any clues about how long it will take for the shaking to stop.  
Feb 02 2015
Halibut Fishermen See First Increase in Decade PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 February 2015
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Joe Viechnicki/KFSK
    The International Pacific Halibut Commission Friday voted to recommend a 1.7-million pound increase in the coast-wide catch of halibut. The joint U.S. and Canadian body oversees management of the highly prized bottom fish from California to Alaska. The commission held its annual meeting in Vancouver British Columbia last week. The IPHC voted for a coast-wide catch for commercial and charter fisheries of 29.2 million pounds, up from last year’s 27.5-million pounds.
    Commissioner Jim Balsiger of Alaska noted wider participation at this year’s meeting.
    “I found it refreshing is the right word, but it’s certainly a change in direction that we had other sectors than the directed halibut users in the room. I think it’s the only way we can make progress on what has been the major issue, major point of contention between Canada and the U.S. up here, is the other users of halibut that have not been in the room before. They were here full force. I think that’s a great step forward.
    The commission heard presentations on the issue of halibut bycatch, or fish caught in other fisheries by boats targeting other species. That included input from Bering Sea trawl fleet representatives and others on efforts to reduce bycatch. The additional halibut removal increased coast-wide last year, to over 9-million pounds, with over 6-million pounds of that coming from Western Alaska waters and the Bering Sea. Halibut are caught in trawl nets by boats fishing for sole and hook and line boats fishing for Pacific cod. Commissioner David Boyes of Canada said the bycatch issue was important for the entire coast.
    “Juveniles from the Bering Sea migrate very extensively. They populate all areas of the coast right down to the southern most part of the range of this species. And so everybody has a vital interest in getting bycatch down to the lowest level that’s practicable, as it says in the Magnuson Stevens Act.”
    The Commission plans to meet with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council on the issue February 5th. That council is scheduled to take action on recommendations for bycatch limit reduction measures this June. Those measures could be in place for 2016.
    National Marine Fisheries Service assistant administrator for fisheries Eileen Sobeck wrote to the commission seeking a higher catch limit for the longline fleet in the Bering Sea. She highlighted the importance of the directed fishery to residents and businesses, along with efforts to reduce bycatch by other fishing fleets. The commission voted to recommend the same level for Area 4, the Bering Sea and Aleutian islands, as last year.
    For Southeast Area 2C, the commission approved a combined commercial and charter catch of 4.65-million pounds. That’s an increase from last year’s limit of almost half a million pounds.
    For the central Gulf, Area 3A, the commission recommended a combined commercial and charter limit of 10.1 million pounds. That’s also an increase from last year, of over 600,000 pounds.
    The Commission also adopted catch-share plans for Southeast Alaska and the Central Gulf that impact the number and size of halibut that charter anglers can keep. Area 2B, British Columbia, was approved for just over 7-million pounds, also an increase from last year’s catch. Commissioners approved a season start date of March 14th and end date of November 7th.
    Alaska's Balsiger of was appointed chair for the next two years. The commission’s next annual meeting is in Juneau a year from now. 
Jan 30 2015
Saturday Work Session in Store for City Council PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015
Jay Barrett/KMXT
    The Kodiak City Council is getting together for a rare Saturday work session. On the agenda are mostly organizational and policy planning issues.
    First, draft fiscal year 2016 budget goals and a sales tax review will be addressed, and then long-term planning, including succession planning, facilitated strategic planning and council training and an update on filling two positions: the assistant city manager and finance director.
    There will be discussion of making Kodiak City limits larger through annexation, as a way of improving long-term financial outlooks. One scenario outlined in the agenda packet projects an annexation of Service District 1 would bring in a half-million dollars more in revenue, but cost the city $700-thousand, a net loss of just about $200,000. Much of that loss would be in lower water and sewer fees charged to residents in the service area if they were inside city limits.
    The council will discuss the Near Island land development plan, and updates on downtown improvements, including the long sought-after anti-loitering ordinances.
    The meeting will start at 10 Saturday morning in the Kodiak Public Library's multipurpose room, and is open to the public.

Agenda: http://records.city.kodiak.ak.us:8000/weblink7/ElectronicFile.aspx?docid=10608
Packet: http://records.city.kodiak.ak.us:8000/weblink7/ElectronicFile.aspx?docid=10607 
Jan 30 2015
Icicle Seafoods Still on the Market PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015
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Dave Bendinger/KDLG
    Icicle Seafoods seems to still be on the market, for sale either in whole or in part, though no potential buyer has yet stepped forward. The seafood giant has had a large presence in Alaska fishing communities for decades. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more.  
Jan 29 2015
Alaska Fisheries Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 January 2015

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Coming up this week, a new fishery on the Kenai will complicate an already nightmarish management picture; the feds reject the petition for a marine sanctuary in the Aleutians, and what do Kodiak fishermen really think about privatization? We had help from KDLL's Shaylon Cochran in Kenai, KUCB's Annie Ropeik in Unalaska, KDLG's Dave Bendinger in Dillingham and KSTK's Katarina Sostaric in Wrangell.  

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