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Due to current dry and windy conditions, there is a borough-wide burn ban in effect. No incinerator or open burning is allowed at this time.
 
Apr 06 2015
Members of the Fishing Industry Discuss How to Find and Educate Workers
Monday, 06 April 2015

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Speakers Julie Matweyou and Oliver Holm at a ComFish panel about the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan. Kayla Desroches/KMXT


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Groups across Alaska want to keep the fishing industry strong and steady and increase the number of people who pursue maritime careers.

 

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Industry sectors and state agencies across the state have compiled the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan, which outlines different approaches to bolstering the industry, including increased training and more education programs.

 

Julie Matweyou of the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, led a three-member panel at ComFish which talked about supporting Kodiak through workforce development. Fisherman Oliver Holm was one of the speakers and says newcomers to the fishing industry need to have a lot of different skills.

 

“We’ve got all these younger people that will have to replace us before very long.,” says Holm. “And to be financially successful, they need to know more right up front than we did when I started, when things were relatively simple.”

 

And the maritime plan will help young people gain those skills, if they can reach them.

 

One of the audience members, Sune Forsman, is in the processing industry. He expressed concern about the aging workforce from the perspective of an employer.

 

“Local workforce for us is between 60 and 65 and I don’t see a really good way of how we’re going to replace those people,” Forsman says. “I don’t personally see a lot of the younger folks coming down and wanting to slime a fish or make a shatter pack. That’s not what they’re aspiring to do. Yet those position still need to be filled at this point.”

 

The Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan is part of an attempt to spread awareness about opportunities to learn and do more in the fishing industry. For everyone. As Julie Matweyou points out, the document isn’t just for the young.

 

“I think the first step is just to let people know that there is a plan and there are different groups working in different capacities and collaboratively to bring training and support to the current industry as well as to encourage new entry,” says Matweyou.

     

One upcoming training opportunity is a marine electrical certification course at Kodiak College that begins in May. If you're interested, you can go to the American Boat and Yacht Council website.

 
Apr 04 2015
Jock of the Rock - KHS Soccer is Hot
Saturday, 04 April 2015

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On Jock of the Rock this week, we have the coaches for both the girls and boys soccer teams at Kodiak High School and three of their players. Join hosts Derek Clarkston and Jay Barrett as they learn about the teams' hopes for their first season as state-sanctioned programs.

 
Apr 04 2015
Missing Fisherman's Body Found in Kodiak Harbor
Saturday, 04 April 2015
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A body tentatively identified as a Homer fisherman missing since February was recovered from Kodiak's St. Paul Harbor Friday night. 

Kodiak Police Chief Rhonda Wallace said Saturday that a preliminary identification indicates it is 27-year-old Mihay Kalugin, a crewman aboard the fishing vessel Competition, who disappeared six weeks ago. 

A Homer relative, Alexie Reutov, identified the deceased as Kalugin soon after Kodiak emergency responders pulled the body from the harbor. They are members of Homer's Russian Old Believers community.

Kalugin was last seen in downtown Kodiak in the early morning hours of February 22nd, a Sunday. Reutov said he was told Kalugin was having a raucous Saturday night on the town between fishing trips and had gotten into a fight on the docks with three other men the night be disappeared. 

Kodiak Police officers told Reutov that Kalugin's body would be sent to the State Medical Examiner office for positive identification and to determine the cause of death. 
 
Apr 03 2015
Live to Be Salty: Sea Survival Talk at ComFish
Friday, 03 April 2015
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If you're a fisherman and you fall overboard unnoticed, there's one thing that might save your life: a personal flotation device. Or, a life-vest.
 
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That's the idea that Ted Teske proposed at the Live to be Salty forum this Thursday at ComFish. Teske is the Health Communication Specialist for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

He says there are a lot of misconceptions about falling overboard and cold water immersion.
 
“By presenting the data at conferences like this or through our websites and our programs, we hope to raise a little awareness, and then give the fishermen the tools so that they can go solve the problems themselves,” says Teske.

According to NIOSH statistics, 54 deaths resulted from a man falling overboard between 2000 and 2014. Most of the fatalities occurred on salmon fishing vessels and in the month of July.
 
Even if you're a good swimmer, a person can be in the water for two minutes before the cold shock response, which includes hyperventilation and the gasp reflex. It takes between 5 to 30 minutes before the blood stops flowing to your arms and legs and you lose coordination, but between 90 and 180 minutes to reach cardiac arrest. A personal flotation device, or PFD, helps keep a person afloat long enough for someone to find them.

Teske says that some fisherman are worried about uncomfortable, hot vests that snag on equipment. He stresses that there are different types of PFDs that suit different types of fishermen.

“That's part of  our education is showing them the whole variety of things that are out there,” Teske says. “Not just your standard foam vests, but also thinner, inflatable styles. Foam styles that find under the rain jackets, integrated gear where they actually build the foam into the bibs, so that it's not just another piece of gear, but something you're wearing everyday anyway.”

One of the campaigns NIOSH runs is called Live to be Salty .
 
It features an older fisherman character named Angus Jverson. Posters show him on fishing vessels wearing a personal flotation device and full gear, sometimes standing with his hands on his hips or holding rope.
 
He is usually photographed with a tooth-pick in his mouth, grinning or in mid-speech, and white text quotes him saying “You may learn to think like a fish, but you'll never breathe like one.” Or “You say PFDs are uncomfortable. Never met a guy who chose fishing because it was comfortable.”
 
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That's just one way NIOSH has tried reaching out to members of the fishing industry. Teske says that there will be a raffle to provide the winner's whole crew with their choice of PFD. You can enter by going to the NIOSH booth at ComFish in the Kodiak Convention Center. The winning name will be drawn on Saturday.
 
Apr 03 2015
NOAA Marine Operations Seeks Fishermen
Friday, 03 April 2015
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Getting a job commercial fishing often takes months of pounding the docks, trying to convince a skipper to take a chance on a greenhorn or low-hour crewman. But one organization is actively looking for anyone with at least six months experience: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

NOAA recruiter Jesse Wentworth is at ComFish this week letting fishermen know about the opportunities available.

“We can waive a lot of things with on the job training, but we can't waive that six months of fishing experience that our fishermen need,” he said.

Much of NOAA's seafaring fleet operates in support of fisheries, and often surveys are conducted just like fishing, with equipment identical to fishing gear.

But a crewman on a commercial fishing high-liner can bring in a good sized payday if the fish are cooperating. Wentworth says there are other tangible benefits of working on the deck of a NOAA ship:

“We can match the value of the position,” he said. “These are federal jobs, so you've got that kind of security that you might not always have. You're not just getting paid when you sail. There's things to do when you're not sailing. So there's a base salary that's kinda guaranteed. And then when you sail, that's seven days a week and you're working 10- 12-hour days, all that overtime.”

He said NOAA has regular openings on its ships, not just for those with fishing experience, but also licensed and unlicensed merchant mariners and licensed engineers, which he says are in short supply through out the marine industry.

Wentworth will be ComFish through Saturday, and his contact info is below.

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