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Nov 06 2013
Summer Clean Up Hauls in 100 Tons of Beach Debris
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

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    Up to 100 tons of marine debris was removed from remote Alaska beaches this summer, but doing something with it after collection is becoming increasingly difficult.
    Dave Gaudet, the director of the Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation, said this summer’s clean-up projects included eight areas from Southeast to Southwest Alaska: Craig, Sitka, Yakutat, Cape Suckling, Afognak, Kodiak, Nelson Lagoon, Port Heiden and St. Paul.
    The area with the biggest haul was at Cape Suckling between Cordova and Yakutat, where 55,000 pounds was removed from the beach. However, Gaudet says the pristine condition didn’t last long, as a fall storm brought a surprising amount of new debris, largely from Japan.
    Overall though, reports of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami were down, but there has been some concerns in the public about radioactivity from the damaged Fukushima Nuclear power plant reaching Alaska as contaminated debris. Gaudet, however, said he’s not worried, as the reactor meltdown happened well after the tsunami washed items out to sea.
    A new problem in the clean up continuum is the scaling back of Chinese recyclers willing to buy American debris. Gaudet says that placing debris in commercial landfills will be costly, and future projects may see more of the limited clean up funds go toward shipping debris to Eastern Washington for disposal, and away from the actual clean up.
    Funding for this year’s projects came from the State of Alaska’s Impact Assessment Program.

Nov 06 2013
New Book Highlights Kodiak Bears, Locals
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

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           The Kodiak Brown Bear has long been the focus of books, movies, and captured the awe and admiration of many a worldly traveler. But few come back as often, or are as dedicated to capturing images and stories of the great bear as Stefan Quinth. Quinth has been traveling to Kodiak on and off for the past 25 years and has filmed and produced many films about the archipelago’s bears. Afterall, they are what first attracted him to Alaska’s Emerald Isle.  
            “And I heard about the Kodiak Bear and I always enjoyed wildlife and of course we work mainly with wildlife and so I wanted to see the bear with my own eyes. So a couple of years later I got on a flight, both of us, LaVonne and I and we started shooting our first documentary about the Kodiak bear. And we did that, I think we worked on that movie for four years. And the title of that move was “Kodiak: The Island of the Great Bear.” And it ended up on Discovery and Animal Planet for many years, and many other TV stations around the world.”

               Quinth’s wife, LaVonne, has continued to help him with his projects in the decades that followed that first trip to Kodiak. The pair, along with local filmmaker Dave Kaplan, runs Camera Q Productions, which now has an office and studio here in Kodiak. LaVonne designed Quinth’s most recent project – a 286-page book featuring photos and stories about his past 25 years visiting Kodiak.
               “Well we’ve been working on the book as a book project for a year and a half, I think. We first came out with the book in Swedish. And so Stefan would write stories and I would try to find pictures to fit the stories and then we would find a picture that was just too great to not have in the book and so well, what story do you have for this picture. So it was kind of a back and forth process of what are we going to use. And of course we’ve got stories that we couldn’t use and we have pictures that we couldn’t use. But this is the best of everything we could find.”

    The book, “Kodiak, Alaska – The Island of the Great Bear,” came out in print recently and is available at various locations around town. Quinth said it was a different process writing his stories, rather than telling them through film, but one he very much enjoyed.

Nov 06 2013
Tony's Will Host 7th Annual Ocean Boogie for AMCC
Wednesday, 06 November 2013

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            This weekend people can get on the dance floor a cut a rug for a cause. The annual Ocean Boogie will kick off on Friday at 7 p.m. and help raise funds for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.
             Leigh Gorman Thomet is a former board member for the council and said a similar event was held in Homer last weekend. This week the fun comes to Kodiak and will take place at Tony’s Bar.
            “This is our 7th annual one here in Kodiak. It will be this Friday night. Patti Greene is going to play for live music. It’s a smoke free event. We have seafood appetizers made by Chef Joel Chenet and various artists and contributors throughout the community have donated silent auction items. And we also have dessert auction items.”
             Theresa Peterson is the Kodiak Outreach Coordinator for the conservation council and said the organization was created back in the early 1990s. She said it was started by a group of community members from around Alaska that wanted to bring a voice and community perspective to fishery management and policy decisions that affect coastal communities. She said the Ocean Boogie is one of the bigger fundraisers for the council and is a unique opportunity to share some of the issues facing coastal communities, and how the council is working to tackle them. 
             “We look forward to continuing with Alaska Marine Conservation Council to network within our community. There are some really important decisions that are coming forward in the North Pacific Fishery Management Council as the discussion continues of a Gulf of Alaska trawl bycatch management program. And the decisions made in that mangemetn arena will impact the health of our community for generations to come. So it’s an opportunity to come and support our organization and also continue to provide feedback to AMCC as what is important for our community.”

Nov 05 2013
Joe Bundrant Named Trident CEO by Father
Tuesday, 05 November 2013

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    Trident Seafoods founder and chairman Chuck Bundrant has appointed his son as the company’s new CEO. The appointment of Joe Bundrant had been expected, and became effective yesterday (Monday).
    A year ago Trident announced that the younger Bundrant would be leading the company following the retirement this week of President Paul Padgett, who has served in that role since 2008. Padgett will continue to serve as a strategic advisor through the end of pollock A season in 2014.
    The elder Bundrant, who founded Trident 40 years ago, expressed confidence in his son’s ability to lead the seafood giant, despite the challenges of falling prices for surimi, block and pollock roe, while costs are increasing.
    Joe Bundrant said he was honored and humbled to take the helm.
    His new management team will include Vic Scheibert as president of Alaska operations.

Nov 05 2013
Governor Makes Salmon Commission Appointments
Tuesday, 05 November 2013

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    Alaska’s governor has nominated four sitting members and two new faces for positions on the Northern Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission. The panel has five Alaskans and five Canadians on it, and five alternates for each country. The final selection of members will be made by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
    Governor Parnell nominated Clay Bezenek, of Ketchikan; Mitchell Eide, of Petersburg; Robert Thorstenson Jr. of Juneau; and Dennis Longstreth and Howard Pendell, both of Sitka. Brennon Eagle, of Wrangell was nominated as an alternate.
    All six have extensive experience as fishermen, as well as serving on various associations, panels, committees and councils, both fisheries-related and in local government.
    Parnell has also nominated John Clark to the Trans-boundary Panel of the Pacific Salmon Commission’s  That panel provides technical and regulatory advice to the Pacific Salmon Commission relating to management of salmon stocks originating in the Alsek, Taku and Stikine rivers, for both in-river and terminal area fisheries. Clark has worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game since 1975.

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