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Dec 17 2013
Pollock Target Up for 2014
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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    Fishermen will be able to harvest a little more pollock from the Bering Sea next year.
    The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to bump up the catch limit to 1.267 million metric tons at a meeting in Anchorage last week.
    That limit is about 1 percent higher than this year's. Representatives from the fishing industry lobbied for an even bigger pollock harvest.
    Donna Parker is with the Arctic Storm Management Group, a pollock fishing company.  She told the council the Bering Sea fleet found an immense amount of fish this year – so much that they went slightly over their catch limit.
    “It’s not always going to be like this, and in fact, not too long ago, we lost a half a million metric tons because the pollock stock had declined. Well, now it’s back up. It’s incredible,” she said. “Please let us have access to it.”
    About three years ago, the pollock stock took a major hit. The fish didn’t seem to be reproducing as much, and many fishermen were struggling to fill their quotas.
    Setting a safe harvest limit was a challenge for the North Pacific council.
    Now, stock assessments show that Bering Sea pollock seem to have recovered.
    There are plenty of other kinds of fish that get harvested out there, like yellowfin sole and northern rock sole, and according to federal law, the total groundfish catch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands cannot exceed 2 million metric tons. So, in order to bump up the pollock limit, the council had to reduce the harvest for other groundfish.
    Glenn Reid, from the Pacific Seafood Processors Association, said that industry members had a tough time negotiating among themselves about the fish they could cut back on.   Reid said the council -- which is made of industry stakeholders and resource managers -- struggled with it too.
    “It’s not just us who argue over very small amounts. It also happens around the table up there. So I think it’s clear that little bits do mean a lot, and they mean a lot to different participants in these fisheries,” he said. “That’s why it’s so hard to come up with a number.”
    Council member Craig Cross, of Aleutian Spray Fisheries, proposed the final harvest limits.
    All 11 members of the board voted to approve the plan.  

 
Dec 17 2013
Morning Rotary Brings 'Coats to Kids'
Tuesday, 17 December 2013

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              Even though temperatures are predicted to increase later this week, the past few days in the low teens have definitely announced winter’s arrival to Kodiak. This time of year typically entails thicker-than-usual jackets, but sometimes the proper cold weather attire isn’t within the financial means of some families. That’s why the Kodiak Morning Rotary sponsors “Coats for Kids,” an annual program that recycles used coats and helps keep the island’s youth warm during these especially cold months.
             Marita Kaplan is a member of Morning Rotary and helped organize this year’s Coats for Kids, a program she said has been going on since about 1997.
             “So this idea started then to have coats donated for people that have children that need coats for the winter. And several agencies in town are participating in different ways. Like the dry cleaners that are at Spenards, or behind Spenards there. They clean all the coats that we bring them for free. And  then we go and deliver the coats to the Salvation Army who then stores them and gives them out to people or families that come to the Salvation Army and ask for a coat from the Rotary program.”
              Basically, folks in the community are asked to donate lightly used, good condition coats to various drop off locations around town. There are collection boxes at Safeway, Kodiak College, Lindsay’s Gym and on the Coast Guard base.

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Dec 16 2013
Post Doctoral Fellow Finds New Home in Kodiak
Monday, 16 December 2013

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           Abhijit Chatterjee never thought he’d call Alaska home. But his academic interests laid out a path that ultimately led him to Kodiak where he is currently a post doctoral fellow at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center.
           Chatterjee grew up in Kolkata, India, where he earned his bachelors in chemistry and then later pursued a bachelors and masters in food technology and biochemical engineering. In 2007 he embarked on a huge adventure, and decided to move well beyond the borders of India to pursue a PhD in civil and environmental engineering at university of Alaska in Fairbanks. 
            “I shouldn’t say that I wanted to come exactly here because Kolkata (Calcutta) is a pretty tropical place and in summer time temperature goes above +40 Celsius, and in Alaska it’s -40 Celcius.”
            But during his master’s thesis, Chatterjee was working on a water treatment project that involved removing metals using a bacterial absorption process called bioabsorbtion. He said he was always interested in pursuing a PhD in the United States and found the program at Fairbanks fit his interests most. 

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Dec 16 2013
New Police Chief Sworn in to Office
Monday, 16 December 2013

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            The city’s new Police Chief, Ronda Wallace, has held her new position for almost a month, but Thursday night she was officially sworn into office.
            “And that I will faithfully and honestly, that I will faithfully and honestly, perform the duties of chief of police, perform the duties of chief of police, so help me god, so help me god. Congratulations. Thank you.”            

            That was City Clerk Debra Marlar administering the oath of office to Wallace during Thursday’s regular city council meeting. City Mayor Pat Branson said it is a Kodiak tradition to administer the police chief’s oath of office during a public ceremony.
            Former police chief, T.C. Kamai, was also at Thursday’s meeting and took part in another Kodiak tradition – presenting the chief with their new insignia, or emblem. 
            “It is the custom within the culture of the Kodiak Police Department that an outgoing chief present his rank insignia to the incoming chief. So we’d like to do that tonight and I’ve asked Chief Wallace’s husband to assist me in doing this. It’s my hope that these insignia bring you as much courage, wisdom and luck as they brought me.”
             Kamai retired from the police department in September after 25 years of service.

 
Dec 16 2013
State Fines Greenpeace Ship for 2012 Incursion
Monday, 16 December 2013

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    A state board has fined Greenpeace $15,000 for traveling through Alaskan waters without a marine pilot.
    The violation occurred during Greenpeace’s “Save the Arctic” tour to protest Shell’s oil exploration in July 2012.
    Greenpeace had sent the Esperanza, their 237-foot, Dutch-flagged research vessel. The Esperanza were supposed to study corals and sealife in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
    Along the way, the vessel stopped into a few Alaskan towns. That’s where it ran into trouble.
    Crystal Dooley is a coordinator for the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots.
    “Pilotage is compulsory at all entrances from seaward to Alaska’s bays, sounds, rivers, straits, inlets, harbors, ports, or other estuaries or passages within three nautical miles of the state's coastline,” she said.
    Dooley says the Board of Marine Pilots got an anonymous tip that the Esperanza may have broken that rule at Point Hope.
    Dooley says they looked up data from the vessel’s Automatic Identification System receiver. It showed that the Esperanza anchored inside the mandatory pilotage zone.
    The Board of Marine Pilots voted to fine Greenpeace in October.
    Greenpeace attorney Deepa Isac says the organization is still sorting through the violation. They have retained a lawyer in Alaska, and they may file an appeal.
    Isac says the Esperanza crew is experienced in traveling through Arctic and near-shore environments.
    “They always look into what is required locally in all the areas that they go,” she said.
    The Alaska Board of Marine Pilots is not investigating any other violations from Greenpeace’s trip to Alaska.

 
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