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Kodiak’s commercial kelp harvest begins inside a seaweed nursery

Tamsen Peeples stands in the room where Blue Evolution keeps its tanks full of seeded string, which will eventually grow into seaweed. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s seaweed industry is growing, partly thanks to the investment of one company. Blue Evolution is based in the Lower 48 and turns kelp into pasta products. In May, they ... Read More »

Coast Guard transports injured fisherman to St.Paul

MH-60 Jayhawk parked in Cold Bay. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen/Coast Guard) Mitch Borden/KMXT Last week, the Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel about 260 miles north of Cold Bay in 20 mph winds and 10 foot seas.  A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and its crew deployed from the Coast Guard forward operating base in ... Read More »

Alutiiq museum to purchase five more local art pieces

Detail of Ing’iq (Barometer Mountain), oil on canvas, by Genevieve Opheim. (Courtesy of Alutiiq Museum) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Alutiiq Museum will purchase five more pieces by local artists through the Rasmuson Foundation art acquisition fund. The different mediums and art forms all feature a little bit of island life. Alf Pryor’s photographs feature the remnants of a former cannery. Genevieve ... Read More »

High winds kick up volcanic ash

Katmai National Park. (Photo byPaxson Woelber / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak’s west side got some ash fall Friday. That’s according to Hans Schwaiger with the Alaska Volcano Observatory. He says the ash launched from the Katmai National Park area. “And then it traveled to the southeast over Shelikof Strait, and then Larsen Bay is where we detected it, and then ... Read More »

Local fishermen may soon be able to sell fish from their boats

Fishing fishing boats moored in Kodiak. ( Photo by James Brookes/Flickr) Mitch Borden/KMXT At its last regular meeting, the Kodiak city council advanced an ordinance, that would allow fishermen to sell their catch to customers directly from their vessels, to its second reading. If passed the ordinance would allow the harbormaster to issue permits to fishermen that’d let them sell ... Read More »

Baranov museum hosts speakers on Sami culture and reindeer herding

Reindeer. (Photo by Kevin Duffy / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT Last week, the Baranov Museum hosted several speakers who talked about Sami reindeer herders and their history in Alaska. The museum recently opened an exhibit on the subject. The Sami people are indigenous to the Arctic areas of Scandinavia, Finland, and Russia, and in the 1800s taught Inupiaq people how to ... Read More »

Kodiak experiences widespread power outage

Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kodiak experienced a widespread power outage Sunday night. According to a Kodiak Electric Association press release, high winds affected the transmission lines that carry power from Terror Lake to the city near Pillar Mountain. As a result, most of town through the Monashka Bay area lost power a little after 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. As stated in the ... Read More »

Sea cucumber dive fishery wraps up

Sea cucumber. (Photo by Mary Harrsch / Flickr) Kayla Desroches/KMXT The Kodiak sea cucumber season is pretty much complete in the Kodiak management area. Nat Nichols, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area management biologist for the Groundfish, Shellfish & Dive Fisheries, says they harvested the bulk of the guideline harvest level in the first four periods. “District wide it ... Read More »

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