Environment

U.S. Fish & Wildlife considering Trident’s request to replace bunkhouse dock, possibly disturb hundreds of sea otters in Kodiak

Trident Seafoods is requesting a temporary exception to the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) so it can replace its bunkhouse dock along the western shore of Near Island Channel, in downtown Kodiak. The company’s work could potentially disturb a population of approximately 460 northern sea otters in the area. Trident currently owns three of the 14 shore-based processing facilities …

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More areas around Kodiak Island could become critical habitat for endangered North Pacific Right Whales

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is in the process of expanding the critical habitat of North Pacific Right Whales off the coast of Alaska. If finalized, the rare marine species could have further protections near Kodiak Island and other waters across the Gulf of Alaska. KMXT’s Davis Hovey reports: It’s estimated that less than 50 North Pacific Right Whales …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 01 February 2024

Yelloweye rockfish. Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

This week on The Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines: Nothing is easy in the Cook Inlet EEZ, story by KDLL’s Riley Board, plus Jack Darrell of KRBD on the prohibition on yelloweye fishing in Southeast Alaska. Plus: what is a pelagic performance standard, and can it be enforced? Yelloweye rockfish. Credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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Kodiak cold snap features coldest temperatures of the season so far, pales in comparison to record low

Kodiak temperatures dropped into the single digits over the past few days, with a low of -1° Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Although these are the coldest temperatures so far this season, meteorologists say this is not out of the ordinary for Kodiak Island winters. Climatologist Rick Thoman with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy, ACCAP under the University of …

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Alaska Fisheries Report 25 January 2024

actory Trawlers like the F/T Alaska Ocean, pictured here in Dutch Harbor in 2023, harvest Alaska pollock in the Bering Sea and process it onboard, producing fillets, surimi and fish oil all aboard the ship.

This week on The Alaska Fisheries Report with Terry Haines:  Theo Greenly’s extensive interview with Wesley Loy about the pollock TAC for KUCB, and Davis Hovey’s report on the end of the Kodiak Tanner crab season from KMXT.   Factory Trawlers like the F/T Alaska Ocean, pictured here in Dutch Harbor in 2023, harvest Alaska pollock in the Bering Sea …

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Invasive crayfish at Buskin Lake here to stay for the long run based on Sun’aq biologist report

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Kodiak Island’s invasive crayfish population has reached levels that make it too difficult to completely eradicate. That’s according to a biologist running a program to remove signal crayfish from Buskin Lake. Daniel Smith is the biologist with the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak. He says signal crayfish were first observed in the Buskin River more than two decades ago in 2002, …

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