Fisheries

Two fishing boats collide, one capsizes

(Editor’s note: This story has been updated to add a witness account.) A Coast Guard investigation is underway into the capsizing of a Kodiak fishing boat on Saturday morning. Lexie Preston, a U-S Coast Guard Petty Officer based in Juneau, said two boats collided near Whale Pass, about 22 nautical miles east of Kodiak. Preston says the Denise Marie rolled after …

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Newscast–Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Jared Griffin presents the Midday Report featuring national headlines from NPR, and state and local stories on: Candidates in state primary elections had a forum last night Sport fishing for sockeye salmon in Saltery reopened yesterday New launch window announced for Astra’s Rocket 3.1 Ravn Airlines is seeking to pay a quarter of million dollars in bonuses to executives and …

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COVID-19 relief:  SWAMC website helps members navigate the system

It’s tough enough to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus. Then there’s the frustration of applying for state and federal relief. Many rural businesses in Alaska, as well as non-profits and those who make their living from the sea, have found the help that’s been offered, very unhelpful — so tangled in red tape, that it’s impossible to …

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Newscast–Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Jared Griffin presents the Midday Report featuring national headlines from NPR, and state and local stories on: Coast Guard crew from Air Station Kodiak medevacs a pregnant crewmember near St. Paul Trident Seafoods is looking to enter the kelp farming business SW AK Municipal conference has a new program to help small businesses receive aid Pink salmon run update Details …

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Kodiak pink salmon: Overall, a summer success story

The Kodiak pink salmon harvest is slowing down, but not without an impressive finale in the Southwest District. And that’s important because pinks account for the lion’s share of the value of the Kodiak commercial fishery. In other words, they’re the “money fish.” The cumulative pink salmon harvest for the Kodiak region has exceeded the forecast. Graphic, courtesy of Alaska …

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OBI Seafoods COVID-19 outbreak at remote Kodiak Island processing plant

OBI Seafoods’ processing plant at Alitak on the southern tip of Kodiak Island. Photo courtesy of OBI Seafoods. OBI Seafoods has ended weeks of speculation about a wave of new COVID-19 cases  on Kodiak Island. Up until now, health officials would only say that these positive tests occurred in a remote part of the borough and were related to the …

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Newscast–Thursday, August 6, 2020

Jared Griffin presents the Midday Report featuring the weekly update from the Kodiak Emergency Operations Center, and state and local stories on: 37 new cases of COVID-19 in Kodiak seafood processing industry, and OBI Seafood ends weeks of speculation about those new cases A construction barge collides with Juneau’s Douglass bridge President Trump responds to Pebble Mine controversy University of …

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26 new cases of COVID-19, fisheries related

The recent spike in seafood industry cases of COVID-19 continues in the Kodiak Island Borough. 26 new cases were reported on Wednesday, one in the morning and 25 in the afternoon. 20200805 Positive Test Announcement – Case 34 – 58 The Kodiak Area Emergency Services Organization says they were identified in a remote area of the borough. All are non-resident …

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Newscast–Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Jared Griffin presents the Midday Report featuring national headlines from NPR, and state and local stories on: An update on the Kodiak jogger who was attacked by a bear on Pillar Mt. A new COVID-19 case in Kodiak announced this morning Another round of funding from the small business emergency grant program for Kodiak Updates on Kodiak pink salmon and …

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