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Russian tall ship sails through Alaska-bound tsunami debris
KODIAK — The Russian tall ship STS Pallada stopped in Kodiak in July on its cruise to the U.S. West Coast. On its return to Russia, it encountered a future American visitor — a flotilla of garbage. Just west of Midway Island, the Pallada began finding debris from the March 11 Japanese tsunami. As the ship sailed northwest, toward its Vladivostok home, the debris field thickened. “We keep sighting every day things ...
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NTSB releases final report on F/V Katmai sinking
KODIAK — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the sinking of the fishing vessel Katmai. Seven people were killed when the Katmai sank in the Bering Sea in October 2008 during a storm. The U.S. Coast Guard released a report last year that identified the likely causes of the ship’s sinking, and the NTSB document confirms those findings. The NTSB report states the ship sank becaus...
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Alaska's military chief visits Kodiak
KODIAK — The head of the U.S. military in Alaska visited Kodiak Tuesday, speaking to the Kodiak Noon Rotary club on a farewell tour. Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, commander of the Alaskan Command, is scheduled to retire at the end of this year, but said he wanted to say “thank you” one final time to the Kodiak community. “It doesn’t go unnoticed, Kodiak’s open arms to our wounded warriors,” Atkins said. He prais...
Oct 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak researchers seek fix for cannibal king crab
KODIAK — Everyone loves to eat king crab — including other crab. Ninety-eight percent of spawning red king crab never reach 1 year old, and their older siblings are a big part of that death rate. As scientists determine whether breeding crab in a hatchery is economically viable, keeping crab from turning cannibal may be worth millions of dollars per year around Kodiak, where a project to experimentally introduce h...
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Alaska's U.S. senators begin new push against genetically engineered fish
KODIAK — Alaska’s two U.S. senators are beginning a new effort to fight the sale of genetically engineered fish, called “Frankenfish” by detractors. On Monday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski filed an amendment to this year’s U.S. Department of Agriculture appropriation to prohibit the Food and Drug Administration from spending money to approve the fish for sale. Simultaneously, Sen. Mark Begich introduced a bill that prohibi...
Oct 18, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lake-Peninsula Borough voters say no to Pebble Mine
JUNEAU (AP) — Voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough narrowly passed a measure blocking a proposed gold and copper mine that conservationists said would have threatened one of the world’s premier wild salmon fisheries. The vote bans large-scale resource extraction — including mining — that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat. The measure was aimed squarely at Pebble Mine, a massive gold and copper operation ...
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Crab season starts Saturday
KODIAK — The Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab seasons open noon Saturday, and Kodiak's St. Herman Harbor was almost bare of large fishing boats Thursday afternoon. This year's red king crab fishery is down 47 percent from last year, to 7.83 million pounds. That's the lowest level since 1988. The snow crab season, on the other hand, could be a big one. The allowable catch this year is up 64 percen...
Oct 14, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Alaska Board of Fish carves up cod issues at meeting
KODIAK — Responding to major changes in how the federal Pacific cod fishery will proceed next year, the Alaska Board of Fisheries this week revised parts of the Kodiak Area Pacific Cod Management Plan, but turned down the vast majority of outside proposals on the management of pacific cod. The special meeting of the state fish board was held out of its typical cycle to address changes made by the North Pacific Fis...
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Coast Guard Blotter — Oct. 14
Oct. 8 Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a mayday broadcast on VHF-FM channel 21. An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules aircrew searched but did not find any signs of distress. The case was suspended. Oct. 9 Sector Anchorage watchstanders heard a call of “help” on VHF-FM channel 21 near Cold Bay. An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducted a shoreline search with negative results. The case ...
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Rep. Don young suggests tax break for game donations
KODIAK — A new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, sponsored by Rep. Don Young, would make game meat donations to food banks even more attractive to hunters. The bill, HR 3142, would give hunters a tax deduction equivalent to the processing cost of their game. The bill also includes a tax credit for processors who take part in the program. All animals would still have to be killed according to state and loc...
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