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Sea cucumber and urchin harvest level set for 2011
KODIAK — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced a Guideline Harvest Limit of 165,000 eviscerated pounds of sea cucumbers and 65,000 whole pounds of sea urchins for the Kodiak Management District. The initial 48-hour sea cucumber fishing period opens 12:01 a.m. Oct. 1. Additional fishing periods will be announced by news release no later than Wednesday of each week. Sea cucumbers are harvested by dive...
Sep 20, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force visits Kodiak
KODIAK — Members of the Pacific Fisheries Legislative Task Force, a group of state governments in the western U.S., visited Kodiak from Thursday through Saturday to become better informed about Alaska fisheries issues. Alaska Rep. Alan Austerman of Kodiak, a member of the task force, said the group meets once per year, and the last time it came to Kodiak was 10 years ago. On Thursday, the group visited the Coast G...
Sep 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Million-dollar grant pledged to clean up Alaska beaches
KODIAK — Saturday marked International Coastal Cleanup Day, and while the holiday passed largely unnoticed in Kodiak, a grant of almost $1 million to coastal cleanup projects in Alaska means marine garbage pickup here could soon receive a big boost. On Sept. 6, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement announced a $988,000 award to the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation (MCAF), an umbr...
Sep 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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As Arctic warms, NOAA increases effort to update Alaska sea charts
KODIAK — In 1826, Kodiak was already a bustling settlement as Capt. Frederick W. Beechey sailed the H.M.S Blossom along the Bering Strait on a mission to chart its waters for the Royal Navy. His crew used a lead line, a piece of rope with a heavy object on the end, to measure the water’s depth. They drew their own charts, scrawling shoals with a quill pen. Today, almost two centuries later, mariners use those exac...
Sep 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak Launch Complex plans $120 million expansion
KODIAK — At Thursday night’s Kodiak Island Borough Assembly meeting, Alaska Aerospace Corporation president Craig Campbell outlined plans for a $120 million expansion of the Kodiak Launch Complex. While the complex’s immediate focus is on its upcoming Sept. 27 launch of a U.S. Naval Research Lab communications satellite, Campbell said the corporation is trying to move into bigger rockets. As it stands, the launch ...
Sep 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak borough OKs wish list for state money
KODIAK — The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly unanimously approved its annual capital projects wish list at its regular meeting Thursday night in the borough building. The list, formally known as the Capital Improvement Program list, tells the state and federal governments what projects Kodiak residents think are most important. Some state and federal grant application processes determine which projects to fund by w...
Sep 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard Blotter — Sept. 16
Sept. 9 A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued seven people after the 78-foot passenger vessel Northern Song went soft aground near Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska. The helicopter crew landed on the shore, embarked the passengers and safely transported them to Sitka with no reported injuries. The master of the vessel and three crewmembers stayed aboard the Northern Song and refloa...
Sep 16, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Kodiak fish hatchery taps savings account after poor pink salmon harvest
KODIAK — While a lower-than-expected return of hatchery-raised pink salmon slows work at the Kitoi Bay Hatchery, the health of its parent company, Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Authority, remains good, KRAA executive director Kevin Brennan said Wednesday. Across Kodiak Island, pink salmon were found in fewer numbers and in different places than preseason fishing estimates foretold, leading to ripple effects across t...
Sep 15, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coast Guard suspends search for man believed lost from container ship
KODIAK — The U.S. Coast Guard has abandoned its search for a South Korean believed lost overboard from the 964-foot container ship Mol Explorer sometime this weekend. Coast Guard District 17 was notified about 4:30 p.m. Saturday that a 49-year-old man was discovered missing about 2:30 p.m. He had last been seen 22 hours earlier, at dinner. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak responded to a search request with an HC-130...
Sep 12, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Karluk post office avoids closure
KODIAK — The village of Karluk will keep its post office. The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday that it has rescinded plans to close the office and 30 others in Alaska. It announced in July that 36 post offices in Alaska and about 3,600 nationwide would be closed as part of a billion-dollar cost-cutting measure. In late August, the post office announced that 25 of the scheduled closures off the road system wo...
Sep 09, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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