Jim Paulin

Pollock and salmon projected for big year in 2018

Next year is looking like another big one for pollock in the Bering Sea and sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay. But times are tough for cod fishermen, especially in the Gulf of Alaska.

At its December meeting in Anchorage, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council increased the already huge Bering Sea pollock quota to 1.345 million metric tons for 2018, up from 1.34 million mt in 2017. That’s good news for the pollock-dependent community of Unalaska for local revenues and jobs.

Bering Sea cod conflict brewing between on and offshore buyers

“Cod Alley” is getting crowded, and some fishermen want to limit the boats in the narrow congested fishing area in the Bering Sea.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is looking at changes, including restricting flatfish factory trawlers from buying cod offshore.

The Pacific Seafood Processors Association is pushing for restrictions on factory trawlers to protect its members’ shore plants in Unalaska, Akutan, King Cove and Sand Point.

Fiber-laying ship calls on internet-starved Aleutians

UNALASKA — Though the historic underwater fiber optic cable in Alaska’s Arctic Ocean was ceremonially acknowledged earlier this year, one more link awaits.

And a big ship from France is on its way to finish the job, delayed by sea ice last year.

In April, the Alaska congressional delegation of Rep. Don Young and Sens. Lisa Murkowksi and Dan Sullivan attended a ribbon-cutting hosted by Quintillion in Deadhorse on the North Slope celebrating 92 percent completion.

Unalaskans react to Shell decision to quit Arctic

UNALASKA — No more Shell, no more oil rigs passing through Unalaska after this year, at least for a while. The local reactions were disappointment, delight and indifference, after the oil giant announced it was canceling offshore oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean for the “foreseeable future.”

Unalaska City Council takes informal action on halibut bycatch cuts

UNALASKA — Even without a formal resolution, the Unalaska City Council does agree with the mayor that any cuts to halibut bycatch allowed to trawlers should not exceed 10 percent, according to Mayor Shirley Marquardt.

Last week's Journal (May 31 edition) incorrectly reported that she failed to win the city council's support on the issue.

The city council unanimously voted April 28 to send her to the June meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Sitka.

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