This Week in Alaska Business History December 2, 2001

Editor’s note: "This Week in Alaska Business History" revisits events that shaped our past.

"Those who cannot
remember the past are
condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana, 1863-1952

20 years ago this week

Anchorage Times

Dec. 2, 1981

JAL asks traffic rights here for polar flights

By Deb David

Times Writer

Japan Air Lines has requested Anchorage traffic rights in its over-the-pole flights between Tokyo and Europe in exchange for rights in the airline’s Tokyo-to-New York connection.

If accepted, the trade-off potentially could double the number of foreign tourists staying over in Alaska, said Reyn Bowman, president of the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The exchange was proposed during recent negotiations between Japan and the United States over rules limiting carriers’ operations in foreign countries. United Airlines and other domestic carriers want flying rights in Tokyo. In exchange, JAL wants more leeway in the United States.

... "JAL’s request is really a blessing in disguise," Bowman said.

"Japan Air Lines flies about 32 flights a day through Anchorage, but only those between Tokyo and New York (two flights a day) have Anchorage traffic rights. This request would give all the other flights rights."

Anchorage Times

Dec. 2, 1981

New firm to harvest Alaska bottomfish

By Deb David

Times Writer

A new joint-venture fishing firm plans to use six processor-trawlers to harvest bottomfish next (year) in Alaska waters off the Aleutian Chain and in the Bering Sea.

Joint Trawlers North Pacific Ltd. will harvest bottomfish in the United States’ 200-mile fishery conservation zone off the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii and in the trust territories of the Pacific Islands.

"In Alaska we will be trawling for pollock, yellowfin, sole and cod," said Gregory A. Dahl, president of Joint Trawlers North Pacific in Seattle.

He said fish will be processed on vessel processing platforms for now.

The foreign-owned processing ships will be supplied with fish by American trawling vessels, which will catch fish in U.S. waters and deliver them to the processing vessels at sea.

10 years ago this week

Alaska Journal of Commerce

Dec. 2, 1991

Legislators wary of Fire Island proposal

By Bob Tkaez

For the Alaska Journal of Commerce

For the second time in barely five weeks, the House and Senate transportation committees have cast wary eyes toward the Hickel administration’s construction proposals.

This time the subject was port development in Fire Island or elsewhere in Cook Inlet.

Paul Fuhs, Division of Economic Development director, found himself defending the credibility of a yet-to-be-completed feasibility study of Fire Island in light of Gov. Walter J. Hickel’s strong public support for a port facility there and a recent memorandum of understanding for a state purchase of land there.

The memo also drew questions on a second, more general port feasibility study not expected to be completed until late spring.

... Fuhs, also at the recent session, emphasized that Hickel is viewing the Fire Island proposal strictly as "a business decision. If the project doesn’t make economic sense we’re not going to build it," the governor declared, according to Fuhs.

Alaska Journal of Commerce

Dec. 2, 1991

Poles want to stay with Cold Bay

By Ray Tyson

Alaska Journal of Commerce

Polish fishing companies want to continue using airport and dock facilities at Cold Bay provided their country’s fishing agreement with the United States is renewed and there are ample stocks of pollock remaining in the Bering Sea.

Dave Jensen, administrative vice president for Reeve Aleutian Airways, said the deep-sea fishing company Dalmor is expected to send five 300-foot trawlers to Cold Bay in January.

Dalmor and two other Polish fishing companies, Gryf and Odra, sent 24 trawlers to the Aleutian Island port last summer for fuel and supplies and to replace crew members who serve at sea in six-month shifts.

Under its expired agreement with the United States, Polish trawlers fishing the Doughnut Hole in international waters could enter an "economic zone" in U.S. waters to transfer their catch to processing ships.

-- Compiled by Ed Bennett.

12/02/2001 - 8:00pm