Lt. Governor Byron Mallott urged unity at one of the most polarized meetings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in recent memory.
Several people suffered minor injuries after a deck collapsed at a charter lodge in Sitka Wednesday evening (6-3-15). At least 12 people were on the deck, posing for a photo, when it fell.
Former Alaska Coast Guard Commander Thomas Ostebo takes over July 6 as CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association. He'll advocate for an industry he once regulated.
President Obama is not the only one concerned with the latest version of the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will likely recommend major changes.
Fishermen, scientists, and seafood industry representatives from around Alaska -- and the country -- are in Sitka this week for the meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Council regulates all federal fisheries off Alaska, including pollock, cod and flatfish.
A multi-agency effort is underway in Sitka to eradicate an invasive sea organism, D.vex,
, before it can spread to other parts of the Alaskan coast.
A Sitka grand jury last Friday (5-29-15) indicted 41-year old Jessica Manzanares and 58-year old Abelardo Espeleta on several felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine.
In spite of great weather and fine fishing, no one was able to top the leader in the second weekend of Sitka’s Salmon Derby. Bert Edenso’s 42.6 pound king remained in first place, winning him $7,500.
Of the thirty million pounds of halibut caught last year by commercial fishermen statewide, nearly a third was thrown back into the ocean, dead. It was netted accidentally by boats targeting other fish - especially trawlers in the Bering Sea. Now, that may change.
Taxes have dominated the conversation at the Sitka Assembly recently, as the city struggles to come up with an additional million dollars for schools. This week’s meeting erupted into a heated debate over the issue -- but there were also hints of some long-term solutions.