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Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB - Unalaska

Lauren Rosenthal is a reporter for KUCB in Unalaska.

Caribou on Adak in 1985. (Credit: USFWS)

Caribou Emigrate From Adak; Feds Struggle to Stop the Spread

Every summer, a team of federal exterminators set up shop in the southwest corners of the state. Their job is to root out non-native animals that might disturb the Alaska Maritime wildlife refuge. Besides the usual rats and foxes, the refuge managers decided to target a new pest this season.

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July 6, 2015
Migrating Birds May Carry Viral Baggage

Migrating Birds May Carry Viral Baggage

Right now, a lethal strain of bird flu is wreaking havoc in the Lower 48. It’s clear that migrating flocks have something to do with spreading the illness between farms and across continents — but exactly what is still fuzzy. A remote spot in Southwest Alaska may hold some clues.

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April 20, 2015

NPFMC Tightens Limits on Chinook Bycatch

The Bering Sea pollock fleet is about to face tougher restrictions when it comes to salmon. This weekend, federal regulators agreed to tie the cap on Chinook bycatch to the health of Western Alaska’s runs.

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April 13, 2015

Shell Seeks Restraining Order Against Greenpeace

Meanwhile, Shell’s attorneys appeared in federal court this afternoon to argue for a restraining order against Greenpeace.

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April 10, 2015

NPFMC Addresses Chinook Bycatch

This week, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council has been looking at ways to cut back on the number of Chinook salmon that get scooped up by commercial trawl boats in the Bering Sea. The goal is to send more salmon back to subsistence users around the state.

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April 10, 2015
Credit: Vincenzo Floramo / Greenpeace

Greenpeace Protestors Board Arctic Rig

Shell’s Arctic drill rigs have picked up some unwelcome guests on their trip across the Pacific Ocean. On Monday, six activists from Greenpeace boarded the Polar Pioneer rig.

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April 7, 2015

Former Seafood Processors Accept Plea Deal in Homicide Case

Two former seafood processors have pleaded guilty to fatally beating their co-worker in Unalaska. Instead of going through another trial, Denison Soria and Leonardo Bongolto, Jr., will serve 40 to 70 months in prison for the death of Jonathan Adams. He passed away after a fight at the Bering Fisheries bunkhouse in 2012.

April 6, 2015
Rescuers are still looking for 15 missing crew members in the Sea of Okhotsk. (Credit: Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations)

Russian Trawler Capsizes Near Kamchatka

More than 50 fishermen have died after a Russian factory trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk on Wednesday.

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April 2, 2015
Entrepreneur Pitches “Fish Franks” As Key to Recovery in St. George

Entrepreneur Pitches “Fish Franks” As Key to Recovery in St. George

The Aleutian Marketplace contest was designed to gather ideas and provide funding for new start-up businesses around the Bering Sea. As the competition heads into its second round, one winner is asking for extra support — and a chance to turn his recipe for success into the real thing.

March 26, 2015

Laurie Schmidt New VP For Shell Alaska

Shell Oil has replaced one of its top executives in charge of exploration off the coast of Alaska.

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March 23, 2015

Weather Doesn’t Stop Emergency Responders from Training at Dutch Harbor

Chilly winds and whiteout conditions didn’t stop a team of emergency responders from mounting a unique exercise at the Port of Dutch Harbor on Friday.

March 17, 2015

Coast Guard to Train for Shooting at Unalaska Docks 

The Coast Guard is teaming up with emergency personnel in Unalaska to practice their response to a mass shooting on the docks — in one of the region’s busiest ports.

March 12, 2015
As Budgets Shrink, State Eyes Cuts to Film Incentives

As Budgets Shrink, State Eyes Cuts to Film Incentives

For the last seven years, Alaska’s offered financial incentives to draw filmmakers and TV crews to the state. But as lawmakers scramble to fill a widening gap in the budget, Alaska’s film tax credit program is on the chopping block.

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February 23, 2015
Port Officials Call For “Tweaks” to Shell Moorage Plan

Port Officials Call For “Tweaks” to Shell Moorage Plan

As Shell tries to chart a course back to the Arctic this summer, the company is looking for new space to store its drill rigs in Unalaska.

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February 18, 2015
BOEM Assessment Suggests Shell’s Chukchi Leases Remain Intact

BOEM Assessment Suggests Shell’s Chukchi Leases Remain Intact

Federal regulators are recommending that Shell’s disputed oil leases in the Chukchi Sea be left intact. That’s the conclusion of a new assessment of Lease Sale 193 – the 2008 auction where Shell picked more than $2 billion worth of Arctic drilling prospects.

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February 12, 2015
Alaska Delegation Seeks New Limits On National Monuments

Alaska Delegation Seeks New Limits On National Monuments

For over a hundred years, presidents have used the Antiquities Act to order permanent protections for federal land and resources at sea. Now, Alaska’s congressional delegation is looking to curb that authority.

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February 12, 2015
North Pacific Halibut Bycatch Limit Could See 50 Percent Cut

North Pacific Halibut Bycatch Limit Could See 50 Percent Cut

Halibut harvests have been on the decline in the Bering Sea for years, but the amount that trawlers and catcher-processors are allowed to take has stayed the same. Now, federal regulators have agreed to consider stiffer limits on halibut bycatch.

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February 9, 2015
A swarm of earthquakes have been recorded in the central Bering Sea. (Credit: AEIC)

String of Earthquakes Shakes Up Pribilof Islands

The Pribilof Islands aren’t usually prone to shaking. But more than a dozen earthquakes have been recorded in between St. Paul and St. George since Friday afternoon.

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February 2, 2015
Aleutian Sanctuary Proposal Stalls Out

Aleutian Sanctuary Proposal Stalls Out

The federal government has turned down a request to create a vast marine reserve around the Aleutian Islands.

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January 26, 2015
Ron Mitchell drops nets onto the deck of the F/V Seadawn during pollock season. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

Bering Sea Pollock Fishery Casts Off

The Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened up on Tuesday afternoon. Pollock crews are gearing up for a potential increase in their harvest — while still keeping an open mind about what the winter has in store.

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January 21, 2015