Marcia Lynn, KBBI - Homer
Marcia Lynn is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.
For several decades the United States Navy and other branches of the Military have performed a series of training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska during the spring and summer months. The Navy is required to file an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, which needs to be updated every five years. The public comment period for the latest Supplemental EIS closes next week. These exercises are conducted in some of the Alaska’s key fish habitats, so environmental concerns have been raised.
For two decades commercial fishermen and charter operators in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska have been embroiled in a battle over how much halibut each sector should be allowed to catch. In an effort to end the ongoing fish fight, a new plan was approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council at its meeting in Anchorage last week.
This year’s running of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race will soon have a winner. Back in 1985, Libby Riddles – who’s lived in Homer for the past decade – was the first woman to win the race. KBBI’s Marcia Lynn recently talked with Riddles about the role of women in the Iditarod and how things have changed over the years.
The final day of the 2011 commercial halibut fishery was on Friday, and the season ended with Kodiak overtaking Homer as the top port for halibut landings in the state.
An unusual whale washed up on a small beach near Homer recently. The dead whale was found on the beach in Little Tutka Bay. A team from the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward arrived to do a necropsy on the animal.
A new plan to manage halibut in Southeast Alaska and the Central Gulf has just been put out for public review and comment by NOAA Fisheries.
By Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – Juneau and Marcia Lynn, KBBI – Homer
A small fleet of Seattle-based wooden halibut schooners still work Alaska waters, though they’re nearly a century old.