Novel explores coming of age in Alaska fisheries

Jul 6, 2016

A novel released this spring offers a glimpse into familiar Alaska themes: moving to Alaska, a first season as a greenhorn, and falling in love with a harsh land.

A Fish Tale Movie

Sara Pozonsky wanted to make a documentary to educate and alert Alaskans about the dangers of fish farms.

Luke Brummer

The November Alaska Economic Trends showed Bristol Bay fishing jobs up 10 percent in 2013 season, despite flat August growth. 

Any concerns of radiation from the Fukushima explosion in 2011 affecting the Alaskan seafood has been ruled out by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services confirmed reports from the FDA.  Alaska’s State Veterinarian Robert Gerlach says the concern in the public was that the radiation would pass via water and through the fish.

The Bristol Bay River Academy is a week long course intended to give an opportunity to young locals to learn how to be a fishing guide.  For the past six years, the academy has been training around 12 students each summer to become guides. 

The Bristol Bay River Academy teaches young people, usually ages 15-24, to cast, catch and release fish as well as how to teach others.

Trout Unlimited Deputy Alaska Program Director Nelli Williams says guides are particularly important in the Bristol Bay area.

New Bone Removing Machine Introduced

Jun 13, 2014

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has a new bone removal machine receiving patents.

Larry Kozycki invented the Pinbone Wizard in the 1990’s.  But when Kozycki died in 2001, the manager of the Geophysical Machine Shop at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Greg Shipman took over the development.  Shipman says when he is current developer but Kozycki was the brains behind the original prototype.

A Unalakleet man has pled guilty to two counts of unlawful subsistence fishing in July. In court Wednesday, 39 year old Norman P. Haugen  was ordered to pay 500 dollars with 250 dollars suspended. He also forfeited the fish to the state and will be on fish and wildlife probation for a year on each count. Troopers in early July reported that Haugen caught 25 king salmon illegally, by using gillnets sized at 8 inches and 7 and ¾ of an inch, when the mesh size was restricted to 4 and a half inches. They seized 25 king salmon, along with 10 chums and 1 pink.

Wildlife troopers in Unalakleet cited a man Tuesday for unlawful subsistence fishing. On July 2nd, 39 year old Norman P. Haugen allegedly caught 25 king salmon illegally, by using gillnets sized at 8 inches and 7 and ¾ of an inch, when the mesh size was restricted to 4 and a half inches. He faces two counts of illegal subsistence fishing by unlawful methods and means and was ordered to appear in Unalakleet court. Troopers seized the 25 king salmon, along with 10 chums and 1 pink as evidence.

A Kipnuk man has died from a fire on a fishing boat docked in Egegik. Troopers report that responders found the body believed to be 56 year old Harberg Paul very early Thursday morning.
Beth Ipsen is a spokesperson for the troopers:

"At 3:15 a.m., some other fisherman saw smoke coming out of the vessel, at 3:30 a.m. they saw flames coming out of the boat. Some first responders, including people from other boats and the cannery managed to pull Joe Paul and Paul Paul out of the boat , but unfortunately there was another brother that perished in the fire," said Ibsen.