There's still fish in the water, but seiners are done harvesting herring in the Aleutian Islands.
The purse seine fleet picked up their last load of herring on Saturday night north of Akutan. Fish & Game biologist Nathaniel Nichols says that leaves about 160 tons of herring on the table out of the 1,805 tons up for harvest this season.
"The processors decided they had enough before we got to the allocation, so they quit fishing," says Nichols.
Two local business owners accused of running a large drug operation out of their store and home have pleaded not guilty.
Tam Nguyen, age 46, and Thu McConnell, 45, operated the Dutch Harbor Asia shop for several years. They were arrested in May after police traced an alleged heroin sale to the store.
An Anchorage grand jury indicted Nguyen and McConnell on July 9. Nguyen is facing a dozen felony charges for allegedly using the business -- and the house he shared with McConnell on Biorka Drive -- to sell cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and Oxycodone.
Researchers collect water samples in the Chukchi Sea. (Courtesy of Amanda Kowalski/ArcticSpring.org)
They’re not recognizable like polar bears or whales. But phytoplankton are a key part of life in the Arctic -- and now, they're at the center of a new research effort to predict how the region will respond to climate change.
Almost every animal in the Arctic eats -- or eats something that consumes -- phytoplankton.
They’re tiny specks of algae that usually blossom into big clouds out in the ocean in the springtime.
A Sand Point man is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of two minors.
James Griffith is 26. He had been accused of molesting a seven-year-old boy during a babysitting job in 2011. The case moved slowly, and Griffith was granted a conditional release -- as long as he stayed away from children.
But Sand Point police arrested Griffith in December 2013 for exchanging electronic messages with a 15-year-old boy.
The winning team (clockwise from bottom R): Sean Perry, Roger Bacon, Dawson Bacon, and Justin Perry. (Jeri Rosenthal/KUCB)
A heavy mist fell on Unalaska’s 4th of July festivities this weekend, but the weather was fine for fishing. As KUCB's Lauren Rosenthal reports, a group of anglers spent this holiday searching for a monster halibut -- and a big payoff.
Derbies are an old tradition in Unalaska, dating back to the days when you could catch a record-breaking halibut right outside town.
Unalaska’s Independence Day celebration will kick off bright and early tomorrow morning with the return of an old tradition.
"The halibut derby is basically just a competition to see which boat can catch the heaviest halibut," says organizer Nick Cron. He’ll be at the Carl E. Moses harbor at 6 a.m. tomorrow to register fishermen.
Unalaska anglers haven't squared off in a halibut derby for years. It's back as a city-organized event, with support from the old hosts -- Pacific Stevedoring.
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