(Christian Sardet/CNRS/Tara Expeditions)


After combing through data from the Aleutian Islands, a scientist has discovered an unexpected relationship between plankton and pink salmon. Although plankton might seem like an ecological afterthought, biological oceanographer Sonia Batten disagrees. She calls them the most important organisms in the ocean.

“They’re the basis of every marine food chain pretty much,” said Batten. “They support directly, or indirectly, the resources that we value.”


Newscast: 08/23/16

19 hours ago

The Unalaska City Council meets tonight; scientists have found a surprising connection between plankton and pink salmon; and Alaska avoids a credit downgrade — at least for now.

Newscast: 08/22/16

Aug 22, 2016

The ballot is set for Unalaska's October election; U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan is visiting the island for the first time this week; and the luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity is on its way to New York City after departing Dutch Harbor.


Unalaska's ballot is set, and it's got everything from a five-way race for mayor to a referendum on commercial marijuana.

As of Monday, City Clerk Cat Hazen said incumbent Mayor Shirley Marquardt is facing competition from four challengers: Ralph Harvey, Frank Kelty, Christopher Price, and Vincent Tutiakoff Sr.

There's also a five-way contest for City Council seat C. Incumbent Roger Rowland is vying for reelection against Kenneth Bezold, Richard Campbell, Darin Nicholson, and Jeffrey Treannie.

ADF&G Weekly Sport Fishing Report: Aug 11, 2016

Aug 18, 2016

  Regulation reminders:

· The bag limit for Unalaska Bay fresh and saltwaters is 5 salmon per day of which only 2 may be sockeye and 2 may be coho.

· The bag limit for the remainder of Unalaska Island is 5 salmon per day all of which may be sockeye or coho.

· Anglers are reminded that Town Creek (Iliuliuk) is closed to fishing for sockeye year round, and the freshwaters of the creek are closed to snagging.