The Ile de Brehat is in Dutch Harbor. The ship is stopping in port on its way up the Alaskan coastline, where it's scheduled to lay fiber optic cable this summer and deliver high-speed internet by early next year.

The vessel is owned by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks — a French contractor installing the undersea cable on behalf of Quintillion.

Quintillion is the Anchorage-based telecom company is in charge of the project, which will bury more than a thousand miles of cable from Prudhoe Bay to Nome.

Newscast: 07/18/16

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The Ile de Brehat vessel is passing through Dutch Harbor for the Quintillion high-speed internet project; the state's congressional delegation still wants to build a road between King Cove and Cold Bay; and the Alaska House of Representatives has ended its special session after taking no action.

Newscast: 07/14/16

Jul 14, 2016

A recent study tracks the life and death of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea near Unalaska; Alaska Wildlife Troopers issue citations to the crew of a salmon tendering vessel near Sand Point; and researchers conduct a sea lion census in the Western Aleutians. 

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In the 1960s, king salmon were abundant in Alaska, and it stayed that way through the 90s. After the new millennium, though, Chinook numbers fell — and they've remained low since.

"People have scratched their heads and said, 'Where are all the kings? What happened to all the kings?'" said Andy Seitz, an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. 

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Every summer, biologists visit Alaska to count Steller sea lions. The western stock of the population has been in decline for nearly 40 years — hitting a low in 2002. The count helps determine whether sea lions stay on the endangered species list, which puts costly restrictions on the commercial fishing fleet. Even after decades of research, the reason for the decline is still a mystery.