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Berett Wilber

News Intern

Berett was born and raised in a fishing family from Sitka, Alaska. Fresh from a stint as a legislative aide in Alaska’s capital, she’s a photographer looking foward to spending the summer listening, recording, and photographing Unalaska. In her non-work time, she likes hiking, foraging, swimming, and yoga. 

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Before sending a $6,000 drone to record aerial footage in Unalaska, Emmett Fitch warned the pilot he might want to reconsider one thing.  

“It was black with a white body,” Fitch recalls. “I said, ‘That looks a lot like an eagle. We should maybe paint it a different color.’”

Newscast: 07/25/17

Jul 26, 2017

An eagle takes out a drone in Unalaska; Alaska’s credit rating falls; and labeling requirements still prevent genetically engineered salmon in the U.S. 

Newscast 07/24/17

Jul 24, 2017

It’s filing time to run for city office; a Bethel local takes Yup’ik to NASA; and the U.S. House approves the King Cove Road. 

salmonfishing.org

Counting Atka mackerel became really important, according to National Marine Fisheries Service Biologist Suzanne McDermott, when Steller sea lions were declared endangered in 1997.

“We learned that Atka mackerel are their main food item,” McDermott said. “That’s when we really started looking at them in relation to Steller sea lions.”

McDermott knows the mammals face competition for their food — from commercial fishermen. In 2016, Alaska fishermen caught and kept 55,000 metric tons of Atka mackerel, and discarded another 532 tons as bycatch.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Wreckage from the F/V Destination has been found off St. George Island. The boat and its six crew members were fishing for snow crab when they disappeared on February 11.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced this morning that two of its research vessels have found and confirmed the location of the Destination.
 

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