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The Unalaska City Council is standing by its request that Congress place restrictions on a troubled factory trawler commissioned by Fishermen’s Finest.

The company urged councilors earlier this month to rescind a letter they sent to Alaska’s Congressional delegation.

Courtesy of Fishermen’s Finest

Concerned about losing fisheries revenue, Mayor Frank Kelty asked Congress last month to restrict a troubled factory trawler in Anacortes, Washington.

Despite pleas to soften his position, Kelty said he’s not backing down now.

"I think you could tell by my letter that I feel strongly about this," he said. 


Scientists have monitored the salmon run at McLees Lake for 17 years.

But now, they’re in danger of losing the weir that helps them count sockeye at one of Unalaska’s most popular spots for subsistence fishing.

"We are at the end of our funding cycle with the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund," said Biologist Lisa Fox of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. "We don’t know yet if we have funding for that weir this upcoming season."

NOAA FishWatch

Saturday at noon is the start of A-season for Pollock. Krista Milani of the National Marine Fisheries Services says the total allowable catch (TAC) this year is about 1 percent bigger than last year.

“Last year [the TAC] was 1.345 million metric tons and this year its going to be 1.364 million metric tons," Milandi said. "It is a slight increase from last year.”

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For the 20th year in a row, Dutch Harbor has been recognized as the largest fishing port in America.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) made the announcement Wednesday in its annual fisheries study.

Unalaska’s port held on to its longtime title easily, hauling 770 million pounds of commercial seafood in 2016.

“Walleye pollock continues as the big catch there,” said Ned Syr, Director of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology.