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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom on the topic of business and industry. Also includes volunteer Frank Kelty's weekly fisheries update, the Unalaska Fisheries Report.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

After more than 30 years in the seafood industry, the Fishing Company of Alaska (FCA) was bought out last month, ending its long and often difficult presence at the Port of Dutch Harbor.

The company is still under investigation, though, after one of its vessels sank off the Aleutian Islands last summer.

Lt. James Daugherty said the U.S. Coast Guard's probe has gone on, regardless of the sale.  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons

There will be no commercial tanner crab fishery in the Bering Sea this season.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries made the decision last week after a last-ditch attempt to allow a limited harvest failed in a split 3-3 vote.

Unalaska Mayor Frank Kelty attended the board meeting in Kodiak, where members considered a proposal that would have let crabbers harvest 10 percent of mature male bairdi in the western district.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

A man was medeva​ced from Unalaska on Saturday after suffering seri​ous injuries from an amm​onia leak at the Kloosterboer cold storage facility.

Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley said the man was inside an industrial freezer when its ammonia line began leaking. 

After he was "extricated and deconta​minated," the man was flown to Anchorage and then Seattle for emergency treatment. His current medical status is unknown, but Shockley said ammonia poses significant health hazards.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

An ammonia leak at a cold storage facility in Unalaska has left one person with "serious injuries."

According to a statement from the Department of Public Safety (DPS), a seven-person hazmat team and 13 emergency responders arrived at the Kloosterboer building Saturday at 12:45 p.m. after a freezer line began leaking ammonia.

Officials say the victim was "decontaminated" and taken by ambulance to the clinic.

The responders — from the DPS and the UniSea hazmat team — shut off the ammonia supply and ventilated the building.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons

Unalaska's Fish and Game Advisory Committee will support a proposal to allow a limited tanner crab fishery in the Bering Sea this season.

The committee endorsed the proposal at a meeting Wednesday night, but only after a close 6-4 vote.

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