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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.

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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.

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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.

Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers

Tyson Fick has been named executive director of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (ABSC) — an industry group that represents most of the crab fishermen working in federal waters off Alaska.

He'll replace Mark Gleason, who resigned earlier this year. 

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with Fick about his new job, this year's controversial tanner crab closure, and the decision to open an ABSC office in Alas​ka. His first day on the job is Dec. 1. 

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More bad news for commercial crabbers: The Eastern Aleutian District won't open for tanner crab fishing in 2017.

The small fishery usually opens in January, with just a few boats harvesting bairdi in state waters around Unalaska and Akutan islands. 

But a recent trawl survey has forced the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to close it, after the assessment revealed low numbers of mature males.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The red king cra​b fishery is off to a         bo​oming start in Bristol Bay, despite predictions of a down season.

The fleet has caught two-thirds of its quota in just a doz​en days, and managers say fishermen are unloading big, beauti​ful crab at the dock.

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