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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.

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. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Once again, GCI has pushed back the launch date for Unalaska’s 4G LTE service — just a week after the company’s last missed deadline.

Vice President Dan Boyette said GCI is now targeting next Monday, March 5.

“We’ve done the needed upgrades and drive testing and are now in the stage of analyzing the drive test results,” he said in an email to KUCB.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

After missing another of its own deadlines, GCI has set a new launch date for Unalaska’s 4G LTE service.

Vice President Dan Boyette said the telecommunications company is now aiming for Feb. 28.

He plans to confirm the launch on Feb. 26. 

“I’m pretty confident we’ll be able to hit these new dates,” said Boyette in an email to KUCB. “But I know I’ve said that to you before, so I’d understand if you are skeptical.”

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.”

(Public domain photo by Senior Chief Journalist Melinda Larson) / USCG

  Updated | 6:54 a.m. Thursday

The Alaska Patriot has been sunk in the North Pacific. Because of incoming inclement weather, the Coast Guard cutter Sherman left the area Wednesday evening while the 170-foot abandoned fishing vessel was slipping beneath the waves.

Petty Officer Luis Fagalnifin of the Coast Guard’s command center in Juneau said the Sherman’s crew boarded the Alaska Patriot on Wednesday afternoon to let in water.

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