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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.


Almost a thousand sockeye salmon are swimming through the weir at McLees Lake each day — enough that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the area has met its goal for minimum escapement.

That's good news, because the run started slowly.

Lisa Fox is the area management biologist for the South Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands. She said just five reds passed through on the first day of the run in early June.

Frank provides an update on the pollock 'B' season, regional halibut landings, and more.   

ADF&G Weekly Sport Fishing Report

Jul 1, 2016

  This week, the reds in at Summer Bay and fishing is reported to be picking up, dolly fishing from local beaches has been excellent and halibut fishing has been great outside of Unalaska Bay. The ADF&G operated weir at McClees Lake has counted more than 19,000 reds to date and subsistence fishing at Wislow has been good. Tanner crab are still plentiful in some nearby bays, while Dungeness fishing may be starting up for the summer.

Read full report here.

Laura Kraegel

Weathervane scallop fisheries will open Friday across Alaska. But it'll be a while before commercial fishermen in Unalaska can harvest the world's biggest scallops — or think about selling their catch locally.

Miranda Westphal works for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as the area management biologist for Dutch Harbor and the Bering Sea. She said the state's five-boat fleet of scallop dredges won't arrive in Unalaska until September or October.

Unalaska city officials are fixing a defective transformer after faulty equipment caused a partial power outage Sunday night.

The outage started just before midnight and lasted for an hour and 20 minutes, according to J.R. Pearson, Unalaska's Deputy Director of Public Utilities. It killed power in town, on the spit, and at the airport.

Pearson said two powerhouse employees restored power on Monday around 1:20 a.m., after locating and isolating a broken recloser. He said they're in the process of replacing the part and fully repairing the transformer.