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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.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Golden king crab season opens Monday, but fishermen in the western Aleutians are facing a deep cut to their usual quota.

Driven by concern for the crab population, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has reduced their total allowable catch (TAC) by a quarter.

"There's a 25 percent reduction in the TAC for the western stock this year based on declines in several stock abundance indicators," said Ethan Nichols, the assistant area management biologist for Fish and Game. "We're not exactly sure what's going on, but for the last two seasons, the TAC has not been achieved."

Unalaska Fisheries Report: 7/29/16

Jul 29, 2016

Updates on the herring fishery, halibut landings, and the Pollock B season. Plus, Frank recaps this week’s numbers. 

ADF&G Weekly Sport Fishing Report: July 28, 2016

Jul 28, 2016

Regulation reminders:

· The bag limit for Unalaska Bay fresh and saltwaters is 5 salmon per day of which only 2 may be sockeye and 2 may be coho.

· The bag limit for the remainder of Unalaska Island is 5 salmon per day all of which may be sockeye or coho.

· Anglers are reminded that Town Creek (Iliuliuk) is closed to fishing for sockeye year round.

· The saltwaters of Summer’s Bay are open to snagging; however, the freshwaters from the outlet of Summer’s Bay Lake to the ocean are closed to all sportfishing.

Annie Ropeik

Unalaska's inching closer to construction on a $44 million renovation of the city dock.

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, PND Engineers announced they're more than halfway done with the designs — and aiming to break ground in the spring of 2017.

PND Vice President Dempsey Thiemen said the two-year project will replace docks three and four as well as realign the entire dock face. The goal is to create more flat, usable space for handling and storing cargo.

Public Domain, US Government work, via Wikimedia Commons.

The commercial herring fishery is on hold in Unalaska — because no one can find the fish.

The herring season opened more than a week ago. So far, fishermen haven't had any luck, even with a spotter pilot searching from above.

"There's been no appreciable harvest at all," said Frank Kelty on the Unalaska Fisheries Report. "The fish appear to be well offshore and in very deep water where the seiners can't get to them."