‘They’re in real dire need’: Aleutian mayors weigh in on fishing crisis

Posted on: June 13th, 2024 | Author: Theo Greenly | Filed under: 830AM KSDP Radio News, Aleutians East Borough, Community Window, Fisheries News, King Cove, KSDP Newscast

“We told them that we are fishing communities,” said Osterback. “We don’t do anything else. We don’t have anything else. Every business in our communities depends on the fisheries.”

The mayors of Unalaska and the Aleutians East Borough traveled to Washington, D.C. last month, sounding the alarm on the challenges jeopardizing Alaska’s fisheries.

Unalaska Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. and Aleutians East Borough Mayor Alvin Osterback attended an invite-only conference May 22 and 23 in the nation’s capital. There, they filled state and federal officials in on the severity of the fishing industry crash and its impact on rural communities.

“Right now they have a crisis going on in King Cove,” Tutiakoff said during an Unalaska City Council meeting in late May, referencing the recent closure of Peter Pan — King Cove’s main economic driver. “They will not have a processing plant and they will not have a salmon season. They don’t have a crab season. They’re in real dire need.”

The closure of Peter Pan and sell-offs within Trident have sent shock waves through coastal towns who rely on the fishing industry.

Tutiakoff said federal officials he spoke with were interested in the issue but weren’t aware of the whole situation.

“My comments to the Secretary of Commerce were that we need help,” he said. “We need it soon. Unlike some communities, we do have some revenues but it’s not going to carry us very long before we start to feel the impact.”

Tutiakoff said the main issue brought forward at the meeting was that Alaska’s fish can’t compete with loopholes in global markets. He said Russian-caught fish is being transferred to countries like China and then sold on the American market as an Alaska product.

He called for federal officials to close loopholes that benefit the Russian fishing industry, warning that if help didn’t come soon, “Russian fish will be on everybody’s plate.”

Osterback agreed with Tutiakoff, emphasizing the region’s reliance on the success of its fisheries.

“We told them that we are fishing communities,” said Osterback. “We don’t do anything else. We don’t have anything else. Every business in our communities depends on the fisheries.”

Osterback noted that Sen. Dan Sullivan is working to add fisheries into renewal of the Farm Bill, a set of programs that support American agriculture. Including fisheries in the bill could insulate the industry from fluctuating markets.

“Whether you’re growing crops on land or you’re harvesting in the sea, you’re still a harvester,” Osterback said. “The fishermen, the municipalities, the processors — we’re all tied together pretty tight. If one fails, we all fail.”

Sens. Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski are expected to present a strategic plan to the Secretary of Commerce this summer.

Silver Bay purchases Trident’s False Pass facility

Posted on: June 12th, 2024 | Author: Theo Greenly | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Fish News - newsletter, King Cove, KSDP Newscast

(Photo courtesy of Trident Seafoods)

Silver Bay Seafoods has purchased Trident’s processing plant in False Pass, according to a joint statement last week from the two seafood companies.

Trident Seafoods sent shock waves through the fishing industry when it announced in December it was selling several of its plants around the state — that after delaying construction of its new, flagship facility in Dutch Harbor by at least a year. 

Trident CEO Joe Bundrant called the current restructuring decisions “the most difficult” decisions of his career.

Fishermen-owned Silver Bay already operates a facility in False Pass, just next to the Trident plant. Silver Bay President and CEO Cora Campbell said owning adjacent facilities would make operations more efficient, and allow them to provide more opportunities to the fleet.

Silver Bay said it will also be able to provide fuel services with the new facility.

Alaska’s fisheries are facing an unprecedented crisis. A flood of foreign fish into the market, coupled with inflation and trade sanctions, have led to a massive drop in the market value of Alaska’s fish — and coastal communities are feeling the squeeze.

Peter Pan Seafoods made the last minute decision in January not to open their King Cove facility for A season, and then announced in April they wouldn’t open at all, selling some of their plants in other parts of the state, leaving King Cove without its economic driver.

Aleutians East Borough General Election Canvass Committee – October 13th

Posted on: October 10th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Civic & Government, Community Window, King Cove, Meet the People, Sand Point

Aleutians East Boough

Public Notice

The Canvass Committee will meet to canvass By Mail Only, Absentee and eligible Question ballots from the October 3, 2023 AEB Regular Election on:

October 13, 2023 Friday at 10:00 AM in the Borough Building

Final results will be posted afterwards, and the public is welcome to attend.

2023 Aleutians East Borough General Election Preliminary Results

Posted on: October 4th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Civic & Government, Community Window, King Cove, Meet the People, Sand Point

October 3, 2023 Regular Election Preliminary Results

ALEUTIANS EAST BOROUGH MAYOR
ALVIN D. OSTERBACK 183
PAUL R. GRONHOLDT 92
WRITE INS 3

ALEUTIANS EAST BOROUGH ASSEMBLY

SEAT A
WARREN WILSON 239
WRITE INS 9

SEAT F
JOSEPHINE SHANGIN 244
WRITE INS 3

ALEUTIANS EAST BOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD

SEAT C
HILLARY SMITH 229
WRITE INS 16

SEAT D
CARLA CHEBETNOY 224
WRITE INS 14

THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 3 QUESTION BALLOTS TO BE CONSIDERED
AND APPROXIMATELY 127 ABSENTEE (includes small communities by-mail)
AND __0__ PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE BALLOTS TO BE COUNTED.
THE CANVASS COMMITTEE WILL MEET ON OCTOBER 9, 2023 AT 10:00 A.M. AT THE
BOROUGH OFFICE BUILDING IN SAND POINT.
THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND Borough Clerk

Preliminary 2023 Regular Election Results

2023 Sand Point General Election Preliminary Results

Posted on: October 4th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: City Of Sand Point, Civic & Government, Community Window, Meet the People, Sand Point

2023 General Election Preliminary Results

Notice: Absentee In-Person Voting – Borough Election

Posted on: September 18th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, Civic & Government, Community Window, Sand Point

The Borough clerk will be out of town until Friday, September 22nd.

If you will not be here on election day( October 3) and wish to do Absentee voting in person, please see Jade at the City office.

2023 City of Sand Point Notice of Election & Sample Ballot

Posted on: September 5th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: City Of Sand Point, Civic & Government, Community Window, Sand Point

The City of Sand Point will have it’s Regular Election on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023.

THE POLLING PLACE WILL BE OPEN 8:00 A.M. TO 8 P.M. ON OCTOBER 3, 2023 AND THE POLLING PLACE WILL BE LOCATED AS FOLLOWS:

Sand Point Municipal Bldg.

ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON WILL BE OPEN FROM SEPTEMBER 13TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 29TH. ALL MAIL BALLOTS MUST BE RECIEVED BY OCTOBER 6TH.

To Obtain an application for absentee voting or if you have questions, contact the Sand Point city clerk.

Click here for a copy of the notice of election.

Click here for a sample ballot.

Sand Point Elections 2023: Declaration of Candidacy

Posted on: August 8th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: City Of Sand Point, Civic & Government, Community Window, Sand Point

ADF&G Advisory Announcement: Sand Point Commercial Salmon Fishery Advisory Announcement #21

Posted on: August 4th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Sand Point

Commercial salmon fishing by set gillnet and seine gear will be allowed for 61 hours from 8:00 a.m. Monday, August 7 until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9 in the following districts and sections:

Unimak District;

Southwestern District, excluding the inside waters of the Volcano Bay Section north and west of a line from Arch Point at 55° 12.30ʹ N. lat., 161° 54.30ʹ W. long. to a point on Belkofski Peninsula at 55° 09.50ʹ N. Lat, 161° 57.80ʹ W. long. (Statistical Area 284-36), and those waters in Belkofski Bay, north of a line extending from Indian Head (55° 05.25’ N. lat., 162° 12.16’ W. long.) to Kitchen Anchorage (55° 06.77’ N. lat., 162° 08.24’ W. long.);

South Central District;

Shumagin Islands Section of the Southeastern District excluding the waters of Zachary Bay south of the latitude of 55° 22.60ʹ N. lat. (Statistical Area 282-35)

Commercial salmon fishing by drift gillnet gear will be allowed for 61 hours from 8:00 a.m. Monday, August 7 until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 9 in the following districts and sections:


Unimak District


Ikatan Bay Section of the Southwestern District

Commercial Salmon fishing will be allowed in the Bechevin Bay Section of the Northwestern District from 6 am Monday, August 7 until 6 pm Thursday, August 10.

As previously announced:
Commercial salmon fishing by set gillnet and seine gear will open for 132 hours from 8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 3 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 8 in Orzinski Bay, those waters northwest of a line from Elephant Point at 55o 41.92’ N. lat., 160o 03.20’ W. long. to Waterfall Point at 55o 43.18’ N. lat., 160o 01.13’ W. long.

All closed waters in the above locations will be as described in the regulation book or as adjusted by emergency order.

Aleut Corporation Shareholder Information Meeting – Sand Point – Tuesday, July 25th

Posted on: July 21st, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Community Window, Sand Point, Tribal Organizations

The Aleut Corporation will be holding a Shareholder Information Meeting on Tuesday, July 25th 2023 in the Sand Point City Council Chambers at 6pm.

 

Come on down and hear an update on current projects while enjoying coffee and desserts!

 

For more information, refer to the attached flier.

PSA: F/V Drill Conductor class Sand Point – Monday June 5th 8am-6pm

Posted on: May 24th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Community Window, Sand Point

PSA: Public Meeting for King Cove Harbor Master Plan – May 17th, 6pm

Posted on: May 15th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Community Window, King Cove

There will be a PUBLIC MEETING for the KING COVE HARBOR MASTER PLAN on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Agdaagux Hall.

Come on down and Learn about the master plan and potential projects, Share feedback, and Ask questions.

For more information, see the attached flyer.

Public Meeting Flyer_5.10.23

PSA: Community Substance Misuse Symposium – April 22nd, 2023

Posted on: April 21st, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Aleutians East Borough, City Of Sand Point, Community Window, Sand Point, Tribal Organizations

There will be a Substance Misuse Symposium in the Sand Point City Gym from 11:30am until 3pm on Saturday, April 22nd 2023.

To see the agenda, click the link below.

Community Substance Misuse Symposium Agenda

PSA: Scheduled Power Outage in Sand Point – Saturday, February 25th

Posted on: February 24th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Community Window, Sand Point

There will be a scheduled power outage in Sand Point to test out a new generator tomorrow, February 25th, between 4 AM and 6:30 AM.

KSDP Board Meeting: January 27, 2023 at 4pm

Posted on: January 26th, 2023 | Author: Holden | Filed under: Board of Directors, Community Window, Sand Point

There will be a special board meeting of the KSDP Board of Directors at the Sand Point Studio at the above mentioned time.