Month: <span>August 2021</span>

UAF comes clean about disciplinary failures in sex abuse, rape cases

first_imgEducation | Interior | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | University of AlaskaUAF comes clean about disciplinary failures in sex abuse, rape casesOctober 20, 2015 by Lisa Phu Share:(Creative Commons photo by Jimmy Emerson)The University of Alaska Fairbanks violated its own policy regarding sexual misconduct cases between 2011 and 2014. University students responsible for rape and other sex crimes were not expelled or suspended during that time.It’s unclear how far back the improper punishment goes, but UAF said it is committed to turning that culture around.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2015/10/20ASSAULT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The University of Alaska Fairbanks has found five instances of sexual misconduct when proper student disciplinary actions did not take place. Three of those cases involved rape.Mae Marsh is Title IX coordinator at UAF. Her office handles sexual misconduct complaints. She said not properly punishing sexual assault offenders in the past sent the wrong message to students.“Our silence was acceptance in some ways, but now we’re going back and we’re correcting that and that’s why we’re going public with it because we’re breaking the silence. You’re not alone anymore. This is it. We’ve got a new standard on how things are going to be on our campus,” Marsh said.Marsh joined UAF in 2012. UAF hired two investigators to look into sexual assault complaints in 2014. Prior to that, complaints were investigated by Residence Life staff, since most complaints took place in the dormitories. Formal sanctioning was the responsibility of the dean of students.“It’s not just that one person failed to do something. It was an entire system,” Marsh said.UAF took other measures against the students found responsible of sexual misconduct between 2011 and 2014, like not allowing them in dorms or on campus. All five cases also went through the criminal process with Fairbanks police and the district attorney.For the victims, Marsh said UAF provided counseling, medical assistance and academic help.In 2011, the U.S. Department of Education put all colleges and universities on alert that sex discrimination, including sexual violence and sexual harassment, is prohibited by Title IX laws. The University of Alaska system is in the middle of an audit by Department of Education for possible Title IX violations.It’s taken a few years, but Marsh said UAF has set up a structure to handle and track sexual assault complaints.“We have updated our policies, we’ve appointed coordinators, we’ve trained our professionals. We are in the process of installing a centralized tracking system. We had a huge awareness campaign that came out. We’ve trained all our employees. We’re implementing the climate surveys,” Marsh said.Marsh hopes these things have helped students feel more comfortable reporting sexual misconduct.In 2012, UAF had four reports of sexual misconduct. Last school year, there were 44. Those numbers are still low compared to national averages which show one in five females experience sexual assault while in college.Of those 44 reports last school year, four involved rape. One case has been investigated and the perpetrator is awaiting school sanctioning. The other three cases involve one alleged perpetrator and are still being investigated. The two men in these cases have been arrested.Marsh says UAF is in the process of rectifying the old cases. She says UAF will be retroactively sanctioning the students found responsible for sexual misconduct with suspension or expulsions. They won’t be able to re-enroll at UAF. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, UAF is showing a documentary on college sexual assault, “The Hunting Ground.” At 6 p.m. Wednesday the university is holding a town hall on how to move forward. Share this story:last_img read more

With budget deal done, oil tax reform remains elusive

first_imgEnergy & Mining | State GovernmentWith budget deal done, oil tax reform remains elusiveJune 1, 2016 by Rachel Waldholz, APRN-Anchorage Share:House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, watches a floor session Tuesday May 31, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska. Members of the minority broke a stalemate on the stateÕs operating budget and joined the majority in a vote to draw from the state’s savings to solve budget issues. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)For months, Democrats in the legislature were clear on one thing: they would not vote for a budget unless lawmakers made major cuts to state subsidies for oil companies.Then, Tuesday night, they did just that, voting for a budget without those cuts in place.But the budget passed by the legislature this week doesn’t include about $775 million owed to oil companies this year. And Democrats say, if companies want those credits, there has to be oil tax reform.Just a week ago, House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, was insisting that oil tax reform was the key to any budget deal.“It all depends on what we do on the oil tax credits,” he told APRN last Monday.Tuck said Democrats wouldn’t supply the votes to dip into the state’s piggy bank, the Constitutional Budget Reserve, unless there was a bill cutting future tax credits.Fast forward one week, and Wednesday morning found Tuck and House Democrats praising a budget deal — that didn’t include the oil tax reform they’d been holding out for.So what changed?Democrats said they got a good deal — a budget that reverses cuts to the University of Alaska, public schools, the Marine Highway System and more — and that waiting any longer put the state at risk of a government shutdown.And, they said, there’s still time for an oil tax deal. That’s because one thing the budget doesn’t include is money for oil tax credits.Lawmakers are touting a $4.4 billion dollar operating budget this year, compared with about $5.2 billion last year.That sounds like a big cut — until you realize that this year’s total doesn’t include oil tax credits. The state estimates it will owe about $775 million in cash payments to oil companies this year; the budget only allots $30 million.Instead, lawmakers included about half the amount owed, $430 million, in a separate section of the budget (which, through a combination of accounting maneuvers and the use of leftover funds from previous budgets, will show up as an expenditure in last year’s budget, not this year’s.) And that money can only be released if some version of the oil tax reform bill, House Bill 247, passes.Anchorage Democrat Les Gara hammered home that point during a press conference Wednesday morning.“We used as much leverage as we could to say, you don’t even get half of the money that we owe under this terrible system unless you pass that oil tax credit bill,” Gara said.Meanwhile, the bill itself is sitting in a conference committee, which must iron out the differences between the House and Senate.Cathy Giessel, of Anchorage, represents Senate Republicans in those negotiations.“I am very hopeful, actually optimistic, that we are going to arrive at a good compromise on House Bill 247,” Giessel said. “I won’t say that I have that equal confidence that it will pass both bodies.”She means she isn’t sure it can pass the House, where several Republicans joined Democrats to pass a more sweeping reform bill.Giessel says there is broad agreement on several points: everyone, for instance, agrees that subsidies for companies in Cook Inlet are too high and that generous tax perks for new oil should eventually expire. She hopes those changes are enough.But Homer Rep. Paul Seaton, one of the Republicans who bucked the leadership in the House, says the bill must address credits on the North Slope, too.“We need to limit that liability instead of just waiting for it to hit us on the head – like a hammer,” Seaton said.Either way, lawmakers said they expect to see some new version of the oil tax reform bill soon.Share this story:last_img read more

Gardentalk – Raingear gardening

first_imgFood | Gardentalk | OutdoorsGardentalk – Raingear gardeningJuly 28, 2016 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:A pair of slugs attack a squash blossom during a break in the summer rains. The devastated flower was removed and both slugs died a horrible death moments after this picture was taken. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)We can’t make the rain go away, but there are a few things that we can do to make sure that months of effort and patience are not washed away by this week’s showers.Master Gardener Ed Buyarski reminds us to harvest our garlic and raspberries before they go bad, and clip off finished flowers to prevent mold and mildew growth. Also, he says don‘t forget to continue with our perpetual slug hunt. The slimy little pests will be busy laying waste to your leafy vegetable plants during the current wet weather.Buyarski also recommends greenhouse gardeners open the vents, doors and windows to allow a breeze to flow through the structure. Cleaning and removing dead and dying foliage will help mitigate fungus. Yellowing leaves can be a sign that a plant is being affected by poor ventilation. Listen to July 28 edition of Gardentalk that aired during KTOO‘s Morning Edition:Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/07/garden072816.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.These greenhouse tomatoes show signs of trouble, possibly due to not enough ventilation. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Share this story:last_img read more

Some towns treat bikes as trendy, but in Reading, Pa., they’re tools

first_imgEconomy | Health | Nation & World | TransportationSome towns treat bikes as trendy, but in Reading, Pa., they’re toolsSeptember 12, 2016 by Marielle Segarra, NPR Share:Harrison Walker, 54, lives in Reading and doesn’t own a car, so he bikes everywhere.(Photo by Marielle Segarra/WHYY)Harrison Walker of Reading, Pa., bikes everywhere he goes.He can’t afford a car — he just got out of prison. He’s living in a halfway house and finding temporary automotive work around the city.“I do my errands about town,” he says. “Sometimes I’ll ride as far as Walmart. It’s a nice ride, it’s about a 40-minute ride, so I don’t mind. I’ve rode most of my life.”Getting around by bike in Reading is now a bit easier than it used to be. The city is making an effort to become bike-friendly as a way to cater to existing residents — many of whom, like Walker, bike because they have to.The unemployment rate in Reading is 8.2 percent, more than three percentage points higher than the national average. About 14 percent of workers don’t have a car.“Reading’s poor, and a lot of the people who live here are poor, so riding a bike is how they get from place to place,” says Dani Motze from ReDesign Reading, a nonprofit group that’s trying to revitalize the city.It’s hard to say exactly how many people in Reading bike. According to Census data, only about half of 1 percent of the city’s workers commute by bicycle, while in other U.S. cities known for biking, it can be more like 6 percent or 7 percent. But a lot of people in Reading don’t work.What is clear is that biking in Reading isn’t easy. The city has no bike lanes, signs or street markings. Walker says that can make riding feel dangerous.“You’re riding, [and] there’s always an expectation that something may happen,” Walkers says. “I hear a screeching of tires or a sudden acceleration sometimes, I’ll be on my toes.”A few years ago, when Craig Peiffer became Reading’s zoning administrator, he was shocked that the city was so far behind other municipalities when it came to support for biking.“As a planner here in Pennsylvania, I’ve seen smaller towns — significantly smaller towns — where they were already putting in designated bike lanes,” he says. “It was frustrating, quite frankly.”Peiffer and a colleague decided to take action. Their goal: make Reading a safer, cheaper and more convenient place to bike.That started with Reading’s first bike shop, which sells used bikes and affordable parts. Russell Eckert is a volunteer.“There’s a lot of people in the city that can’t afford to go buy a new bike, and they come in here and buy the bikes from us,” he says.The shop also holds bike safety workshops and lets local riders borrow tools. Walker came to borrow a wrench.“If were to go buy the tool, I’d have to go to Sears, and it’d probably cost upwards of $20 just for this one wrench,” Walker says.After the bike shop, the city launched a bike-share program and installed a repair station downtown. The local transportation authority also added bike racks to all of its buses.Now, Reading’s getting grant money to paint white arrows for bikes on the street in a section of the city. And it’s eyeing other streets for bike lanes.Peiffer says all these efforts are meant to help Reading’s residents.“Where we’re seeing the largest number of cyclists are the people that live here, so that’s first and foremost,” he says.This is a different way of looking at biking, compared to other cities, which often use biking amenities to attract outsiders — particularly affluent millennials, sustainability advocates, and pro cyclists.“Other cities have used biking because biking is cool and hip — and that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with that,” says Brian Kelly, executive director of ReDesign Reading.But in Reading, it’s just not the point.Marielle Segarra is a reporter for Keystone Crossroads, a statewide public media initiative reporting on the challenges facing Pennsylvania cities.Copyright 2016 WHYY, Inc.. To see more, visit WHYY, Inc..Share this story:last_img read more

Trump presidency has big implications for Alaska oil development

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | Federal Government | Nation & World | PoliticsTrump presidency has big implications for Alaska oil developmentNovember 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:A view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by USFWS)Now that Donald Trump is set to take over the White House, big changes could be coming for Alaska’s oil and gas industry. But even though Trump will see Alaska through a very different lens than Obama, a 180-degree policy shift isn’t likely to happen soon.Donald Trump’s unexpected victory could change the landscape for Alaska’s oil and gas industry. Robert Dillon, communications director for Senator Lisa Murkowski’s campaign, said with Republican majorities in Congress, a Trump presidency opens up new possibilities for resource development in Alaska.“Certainly you are in a much better starting point than you would have been under Hillary Clinton,” Dillon said.Dillon said a big issue to watch is drilling in federal Arctic waters. Hillary Clinton opposed Arctic drilling, and in its upcoming five-year leasing plan the Obama administration may still announce it won’t include the Arctic. But one conservative group that endorsed Trump isn’t worried about the permanence of that decision anymore. American Energy Alliance President Tom Pyle, who is based in Washington, D.C., said President-elect Trump could reverse an Obama administration decision to halt drilling in Arctic federal waters.“There’s still a lot of untapped energy potential in Alaska and I suspect that President-elect Trump will look at that very closely and put together plans that put the state back in the game,” Pyle said.Another thing Pyle hopes Trump will accomplish is drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Republican leaders like Senator Murkowski have been pushing for oil and gas development in the refuge for years.But some experts caution Republican control of both the White House and Congress doesn’t mean change will come quickly. Jason Hutt chairs the environmental strategies group at Bracewell law firm in Washington, D.C.“The election obviously — we wake up to a new world,” Hutt said. “But it doesn’t mean that there’s not a regulatory process that will be required to change or shift some of the policies — that will take time.”And Hutt said given low oil prices, reversing an Obama administration decision on Arctic drilling may not be the first push oil companies make under President Trump. Michael Levine, Pacific Senior Counsel for Oceana in Juneau, agrees low oil prices could put a wrench in dreams of Arctic drilling. And Levine said if Trump’s campaign promises to reverse course on the Obama administration’s climate policies hold true, he can expect environmental groups to fight him every step of the way.“If, in fact, a President Trump sides with the very small minority of those who don’t believe in anthropogenic climate change, we will be stuck fighting backward-looking policies for at least the next four years. And fight them we will,” Levine said.Levine said it’s too early to say what those policies might look like. Oil industry supporters are hopeful, but they also say it’s too early to predict which issues will rise to the top of President-elect Trump’s priority list.Share this story:last_img read more

Haines tank farm contamination testing moves to Tanani Point Beach

first_imgEnvironment | SoutheastHaines tank farm contamination testing moves to Tanani Point BeachMay 10, 2017 by Emily Files, KHNS-Haines Share:Tanani Point Beach is across the road from the old Haines Fuel Terminal. (Photo by Emily Files/KHNS)Testing connected to the former Army tank farm in Haines found what investigators say is a “surprising” amount of underground contamination at Tanani Point Beach.People have known for decades about traces of contamination in the water that seeps from the ground to the surface of the beach.Recent testing appears to solve the mystery of where exactly those pollutants come from.Audio Playerhttp://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/09TankFarmwINTRO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“On Tanani Beach, we really didn’t expect to find this contamination as much as we saw out on the beach,” said Arden Bailey, who works for North Wind, one of the contractors testing the tank farm soil and groundwater for contamination.Bailey gave a presentation at a recent Restoration Advisory Board meeting. That’s the local group the Army Corps of Engineers updates as it works toward environmental restoration.The contamination at the former fuel depot is decades old, from when the U.S. military operated the Haines-Fairbanks pipeline during the Cold War without much environmental oversight.The fuel terminal was shut down in 1971.Over the years, there have been a series of attempts to clean it up.Right now, the Army Corps is working toward what it hopes will be a final remedy. The investigation to map the contamination is moving into its third summer.Tanani Point Beach was first mentioned at this meeting by Luke Williams, who works for the Chilkoot Indian Association.“I went down at low tide ‘cause I like to look for crab and stuff,” Williams said. “There was a very, very strong odor, like a 55-gallon drum of diesel spilled. It was very, very strong.”The smell could have come from seep water on the beach.For years, the Army has tested the water that rises from underground to the surface, also called seep.Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation environmental program specialist Anne Marie Palmieri said tests show the seep has low levels of diesel-range organics.According to DEC standards, those levels don’t pose a risk to humans.“I wouldn’t say that it is a risk to humans to come into contact with it because the levels are so low,” Palmieri said. “At the same time, I wouldn’t encourage people to play in that.”The levels of contamination in the seep haven’t changed, but the understanding of its origin has.Palmieri and others thought it stemmed from an old burn pit right above the beach. But the burn pit was cleaned up in 2004, and the traces of diesel in the seep didn’t dissipate.So, where was that contamination coming from?“You have the contamination in the tank farm and it goes through a really narrow channel before it then spreads out at the beach,” Bailey said. “We didn’t expect to find maybe as much as we did across the road.”Bailey explained that based on North Wind’s testing, the contamination moved from the tank farm’s administration area, underground, across the road, to the beach.Palmieri said that solves a mystery.“To know that there’s this other source for the contamination in the seep water is really wonderful,” Palmieri said. “To know that OK it wasn’t the burn pit, but there’s this other source, there’s something we can address to keep this from continuing to migrate.”Since the newly-discovered pollution is underground, it probably does not pose much of a hazard to people recreating on the beach, Palmieri said.The surprise of the underground contamination at Tanani Beach has prompted North Wind to put more focus on that area during their testing this summer.There are also plans to conduct more testing along the beach around the old fuel terminal dock and the Lutak burn pit.Then, the Army Corps’ contractors will take the three years of data they’ve gathered and draw up a remedial investigation report.The report will include information about what kind of risk the contamination at the tank farm and the neighboring beaches might pose to people and animals who frequent the area.After that, it will probably take years to reach a final cleanup.Share this story:last_img read more

FAA addresses aircraft noise concerns in Homer

first_imgOutdoors | Southcentral | Tourism | TransportationFAA addresses aircraft noise concerns in HomerJune 11, 2017 by Aaron Bolton, KBBI Share:Floatplanes on Beluga Lake in Homer. (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)Floatplanes and other aircraft are taking off from Beluga Lake and Homer’s airport several times a day. With more than a handful of flightseeing, bear viewing and air taxi operations in town, some residents are concerned about low flying aircraft and the noise that accompanies them.Homer City Council member Donna Aderhold started hearing complaints last year during a meeting about a floatplane access road. She started working with City Manager Katie Koester to see what the city could do to mitigate the issue. She added residents also suggested their own measures.“There was a suggestion of a no-fly zone over Homer, changing traffic patterns, things like that,” Aderhold explained.Aderhold and Koester asked Ken Thomas with the Federal Aviation Administration what could be done.Ken Thomas works with the FAA’s Flight Standards Division. He was in Homer last month to hold a general safety meeting but returned Thursday for a community discussion. Thomas told the few in attendance that he’s heard the complaints.“Over the past couple of years, I’ve heard a lot of different instances. ‘They’re 200 feet over my house, 500 feet over my house, the noise is rattling the dominos on my table,’” Thomas said, listing general complaints called into the FAA. “I know those are real, but what it boils down to for flight standards to get involved is a safe operation, and 200 feet over somebody’s house is not a safe operation.”Thomas explicitly said the FAA’s primary concern is safety. It does not hold any direct authority over small aircraft noise but can impose measures when safety and efficiency are a concern. Its Airports Division also can guide airports through a few initiatives to mitigate noise.Thomas notes that if pilots are following safety standards, noise should be minimal. Homer is considered a congested area, and planes should gain a minimum of 500 feet before making any turns away from the airport’s traffic pattern and must climb to 1,000 feet after takeoff.“There’s plenty of room in Homer to get that 1,000 feet prior to turning towards the bluff. To take off and make the decision over the west end of the airport to turn towards the bluff immediately, that would be a really poor choice,” Thomas explained, “from the noise factor flying right over town, but we never climb into rising terrain.”Planes flying over towns and crowds are required to fly 1,000 feet over the tallest object within a 2,000-foot radius. Thomas said pilots can fly along the coast to gain that altitude before passing over Diamond Ridge.FAA inspectors need proof to identify any problem pilots. Thomas said pictures and video are best, but identification numbers on the aircraft, time and direction of flight are all important.Pilot and flight instructor Tom Young said he’s seen problems as well but adds it’s generally pilots from out of town that are the issue.“They’ll not follow the traffic pattern or fly over the ridge low, just conflicts with traffic sometimes,” Young said. “Generally it’s people who aren’t familiar with the area.”The FAA does mandate that pilots obtain information about the airport they’re flying to. Thomas said he’ll keep tabs on the Homer area going into the future and plans to hold another pilot safety meeting this fall.Share this story:last_img read more

Juneau unions to host Labor Day picnic

first_imgJuneau | Juneau Schools | Local Government | PoliticsJuneau unions to host Labor Day picnicSeptember 1, 2017 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Juneau’s labor unions are hosting a picnic open to the public at Sandy Beach on Labor Day.The Juneau Central Labor Council has invited all of the candidates for Assembly and school board to the picnic, which will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday.Council President Nadine Lefebvre said there will be food and live music.“We’ll have the education association … to give away free books for kids,” she said.The League of Women Voters also will be there to provide information about registering to vote.The event is one day after the deadline to register to vote in the municipal election on Oct. 3.The council has hosted the event for 15 years.Share this story:last_img read more

Pedestrian crossing street struck, killed in Ketchikan

first_imgPublic Safety | SoutheastPedestrian crossing street struck, killed in KetchikanDecember 20, 2017 by Leila Kheiry, KRBD-Ketchikan Share:A 68-year-old Ketchikan man was struck by a vehicle and killed Monday night on Stedman Street near the Deermount intersection.Deputy police chief Josh Dossett said the accident happened about 8:50 p.m. when the man was trying to cross the road.“(He) appears to have been in the crosswalk when he was struck by a pickup truck that was headed southbound,” he said. “The driver immediately stopped and rendered aid, along with witnesses. The fire department was called and responded. They began treating the male.”Dossett said responders took the man to the hospital, where he died. Dossett identified the victim as Ronald Fulgencio.As to the cause of the accident, Dossett said that remains under investigation.He said the driver of the truck cooperated fully with police, and provided breath and blood samples for testing. They showed the driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.It was dark and snowing lightly when the accident took place.And Dossett said the victim was wearing dark clothing.“But, like I said, he was in a crosswalk,” he said. “There’s a couple parking lots there, so it’s fairly well lit.”Dossett said the body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.Share this story:last_img read more

Some charter companies would trade number of fish for more fishing

first_imgFisheries | TourismSome charter companies would trade number of fish for more fishingMarch 31, 2018 by Kayla Desroches, KMXT – Kodiak Share:Chris Fiala of Kodiak Island Charters. (Photo by Kayla Desroches / KMXT)A declining Pacific halibut stock means more restrictions for charter companies. NOAA Fisheries released both the Pacific halibut catch limits and the charter management measures this week, just days before the season opener on March 24. Numbers are down – roughly 9 percent overall from last year.There are some days where charter companies can’t fish halibut by regulation. And those days vary year to year.“We never know whether it’s gonna be three days, four days, whether they’re gonna do all of ‘em,” Michael Ensley, with Happy Hooker Charters, said.Ensley says businesses often learn about the restrictions long after the customers book their trips.“I’ve gotta call these people and let them know, see if it’s an option to move the dates or [if they’re] willing to accept, and then turn around and have to give them some kind of special deal for the days that they can’t fish halibut,” Ensley said.This year, charter fishermen are barred from fishing halibut all Wednesdays and six days in July and August. That’s an additional three days from last year.And each person is limited to two fish daily, with one less than or equal to 28 inches. That’s been pretty consistent over the last few years, and Insley says he doesn’t take issue with it.But Ensley would be willing to trade more fishing for fewer fish. He says he’d take an allotment of one fish per person in exchange for keeping all the fishing days.“We don’t need that two halibut. Especially in Kodiak,” Ensley said.Chris Fiala of Kodiak Island Charters agrees. He says the Kodiak area is lumped into the same regulatory district as communities along the road system like Homer and Seward.“And the problem is that we’re significantly different than their type of demand,” Fiala said. “They have the impulsive demand from the larger areas, from Anchorage.”Fiala says a lot of tourists fly into Kodiak for week long stays, and while his customers catch a lot of different types of fish, he calls halibut a number one draw.“They want to be able to go out and catch halibut any day they go out,” Fiala said. “So the one fish really fits us really to a T.”Fiala says Kodiak charter businesses have talking about a more open schedule for years, and he’s still hoping for a change sometime in the future.Andy Mezirow is a charter operator in Seward and serves on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.Mezirow says it’s unlikely that Kodiak could cut off from the rest of the district with its own management measures.“The problem is if we created a rural designation and we tried to manage them separately, it wouldn’t just be Kodiak,” Mezirow said. “It would be every rural area that wants in on it. And then there are a lot more boats and then their behavior – it’s just, it’s much more difficult to break it down by sub areas.”Mezirow says the entire district is “feeling the pinch of a restricted harvest” and everybody would like more days and more opportunity, but there has to be a way to stay within the allocation to do that.“And I think the better question for the Kodiak fishermen to consider is do you want to consider selling one halibut under 30 pounds or one over 200 as the option that you’re selling in order to free yourself up to do more trips? And in the rest of 3A, most fishermen have felt no,” Mezirow said.Mezirow says they’d rather use their boat to do sightseeing or salmon fishing or other activities on those closed days and have less dependency on halibut built in their business models.Mezirow says adapting and diversifying could be the key to attracting customers despite bag limits.Share this story:last_img read more