Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska will make no new matches between children and volunteers in Homer beginning in June. Heather Harris is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, and she said the decision to drop new matches is a financial one.

"This is a time of reduced federal and state grants and given those reductions, we are no longer able to sustain new matches across the state," Harris said. 

Image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration removed a reference to renegotiating the “Halibut Treaty” between the U.S. and Canada from a press release Wednesday. NOAA issued the release Monday to announce the final regulatory rule for the 2018 halibut season, but later removed the reference.

Fish and Game

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting 2018’s lower Cook Inlet pink salmon run to be a modest one despite disastrous runs in 2016, this year’s parent year. A number of 2016 pink salmon runs were declared a federal disaster.

Area Management Biologist Glenn Hollowell said the commercial harvest was limited to about 70,000 pinks that year.

Voting will start for the Homer Electric Association’s Board of Directors in a just a few weeks. Anchor Point resident Roy Champagne is running unopposed for a seat representing Homer. The seat was left vacant after board member Don Stead resigned last month.  

The board consists of nine directors: three from each of the three districts that make up the service area. Members can only vote for directors in their area.

Creative Commons photo by Ed Bierman

The total allowable catch for the 2018 Pacific halibut season in the Gulf of Alaska and Southeast will be set slightly lower than what U.S. commissioners on the International Pacific Halibut Commission had asked for.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will publish a final rule in the Federal Register Tuesday setting combined charter and commercial quotas in Southeast, area 2C, at 4.4 million pounds. That’s about a 17-percent drop from the total allowable catch in 2017.

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This month on Kachemak Science, you'll hear audio from the keynote and plenary addresses to The Kachemak Bay Science Conference and a presentation from the conference on net-pen aquaculture.
You can hear all the presentations by going to kbayscience.org.

Bird Rhythms: Downy Woodpecker

Mar 19, 2018
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Kachemak Bay Birders are contributing to our monthly, local science program, Kachemak Science. This month on Bird Rhythms, you'll hear calls from the downy woodpecker, the great horned owl and the saw whet owl. You can see more from the Kachemak Bay Birders at
kachemakbaybirders.org

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - March 19, 2018

Mar 19, 2018
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Teggllim Cirunii  -  Moose Antler 

Nitankaa teggllim cirunii kallagqiluteng uuqggwiini.

Translation:
I hear moose antlers shaking in the alders.

I can hear the moose antlers shaking in the alders.                                                                        

Photo KBBI.

King salmon fishing in the upper Cook Inlet this summer is not looking fruitful. The Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order earlier this week leading to closers for king fishing in the upper Cook Inlet and in Mat-Su rivers.

But the forecast for kings on the Anchor and Ninilchik rivers are looking pretty good. Matt Miller is the Regional Fisheries Management Coordinator for Cook Inlet.  

Courtesy of the International Pacific Halibut Commission

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced nominees to fill two seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission Thursday. Four Alaskans were nominated to fill two upcoming vacancies on the commission.

Current Commissioner and Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association Linda Behnken is among the list of six names.

Commissioner Robert Alverson of Washington and general manager of the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association in Seattle was also nominated.

Both Behnken and Alverson’s terms expire at the end of the month.

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