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Trade war, COVID and now Ukraine invasion eat into Alaska seafood...

First a trade war, then a battle against an infectious virus and now a real war are all affecting Alaska seafood exports. Shipments to China fell from as high as 30% of Alaska’s total seafood export value in the 2010s to 20% in 2020. “The U.S.-China trade war has displaced $500 million of Alaska seafood,” Jeremy Woodrow, executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, told legislators last week.

Fish Factor: Alaska seafood industry wants Russia’s seafood out of US

“If they don’t buy from us, we shouldn’t buy from them,” Alaska’s seafood industry has grumbled since 2014 when Russia abruptly banned all food imports from the U.S and several other countries. Then, as now, the face-off stemmed from Russia’s invasion and subsequent takeover of chunks of Ukraine which prompted backlash and severe sanctions.

Coastal legislators dislike governor’s spending plan for ferries

Though they say the level of funding for the state ferry system in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is adequate, coastal legislators don’t like that the governor wants to use one-time federal money to pay the bills, eliminating almost 95% of state funding.

Legislators urge continuation of Transboundary Working Group

Twenty-two Alaska legislators, including Rep. Louise Statues, R-Kodiak, are urging continuation of the Transboundary Working Group established under a memorandum of understanding signed by...

Shoot! The air’s full of widgeons!

Back in the days of my youth, when the Copper River Delta was overwhelmed with migrating waterfowl every fall, Dad mentored me in the...

AFN says proposed Dunleavy budget is divisive

The Alaska Federation of Natives says Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget is both contentious and ill-advised. “The governor’s budget appears divisive by design, pitting Alaskans...

Ethics reform bill signed into law

House Bill 44, marking significant ethics reform for the Alaska Legislature, was signed into law July 19 in Anchorage by Gov. Bill Walker. The legislation,...

Nominations out for BOF, IPHC, NPFMC

Nominations are in progress to fill upcoming seats at the Alaska Board of Fisheries, and Alaska seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission and...

Walker: Trump plans meeting with Pacific governors

JUNEAU — President Donald Trump plans to meet with the governors of Alaska and Hawaii and Pacific U.S. territories amid ongoing tensions with North...

Opinion: Legislators once again are giving our oil away

June 12, 2017 was the 37th anniversary of the Legislative coup toppling Juneau's State House Representative Jim Duncan's Democratic Majority Caucus. The Legislature had...