The Children's Museum of Indianapolis via Wikimedia Commons

Some researchers want to adopt a model similar to what salmon hatcheries use in an effort to revitalize crab and other shellfish stocks around the state. Researches are still hammering out the logistics for how shellfish hatcheries could work. State law is limiting the scale of that research. But a senate bill may change that.

Heather McCarty is co-chair of the Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology Program, which is working with several organizations to research how shellfish hatcheries could replenish red and blue king crab stocks.

Alder Seaman, KBBI

Today on the Coffee Table, we’re talking about food security and sustainability in Alaska.

Homer Soil and Water Conservation District Manager Kyra Wagner, conservation district Food Systems Analyst Nicole Arevalo and Cook Inletkeeper Local Food Director Robbi Mixon all join the conversation.

In the interest of full disclosure, Nicole Arevalo sits on KBBI’s board of directors.

The audio cuts into the show a few minutes after it started due to some technical error.

Jan Frode Haugseth via Wikimedia Commons.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is concerned about reports of residents on the southern Kenai Peninsula illegally hunting ptarmigan.  

Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Jason Herreman said there have been a few instances of illegal hunting of ptarmigan around Bald Mountain and Caribou Hills since the season closed at the end of January.

Fish and Game shortened the season by two months in 2015 to help recover the ptarmigan population to historic numbers.


The trade war with China is impacting Alaska’s seafood industry. Alaska seafood exports to China have dropped by a fifth compared to last year.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Jeremy Woodrow told the Alaska House Fisheries Committee Wednesday that the industry blames Chinese tariffs. That’s according to a recent industry survey.

Photo by Jenny Neyman

Under Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s proposed spending plan, funding for housing assistance and homeless services would be slashed. On the Kenai Peninsula, organizations are saying that they wouldn’t be able to serve people in need.

Love In the Name of Christ of the Kenai Peninsula works with churches and agencies to assist people struggling, including those without housing.

Leslie Rohr is the executive director of the organization.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to open the sport fishing season for king salmon slowly on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Last year’s run was the second smallest on record and this year’s run is also expected to be small. In response, Fish and Game announced Monday that it won’t kick off the fishery on the weekend prior to Memorial Day, which is the typical opener. The department is also closing the fishery on five Wednesdays throughout the season and the last weekend the fishery typically remains open in June.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

There has been some contention surrounding a proposed residential drug treatment center in Homer. Set Free Alaska, a Christian-based organization, wants to utilize a state grant and some matching funds from the city to start the treatment center downtown.

However, some on the Homer City Council question whether the money the city has in mind could be legally spent on the project.   

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

For more than a year, Homer’s opioid task force has been trying  to bring more services to town aimed at those struggling with addiction. The group is largely driven by local agencies that are constrained by regulations and limited funding, which has hampered some initiatives.  

That’s led the task force to a new plan, get residents involved directly through community dialogue.

On a recent Saturday, about 30 people gathered in the Christian Community Church in Homer for a conversation hosted by Homer’s opioid task force.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Homer City Council is deciding whether to help fund a substance abuse treatment center in Homer. Set Free Alaska, a Christian-based organization, hopes to provide men’s residential and co-ed outpatient treatment services. But some of Set Free’s statements about how it compares to other facilities may be misleading, and some residents are questioning the proposed 16-bed operation.

Photo courtesy of Gary Stevens.

Sen. Gary Stevens spoke with KBBI’s Renee Gross on Friday afternoon about Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s proposed cuts to Alaska state ferries and his memo to look into privatizing or closing state-owned airports.



Tom Bodett "True Stories About Home", Sunday, Sept 8th, 2019

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