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Dirty Birds – What it’s like to live with a national symbol

Dutch Harbor is a small town on a small island far out in Alaska’s Aleutian chain, nearly 1,200 miles from Anchorage at the edge of the Bering Sea. It’s the most productive fishing port in the United States. Every winter the tiny population swells with thousands of people who come to work in the fish processing plants, on the crab boats, or out on the big cod and pollack trawlers. But they’re not the only ones trying their fortunes in town or out on the boats. People in town call them Dutch Harbor pigeons. The rest of us call them bald eagles. In a community of just over 4,700 permanent residents, there live an estimated 500 to 800 eagles. They stare judgily down from light posts, peer intently into people’s windows, eat foxes and seagulls while perched in the trees next to the high school, and sit on rooflines like living weather vanes. Down at the docks, they swarm every boat that comes into port like some sort of Hitchcockian nightmare, fighting for scraps of bait, elbowing one another for prime positions, crowding together on top of crab pots, and squawk-cheeping their opinions. View more images, read the story here 11:01

Bering Select Opens First Ever Omega-3 Plant in Dutch Harbor

Bering Select, a new manufacturing facility began producing premium quality omega-3 ingredients in Dutch Harbor this week. The plant produces the rich omega-3 oils of locally caught Alaska cod and other fish species. “The Bering Sea cod fisheries are robust and produce vast amounts of a high quality omega-3, a resource not utilized until now.,, Read the rest here 08:12

For Seafood Landings, Port of Dutch Harbor Retains First Place – Fishermen’s News

The Port of Dutch Harbor has done it again! For the 15th time in 15 years, Dutch Harbor led the nation in 2011 with the greatest amount of fish landed – primarily pollock – the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has reported.
 Last year Dutch Harbor landed 706 million pounds of seafood valued at $207 million, while the Port of New Bedford, Massachusetts had 117 million pounds valued at $369 million. Other high rollers in Alaska included the Port of Kodiak, which landed 372 million pounds, valued at $168 million, and Akutan, which landed 431 million pounds, valued at $114 million….Read More  http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2012/10/for-seafood-landings-port-of-dutch.html

Unalaska – America’s Top Port Sees Streak Tweaked

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just issued its fisheries report card for 2011, and Alaska is on the honor roll. Last year, 2.3 billion pounds of seafood worth $1.3 billion crossed the state’s docks.

About a third of that fish came through Unalaska. The city has long been proud of its reputation as America’s number #1 fishing port. But as KUCB’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports, Unalaska got a bit of bad news in an otherwise rosy assessment of Alaska’s fisheries.  http://kucb.org/news/article/americas-top-port-sees-streak-tweaked/