Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Europe's appetite for Alaska seafood grows

JUNEAU - European buyers made a run on Alaskan seafood this spring in Belgium at the continent's largest seafood trade show.

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) reported Monday that on-site sales for 15 Alaska seafood producers participating in the 2005 European Seafood Exposition hit an estimated $18 million.

Twelve-month combined sales from the Brussels show are expected to exceed $104 million - a 29 percent increase over 2004.

"The interest at (the show) in wild Alaska seafood was stronger than I have ever seen since I joined ASMI. This bodes well for the future of our industry," said Ray Riutta, ASMI's executive director.

Southeast Alaska participants in the show included Northern Keta Caviar of Juneau and Rose Fisheries of Sitka.

In addition, ASMI served beer provided by Juneau's Alaskan Brewing Co.

Man dies in liquor store shooting

ANCHORAGE - A man was killed and two others wounded in a shooting at an east Anchorage liquor store.

Tinius Talamaivo, 21, died at an Anchorage hospital.

A second victim, a teenage boy whose name was not released, was hospitalized.

The third man, Marquez K. Nevitte, 21, was treated at a hospital and then arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants.

Police Lt. Kris Miller said police still were not sure Sunday whether the people involved in the shooting knew each other.

"But I don't think the community has to be concerned that we have random shooters out there," Miller said.

She said it is possible gangs played a role in the shooting but it was "still too early for us to be able to tag it or label it."

The shooting happened about 7:35 p.m. Saturday at a popular neighborhood liquor store, Party Time Liquors, Miller said.

Motor vouchers to help prevent pollution

KENAI - The Kenaitze Indian Tribe recently received a federal grant that provides cash incentives for boaters to trade in two-stroke motors for more environmentally friendly four-stroke models.

A committee made up of Kenai River Special Management Advisory Board members and tribe representatives will look at how to best manage the program. Brenda Trefon is managing the program for the tribe, which received the Environmental Protection Agency.

Trefon said that since the tribe received official notice in April that the grant had been finalized, her phone has been ringing with people wanting to know how to get involved.

"I'm getting a lot of phone calls and interest," she said.

Two-stroke engines produce more in-water pollution than four-strokes do. It is believed that by reducing the number of two-stroke motors on the river, pollution levels can be reduced.

A 2003 Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation study found that as much as 10,000 gallons of fuel enter the Kenai River each summer. When the results of the study were announced, researchers speculated that much of that pollution is due to two-stroke outboards.

The program proposes to give $500 vouchers to boaters who trade in their old motors for new ones. The program also could include a manufacturer's matching contribution.

Trefon said she likely will begin holding committee meetings sometime in late June. Once the committee determines exactly how the program will be run, boaters will be notified and can begin receiving vouchers for the purchase of new motors, likely sometime in the fall or early winter.

Anti-trash volunteers sweep neighborhood

ANCHORAGE - Volunteers blanketed an Eagle River subdivision with a message to homeowners to keep trash away from bears.

Volunteers from Defenders of Wildlife and the Eaglewood Homeowners Association spent Sunday knocking on doors, warning neighbors that trash can lure bears and bears can bring trouble.

"Alaska is a beautiful place where we can live close to wildlife," said Kat Pustay, Alaska associate for Defenders of Wildlife. "But there's a responsibility that comes with that too."

Eaglewood is one of several Eagle River subdivisions near the river and its greenbelt, a bruin bypass from Chugach State Park. Birdseed and bags of garbage left on curbs offer a buffet line for hungry bears.

In 1999, the state had to kill a grizzly bear in Eaglewood. In June, biologist Rick Sinnott killed a bear after it twice killed and fed on moose calves in people's yards.

"We got to a point where we thought if it's chasing moose calves down and isn't leaving, it's going to end up hurting somebody," Sinnott said.

Several months before that, Sinnott drove through Eaglewood on a night before garbage pickup and spotted garbage bags in front of 250 homes.

On Sunday, Pustay walked door-to-door in the subdivision of about 930 homes. She asked residents to sign a pledge not to put garbage out overnight and to keep their "property free of other bear attractants."

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