The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found that Alaska seafood is safe from Fukushima radiation, but a citizen's group plans to conduct a separate study of the water in lower Cook Inlet using a crowdsource funding site.

"The (FDA) results confirm information from federal, state and international agencies that seafood in the North Pacific and Alaska waters poses no radiation related health concerns to those who consume it," said a statement released by state health and environmental officials.

Ramped up testing this summer shows Alaska fish is free of all signs of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown three years ago. State veterinarian Bob Gerlach -
The results of the testing of the Alaska fish that were just collected look very good. There is no detection of any radiation that would have originated from Fukushima. That was very good news.

Wild salmon capture continues growing in the main fishing districts in Alaska, reaching 5.5 million specimens statewide by 24 June.

A volcanic island in the western Aleutian Islands woke up this week, decades after the last time it was active.

Semisopochnoi Island is about 130 miles west of Adak. It’s home to a few peaks that have been active in the past, including Sugarloaf and Cerberus.

But the island had been quiet for more than a quarter century -- until this past Monday, when the Alaska Volcano Observatory recorded a series of small earthquakes there.

All PenAir flights to Cold Bay and Unalaska and Grant Aviation flights to Unalaska were canceled today as Pavlof continued to erupt.

PenAir spokeswoman Missy Roberts says at least 200 people were impacted by the airline's cancelations today.

Authorities at the Alaska Volcano Observatory say elevated surface temperatures suggest the Pavlof Volcano is having a low-level eruption with lava at the surface.

They said Saturday that satellite imagery shows a steam plume and a pilot reported a gas and ash plume drifting north about 8,000 feet above sea level.

 

A severely injured man died last week after an assault outside an Unalaska bar, and the defendant is now facing charges of manslaughter.

Marlo Adams, 44, of Yakima, Wash. died in Anchorage Friday afternoon, following an early-morning assault on Thursday at 1:50 a.m. according to Deputy Police Chief Michael Holman of the Unalaska Department of Public Safety.

The court-ordered environmental impact statement on Steller sea lion protection measures in the Aleutian Islands is now complete.
The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today that it had completed the final impact statement, or EIS, which supports providing some additional fishing opportunity in the Aleutians.

The document is available online, and NMFS is taking comments on it through June 27.

Major fishing ports and harbors critical to Alaska's economy are in the midst of designing, construction and fund sourcing in the spring of 2014, to meet needs ranging from float replacements to strengthening breakwaters.

With steady fishing vessel traffic from the Kenai Peninsula to Homer, Seward, Dutch Harbor, Sitka and Wrangell, planning, bidding and finding construction funds is an ongoing process, harbormasters said.

Resources for All Alaskans, a group formed to combat a proposed initiative to ban commercial setnet fishing in certain parts of the state, met in Kenai to talk strategy with several local fishing groups after being dealt a blow when an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled that it could not intervene in a lawsuit over the initiative.