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Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2000

Homer, Seward are top halibut and sablefish ports

Homer was Alaska's top halibut port in 1999, with landings of 11.56 million pounds net weight, or 20.5 percent of the Alaska total, the National Marine Fisheries Service said. Kodiak ranked second with 10 million pounds or 17.8 percent, followed by Seward with 6.8 million pounds or 12.1 percent.

Seward led 1999 sablefish landings with 6.2 million pounds or 24.6 percent of the Alaska total. Sitka ranked second with 3.3 million pounds or 13 percent, and Kodiak was third with 2.6 million pounds or 10.4 percent. Homer ranked fifth with 1.5 million pounds or 5.9 percent.

BP orders double-hulled tankers

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. has ordered three double-hulled oil tankers to deliver Alaska North Slope crude oil to refineries in the western United States. The $630 million order includes options to buy three additional tankers.

The ships will have redundant propulsion and steering systems. They will use diesel-electric propulsion systems to reduce air emissions and down time for maintenance. To eliminate accidental oil leaks, the propeller shafts will be cooled and lubricated with seawater instead of lubricating oil, and cargo piping will be installed in the cargo tanks instead of on the deck.

National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. of San Diego is to deliver the first ship in late 2003 and the others in 2004 and 2005. BP will complete conversion of its Alaska fleet to double hulls in 2006.

New tourism trade group plans convention

The Alaska Travel Industry Association, which replaces the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council and the Alaska Visitors Association, holds its inaugural convention and trade show Oct. 4 through 6 at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

Events include an overview of ATIA programs and talks on e-commerce, attracting off-season business and Alaska's statewide marketing program.

There will be more than a dozen workshops on topics such as the nuts and bolts of Internet cable connections, motivating and retaining quality employees, gold mining with groups, working with magazine writers and reading financial statements. For information, call 929-2842.

Land's End sells townhouses

Land's End Resort in Homer has begun building beachfront townhouses on the 3.5-acre site formerly occupied by the Land's End RV Park. Phase I of the new Land's End Lodges includes 3 presold units and should be completed by January. Phase II construction will begin in March.

The site is permitted for up to 24 luxury townhouses in eight phases and will be developed over several years. Price for Phase II homes range between $295,000 and $405,000. Jay-Brandt is the general contractor.

Alaska salmon fisheries certified sustainable

The London-based Marine Stewardship Council has certified Alaska's statewide commercial salmon fisheries as well-managed and sustainable.

Now, processors and retailers can apply to display the MSC "sustainable fisheries" label on all salmon products. Alaska's is the only salmon fishery in the world certified as meeting MSC standards.

"This certification recognizes the overall high quality and fundamental conservation strengths of Alaska's salmon management program," said Gov. Tony Knowles. "While acknowledging that periodic weak runs can occur, this certification recognizes our ability to respond through sound salmon management policies and principles. The MSC certification confirms our view that Alaska salmon management provides a model for sustainable salmon fisheries worldwide."

MSC was created to solve the problem of depleted fish stocks. First established by the World Wildlife Fund and Unilever, one of the world's largest buyers of frozen fish, the MSC is now an independent organization.

"We're looking forward to marketing MSC labeled products very soon," said Terry Gardiner, president of NorQuest Seafoods. "This certification is an important boost for Alaska salmon products in the world marketplace.

"NorQuest supports ADF&G's and the MSC's sustainable policies, which assure today's fisheries stakeholders and future generations will be able to harvest and prosper from Alaska's abundant salmon stocks."

Kenai grad opens dental practice

Franklin T. Wortham, a 1985 graduate of Kenai Central High School, opened a dental practice this month at 110 Trading Bay Road, Suite 190, in Kenai, phone 335-0363.

"We strive for a highly preventive clinic," a press release says. "Early visits and prevention are the key to good oral health."

Wortham said he enjoys working with children and hopes to work with local and state officials on community and school-based prevention programs such as sealants and fluoride supplements. Children should begin visiting a dentist six months after the eruption of their first teeth or by age 1 for early screening, to make them comfortable with dental visits and to learn about brushing, flossing and fluoride with parents, he said.

Wortham is the son of Jerry and Carle Wortham. His wife is Kristie, and his children are Kelsey, 11, Lacie, 9, Tanner, 3, and Whitney, 7 months.

Restaurants inspected

The Department of Environmental Conservation last month inspected several Kenai Peninsula food service establishments. A score of 100 reflects adherence to minimum levels of sanitation. A score of 100-90 is good, 89-85 is acceptable, 84-70 is marginal and less than 70 is unacceptable. Scores for the recent inspections were:

Beachcombers Three, Homer 75

Children's House, Homer 98

Don Jose's Mexican Restaurant, Homer 88

Happy Family Restaurant, Homer 92

Smith Family Restaurant, Homer 96

Two Sisters Bakery, Homer 90

Whales Cove, Homer 100

Jersey Subs, Kasilof 93

Alaska Tropical Sno, Ninilchik 93

Halibut charter IFQs, sea lions on council agenda

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council meets Oct. 4 through 9 in Sitka. Topics on the agenda include an analysis of the Pacific cod fishery and ways to minimize its impacts on endangered Steller sea lions; IFQs for halibut charter operators, halibut subsistence regulations, cod and groundfish issues under the American Fisheries Act, community development quotas and fishery management plans for groundfish and crab.

KeyCorp expands online insurance offerings

KeyCorp has chosen InsLogic Corp. to offer insurance products and services on, KeyCorp's flagship Web site, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2000.

Auto, home and term life insurance products and services will be available online to Key and non-Key customers. InsLogic will provide technology to allow online quotes and purchases.

The new service compliments existing Key insurance products, which include annuities, accidental death and dismemberment, long-term care and whole life insurance.

--Staff reportsa

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