The deadline for a ballot initiative to revise Alaska’s salmon habitat permitting laws is approaching, with deep divides remaining even among fishermen.
Halibut fishermen may see a reduction in the total amount of fish they’re allowed to catch in 2018.
Scientists have identified the source of a glut of pink salmon that showed up in streams across Lower Cook Inlet this year. Suspicions that some pinks came from hatcheries proved out, but they weren’t all local stocks. In some streams, up to 70 percent were born in Prince William Sound hatcheries.
SOLDOTNA — Sportfishing groups and advocates want to see the federal government separate the management of sport and commercial fishing in the upcoming renewal of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
The last few winters have featured weather more akin to petulant autumns throwing diminutive snit-fits of snow, wind and bawling bursts of waterfall rains.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 24th Annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament (WKT) on Saturday, March 18. Mark your calendars, get your boats ready, get out and fish.
In his opinion piece published in the Homer News Feb. 9, Mr. Karl Johnstone, presumably from his home in Arizona, gave a eulogy at the graveside of Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishing.
Fishermen, regulators, biologists and stakeholders will gather in Anchorage later this month to clash over and collaborate on Upper Cook Inlet fisheries policies.
The Alaska of today is not the Alaska of statehood. The 49th state has grown and changed radically. The economy of the state is wholly different, and yet Alaska salmon management continues to be treated as if we just became a state.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its annual management report looking at all fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet.
By DJ Summers
Morris News Service - Alaska
Discussions continue on how to patch up the state’s $3 billion budget hole, and again fishermen will feel the cuts from one realm or another.
Meanwhile, legislators are hinting at an overarching message: find money anywhere but here and prove that your job matters.
Alaska halibut fishermen are breathing a sigh of relief after the International Pacific Halibut Commission either raised or held the line on halibut quotas statewide, but not everyone agrees with the decision.
There will be no bairdi Tanner crab season in the Bering Sea this year after the Alaska Board of Fisheries voted it down on a split vote, in spite of some reputable science showing a limited harvest could happen without harming stocks.
A Cook Inlet salmon plan will take a lot more work from federal managers in the next few years.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission is preparing for its annual meeting beginning Monday, Jan. 23. While things seem to have stabilized, there are still some areas expected to go down, most notably Area 2C in Southeast Alaska, where the plan is to reduce the catch by nearly 18 percent. Area 2C rose 6 percent last season.
As stated in its Annual Report, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) is a non-profit regional association which exists to: