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Seawatch: Board of Fisheries tips scale toward sport fishing

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries tips scale toward sport fishing

The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up their 2020 meetings on Upper Cook Inlet salmon proposals last week with a clear indication that sport and… Continue reading

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries tips scale toward sport fishing
Seawatch: Russian seafood embargo hurts Alaska fishing

Seawatch: Russian seafood embargo hurts Alaska fishing

While the U.S. trade war with China gets most of the headlines, there has been an ongoing embargo on U.S. seafood headed for Russia that… Continue reading

Seawatch: Russian seafood embargo hurts Alaska fishing
Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower

Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower

The International Pacific Halibut Commission wrapped up its meeting in Anchorage last week with all areas of Alaska except the western Gulf of Alaska seeing… Continue reading

Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower
Halibut charters get new regulations

Halibut charters get new regulations

The guided halibut charter fleet for Area 3A, including Homer, had its allocation set at 1.71 million pounds for the 2020 season at International Pacific… Continue reading

Halibut charters get new regulations
Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs

Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs

As Upper Cook Inlet fishermen prepare for the always-contentious Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings for the area starting Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and… Continue reading

Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire                                Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, seen in this July 2019 photo was selected to serve on a nine-member Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group by Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. Whether he will be appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy remains to be seen.

Who will shape ferries’ future?

Deadline is tomorrow.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire                                Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, seen in this July 2019 photo was selected to serve on a nine-member Alaska Marine Highway Reshaping Work Group by Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage. Whether he will be appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy remains to be seen.
Governor extends open invitation to mining industry
Governor extends open invitation to mining industry
Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells

Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells

Just at a time when crab stocks in the central Gulf of Alaska are taking off, likely in part due to crashing cod populations, a… Continue reading

Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells
Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Kodiak seiners were stunned by decisions from the Alaska Board of Fisheries in their meeting last week to restrict the west side of Shelikof Strait… Continue reading

Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery
Seward High School students (from left) Tayten Barhaug, Lindy Guernsey and Akilena Veach demonstrate their Caring for the Kenai project, drones to help map the flood planes of Seward, during the Industry Outlook Forum in Seward on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Forum discusses peninsula’s 2020 economic outlook

Industries gather at forum to discuss growth and opportunities

Seward High School students (from left) Tayten Barhaug, Lindy Guernsey and Akilena Veach demonstrate their Caring for the Kenai project, drones to help map the flood planes of Seward, during the Industry Outlook Forum in Seward on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod

Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod

Last winter, scientists and Alaska fishermen agreed to launch a pilot study to develop methods for tagging cod on active commercial fishing vessels in the… Continue reading

Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod
Beth J. Harpaz / Associated Press file                                Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” is docked in Seward on Sept. 7, 2007.

Report: 2020 job trends modest

The Gulf Coast Region saw a 0.7% increase in jobs between November 2018 and November 2019.

Beth J. Harpaz / Associated Press file                                Royal Caribbean’s “Radiance of the Seas” is docked in Seward on Sept. 7, 2007.
Seawatch: NOAA rolls out new research initiative

Seawatch: NOAA rolls out new research initiative

It has often been said that humans know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of the world’s oceans. That may be… Continue reading

Seawatch: NOAA rolls out new research initiative
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire                                 The Alaska Marine Highway System’s Tazlina sits at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.

Can a public corporation save the Marine Highway System?

The ferries are in trouble, remaking the system could be the answer

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire                                 The Alaska Marine Highway System’s Tazlina sits at the Auke Bay Terminal on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019.
In this file photo from June 25, 2019, Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Final impact statement for Pebble Mine delayed for three months

Army Corps of Engineers says it will take the time to review public comments.

In this file photo from June 25, 2019, Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy responds to Pebble Mine report

Report contains strong allegations.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Seawatch: Report: 60% of comm-fish jobs are Alaskan

Seawatch: Report: 60% of comm-fish jobs are Alaskan

The McDowell Group, a consulting and research firm based in Alaska and Seattle, has released its annual industry update, and in spite of localized ups… Continue reading

Seawatch: Report: 60% of comm-fish jobs are Alaskan
Seine fishermen work to catch chum salmon during a six-hour opening outside of Amalga Harbor. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Pebble Mine opponents troubled by Dunleavy’s letter

Opponents of the Pebble Mine were troubled by the governor’s actions.

Seine fishermen work to catch chum salmon during a six-hour opening outside of Amalga Harbor. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Seawatch: NPMC closes cod season in Gulf of Alaska

Seawatch: NPMC closes cod season in Gulf of Alaska

In a disappointing but not surprising move, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council closed the Gulf of Alaska to Pacific cod fishing for the 2020… Continue reading

Seawatch: NPMC closes cod season in Gulf of Alaska
Longshore workers picket sulfur ship loading

Longshore workers picket sulfur ship loading

Update: This story has been updated to include a response from Chumley’s Inc. General Manager Cliff Wittmer. As dock workers with Chumley’s Inc. of Kenai… Continue reading

Longshore workers picket sulfur ship loading