US, Canada split on halibut quotas

The International Pacific Halibut Commission annual meeting ended last week with the two countries involved, the United States and Canada, unable to come to an… Continue reading

NPFMC meets Feb. 5

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is preparing for its 237th plenary meeting beginning Monday, Feb. 5, continuing through Feb. 12. The meeting does not… Continue reading

Micciche bill would cut east-side setnet permits

Kenai Peninsula Sen. Peter Micciche has pre-filed Senate Bill 135 that aims to create a new administrative area and reduce Upper Cook Inlet east side… Continue reading

Fishermen get short reprieve on EPA discharge rules

Alaska’s congressional delegation has secured another short-lived extension to exempt smaller Alaska fishing vessels, under 79 feet, from Environmental Protection Agency incidental discharge regulations, which… Continue reading

Tax dispute could have far-reaching implications

A tax dispute between a single fishing company and the state of Alaska could have far-reaching consequences for fishing towns across the state, according to… Continue reading

Fishermen had mixed year

Alaska fishermen had a mixed year in 2017, with prices up but product down in some crab fisheries, quota up but prices down in the… Continue reading

BOF to look at new squid fishery

Warming waters may be opening up new opportunities for fishermen in Southeast Alaska as spawning market squid have been spotted, according to the Juneau Empire.… Continue reading

NPFMC drops cod quota

As expected, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council has voted to drop the Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod quota by 80 percent, from the 2017… Continue reading

IPHC might cut quotas for 2018

Commercial halibut fishermen were hit with some distressing news after the International Pacific Halibut Commission held their interim meeting and staff suggested some sharp cuts… Continue reading

BOF meeting could be controversial

The Alaska Board of Fisheries is preparing for its meetings taking up Prince William Sound finfish proposals, starting Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 5.… Continue reading

2018 Bristol Bay salmon forecast is for 51 million sockeyes

The 2018 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon forecast is for a chart-topping 51.3 million fish and a harvest of over 37 million. That compares with a… Continue reading

Halibut fleet catches most of quota at end of season

The halibut and sablefish IFQ fisheries closed with little fanfare Nov. 7, with only one regular commercial buyer and one private buyer in Homer accepting… Continue reading

The good and the bad about the bairdi Tanner crab

Kodiak and the surrounding areas got some mixed news about the bairdi Tanner crab fishery scheduled to open Jan. 15. The good news is that… Continue reading

Bristol Bay red king crab fishery off to slow start, but not unexpected

The Bristol Bay Times is reporting that the Bristol Bay red king crab fishery is off to a slow start compared to last year, according… Continue reading

Cod quota reduction expected

Seafoodnews.com is reporting that serious reductions are inevitable for both the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska cod quotas and the quotas will be down… Continue reading

Sockeye harvest down 18 percent

Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishermen once again endured a below-average season, at least in terms of sockeye salmon, in spite of exceeding run forecasts.… Continue reading

Study monitors streams for changes in temperature

Homer’s Cook Inletkeeper is monitoring a number of streams in the Cook Inlet watershed for temperature and finding some troubling results, according to a newly… Continue reading

Alaska seafood tops list of all protein brands

The year 2015 was good for the Alaska seafood industry, according to the 2016 annual report from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. ASMI is a… Continue reading

Participation, prices expected to be higher in this year’s Togiak herring fishery

Togiak herring is expected to get off to a fairly normal start time-wise, after a record early start last year when spawning herring were spotted… Continue reading

Strong sockeye run, good prices forecast for Bristol Bay

Salmon forecasts continue to come in around the state, with Bristol Bay possibly looking at a total run of around 41.5 million sockeye, 10 million… Continue reading