Record pink harvest predicted for Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound is expecting the largest pink salmon harvest on record this year, a stunning 58.9 million fish, while the Copper River sockeye run… Continue reading

Classes help those who work at sea

There are some spring learning opportunities for fishermen and deckhands coming up soon. The first is a three-day deckhand skills class taught through the marine… Continue reading

Spring herring season kicks off

The Alaska spring herring season kicked off in Sitka Sound on March 19 with a 3-hour and 20-minute opening that rounded up 3,500 tons of… Continue reading

Seawatch: Halibut season gets off to slow start

The 2017 halibut season got underway as scheduled on March 11 despite uncertainty from President Donald Trump’s administration that had instructed every federal agency to… Continue reading

Seawatch: Federal cuts could hurt fishing industry

Alaska fishermen and others who rely on programs funded by the federal government are wondering whether the federal resources will be available to keep the… Continue reading

Some in drift fleet say fish board acting on bad info

While setnet salmon fishermen in Upper Cook Inlet potentially saw some easing of restrictions on their fishery at the Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings in… Continue reading

Board of fisheries has plenty on its plate

While Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings taking place in Anchorage for the next two weeks will suck up most of the oxygen in the headlines… Continue reading

Not all fisheries get spotlight

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its annual management report looking at all fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet. While nearly everyone knows… Continue reading

Cuts to halibut catch proposed for Southeast

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… Continue reading

Legislation designed to protect U.S. fisheries

President Barak Obama took the time in the waning days of his administration to sign a bill that consolidates a number of treaties that protect… Continue reading

2016 hauled in mixed bag for commercial fisheries

As with any season, 2016 had plenty of winners and losers in the Alaska commercial fishing industry.The year started off with a huge sigh of… Continue reading

IFQs for cod, pollock trawl fishery on hold

In a battle that dates back to at least the Gov. Frank Murkowski administration, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council put on hold indefinitely any… Continue reading

Fish board wants review of fish habitat permit process

The Alaska Board of Fisheries is preparing to move forward on a formal motion asking the Legislature to review the state’s fish habitat permitting process… Continue reading

Pot cod fleet gets bigger area to fish

The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its meetings for Lower Cook Inlet issues on Saturday, with one small but substantial change for the pot… Continue reading

Bristol Bay ’17 salmon forecast looks about average

As salmon forecasts for 2017 continue to come in statewide, Bristol Bay is looking right on track for the most recent 10-year average, and 27… Continue reading

Tanner crab fishery in Bering Sea still possible

There is hope yet for at least a limited bairdi Tanner crab fishery in the Bering Sea. The Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fishermen reports that… Continue reading

Alaska fishermen, processors talk about industry challenges

With daunting problems facing the Alaska economy and its seafood industry, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute heard from fishermen and processors at their annual meeting… Continue reading

Even with lots of fish, halibut prices high

A mini-price war on the Homer docks turned out to be a boon for a small handful of halibut fishermen this week, with one fishermen… Continue reading

2015 salmon harvest falls short except in escapements

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its annual Commercial Fisheries Management Report for the 2015 season in Upper Cook Inlet. While the… Continue reading

Togiak sac roe herring fishery opens to challenges

Bad weather, zero state funding to prosecute the fishery, and the early arrival of the fish has thrown a bit of a wrench in to… Continue reading