Abandoned, derelict vessels focus of task force

As homeowners turn their thoughts to spring cleaning this time of year, harbormasters are looking at ways to remove abandoned and derelict vessels from their… Continue reading

Fishermen reporting smaller herring

Herring season is in full swing, with Sitka Sound already wrapped up, Kodiak opening April 15 and Togiak on the horizon. The Sitka Sound sac… Continue reading

Robust sockeye run forecast for Inlet

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s recently released outlook is predicting a relatively robust sockeye salmon run for Upper Cook Inlet this season. That’s… Continue reading

Experts teach new fishermen the ropes

The Kachemak Bay campus of Kenai Peninsula College is offering half a dozen classes for boat owners, deckhands and others next month at either minimal… Continue reading

Halibut season opens; SE fleet already lands 260,000 lbs.

A little more than three days into the 2016 halibut season, Area 2C, Southeast Alaska, has had the fleet hitting it the hardest. Nearly 260,000… Continue reading

Walker picks Homer man to fill seat on NPFMC

Homer fisherman Buck Laukitis is one of two Alaskans chosen by Gov. Bill Walker to fill two seats being vacated on the North Pacific Fishery… Continue reading

Change in state water regulations under review

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is considering revising its regulations on water management, and seeking public input.  Cook Inletkeeper and the Chuitna Citizens Coalition… Continue reading

Cod season: fish sizes, quota both smaller

The Cook Inlet state-waters cod season is progressing as usual, albeit with a smaller quota and smaller fish. The 2016 total Pacific cod state-waters quota… Continue reading

Forecasts mixed on next season’s salmon prices

News outlets have been offering conflicting reports about what to expect for next season’s salmon prices in recent days, with fisheries reporter Laine Welch saying… Continue reading

Life rafts mandatory for boats under 36’ 3 miles out

Commercial fishing vessels under 36 feet operating more than 3 miles from shore will be required to have a life raft as of Feb. 26,… Continue reading

Bids sought for Tanner crab test fishery

Lobbying from Cordova residents has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to set up a test fishery for Tanner crab in Prince William… Continue reading

Halibut quotas up for most areas

Halibut fishermen in most areas of the state got good news last week when the International Pacific Halibut Commission raised quotas for all areas except… Continue reading

Bill would establish permit for fisheries enhancement

There is quite a bit of fisheries-related legislation flying around the Capitol at the beginning of the legislative session that began Jan. 19. In addition… Continue reading

Bill aimed at helping younger fishermen

As young Alaskans gather in Juneau for the sixth annual Young Fishermen’s Summit next week to explore ways to get a leg up in an… Continue reading

UCIDA study points to big opportunities for all in inlet

At a time when the state of Alaska is counting its pennies, a recently released study showing the state spends $27.2 million more than it… Continue reading

Setnetters celebrate court ruling

Upper Cook Inlet setnetters were handed a significant victory by the Alaska Supreme Court when it overruled a decision by a Superior Court judge that… Continue reading

Help pick Coast Guard rescue video of 2015

There are only a few more days to vote on which Coast Guard rescue video deserves to be Video of the Year for 2015.  The… Continue reading

Fisherman wants to stop tax that funds Bristol Bay seafood group

An effort is underway to stop Bristol Bay salmon fishermen from paying a 1 percent tax to fund the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association,… Continue reading

It’s expensive for fishermen to participate in BOF meets

Editors note:  This story has been edited to delete comments from the United Cook Inlet Drift Association president about testimony from the Kenai River Sportfishing… Continue reading

Research shows Pacific cod can withstand warming better than Arctic cod

Arctic cod are proving highly susceptible to warming ocean temperatures, but the good news is that Pacific cod, the kind caught commercially in pots and… Continue reading