Small crabs, slow fishing reported in Bering Sea

The Bering Sea opilio crab season appears to be on track to be wrapped up in an average amount of time, despite tales from fishermen… Continue reading

Funding for Kenai smolt study uncertain

Cook Inlet commercial fishing groups are concerned about a potential lack of funding for studying the smolt out-migration on the Kenai River, a basic tool… Continue reading

UCIDA again sues over fed management of Cook Inlet salmon fishery

The United Cook Inlet Drift Association has once again filed suit against the federal government over management of the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.UCIDA and Cook… Continue reading

‘Alaska Fish Wars’ airs on Friday

Homer boats and the Upper Cook Inlet salmon drift fishery take center stage Friday when the National Geographic channel airs “Alaska Fish Wars,” filmed during… Continue reading

Halibut quotas higher than expected

  The International Pacific Halibut Commission surprised most industry watchers by veering far off course from the staff recommendations for the 2013 halibut quotas and… Continue reading

Exams again voluntary for some vessels

Coast Guard safety inspections on most vessels traveling more than three nautical miles from shore that had been voluntary but were then made mandatory in… Continue reading

Fish board member quits, cites personal reasons

  Bill Brown of Juneau has resigned from the Alaska Board of Fisheries half-way through his second term, citing personal and personality reasons. In a… Continue reading

Kenai king task force set to meet Jan. 14

The Board of Fisheries Kenai River king salmon task force is back on track after canceling the second of their four scheduled meetings. The next… Continue reading

Strong sockeye run predicted for ’13 season

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting another strong run of sockeye salmon to Upper Cook Inlet next season, on the heels of… Continue reading

Many tanner crab areas closed; quotas reduced

  The bairdi tanner crab season in Kodiak and along the Alaska Peninsula continues its quota yo-yo this year with quotas either down or areas… Continue reading

NMFS hikes fees used for enforcement

The National Marine Fisheries Service added insult to injury to the halibut fleet, which is potentially facing another round of drastic cuts to the quotas,… Continue reading

Forecast for Bristol Bay sockeye run down from ’12

The Alaska Board of Fisheries met this week in Naknek as residents and other permit holders were grappling with a sockeye forecast for 2013 that… Continue reading

Changes to observer program criticized

A large cross section of Alaska fishing groups, including the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, the Alaska Marine Conservation Alliance, the Petersburg Vessel Owner’s Association and… Continue reading

Strong run of pinks forecast for Southeast

  The 2013 pink salmon season in Southeast Alaska is expected to be a good one, with a projected harvest of 54 million pinks. While… Continue reading

Task force members named to study Kenai’s late run of kings

  The Alaska Board of Fisheries members in charge of filling seats on a task force to recommend adjustments to the Kenai River Late-Run King… Continue reading

Illegally caught crab dragging prices down

Preseason warnings of depressed prices for Bristol Bay red king crab brought on largely by a continued influx of illegal Russian crab in both Japan… Continue reading