After attacks on journalists, we remain defiant

We’re not going to grumble about our jobs as journalists. Yeah, the industry has been stressed lately, and we’ve toiled under tight budgets and with… Continue reading

 

Vote ‘yes’ on Prop 1 for new cop shop

A few weeks ago the security alarm at the Homer News went off on a Saturday. We’ve always known the Homer Police work hard to… Continue reading

 

Herring sizes down as season progresses

Herring fisheries are moving up the coast to Kodiak, Cook Inlet and the Bering Sea, after the Sitka Sound herring fishery was shut down with… Continue reading

 

Halibut season gets off to rocky start

The 2018 halibut season got off to a late, rocky and confusing start when the International Pacific Halibut Commission was unable to agree on catch… Continue reading

ADF&G release Bristol Bay processing survey

ADF&G has released the 2018 Bristol Bay sockeye salmon processing capacity survey summary, and to the surprise of almost no one, the 12 processors surveyed,… Continue reading

Stand for Salmon moving forward

The controversial Stand For Salmon ballot initiative aiming for a place on the November 2018 state-wide ballot has cleared an important hurdle by collecting the… Continue reading

Board of Fish meets in Anchorage

The Alaska Board of Fisheries is holding a meeting for state-wide Dungeness crab, shrimp and other miscellaneous shellfish next week, from March 6 through 9… Continue reading

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