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

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