Bairdi tanner crab fisheries closed in many areas for 2014

The small boat fleet got some bad, but not unexpected news that the Bairdi tanner crab fisheries in Kodiak, Chignik and the Alaska Peninsula will… Continue reading

D.C. impasse may hurt Bering Sea crab fishery

The on-going impasse in Washington, D.C., that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of federal workers being furloughed is imperiling the Bering Sea king crab… Continue reading

Pinks return in record numbers; that’s not the case with other salmon

By most accounts, the 2013 salmon season in Alaska was a barn-burner. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reporting that nearly 270 million… Continue reading

Homer group receives grant for electronic monitoring

Homer-based North Pacific Fisheries Association has received a $147,400 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Fisheries Innovation Fund grant for a two-year project to use electronic… Continue reading

New research: All fisheries important to food security on peninsula

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association has used elements of a recently released study about food security on the Kenai Peninsula to assert that commercial fishing… Continue reading

Cod pot fleet hauls in gear with quota in water

For the first time since its inception, the state-waters Pacific cod pot fleet quit fishing with a substantial amount of the quota still in the… Continue reading

NMFMC fails to clarify observer program

The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association’s attempt to get the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to clarify the objectives of the restructured observer program and provide… Continue reading

Fishing vessels wanted for energy audit pilot project

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is seeking vessel owners for a fishing vessel energy audit pilot program. The foundation notes that the high cost of… Continue reading

Sitka sac roe herring fishery gets underway

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery got underway last week with two openings March 27 and 28 that scooped up nearly half of the… Continue reading

Board of Fish does not act on task force proposals

The Alaska Board of Fisheries met last week to look at statewide finfish issues, and took up a proposal submitted by the Upper Cook Inlet… Continue reading

Mat-Su blames drift fishery for poor runs

    Bruce Knowles, chairman of the Mat-Su borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission, is urging sport fishermen to call Gov. Sean Parnell and tell him… Continue reading

Pot cod season not as good as in past years

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Homer area management biologist Jan Rumble confirmed last week what fishermen have been saying all season: It has been… Continue reading

2013 salmon numbers look good because of pinks

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released an extensive look at the salmon season just passed mixed with a peek at the one… Continue reading

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

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