Seward nudges Homer out of first in halibut landings

The halibut season closed last week under stormy skies with a handful of boats making it into Homer harbor just under the wire for the… Continue reading

 

Harbor safety committee seeks representatives

The Cook Inlet Harbor Safety Committee is looking for stakeholder representatives to serve on the body, which seeks to provide a forum identifying, assessing, planning,… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: 2018 season was ‘year of the salmon’

The political fallout from Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot’s abrupt resignation and Governor Bill Walker subsequently suspending his reelection campaign led to the cancellation of the… Continue reading

 

Seawatch: 2018 season was ‘year of the salmon’

It has been the year of the salmon, between booms and busts, trade wars with China, battles over hatcheries, ballot initiatives and more. Catch-wise, Bristol… Continue reading

Seawatch: NPFMC changes sablefish pot regs

Beginning as early as next season, fishermen targeting sablefish with pots in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands will be able to retain legal-sized halibut,… Continue reading

Seawatch: Mixed news for crab fishermen

Crab fishermen have received mixed news about the upcoming season in the Bering Sea. Managers have set the quota for opilio crab at 27.6 million… Continue reading

Timothy Cole Gallaudet, retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy currently serving as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere within the U.S. Department of Commerce, speaks before a town hall event sponsored by NOAA at Centennial Hall on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaskans worried by prospect of deep-sea fish farms

In a Centennial Hall listening session, Alaskans raised concerns about federal plans to boost open-ocean fish farms under a new strategic plan for the U.S.… Continue reading

Timothy Cole Gallaudet, retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy currently serving as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere within the U.S. Department of Commerce, speaks before a town hall event sponsored by NOAA at Centennial Hall on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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                                A brailer bag full of commercially-caught salmon is hoisted up to the Snug Harbor Seafoods dock for processing on Thursday, July 12 in Kenai.

Sockeye harvest down, run later than usual

Alaska’s salmon have been much fewer and significantly later this year. From Southeast Alaska to Kodiak, fishermen have been wringing their hands all season as… Continue reading

  • Aug 29, 2018
  • By ELIZABETH EARL Peninsula Clarion
  • NewsFishing
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                                A brailer bag full of commercially-caught salmon is hoisted up to the Snug Harbor Seafoods dock for processing on Thursday, July 12 in Kenai.

Fishing Hole opens for snagging, purse seine fishing to open for select areas

The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will be open to anglers for snagging starting on Saturday. The Alaska Department of Fish and game is opening the… Continue reading

A fisherman’s stringer of Kasilof River sockeye salmon caught in the personal-use dipnet fishery lies on the beach on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Fish and Game increases Kasilof sockeye bag limit

With the Kasilof River sockeye run safely within the optimum escapement goal, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will allow anglers to keep more… Continue reading

A fisherman’s stringer of Kasilof River sockeye salmon caught in the personal-use dipnet fishery lies on the beach on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
This screenshot taken from Google Maps shows Koyuktolik Bay, known as Dog Fish Bay, south of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Four commercial fishermen from the Homer area are charged with illegally commercial fishing in Dog Fish Bay. (Courtesy Alphabet Inc)

4 charged in illegal commercial fishing near Homer

Editor’s note: This article has been clarified that not all four fishermen are charged with the same charges. The state has filed charges against four… Continue reading

This screenshot taken from Google Maps shows Koyuktolik Bay, known as Dog Fish Bay, south of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Four commercial fishermen from the Homer area are charged with illegally commercial fishing in Dog Fish Bay. (Courtesy Alphabet Inc)
Ashley Camp, left, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, poses with her 221.4-pound halibut caught on July 28, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. She caught the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader while fishing with Captain Brian Nollar, right, on the Bell Isles with Midnight Sun Charters. (Photo provided)

Vancouver woman takes lead in derby

A Vancouver, British Columbia, woman has taken the lead in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Ashley Camp of Vancouver now holds the top slot with… Continue reading

Ashley Camp, left, of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, poses with her 221.4-pound halibut caught on July 28, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. She caught the current Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby leader while fishing with Captain Brian Nollar, right, on the Bell Isles with Midnight Sun Charters. (Photo provided)
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                                This May 15, 2017 photo shows a drift gillnet reel on the back of a commercial fishing vessel docked in the Homer small boat harbor in Homer.

Federal council names 5 commercial fishermen to committee

A committee of five fishermen, four of whom live on the Kenai Peninsula, will help provide advice to the council that will write a new… Continue reading

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                                This May 15, 2017 photo shows a drift gillnet reel on the back of a commercial fishing vessel docked in the Homer small boat harbor in Homer.
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                                Bevilyn Wright, right, of Dalhart, Texas, stands next to her 194-pound halibut with Capt. Jared Berg, left.

194-pound halibut leads derby

A 194-pound halibut caught by Bevilyn Wright of Dalhart, Texas, leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Wright caught the barn door while fishing with Capt.… Continue reading

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                                Bevilyn Wright, right, of Dalhart, Texas, stands next to her 194-pound halibut with Capt. Jared Berg, left.

Fish board denies emergency petition on hatchery permit

The Board of Fisheries declined to take up an emergency petition related to hatchery pink salmon production in Prince William Sound, though members agreed the… Continue reading

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                                Sockeye salmon caught in a set gillnet wait to be set to the a processor on July 11, 2016 near Kenai.

Tariffs ding commercial fishing industry

Fishermen and seafood harvesters may take a major trade hit with the announcement of new tariffs from China, though the details still aren’t clear. The… Continue reading

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                                Sockeye salmon caught in a set gillnet wait to be set to the a processor on July 11, 2016 near Kenai.

Red swamp crawfish turning up in Alaska

Warming oceans have brought news of many new and invasive species in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports… Continue reading

Column wraps up for season, not fishing

Now that we are beginning the slow tumble into the deep fall season where land hunts rule, don’t forget the stunning silvers and steelhead swaggering… Continue reading

Life-saving tips: Learn to swim, wear a PFD

Last Monday I opened a voicemail from my compadre Turk. He was so riled up that residual smoke leaked out of the receiver. He started… Continue reading

Fishing Hole: Fun for all ages

Tom Schroeder’s got time on his hands. So much time he’s booked about 150 hours so far this season at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon,… Continue reading