Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: International Pacific Halibut Commission studying COVID-19 impacts on fishermen

Three surveys will look at financial impacts before and during the pandemic

 

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Pandemic continues to hurt fishing industry

Pandemic impact in Bristol Bay alone estimated at $30-40 million

 

A boarding team member from Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur holds up an allegedly illegally-retained halibut aboard vessel Currency about 12 miles west of Cape Barnabas, Alaska, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Chandeleur’s boarding team discovered a total of eight allegedly illegally-retained halibut aboard the boat, seized them, and handed them over to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration representative in Kodiak. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Cutter Chandeleur)

Coast Guard issues violation to Homer fishermen for catching halibut out of season

Homer boat was fishing for Pacific cod when Coast Guard patrol found halibut on board

 

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: North Council struggles with sablefish issue

Sablefish numbers are too small for market but still must be retained under IFQ regulations

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: IPHC raises halibut quota in all areas

Area 3A, the central Gulf of Alaska, gets 8.95 million pounds for the commercial sector and 1.95 million pounds for the charter sector.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Terry Umatum of Anchorage takes a deep breath after landing his Anchor River king salmon on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska.

Fish and Game issues preemptive restrictions on king salmon fishing

Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game has issued several preemptive restrictions on king salmon fishing in Cook Inlet waters in an attempt to protect the… Continue reading

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Terry Umatum of Anchorage takes a deep breath after landing his Anchor River king salmon on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska.
Commercial fishing vessels are seen on the Kenai River on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough to ask feds for fishery disaster declaration

The year saw fewer and smaller fish, as well as lower-priced fish

Commercial fishing vessels are seen on the Kenai River on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: B.C. open-net salmon pens to be phased out

First Nations pressured Canadian government to move salmon farming to closed, land based systems

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Local shellfish growers win Farm Family of the Year

Bates family of Halibut Cove wins mariculture Farm Family of the Year.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The top three fish of this year’s Winter King Salmon Tournament hang on a wall before a closing ceremony announcing the winners on March 24, 2018 on the Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament moved to April

The annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament returns this year after a one-year hiatus, and has been pushed back to April. Canceled in 2020 due… Continue reading

The top three fish of this year’s Winter King Salmon Tournament hang on a wall before a closing ceremony announcing the winners on March 24, 2018 on the Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Pollock fishermen to delay season

Delay of pollock season will allow roe to ripen, making fish more valuable.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Tribe wins lawsuit in herring roe subsistence claim

Sitka Tribe of Alaska claimed state wasn’t providing “reasonable opportunity” in herring roe harvest.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Fishing endured tough year

Looking back at 2020, commercial fishing suffered economic losses from pandemic, other factors.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Cod season in federal waters is back

After no season this year, cod season returns in federal waters for 2021.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo taken in January 2017 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Feds extend sign-up date for industry relief program

Jan. 15 is new deadline for Seafood Trade Relief Program

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo taken in January 2017 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Ice chokes the Homer Harbor on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fishery council closes federal waters in Cook Inlet to commercial salmon fishing

Fishermen, processors, elected officials warn of devastation to the fishery

Ice chokes the Homer Harbor on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing boats are docked at the Homer Harbor on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Young fishermen’s act praised

Young Fishermen’s Development Act passes U.S. Senate, now goes to House

Commercial fishing boats are docked at the Homer Harbor on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Halibut commission sets draft 2020 quotas

The International Pacific Halibut Commission held its interim meeting last month and lead quantitative scientist Dr. Ian Stewart is recommending a quota increase in all… Continue reading

Ice chokes the Homer Harbor on Jan. 9, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Cook Inlet salmon fishery issue to be decided by North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Fishermen, processors take issue with option to close waters to commercial fishing

Ice chokes the Homer Harbor on Jan. 9, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Fishermen concerned about option to close salmon fishery in federal waters

Upper Cook Inlet fishermen alarmed at proposal to close salmon fishery in Economic Exclusive Zone

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