Seawatch: Sitka Sound herring fishery a no-go

The Sitka Sound herring fishery appears to be a no-go, which would be only the second time in the fishery’s 43-year history. The fishery has… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Eagle River woman is first to win Winter King Salmon Tournament

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to note that in 1999 a woman won the Homer Elks Winter King Tournament. Eagle River resident Shayna… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Seawatch: Balance between commercial, sport fishing is key

While many in Alaska are lamenting the “graying of the fleet,” where the median age of commercial fishermen in the state is around 50 years… 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)

Winter King Tourney set for this weekend

The annual Winter King Salmon Tournament is back and bringing more than 1,000 fishermen and women down to Homer’s harbor this weekend. Now in its… 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)

Seawatch: Southeast seiners buy back permits

The Southeast Alaska Seiner’s Association was successful in their bid to buy back 36 permits after a February vote to use funds remaining from a… Continue reading

Seawatch: ‘Frankenfish’ may be imported

“Frankenfish” may soon be coming to a store near you. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it was removing the 2016 import alert… Continue reading

Seawatch: Scientists studying why most salmon never return

As Alaska is experiencing unusual salmon behaviors and failed runs, a group of international scientists are halfway through a long over-due winter voyage in the… Continue reading

Jeremy Woodrow, interim executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, speaks to the House Fisheries Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Jeremy Woodrow, interim executive director of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, speaks to the House Fisheries Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Seawatch: ‘Snowmachine’ fishery opens soon

Perhaps the strangest commercial fishery in Alaska, combining the state’s love of fishing and snowmachines, is set to open next week, but no one is… Continue reading

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Fish & Game puts restrictions on early run kings

If projections are realized, this year’s run would rank as the fourth lowest across 34 years.

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Seawatch: Tariffs affect pollock fishery

A trade decision by the Trump administration has inadvertently protected a price advantage enjoyed by Russian-caught fish sold in the United States, much of which… Continue reading

Seawatch: IPHC raises halibut catch limit

Correction: In the Feb. 7 Sea Watch column, the article quoted Malcom Milne. He said that some of the statements attributed to Glenn Merrill and… Continue reading

Seawatch: Cod fisheries move to state waters

Cod fisheries around the state are moving from federal waters to state waters as fishermen in Cook Inlet are reporting low catches and smaller fish… Continue reading

Seawatch: Some commercial fishermen critical of Dunleavy

Some Alaska fishermen are sensing an unfriendly administration as new Gov. Mike Dunleavy appoints people to top Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Department… Continue reading

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

Sea Watch: Rising carbon levels could affect salmon’s sense of smell

Rising carbon levels in the oceans may affect a salmon’s sense of smell, impairing their ability to find their home stream, according to a new… Continue reading

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

Sea Watch: ADF&G releases sockeye run projections

Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishermen may see an improvement in their catch this summer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasting a… Continue reading

Sea Watch: Fed shutdown affects fisheries

While federal fisheries are expected to open on time despite the on-going partial shutdown of the government, there will be effects on fisheries in Alaska.… Continue reading

Sea Watch: Seafood industry faces more uncertainty

As another year draws to a close, the seafood industry seems to be facing even more uncertainty than usual, with some groundfish stocks cratering, salmon… Continue reading

Sea Watch: Seiners propose buyback

The Southeast Alaska Seiners Association is spearheading another effort to reduce the size of the salmon fleet with another buyback, similar to the one in… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.

Sea Watch: Study finds pollock spawning varies widelye

Federal fisheries managers are looking at a new study using an “unprecedented 32-year data series” to help understand what, if any, changes might be necessary… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.