Seawatch: North Council looks to tie bycatch to halibut abundance

If passed, limits would lower bycatch allocation when halibut stocks fall


Seawatch: Senate candidates debate fisheries issues

Sullivan, Gross spar in first-ever virtual fisheries debate


Seawatch: Fisheries asking for disaster relief

Five legislators ask Dunleavy for disaster declaration


Seawatch: Busy news week in fisheries

It has been a busy week in the fishing industry, from a spate of false distress calls in Southeast, to an Ocean Beauty worker from… Continue reading

Seawatch: UFA holds seminar on new health mandates

United Fishermen of Alaska, with some financial help from Icicle Seafoods, held an informative webinar last week on the state’s mandate No. 17, which is… Continue reading

Seawatch: Salmon harvest project to be low — if there’s a season

The 2020 salmon harvest for Alaska is expected to be down compared to last season, mostly due to a lower forecast for pink salmon, but… Continue reading

Seawatch: Herring fishery is strong in Kodiak, down elsewhere

It is a very unusual year for herring, to say the least. In addition to, and in some part because of, the crisis created by… Continue reading

Seawatch: Fishermen get briefed on CARES Act

Alaska’s congressional delegation held a conference call with 65 of Alaska’s fishery leaders last week and laid out some details of the federal assistance available… Continue reading

Seawatch: Scientific survey finds high catch numbers

An international scientific expedition is trawling far offshore for Pacific salmon even though some researchers chose to leave the ship as worries escalated about COVID-19,… Continue reading

Seawatch: Halibut, sablefish openings start strong

As the novel coronavirus continues to dominate headlines worldwide, halibut and sablefish got off to a surprisingly strong start in terms of pounds, but not… Continue reading

Seawatch: Seafood industry feels impact from coronavirus

As the global pandemic of the novel coronavirus disrupts all sorts of industries around the world, the seafood industry is already feeling the impact. Diversified… Continue reading

Seawatch: Report claims mining harms fish

As many Alaskans confront a governor who, according to CNN, lobbies foreign mining companies to invest in Pebble Mine, the environmental group Earthworks has released… Continue reading

Seawatch: Sitka herring fishery likely won’t open

The Sitka Sound herring fishery will likely not open again this season, but at least this year it did not involve boats gearing up, traveling… Continue reading

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries tips scale toward sport fishing

The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up their 2020 meetings on Upper Cook Inlet salmon proposals last week with a clear indication that sport and… Continue reading

Seawatch: Russian seafood embargo hurts Alaska fishing

While the U.S. trade war with China gets most of the headlines, there has been an ongoing embargo on U.S. seafood headed for Russia that… Continue reading

Seawatch: Most halibut quotas set lower

The International Pacific Halibut Commission wrapped up its meeting in Anchorage last week with all areas of Alaska except the western Gulf of Alaska seeing… Continue reading

Seawatch: ADFG predicts low king runs

As Upper Cook Inlet fishermen prepare for the always-contentious Alaska Board of Fisheries meetings for the area starting Friday, the Alaska Department of Fish and… Continue reading

Seawatch: Ocean acidification affecting crab shells

Just at a time when crab stocks in the central Gulf of Alaska are taking off, likely in part due to crashing cod populations, a… Continue reading

Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Kodiak seiners were stunned by decisions from the Alaska Board of Fisheries in their meeting last week to restrict the west side of Shelikof Strait… Continue reading

Seawatch: Satellite tags reveal new info on P-cod

Last winter, scientists and Alaska fishermen agreed to launch a pilot study to develop methods for tagging cod on active commercial fishing vessels in the… Continue reading