Cristy Fry

  • The support from commercial fishermen and local governments apparently prevented a nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries with no commercial fishing experience whatsoever from being confirmed by the Legislature. The nominee, Robert Ruffner, lost on a 30-29 vote. The strongest opp...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:51am
  • Whales and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council potentially transformed the black cod fishery last week when the council voted unanimously to allow pots to once again be used in the fishery as a deterrent to whale predation. Whales have become an increasing problem in the black cod fishery, ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:13am
  • Bad weather and a lack of markets has led to a basic shutdown of the Pacific cod season for state-waters pot boats before it really got started, at least for Homer boats. “We’re not even close (to catching the quota),” said Jan Rumble, area management biologist for the Alaska ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:48am
  • A bill that has been filed and failed every year since 2009 that would create a priority for personal use fishing seems to be getting legs this year. Senate Bill 42, also called “The Alaskans-First Fishing Bill,” would prioritize personal use fisheries when restrictions are impl...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:26pm
  • Ten days into the 2015 halibut season, prices are beginning to fall slightly, but production is nearly nonexistent, at least in the central Gulf of Alaska, Area 3A. Stormy weather and big tides have conspired to make a slow start to the season in Area 3A, with the weather continuing...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:36am
  • Thanks to hatcheries coming back online, lower Cook Inlet is expecting a bumper crop of pink salmon this season. Fishermen can expect a total run of 2.16 million pinks and a harvest of 1.72 million fish, compared to the latest five-year average harvest of 650,000 fish....

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:08pm
  • The experimental fishery to determine the feasibility of a seine fishery for pollock in state waters has finished up with mixed results. The Gulf of Alaska pollock workgroup held its final meeting last month to discuss adding a limited entry state pollock fishery to Alaska waters for both trawl and ...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:02pm
  • The boats fishing for Pacific cod with pots in the central Gulf of Alaska federal season finally wrapped up their 17.9 million pound quota Monday, a few days later than last year, but the trawl fleet is still fishing with only 30 percent of their 9,600-ton quota caught. Obren Davis,...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:02pm
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission boosted halibut quotas across most of the state at their annual meeting last week, reversing the downward trend of the past several years. The quota statewide for the commercial fishery is 18.47 million pounds, up from 16.75 million pounds in 2014. The br...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:24pm
  • Gov. Bill Walker’s office has released the report from his fisheries transition team which sets out priorities, recommendations and possible barriers to success for Alaska fisheries. The document is concise and well organized, with careful thought to possible actions to achieve success, barriers t...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:04pm

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