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  • An off-year pink cycle is expected to dramatically reduce the salmon harvest in 2014, down 47 percent from last year, according to the annual report detailing the 2014 state-wide salmon forecast and 2013 harvests and ex-vessel values. The projected harvest for this season is just under 133 million f...

    Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:16am
  • The Kodiak seine fleet is embarking on a new fishery to test the viability of catching pollock with that gear type, a species that is generally caught with trawl gear. The fishery will take place in state waters, within three miles of shore, under a special “commissioner’s permit” issued by th...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:06am
  • The 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery wrapped up last weekend with the fleet of 48 seiners going slightly over the 16,333 ton quota. It was a sharp contrast to the 2013 season when more than half the quota was left in the water because the biomass had spawned out; those herring are harvested ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:33pm
  • The Alaska Senate Resources Committee held a hearing Monday to discuss Cook Inlet salmon, and one idea came to the forefront: a professional Board of Fisheries. The idea first came up through testimony by Dwight Kramer, chair of the Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, a group of pri...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:13pm
  • Fishermen looking to get more for their catch by installing refrigeration or wanting to better understand and protect their investment in a refrigeration system can take a hands-on class in Homer from a pro next week. Marine Mechanical Solutions, which specializes in marine refrigeration, is coming ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:01pm
  • A bill is currently making its way through Congress that could save a world of hassle and possible expense for smaller boat fishermen. The bill creates an exemption to a regulation that would require an EPA permit for vessels less than 79 feet long for such discharge as bilge water and other common ...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:58am
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced plans to lower the bycatch limits for halibut in the Gulf of Alaska for the trawl and hook and line fisheries effective either immediately or phased in over the next three years. Hook and line catcher processors will see a 7 percent reduc...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:59am
  • Commercial and recreational fishermen in the United States are hoping that an amendment to the Magnuson-Stevens Act will address a misnaming issue that has unjustly penalized the fishing industry. The proposed amendment is contained in the draft, called Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasi...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 1:33pm
  • The on-going Board of Fisheries meeting dealing with Cook Inlet salmon plans has been rough on the commercial fishermen, taking a big red pen to the Central District drift gillnet plan after potentially reducing fishing time for the setnet fleet by half....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:54am
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries hammered out a Kenai River king salmon fisheries plan that left the setnetters looking at possibly having only 12 hours of fishing time per week for sockeye depending upon the strength of the king salmon returns. Under what is being called “paired restrictions,” whe...

    Sat, 02/08/2014 - 12:36pm

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