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  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists are predicting a fairly robust commercial harvest of around 4.1 million sockeye salmon in Upper Cook Inlet next season, 1.1 million over the most recent 20-year average. It is nearly 60 percent lower than the historical high harvest of 9.5 million sockey...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:34am
  • A group of Bristol Bay fishermen have started a petition to have a mediator from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development intervene between Bristol Bay fishermen and the processors to negotiate a fair price prior to next season after being paid a base price of 50 cen...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:48am
  • The numbers are in and Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishermen have been griping about their season for a reason. The total harvest of 3.1 million salmon was 15 percent less than the most recent 10-year average, and the ex-vessel value of around $24 million was 20 percent below the previo...

    Thu, 10/29/2015 - 8:36am
  • Warming oceans have brought news of many new and invasive species in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that crawfish, also known as crayfish or crawdads, a species of freshwater crustaceans related to shrimp and lobster, have been caught twice in the la...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:43am
  • Congressman Don Young, never a friend to environmentalists but never before a foe of fishermen, is coming under fire for his proposed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary tool used to manage federal fisheries....

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:22am
  • Arctic cod are proving highly susceptible to warming ocean temperatures, but the good news is that Pacific cod, the kind caught commercially in pots and trawls around Alaska, not so much. A NOAA lab in Newport, Ore., is reportedly the first to successfully spawn Arctic cod in captiv...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:17pm
  • Red king crab fishermen in Nome parked their snowmachines today after a record harvest of around 95,000 pounds. That eclipses the previous record harvest of 62,000 pounds set in 2013 and is 12 times the long-term average of 6,900 pounds. The winter fishery takes place through the ice, and people rid...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:31am
  • 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 - 9:51am
  • 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 - 10:13am
  • 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 - 9:48am

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