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  • A little more than three days into the 2016 halibut season, Area 2C, Southeast Alaska, has had the fleet hitting it the hardest. Nearly 260,000 pounds had been landed in Southeast, compared to less than 50,000 in Area 3A, Central Gulf of Alaska, and no activity in other areas of the state. The state...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 8:34am
  • Homer fisherman Buck Laukitis is one of two Alaskans chosen by Gov. Bill Walker to fill two seats being vacated on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The other is Kodiak resident Theresa Peterson. The council has 11 voting members, and oversees federal fisheries from 3 to 200 miles from s...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 8:17am
  • The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is considering revising its regulations on water management, and seeking public input.  Cook Inletkeeper and the Chuitna Citizens Coalition are suggesting finally implementing the “fish first” policy suggested by Gov. Bill  Walker’s transiti...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:17pm
  • The Cook Inlet state-waters cod season is progressing as usual, albeit with a smaller quota and smaller fish. The 2016 total Pacific cod state-waters quota for the Cook Inlet management area is 4.1 million pounds, with 85 percent of the quota, or 3.5 million pounds, going to pot boats, and 15 percen...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 9:09am
  • News outlets have been offering conflicting reports about what to expect for next season’s salmon prices in recent days, with fisheries reporter Laine Welch saying in the Alaska Dispatch News that things do not look good and Seafoodnews.com run by John Sackton saying they do. Sackton reported Tues...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 10:22am
  • Commercial fishing vessels under 36 feet operating more than 3 miles from shore will be required to have a life raft as of Feb. 26, in addition to the mandatory dockside safety exam. The rule requires approved survival craft that ensures no part of a person’s body is in the water. It is an expensi...

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 10:23am
  • Lobbying from Cordova residents has prompted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to set up a test fishery for Tanner crab in Prince William Sound. Assistant area management biologist Maria Wessel said the primary driver for the test fishery has been industry. “Industry here in Cordova lobbied o...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:54am
  • Halibut fishermen in most areas of the state got good news last week when the International Pacific Halibut Commission raised quotas for all areas except 3A, the Central Gulf of Alaska that includes the three busiest halibut ports in the state....

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:58am
  • There is quite a bit of fisheries-related legislation flying around the Capitol at the beginning of the legislative session that began Jan. 19. In addition to the bill being worked on in the House Fisheries Committee to establish Community Permit Banks, there is also legislation to ban the Alaska sa...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:27am
  • As young Alaskans gather in Juneau for the sixth annual Young Fishermen’s Summit next week to explore ways to get a leg up in an increasingly challenging and expensive industry, Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, a member of the House Fisheries Committee, is trying to help. Kreiss-Tomkins and other mem...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:01am

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