Molly Dischner

  • Halibut fishermen, both charter and commercial, will see changes in 2014 under the likely catch limits. Managers are looking at another year of lower catch limits due to a decline in the exploitable halibut stock, and in 2014 for the first time, charter operators will face a paired cut in their allo...

    Tue, 12/24/2013 - 3:29pm
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service announced Monday that Southeast and Southcentral Alaska halibut fishermen will be managed under new allocation rules in 2014. Under the new catch sharing plan, or CSP, commercial and charter operators in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska will have a combined cat...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:15pm
  • Editor’s note: This is the fifth in the Morris Communications series “The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon.”   For a young state, Alaska has a long history with fisheries management. Alaska’s desire to manage fisheries, and salmon in particula...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:23pm
  • Sportfishing and charter halibut representatives have acknowledged that implementation of the new halibut catch sharing plan would not necessarily mean guided anglers in Southcentral Alaska face a one fish bag limit. That’s good news for anglers — and a marked change from the guide industry’s ...

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 12:23pm
  • Bycatch in Alaska’s commercial fisheries is a touchy subject. Discussions at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council about capping bycatch for salmon and halibut in various federal fisheries over the past few years have been contentious. Declining returns of king salmon in rivers throughout...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:42pm
  • Ready or not, certain changes to the health care market are on the way, and small businesses will be impacted. As some parts of the Affordable Care Act take effect Oct. 1, Alaskans will see changes in the health care market, Josh Weinstein said at an Aug. 19 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Mon...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 3:36pm
  • The Kenai River kings seem to have met their escapement goal after all, but it was still the lowest return on record. Through Aug. 15, 17,028 kings were enumerated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s DIDSON (duel identification sonar), slightly more than the bottom of the sustainable escap...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 4:17pm
  • Winter sports have an undeniable tourism draw for Alaska, but a recent effort in Anchorage could increase that economic impact several times over. In June, Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to consider a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics. The...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:01pm
  • Last year was a record one for conventions held in Anchorage. The estimated economic impact from conventions for 2012 was $104.8 million, an all-time high according to Visit Anchorage President and CEO Julie Saupe. That was nearly $5 million more than in 2011, when the impact was estimated at $99 mi...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:51pm
  • Homer has been named Google’s Alaska’s eCity for 2013. “The city of Homer is proud to be recognized as the strongest online business community in Alaska,” wrote Mayor Mary E. Beth Wythe in a statement announcing the designation. “The hardworking small business owners in Homer have found th...

    Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:18pm

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