Seawatch

  • 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
  • At a time when the state of Alaska is counting its pennies, a recently released study showing the state spends $27.2 million more than it takes in for commercial fishing is making waves. The study, conducted by Bob Loeffler and Steve Colt of  the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of ...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:44am
  • Upper Cook Inlet setnetters were handed a significant victory by the Alaska Supreme Court when it overruled a decision by a Superior Court judge that would have allowed a ballot measure to ban setnets in “urban areas,” but was targeted at Cook Inlet. The ballot initiative was proposed by Alaska ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:25am
  • There are only a few more days to vote on which Coast Guard rescue video deserves to be Video of the Year for 2015.  The videos lean heavily toward Alaska....

    Thu, 12/31/2015 - 9:19am
  • An effort is underway to stop Bristol Bay salmon fishermen from paying a 1 percent tax to fund the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, in part because of the president’s ties to Pebble Mine. Fisherman Erick Sabo is circulating a petition to stop the tax from being collected. It r...

    Thu, 12/24/2015 - 7:52am
  • Editors note:  This story has been edited to delete comments from the United Cook Inlet Drift Association president about testimony from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association. Ricky Gease, executive director or KRSA, said the association did not provide testimony about having the Boa...

    Thu, 12/17/2015 - 9:44am
  • Halibut fishermen can expect fairly flat, if slightly lower quotas in most areas if commissioners settle on the “blue line” catches at next month’s International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting, set out last week at the interim meeting in Seattle. The blue line is the level of catch that re...

    Thu, 12/10/2015 - 10:11am
  • Boat owners should be bracing for a new round of regulations for older boats more than 50 feet in length.  The Alternate Safety Compliance Program, part of the U.S. Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2010, is due to take effect in 2020, which seemed far into the future when it was first propose...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:19am

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