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  • There may finally be good news on the horizon for halibut fishermen, according to International Pacific Halibut Commission researcher Ian Stewart at IPHC’s interim meeting last week. Stewart said that halibut are still growing more slowly than normal, their “size at age” is still under-perform...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:13pm
  • A recent study published in the journal “Fish and Fisheries” by anthropologist and archeologist Dr. Herbert Maschner sheds a more historical and prehistorical light on Steller sea lion populations in Western Alaska, and the effects of human interaction. In 1997, National Marine ...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:03pm
  • A recent study published in the journal “Fish and Fisheries” by anthropologist and archeologist Dr. Herbert Maschner sheds a more historical and prehistorical light on Steller sea lion populations in Western Alaska, and the effects of human interaction. In 1997, National Marine ...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:02pm
  • The Bristol Bay salmon fishery is one step closer to a potential buyback program with the release of a report by Northern Economics, commissioned by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, exploring various possible scenarios and structures of a buyback. The study ...

    Wed, 11/05/2014 - 12:12pm
  • The University of Alaska Southeast is offering an online, self-paced course in marine electrical systems for fishermen who want to be able to work on their own boats and know when to call the pros. “It’s geared toward people like commercial fishermen, people who own a boat and w...

    Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:08pm
  • Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, an organization that represents about 70 percent of the fleet, has launched a program to help the next generation of crabbers get into fishery. The program takes a minimum of 10 percent of any block of crab IFQs for sale and offers it to active captains a...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:31am
  • While most drift fishermen are grumbling about the lack of quality fishing time in the Upper Cook Inlet salmon fishery, the contentious new management plan hammered out last winter by the Board of Fisheries did seem to accomplish what the crafters of the plan, sport fishing interest...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 11:01am
  • The Bristol Bay red king crab season scheduled to get under way Oct. 15 is set for another increase, rising 14 percent, from 8.6 million pounds last season to 10 million pounds this year, including 10 percent for community development quotas.  The quota was up 9 percent last year, from 7.8 mill...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 10:30am
  • Dock prices for Alaska’s most popular species of finfish are at the top of their historical range, partly due to a supply shortage and partly due to increasing popularity. Prices for halibut are at record highs, with current levels at around $6.50 per pound for 10-20  pound fish (smalls), $6....

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 11:42am
  • Many Alaskans know the commercial seafood industry is an economic powerhouse, and the largest private employer in the state. But a new report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration details how important the Alaska industry is to the nation, with each full-time fishing job in Alaska cre...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:57am

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