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  • 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 - 12:01pm
  • 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 - 11:30am
  • 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 - 12:42pm
  • 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 - 12:57pm
  • The Togiak sac roe herring fishery started nearly two weeks earlier than predicted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game analysis of Bering Sea ice and temperature models. That analysis called for the fishery to kick off May 10. Instead, it started with a gillnet opening April 27, lasting until ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 11:52am
  • Three members of the Board of Fisheries were easily re-appointed to new three-year terms, although not all without objection, by a joint session of the Legislature last week. The re-appointments of Sue Jeffrey, Reed Morisky and John Jensen were passed through the House fisheries committee the previo...

    Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:05am
  • The Kodiak seine fleet is embarking on a new fishery to test the viability of catching pollock with that gear type, a species that is generally caught with trawl gear. The fishery will take place in state waters, within three miles of shore, under a special “commissioner’s permit” issued by th...

    Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:06am
  • The 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery wrapped up last weekend with the fleet of 48 seiners going slightly over the 16,333 ton quota. It was a sharp contrast to the 2013 season when more than half the quota was left in the water because the biomass had spawned out; those herring are harvested ...

    Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:33pm
  • The Alaska Senate Resources Committee held a hearing Monday to discuss Cook Inlet salmon, and one idea came to the forefront: a professional Board of Fisheries. The idea first came up through testimony by Dwight Kramer, chair of the Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, a group of pri...

    Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:13pm
  • Fishermen looking to get more for their catch by installing refrigeration or wanting to better understand and protect their investment in a refrigeration system can take a hands-on class in Homer from a pro next week. Marine Mechanical Solutions, which specializes in marine refrigeration, is coming ...

    Wed, 03/19/2014 - 1:01pm

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