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  • Herring season is in full swing, with Sitka Sound already wrapped up, Kodiak opening April 15 and Togiak on the horizon. The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery fell far short of the quota, catching only about two-thirds of the possible harvest, as managers tried to balance catching the fish before ...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 8:53am
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s recently released outlook is predicting a relatively robust sockeye salmon run for Upper Cook Inlet this season. That’s coupled with a fairly strong Kenai king salmon run, which should allow the department to more closely follow the management plan and lo...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 9:37am
  • The Kachemak Bay campus of Kenai Peninsula College is offering half a dozen classes for boat owners, deckhands and others next month at either minimal cost or free. The classes include three put on by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, which are Drill Conduc-tor, Stability Training and ...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 3:24pm
  • 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

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