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  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission made the hard choice last week and slashed quotas in several areas. The quota for the commercial longline fishery in Alaska waters is 16.75 million pounds, a drop of 23 percent from 2013. Here is the commercial quota breakdown by area: • 2C, Sou...

    Wed, 01/22/2014 - 2:06pm
  • The International Pacific Halibut Commission kicked off its 2014 annual meeting on Monday with newly reappointed commissioner Jim Balsinger acknowledging the concern and anxiety surrounding halibut stocks. “The biggest concern of course is the status of Pacific halibut,” he said. “To put it in...

    Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:40pm
  • With the expected growth of the U.S. economy and continued weakness in many other parts of the world, 2014 looks to be a rough year for seafood traders whose fortunes are tied to foreign currencies, according to a story by John Sackton at Seafoodnews.com.  For importers, a strong dollar is posi...

    Wed, 01/08/2014 - 2:35pm
  • NOAA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. President Nixon signed the ESA into law on Dec. 28, 1973. Congress understood that, without protection from human actions, many of our nation’s living resources would become extinct, according to NOAA. There a...

    Tue, 12/31/2013 - 3:26pm
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up its meeting last week on Lower Cook Inlet issues with a change in boundaries for the Port Dick salmon seine fishery, a couple of tweaks to the groundfish fishery and an awareness-raising discussion about the state’s response to federal plan...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 3:59pm
  • Halibut fishermen are bracing for another huge quota cut after the International Pacific Halibut Commission staff presented a rather grim stock assessment at their interim meeting in Seattle last week. While there is no longer a “staff recommendation,” staff members do present a...

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 2:24pm
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is expecting another solid sockeye salmon run in Upper Cook Inlet for 2014, but a weak return to the Susitna River may make management problematic. ADF&G is predicting a total return of 6.1 million sockeye, 3.8 million of those to the Kenai River, with a ha...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 2:10pm
  • The Alaska Salmon Alliance, a group that was formed by Cook Inlet processors to promote science-based fishery management in Cook Inlet, came to Homer for a workshop Friday to brainstorm ideas to improve the Cook Inlet fishery, the fourth in a series between Palmer and Homer....

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 4:28pm
  • Young fishermen are preparing to gather for the fifth Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit in Anchorage beginning Dec. 10 and running through Dec. 12. Put on by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program through the University of Alaska, the summit has taken place four times since 20...

    Wed, 11/20/2013 - 3:11pm
  • The effort by a new group calling itself the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance to put a ballot initiative in front of voters that would ban setnetting in Cook Inlet has drawn swift and sharp criticism from the fishing industry....

    Thu, 11/14/2013 - 11:27am

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