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  • The small boat fleet got some bad, but not unexpected news that the Bairdi tanner crab fisheries in Kodiak, Chignik and the Alaska Peninsula will be closed for the 2014 season. The fisheries have been on a boom-and-bust cycle for years, with only two of the six Kodiak areas open last season, one of ...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 3:22pm
  • The on-going impasse in Washington, D.C., that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of federal workers being furloughed is imperiling the Bering Sea king crab fishery and the profits it may generate for fishermen. The fishery is slated to open Oct. 15....

    Wed, 10/09/2013 - 11:37am
  • By most accounts, the 2013 salmon season in Alaska was a barn-burner. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reporting that nearly 270 million fish were caught in the state this year, more than double last year’s catch of 120 million fish and eclipsing the previous record of 22...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 11:58am
  • Homer-based North Pacific Fisheries Association has received a $147,400 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Fisheries Innovation Fund grant for a two-year project to use electronic monitoring in the pot and longline cod fisheries.  National Marine Fisheries Ser-vice is provid...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 10:46am
  • The Kenai River Sportfishing Association has used elements of a recently released study about food security on the Kenai Peninsula to assert that commercial fishing should be curtailed in favor of sport and personal-use fishing. Not so fast, according to the one of the authors of th...

    Tue, 05/07/2013 - 5:55pm
  • For the first time since its inception, the state-waters Pacific cod pot fleet quit fishing with a substantial amount of the quota still in the water.The boats have all hauled in their gear, leaving 700,000 pounds in the water. The fleet of boats under 58 feet in length landed 1.7 million pounds thi...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:13am
  • The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association’s attempt to get the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to clarify the objectives of the restructured observer program and provide a meaningful timeline for implementing the electronic monitoring program were largely unsuccessful...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:09pm
  • The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is seeking vessel owners for a fishing vessel energy audit pilot program. The foundation notes that the high cost of fuel is a challenge that affects the entire seafood industry. More than 8,000 commercial fishing vessels are licensed in Alaska, and the op...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:29pm
  • The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery got underway last week with two openings March 27 and 28 that scooped up nearly half of the 11,549-ton quota. The two openings combined produced a catch of 5,700 tons of very ripe, “excellent quality” herring, with roe counts averaging between 12.3 and 15....

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 10:07am
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries met last week to look at statewide finfish issues, and took up a proposal submitted by the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force that would have provided new guidelines for the management of Kenai River chinook salmon for the upcoming season.  The proposal w...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:10am

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