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  • Commercial fishermen operating more than three miles from shore have until today to get a mandatory dockside safety exam from the United States Coast Guard. Boats that are out of the water or tied up for the winter will need one before resuming operation next season. The dockside exams have been vol...

    Wed, 10/14/2015 - 9:42am
  • Warming oceans have brought news of many new and invasive species in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that crawfish, also known as crayfish or crawdads, a species of freshwater crustaceans related to shrimp and lobster, have been caught twice in the la...

    Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:43am
  • Arctic cod are proving highly susceptible to warming ocean temperatures, but the good news is that Pacific cod, the kind caught commercially in pots and trawls around Alaska, not so much. A NOAA lab in Newport, Ore., is reportedly the first to successfully spawn Arctic cod in captiv...

    Wed, 05/06/2015 - 2:17pm
  • Red king crab fishermen in Nome parked their snowmachines today after a record harvest of around 95,000 pounds. That eclipses the previous record harvest of 62,000 pounds set in 2013 and is 12 times the long-term average of 6,900 pounds. The winter fishery takes place through the ice, and people rid...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:31am
  • The support from commercial fishermen and local governments apparently prevented a nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries with no commercial fishing experience whatsoever from being confirmed by the Legislature. The nominee, Robert Ruffner, lost on a 30-29 vote. The strongest opp...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:51am
  • Whales and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council potentially transformed the black cod fishery last week when the council voted unanimously to allow pots to once again be used in the fishery as a deterrent to whale predation. Whales have become an increasing problem in the black cod fishery, ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:13am
  • Bad weather and a lack of markets has led to a basic shutdown of the Pacific cod season for state-waters pot boats before it really got started, at least for Homer boats. “We’re not even close (to catching the quota),” said Jan Rumble, area management biologist for the Alaska ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:48am
  • Ten days into the 2015 halibut season, prices are beginning to fall slightly, but production is nearly nonexistent, at least in the central Gulf of Alaska, Area 3A. Stormy weather and big tides have conspired to make a slow start to the season in Area 3A, with the weather continuing...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:36am
  • Thanks to hatcheries coming back online, lower Cook Inlet is expecting a bumper crop of pink salmon this season. Fishermen can expect a total run of 2.16 million pinks and a harvest of 1.72 million fish, compared to the latest five-year average harvest of 650,000 fish....

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:08pm
  • The experimental fishery to determine the feasibility of a seine fishery for pollock in state waters has finished up with mixed results. The Gulf of Alaska pollock workgroup held its final meeting last month to discuss adding a limited entry state pollock fishery to Alaska waters for both trawl and ...

    Wed, 03/04/2015 - 2:02pm

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