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  • The Bering Sea opilio crab season appears to be on track to be wrapped up in an average amount of time, despite tales from fishermen still on the grounds and returning crew members about very slow fishing or multitudes of undersized crab. Deckhands reporting back to Homer have told stories of fishin...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 4:31pm
  • Cook Inlet commercial fishing groups are concerned about a potential lack of funding for studying the smolt out-migration on the Kenai River, a basic tool used to help determine future run strength.There is funding for this year, but it is not currently included in the budget for Fiscal Year 2014, w...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 2:30pm
  • The United Cook Inlet Drift Association has once again filed suit against the federal government over management of the Cook Inlet salmon fishery.UCIDA and Cook Inlet Fishermen's Fund are suing the National Marine Fisheries Service over the decision to transfer control of the fishery from federal to...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:19pm
  • Homer boats and the Upper Cook Inlet salmon drift fishery take center stage Friday when the National Geographic channel airs “Alaska Fish Wars,” filmed during last summer’s hectic fishery.Fishing vessels Night’s Edge, Paragon and North Crow are featured throughout the series, which covers si...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 1:36pm
  •   The International Pacific Halibut Commission surprised most industry watchers by veering far off course from the staff recommendations for the 2013 halibut quotas and not implementing an expected 30 percent cut statewide.  The staff had recommended an o...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 2:33pm
  • Coast Guard safety inspections on most vessels traveling more than three nautical miles from shore that had been voluntary but were then made mandatory in October 2012 now appear to be voluntary again for another two years as a result of the recently signed Coast G...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 4:48pm
  •   Bill Brown of Juneau has resigned from the Alaska Board of Fisheries half-way through his second term, citing personal and personality reasons. In a brief, three-line letter to Gov. Sean Parnell dated Jan. 7, Brown stated that his resignation was effective i...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 2:07pm
  • The Board of Fisheries Kenai River king salmon task force is back on track after canceling the second of their four scheduled meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14, at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:33pm
  • The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is predicting another strong run of sockeye salmon to Upper Cook Inlet next season, on the heels of two above-average years. The forecast is for a return of 6.7 million sockeye to all river systems and a harvest by all user gr...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 11:23am
  •   The bairdi tanner crab season in Kodiak and along the Alaska Peninsula continues its quota yo-yo this year with quotas either down or areas closed entirely when the season begins Jan. 15. On Kodiak Island, only two areas out of eight are open, the east side ...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 3:18pm

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