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  •   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
  • The National Marine Fisheries Service added insult to injury to the halibut fleet, which is potentially facing another round of drastic cuts to the quotas, by increasing the cost recovery fee that covers fisheries enforcement as well as other expenses related to fi...

    Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:42am
  • The Alaska Board of Fisheries met this week in Naknek as residents and other permit holders were grappling with a sockeye forecast for 2013 that is down 20 percent from what was a less-than-robust run in 2012. Perhaps as a result of that forecast, the board took a cautious approach ...

    Thu, 12/13/2012 - 11:58am
  • A large cross section of Alaska fishing groups, including the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, the Alaska Marine Conservation Alliance, the Petersburg Vessel Owner’s Association and the North Pacific Fishermen’s Association have signed on to a letter protesting the imp...

    Thu, 11/29/2012 - 2:47pm
  •   The 2013 pink salmon season in Southeast Alaska is expected to be a good one, with a projected harvest of 54 million pinks. While that number is significantly higher than the most recent 10-year average of 37 million pinks, it is only slightly above the average of the past fi...

    Thu, 11/15/2012 - 5:08pm

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