They seem like an unlikely pair to be buying a half-million-dollar boat and heading to Alaska to fish commercially.For one, they're both just 24 years old.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is predicting a very strong sockeye run in 2015, compared to 2014.

A total of 53.98 million sockeye salmon (range 44.83–63.13m) are expected to return to Bristol Bay in 2015. This prediction is 40% greater than the previous ten-year mean of total runs and 51% greater than the long-term mean of 32.43m, said ADF&G.

Total run forecast at 54 million sockeye.

The initiative states that, in addition to permits and other authorizations required by law, a final authorization would be needed from the Legislature for any large-scale mining operation within the watershed of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve.

Following councilman Keggie Tubbs resignation, Mayor Ruby says she isn't sure how the council will vote Thursday.

US pollock sellers and, to some extent, European buyers are anticipating higher prices for next A season, but the currency situation and cheap stocks of double frozen pollock are counting against a big hike.

A nice new video from ADFG about the genetic sampling and analysis done in support of the Bristol Bay fishery.

Not all Alaska pollock comes from Alaska.

Some of the fish, a source of deep pride for Alaskans, is harvested in Russian waters. Some is caught off the coast of Japan and Korea. But no matter its origin, federal regulations allow any walleye pollock distributed, sold, and consumed in the United States, whether in the form of fish sticks or a miso-glazed filet, to bear a label that calls Alaska home.

After six years on the job, Mike Mason will leave his post as news director at KDLG public radio this month. Mason, whose balanced reporting and distinct deep voice have been a daily fixture in Bristol Bay, has been hired as the press secretary for the Alaska House Minority. He and his partner Celeste Novak will move to Anchorage later this month.

A year ago, 81% of the Bristol Bay salmon drift permit holders who responded to a survey sent out by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) said they would like to learn more about a potential buyback of Bristol Bay drift permits. Such a buyback would reduce the number of drift gillnet permits allowed to participate in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.